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Old March 19th, 2018, 00:57   #16
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Actually EVs are coming around again, since they were popular in the early 1900s. Better roads, gas stations and the electric starter are what did them in.
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/02/25...electric-1900/
Ya, that was because the gas engine vehicle was difficult to operate, not because the EV were so great then lol (low speed and poor range compared with ga engines). Early gas engines had to have each cylinder primed, hand-crank, and god help you if the timing is off because it'll back fire and the crank will break your wrist (chauffeur's fracture).
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Old March 19th, 2018, 09:11   #17
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I don't know how many lead acid batteries it took, but some of those early EV's had much better range than you'd think. Much of the country had yet to be electrified though, so recharging on trips could be a challenge.
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Old March 19th, 2018, 12:40   #18
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I don't know how many lead acid batteries it took, but some of those early EV's had much better range than you'd think. Much of the country had yet to be electrified though, so recharging on trips could be a challenge.
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Ha, that's exactly what I was thinking of. Now there's a guy with a sense of adventure. Some of his recharging methods sound pretty scary: like the x-ray dynamo, and barrel water rheostat!
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Another thing Toyota is apparently phasing out: Automatic transmissions in non-hybrids.

The new RAV4 is manual transmission only, unless you go for the more expensive hybrid.
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Whereas in the US, your powertrain choices are 2.5 gasoline with 8-speed automatic, or 2.5 hybrid with power split device.
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We get 2.0 gas FWD 6-speed manual and 2.0 gas AWD 6-speed manual, as well as 2.5 hybrids in FWD and AWD.
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