Ridek Corporation is a leading source of innovation in electric vehicle technology. Under the leaderships of Dr Gordon Dower, Ridek has developed the world's first modular electric vehicle, plus an ingenious method for recharging electric vehicles without plugging them in, and a 'rocking pedal' to smoothly and safely controle regenerative braking in electric vehicles.
At Ridek, we believe we should do all we can for our children’s children. If this should require us to give up driving our CO2-producing automobiles, using instead electric trains, trolley buses, and bicycles, we must do that, and the sooner the better.
Of course, there will be many other changes. Energy consumption must decline until it is produced cleanly. There must be a concerted effort on all fronts.
The necessary changes in our transportation system may be the most disruptive because we have become so dependent upon the automobile. Cars are getting better all the time, gradually, but now they must get much better, quickly.
They must not pollute or produce CO2. Automobiles account for perhaps 50 percent of our pollution of the atmosphere and 100 percent of our worrying (and unsustainable) negative balance of trade. They must not use oil or its derivatives. They must be energy efficient. They must be as commodious as a minivan or an SUV, they must have excellent acceleration, and they must not cost more than the cars we have now.
The only vehicle that meets these requirements is the battery-electric vehicle or BEV. Nothing approaches it in simplicity, durability, efficiency and cost of manufacture - and it can be fast. The problem with electric vehicles has always been the battery, with a storage capacity much smaller than that of a fuel tank. Batteries are expensive, need careful attention and have a short life.
Insurmountable obstacles? Not any more. Not with the Ridek's innovative approach to the electric car.
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The electric car seems destined to be the car of the future and to derive electric energy from the grid in a two-way exchange known as V2G (vehicle-to-grid). Ideally, the battery in every parked electric vehicle would contribute to a vast energy storage system available to tide the grid over periods of peak demand. Proponents claim this is economically sound and can substantially reduce battery cost to the motorist.
But will the motorist conscientiously plug his car in whenever he parks, even if he knows his battery does not need topping up, even if he is in a hurry (as almost everybody is), if it is raining, if he is disabled, or if his mind is on other matters? No, he won’t. He may even forget to plug in when the car is in the home garage or carport. Ridek, however, has come up with a way of making the connection to the grid automatically.