Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Harvey asks: Do you think there is any connection between the huge fines against VW and the possibility of the L1 coming out? Were they trying to stop it?
VW’s diesels threatened the EV juggernaut. The L1 – a diesel-powered commuter car capable of averaging 80 MPG that was expected to cost less than $25k – especially. This was a mortal threat to the EV juggernaut – and not just because of the low cost and high mileage. An 80 MPG diesel’s emissions would be almost nil and thus, very hard to portray as “dirty”… which was necessary to portray EVs as “clean.”
But VW was probably targeted generally because it was the only car company selling a whole lineup of affordable diesel-powered cars. Almost all of the other diesel-powered cars available were higher-cost luxury models from Benz, BMW and Audi and so no real threat to EVs – because all of them are expensive.
The idea being to make cars unaffordable for most people – and to control cars, generally.
That’s what the EV juggernaut is all about. And it’s why VW had to “sleep with the fishes.”
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