As Elon Musk presented the new Tesla 3, a fawning press announced that the “world-changing car” could “dominate” the market. Within days, 276,000 people had put down $1,000 to pre-order the car.
But the Model 3 doesn’t exist yet. There is no final production version, much less any production. Musk is “fairly confident” that deliveries could start by the end of 2017. But running on schedule isn’t Tesla’s strong suit. Meanwhile, Tesla’s current best-seller has been plagued by quality problems.
All of this might just be another iPhone vs Galaxy conversation – except that these vehicles are hailed as green saviours and so are subsidised to the tune of billions of pounds.
Before unveiling the car, Musk sanctimoniously declared that Tesla exists to give the planet a sustainable future. He pointed to rising CO₂ levels. He lamented that 53,000 people die from air pollution from transportation. Tesla, the story goes, is a lifesaver. Like other electric cars, it has “zero emissions” of air pollution and CO₂.
But this is only true of the car itself; the electricity powering it is often produced with coal, which means that the clean car is responsible for heavy air pollution. As green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla likes to point out, “electric cars are coal-powered cars”.
If the USA had 10 per cent more petrol cars by 2020, air pollution would claim 870 more lives. A similar increase in electric ones would cause 1,617 more deaths a year, mostly because of the coal burned.
What is it with socialists and subsidies?
Some smug wanker wants us to emulate Norway and ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in favour of totally gay electric cars.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has rejected a call for the Government to set a deadline after which the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles would be banned.
Software entrepreneur and electric vehicle champion Sigurd Magnusson said New Zealand should follow Norway, which plans to stop sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2025.
There was no reason New Zealand couldn’t do the same given the similarities between the countries’ motoring needs, he said. “I don’t think we have a significantly different fleet profile.”
Heavy subsidies ensured electric vehicles accounted for more than a fifth of all new cars sold in Norway last year.
Electric vehicles were likely to get a big boost on Friday when Tesla is scheduled to unveil its third-generation electric car, Magnusson said.
The Model 3 is expected to have a price tag of about US$35,000 (NZ$50,000) and a range of about 320 kilometres on a full charge.
Good news: we will have one less gay vehicle model on our roads.
Electric vehicle sales have slowed after Nissan stopped selling its Nissan Leaf electric vehicle in New Zealand, according to lobby group Drive Electric.
Many fleet managers wanted to buy more electric vehicles, but had been left without an affordable option after Nissan pulled its Nissan Leaf electric car from the New Zealand market in November, said Drive Electric chairman Mark Gilbert.
The Leaf had been selling for just under $40,000, but the cheapest option for fleet managers was now a Mitsubishi Outlander “hybrid” petrol-electric car that sold for $60,000, he said.
There are currently 1015 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in New Zealand.
Many of the EVs still entering New Zealand were secondhand Leafs imported from Britain and Japan by private buyers, Gilbert said. Three-year-old models typically sell for about $20,000.
But fleet managers, who accounted for about 60 to 70 per cent of new car sales, wanted to buy new, he said. Read more »
God knows why the government is looking at this.
It is pretty pointless, apart from taking the wind from the Greens’ sails.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges is promising a range of incentives to encourage more Kiwis into electric cars (EVs).
Only 1000 of them are registered in New Zealand and a plummeting oil price is not helping the uptake.
Incentives? I think he means subsidies…how socialist of him.
One car is on a road trip from Russell to Taupo — a trip dictated by where and when its owner can top up the batteries.
Two more rapid charging stations were unveiled in Auckland, but a lack of them is a barrier to car owners going electric.
Yet Mr Bridges says it’s a no brainer. Read more »
James Delingpole explains why electric cars are totally gay.
No one wants to buy electric cars.
Americans bought just 102,600 such vehicles in 2015, a 17 percent decline from the previous year, according to researcher Autodata. Nissan Motor Co. sold 43 percent fewer of its all-electric Leaf and General Motors Co. reported an 18 percent drop for its Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in model that’s driven by an electric motor and has a gasoline engine to recharge its batteries.
And who can blame them?
Apart from being poky and tinny and smug and expensive and utterly useless for long distances, electric cars are also terrible for health and the environment, as even environmentalist Bill Gates has recognised:
People think, Oh, well, I’ll just get an electric car. There are places where if you buy an electric car, you’re actually increasing CO2 emissions, because the electricity infrastructure is emitting more CO2 than you would have if you’d had a gasoline-powered car.
Electric cars, in other words, are the motoring equivalent of a neon sign saying: “I am a total wanker.” Which is why everyone who is not a total wanker prefers gasoline-powered vehicles. With the oil price so low – and looking to stay low for some considerable time yet – it makes perfect sense.
Since gas prices have been declining for a year now, and the national price of a gallon of unleaded is about $1.97 at the moment, Americans just aren’t making fuel-efficiency a priority with their new car choices. The biggest winners in 2015’s record-breaking new car-a-palooza were Jeep, Ram and any brand with a lot of SUVs, trucks and crossovers.
