Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Graham asks: OK the hybrid sounds like a credible alternative for the short term (arbitrarily 10 years or until the last 7 year credit is paid off). You may have watched Harley’s latest electric monstrosity. The price was for a millionaire. It is so powerful (they say) It has a special (spirit level??) so it cannot flip on its back. The two banger, one of which unfortunately I once owned, may be on the way out.But what about the new Li battery with a dry process (not flammable) which is lighter, cheaper and much more powerful? One more breakthrough and the IC is toast. Even a Tesla is affordable on 7 years and negative interest rates. I can’t believe you still buy that “emissions” garbage. Which is political subterfuge. The burning of the Amazon forests which were previously protected have just been OK’d. We have just come out of the Indonesian forest burning season, so sever that Singaporeans cannot breath in the street. These are billions of tons of CO2 sinks being released, and nobody gives a damn. “Emissions” are a scam.
My reply: Where to begin?
As Geraldo used to say, I’m shocked (right word) that you think I buy the emissions scam. I have practically exhausted myself writing and speaking the contrary – including my last two articles. I think I may be the only car journalist who has publicly noted and deconstructed the flim-flam that carbon dioxide is an “emission” as historically defined. That it has been redefined to suit a political agenda. It is the replacement “emission” for the ones which are no longer a problem. Because the problem must continue.
And: “credible alternative”? This begs the obvious question – do we need an “alternative” to conventional cars? Are we running out of oil? Are IC vehicle emissions fouling the air? Nein and nichts. So… why the bum’s rush for “alternatives”?
Note that hybrids appeared about 20 years ago – when people still beeeeeeelieved in “peak oil,” that we were going to run out soon and needed alternatives fast. Well, here are – and there’s more oil than we can use. No need for “alternatives” – all of which (including hybrids) cost much more than the vehicles they are “alternatives” to.
It is insanity to seek “alternatives” that are inferior when it isn’t necessary to give up the superior. But the whole country appears to have gone insane.
On the rest: I m very skeptical about “breakthroughs” in battery design. I’ve been waiting for 30 years. Until one actually occurs – as to opposed to being asserted – the problems remain. Especially cost and recharge time.
Power isn’t an issue now. Arguably, too much effort is being expended on power. It is part of the reason for the poor efficiency and high cost of EVs. And there is something hugely aggravating to me about the government subsidizing “ludicrous speed” electric cars for the virtue signaling affluent.
In any event, a car that can’t match the economy/versatility and ease-of-use of a 10-year-old Corolla is an inferior car. It may be a sexier, better-performing car. A newer car. A “tech” car. But it is inferior as a way to get from A to B.
If I’m lyin’ – I’m buyin’!
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