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post #56 of Old 10-15-2012
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Re: Optimal propulsion system

In the automotive world, Tesla seems to be on the cutting edge of battery technology. Their cars run about 300 miles before needing a charge and, if my memory serves me correctly, requires only an hour or so to recharge, maybe even less. And their cars are lightning fast! But their cars aren't cheap.

But how would the best battery technology we have today work in a marine environment, propelling a much heavier object through a much denser media? Would it reduce the load on the generator? Would it burn the batteries out? Would they need constant recharging? Maybe Tesla can answer that.

When I see what Tesla is doing, I have to ask myself why the major auto companies aren't doing the same thing. I think the Chevy Volt is only good for about 35 miles on battery power alone. Why don't the big three make a more expensive model that can compete with Tesla? We gotta get the Tesla guy to work on marine propulsion. He'd figure it out.
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