In Britain, it’s just the same. Not only are consumers shunning electric cars but they are gravitating towards bigger, gas-guzzling cars which they might previously have considered impractical. I’m one of them. When the lease on my diesel-powered Skoda runs out, I’m almost certainly going to buy a big, chunky, 4 x 4 like, maybe, a second-hand LandRover Discovery. If, as I do, you live in the remote country and you need to drive very fast so as to ensure the milk doesn’t go sour on the epic journey back from the supermarket, then clearly it’s very important that if you smash into an obstacle – a muntjac deer, say; or a gang of Romanians who’ve just pinched the lead off your church roof; or a Prius driver on their way to save a sett of tubercular badgers – you do so with minimum damage to your own vehicle.
That’s what God is trying to tell us through the medium of low oil prices: that a) He absolutely loathes the Middle East and everyone in it (apart from the Israelis, obviously, who are His Chosen People) and b) that He is sick to death of bleeding heart mimsers who take weird pride in the tinny crapness of their eco-cars and that He wants them all to die.
I love it when news stories like this hit the headlines.
They show the lunacy of Green thinking.
In this traffic-packed Dutch city, electric cars jostle for space at charging stations. The oldest exhaust-spewing vehicles will soon be banned from the city center. Thanks to generous tax incentives, the share of electric vehicles has grown faster in the Netherlands than in nearly any other country in the world.
But behind the green growth is a filthy secret: In a nation famous for its windmills, electricity is coming from a far dirtier source. Three new coal-fired power plants, including two here on the Rotterdam harbor, are supplying much of the power to fuel the Netherlands’ electric-car boom.
As the world tries to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and combat climate change, policymakers have pinned hopes on electric cars, whose range and convenience are quickly improving. Alongside the boom has come a surging demand for power to charge the vehicles, which can consume as much electricity in a single charge as the average refrigerator does in a month and a half.
The global shift to electric cars has a clear climate benefit in regions that get most of their power from clean sources, such as California or Norway. But in areas supplied by dirtier power, like China, India and even the Netherlands, which is on track to miss ambitious emissions targets set for 2020, the electric-car jump has slimmer payoffs. In some cases, it could even worsen the overall climate impact of driving, experts say.
The dilemma highlights the crucial importance of clean electricity in global goals to slash greenhouse-gas emissions, the focus of a December summit in Paris. Cutting transportation-related emissions can help – but not if pollution is simply shifted from the tailpipes of cars to the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, which generate 40 percent of the world’s electricity.
The Green Taliban hate cars…unless they are electric cars full of rare earth metals mined from third world countries leaving a toxic sludge behind in a wrecked environment…but hey…electric cars.
Now they want to embrace electric cars and are proposing their second ever tax break to encourage more car use…think about that for a minute.
The Green Party has added a second tax break for businesses to its manifesto in a bid to boost electric car use in New Zealand.
The party announced today it would scrap fringe benefit tax when businesses purchased electric cars for their fleet.
The tax is applied to any perks which staff receive as part of their employment, including motor vehicles.
It was estimated that the proposed tax break would cut the upfront costs of an electric car by 36 per cent.
A lefty tabloid rag has busted Len Brown parking in a cycling lane…but its ok because he tweeted he was sorry.
Mayor Len Brown has been snapped parking across a cycle lane on a busy Auckland road – and his flippant apology on social media has created outrage.
Mr Brown was photographed by a Herald reader being interviewed on Carlton Gore Rd this morning.
The car he travelled to the interview in is parked across a cycle lane.
It is an electric car with Auckland Council branding and is next to a recharge station.
Photos clearly show the car was blocking most of a bike lane.
The Herald asked Mr Brown for an explanation and he waited an hour before responding, posting an “apology” on Twitter and Facebook.
“Out test driving one of our new EVs and refilling at a charging stations. Unable to park without impinging… #SorryCyclists,” the post read.
Britain has twice as many taxpayer-funded electric car charging points as it actually has electric cars. I kid you not.
This is the folly of subsidies rewarding stupidity.
The Government and local councils have splashed millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on building thousands of electric car charging points that barely anyone uses.
Ministers confirmed that public money had been used to construct a network of of 57,567 publicly-funded charging points as of the end of the last financial year.
The figure is roughly double the number electric cars actually registered for use on the road in Britain – around 24,500 as of December 2014, according to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Despite the rarity of electric cars, there are now more than six times as many charging points in Britain as there are petrol stations.
James Shaw, one of the candidates for the Greens leadership is a bit strange.
And as for the criticism that he did not drive, “that is simply a statement of fact.”
Aged 16, Mr Shaw decided he would not learn to drive for environmental reasons. He has maintained that stance while living in Wellington, Brussels, and London.
Now that electric cars are more readily available, the 42 year-old is planning to change his policy, and has gained his learner licence.