Battery electric vehicles

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 »

Can anyone name a single successful green project?

It seems if the green taliban and their assorted flunkies think something is a good idea then you should run the other way. Not so in the government sector though where green projects get billions poured into them for no discernible positive result…except tot he scamsters who promote the projects.

Wally politicians always fall for their b.s.

Most electric car charging points in Bristol remain unused despite costing more than ?100,000 to install.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show for the second half of 2012 there were just 14 users.

The council’s?36 charging points?were installed in 12 car parks in an attempt to boost electric car take-up. ? Read more »

Gay Car review knocks $100m of Tesla’s value

Gay car maker Tesla has had $100M knocked from their market capitalisation:

?NEVER pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel,? Mark Twain famously warned. The question is whether that wisdom holds true in the digital age, particularly when the guy picking the fight has a seemingly unlimited supply of electrons.

What?s clear is that Elon Musk is not someone to readily brook criticism. A few years back, for instance, the co-founder of PayPal, an online payment service, and, more recently, the founder of Tesla Motors, a maker of battery-powered cars, went to war with the?BBC?over a story on the cheeky Top Gear, a wildly popular car show. He ultimately lost.

What?s not clear is who came out on top in Mr Musk?s latest media brawl. This one pitted him against one of the world?s most powerful and influential newspapers, the?New York Times. Last month it ran?a report?by John Broder that detailed his drive from Washington, DC, to Boston in one of the carmaker?s new Model S sedans. What seemed to have short-circuited Mr Musk was a shot showing the electric vehicle being loaded onto a flatbed truck after running out of juice. ? Read more »

Gay cars and their dirty little secrets

From proper cars to gay cars now.

It is certainly no secret that I hate electric cars and the?sanctimonious?creeps that drive them. Now people are starting to wake up to the dirty little secrets these gay cars have:

Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future. Ads assure us of “zero emissions,” and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015. With sales for 2012 coming in at about 50,000, that million-car figure is a pipe dream. Consumers remain wary of the cars’ limited range, higher price and the logistics of battery-charging. But for those who do own an electric car, at least there is the consolation that it’s truly green, right? Not really.

For proponents such as the actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, the main argument is that their electric cars?whether it’s a $100,000 Fisker Karma (Mr. DiCaprio’s ride) or a $28,000 Nissan Leaf?don’t contribute to global warming. And, sure, electric cars don’t emit carbon-dioxide on the road. But the energy used for their manufacture and continual battery charges certainly does?far more than most people realize.

A 2012 comprehensive life-cycle analysis in Journal of Industrial Ecology shows that almost half the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an electric car come from the energy used to produce the car, especially the battery. The mining of lithium, for instance, is a less than green activity. By contrast, the manufacture of a gas-powered car accounts for 17% of its lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions. When an electric car rolls off the production line, it has already been responsible for 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emission. The amount for making a conventional car: 14,000 pounds.? Read more »