Electric car

Len Brown doesn’t care for road rules

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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.

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Britain has twice as many electric car charging points as it actually has electric cars

Unbelievable.

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.

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Does he refuse to fly also? And what about his expenses?

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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.

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Smug cars for Smug owners

With petrol prices falling you’d think there would be a drop off in purchases of smug powered cars.

But it appears this isn’t the case, even though they are horrendously expensive.

It seems smug people still like buying smug cars.

People buy vehicles for all sorts of reasons. They buy because the vehicle meets their utility—a pickup truck for a handyman, a van for a big family, a Lincoln Town Car for a professional driver. Some make decisions based on fuel efficiency and low cost. But as is often the case with consumer products, many people make vehicle purchase decisions based on how the product makes them feel, or how it makes them look. In the U.S. in particular, the car you drive is a means of expressing your identity.   Read more »

Another dud Green idea

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The Green party is a party of dud MPs, dud ideas and dud results.

Yet another of their dud ideas has crashed and burned because they never bothered to check out the details.

They wanted the government to replace the extremely fuel efficient diesel BMW fleet with gay electric cars…except they never checked if they will ever be available in New Zealand.

The Green Party may have ideas around having Tesla Model S sedans as government limousines, but if they do they will be private imports, with Tesla telling AutoTalk it has no plans for the New Zealand market.   Read more »

Making gay electric cars even gayer

Just when you thought you couldn’t find a car any gayer than Fossy’s gay ute, the EU has decided to make gay electric cars even gayer…by forcing them to make brrrrm sounds.

Silent but potentially deadly electric cars will have to be fitted with artificial ‘sound generators’ so blind and partially sighted pedestrians can hear them coming, the European Parliament voted today.

It is part of new EU legislation which will also require conventional cars and lorries with petrol and diesel engines to make 25 per cent less noise.

The MEPs voted to introduce mandatory ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS) – sounding like a conventional engine – to all new electric and hybrid cars to protect vulnerable road users.

It follows lobbying from British MEPs and campaign groups including Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars such as the all-electric BMWi3 or the Toyota Prius currently emit very little sound when running on electric power only.

Campaigners say this particularly dangerous for partially-sighted and blind pedestrians.

Earlier proposals from the European Commission called for the installation of an artificial sound system to be done on a voluntary basis only.   Read more »

More bad news for owners of electric cars

It is bad enough that they are gayer than Fossy’s gay ute, but now there is more evidence that electric cars suck.

The depreciate faster than even Eastern European vehicles.

Electric cars lose more money through depreciation than any other type of car, according to new research from car pricing expert CAP Automotive.

CAP analaysed the prices paid for used cars up until the end of October 2013, and the results make alarming reading for anyone that has bought an electric car.

According to CAP’s figures, when broken down into fuel types, electric cars were worth on average just 20.2 per cent of their list price after three years, compared with diesel and electric cars, which retained 44.7 per cent and 43.6 per cent respectively.

The figures don’t take into account the Government’s plug-in car grant of up to £5,000 towards the price of an electric car, or any discounts on list prices, but still suggest that there is a big difference between how much buyers are willing to pay for used electric cars compared with their conventionally fuelled counterparts.

Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius (below) depreciated more slowly than any other type of car, however, with a retained value of 45.3 per cent over the same period.    Read more »

The car will always be king in Auckland

Policy Parrot says:

And here is the reason why you won’t be seeing much advancement of public transport in Auckland over the next 40 years.

Electric cars.

There is absolutely no denying the car industry is the master of adaptation when forced by laws and by public demand.

And the car industry are survivors.

Firstly – in a world full of public servants and green Taliban types all expressing desire for public transport in modern cities its of no surprise that Auckland Council politicians are easily convinced about trains and tunnels.

Expensive train sets are easy targets for politicking off. The media gets a huge woody over expenditure. The masses are easily excited about new things in a city. People like progress. Politicians promise it in the form of big ticket items.

Accompanying the public transport mantra is the call to make the motorcar extinct.

Urban designers want motorways converted to lofty bike ways or destroyed and replaced with train lines ranked with apartment buildings.

Green ranting loonies want everyone to ride bikes or skip to work wearing hemp suits and eating home grown turnips.

Council officers want a freebie ride to work.  Read more »

Electric Car farce in UK, councils blow millions

Green projects worldwide are failing and taxpayers and ratepayers are picking up the bills, especially for idiot projects associated with electric cars.

Councils across the UK have spent more than £7.2m on charging points for electric cars over the last three years but many are not being used.

One in six councils admitted to having at least one point which has not been used at all over the past year.

While less than a third of authorities have a charging point used on average more than once a week, more than half of which are used only by council vehicles.

BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours found that council spending amounts to £1,750 per electric car.  Read more »

Yes, electric cars are gay

Everyone should know how I feel about electric cars, they are tits, and gay at the same time.

Shai Agassi’s company, Better Place, for example, has generated glowing magazine profiles, but it has managed to lose more than $500 million while selling astoundingly few cars. He stepped down as the chief executive, and his replacement lasted only a few months. It turns out that the things that are sexy to politicians and paradigm-shifting to conference audiences are not necessarily attractive to consumers.

As I blogged earlier another gay car company bled $100M off of the back of some bad reviews.