A course in heavy machinery
The building was closed, I had arrived way too early, so I decided to walk around before I would start my day on getting my heftruck and reachtruck certificate.
After walking a block or two I noticed the door was slightly open so I walked in. Our ‘ classroom’ was in a big, well, warehouse. Of course, what did I expect? A library and a chalk board?
The floor was concrete and racks were on the side walls, with stackable mesh stillages, empty and full basins as well as pallets. I saw an electric heftruck, reachtruck and what they call a stacker.
Hello? Anybody here? Good morning! – Clearly no one heard me coming in.
Aha…there is an upstairs.
A few years ago…
How did you guys manage to build such an infrastructure? When an electric vehicle charged on our infrastructure, we had a 20-day black out. – Argentina asked the Netherlands
A decade ago
Engineers started wondering what effect the changes in technology would have on the grid.
“Tesla Model S hacked: Researchers discover six security flaws in popular electric car.” At a time when cars are becoming more and more high-tech and connected with all kinds of management systems, the dangers of them becoming targets of hackers is increasing. According to the various articles on the subject, Tesla decided to actually hire hackers to see how far they could get. Smart move, I say.
Hackers used to be viewed as people who sat in the attic all day programming. No one really seemed to pay too much attention to hackers back then. Their world sounded complicated already, and very few tried to understand it. Hacking back then was a relatively accepted reputation and the term hacker was just a label slapped onto computer gurus who could push computer systems beyond defined limits.
We notice them when they are about to run out. Icons glow red, warnings flash. The curse of modern mobility: our battery’s about to give up.
As our world gets increasingly mobile-minded and we become more dependent on technology, we keep using them more and more and implementing them in an increasing amount of electronic devices including electric cars: batteries. But how are the batteries, that we so depend on, made and where do the resources come from?
El Salar de Uyuni, the second largest salt area in the world, with an area of 10,582 Km2 is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters in the highlands of Bolivia’s greatest mining town, Potosi.
Before making my first real trip in a full electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, I had only softly touched the gas pedal of a Tesla. Not a sound and still accelerating incredibly quickly is an experience I will never forget. The Tesla Model S P85D can accelerate to 100 km/h in three seconds, some call it turning on the insane button.
When I took the Nissan Leaf for my trip, which can accelerate to 100 km/h in ten seconds, I grinned at the red lights as I could accelerate in just seconds and the cars behind me, became tiny in my rearview mirror.
It was October, pretty cold in the Netherlands and to my standards, used to South American temperatures, close to freezing. I put the heater on up to 26 degrees to speed up the warmth and turned on the heater for the seats as well, music on, windshield wipers (it was also raining) and I was off to the city Utrecht, I had about 45km to go. With the Nissan Leaf, which has a range of 160 km I could easily make it to my appointment and back. Little did I know that I would be sweating in panic, about 15 minutes into my trip. The battery was fully charged, when I left.