ChargeCar is all about crowdsourcing data and making it publicly available. The graph above, for example, shows that the typical urban commute is just six kilometers (just under four miles) and that most are under 35 kilometers (22 miles). This information was gleaned from thousands of trips logged by volunteers. Another ChargeCar project is testing to see if using low-cost lead acid batteries coupled with a supercapacitor is a good way to provide power to an EV.The number of variables that could possibly affect an electric car's performance and the strain on its batteries is virtually infinite. Crowdsourcing is our best hope for sifting through those variables to find the optimal method for managing the flow of current between the motor and the power storage system. A contest seems the best way to draw a crowd and tap its wisdom.
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