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post #1 of 4 Old 09-20-2019, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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No more ICE development?

Looks like electric in the future!!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-28-2019, 12:58 AM
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Can Mercedes totally drop ICE within five years? I think it's hard to achieve since still many drivers prefers ordinary engined cars to electric ones.
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I love the idea of electric for the instant torque, but until they can "fill the tank" of a battery in 5 minutes like an internal combustion engine's fuel tank, there's going to be an issue. Traveling would be impossible without the quick fill. It's super common for people where I live to go on a 12 to 16 hour road trip, nonstop. You can only do that if you can refill fuel source in a short period of time. Besides, my E350 can make it 10 hours on a single tank and battery tech isn't quite there.

I don't think this electric push by 2040 can happen that rapidly unless battery tech makes a HUGE leap forward. There are a few emerging technologies in this area, but still mostly theoretical and small scale. Example from NASA Tech Briefs:

I think the answer could be exchangeable battery packs. There would many challenges, but it seems to work pretty dang well for my cordless power tools!

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The answer is the long promised hydrogen fuel cell. But of course that too demands an infrastructure change to hydrogen fueling stations.

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