Oh get stuffed

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.

Whoopy…so Norway has 20% of new cars sold because of subsidies…take away the subsidies and sales would crash…meaning people are buying the cars because of the subsidies and not because of anything else.

Any business model that is reliant on subsidies isn’t really a sound business model.

On top of that who wants a car that can only go 320 on a charge, and then sit around for 4 hours waiting to recharge it again.

In Auckland you’d barely go for two days without needed a recharge.

People who push electric cars are either incredibly rich or just like driving around in a cloud of smug.

Bridges is finalising details of a scheme to encourage the sale of electric vehicles.

But he indicated New Zealand would not follow Norway or others in contemplating a ban on petrol and diesel cars.

“The Government isn’t considering this,” he said.

Magnusson said Bridges’ position was consistent with the Government’s “wider climate change narrative” which also included choosing not to include agriculture in emissions trading.

But he hoped that was down to the fact the Government had yet to recognise that a ban on the sale of petrol and vehicles would be “achievable and practical” as part of a collective effort that also involved the private sector.

Magnusson co-founded 60-person Wellington software firm SilverStripe and owns a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. He is helping organise a rally of electric vehicles that will travel from Cape Reinga to Bluff next month.

Shit, I’ll do that rally in my diesel Isuzu DMax and I bet I get there days ahead of all the smug wankers in their electric cars and their limited range. That is 2083km. At best his Nissan Leaf can travel 135km on a single charge…and then he will need 4 hours to recharge it. That is at least 15 charges, or 60 hours, or 2.5 days of sitting on your arse watching a battery charge. In two and half days in my D-Max I’d have driven the whole distance. I reckon it will take these smug wankers at least 12 days to do the same thing. What a joke. This won’t be a rally, it will be a race of snails and tortoises. In that time I could drive all the way there and back home again and still have a few days up my sleeve for sightseeing.


– Fairfax


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