I find the conspiracy theories about fantastic inventions in fuel consumption suppressed by exxon assassins amusing, but back in the real world engineering advances are incremental and progressive. A new car technology will not arrive vastly better than the present form, just slightly better. I gather it takes around four years of typical use to break into profit with the chevy volt over a conventional car.
That price/cost advantage will increase as this technology matures. At the moment you pay more for a hybrid and a LOT more for a car with features like sports styling and performance, but as hybrid vehicle technology improves the cost advantage of such vehicles will become far bigger and it will take wealth and a preference for vintage tech to still be driving a pure petrol car.
izen the volt will continue to suck badly because it lacks range and this gets worse over the life of the battery pack and frankly battery technology is not up to the task right now. Which also completely ignores the fact that the electricity is produced elsewhere mainly by CO2 emitting sources like gas,oil or coal. It’s false environmentalism.
As Fen blogged a while back, a Bactrian camel has the same top speed, vastly more range on a single charging and can be charged on anything which grows in your back garden, including whatever is hanging on the washing line.
On street charging?, just park it by a bin outside a macdonalds – they’ll eat dogburgers and chicken too (don’t park it near a tappas bar -it’ll spend its time shooting down seagulls with olive stones).
I’m not sure how difficult an electric car is to catch and halter in the morning, what length of wooden stylus is needed for data input, or whether it needs a ratchet strap to get its girth strap tightened up…
Back in the days when Czechia was still attached to Slovakia, and both were soviet satellites. the old rear engined Skodas (which were pretty good if you didn’t mind technology that was 40 years out of date and a 1.6 engine which did fewer miles to the gallon than a pal’s W12 engined Bentley does – much fewer miles!) were the but of many jokes.
Q; what is the difference between having a Skoda and having the syphilis?
A; you wouldn’t admit either to your friends, but you can get rid of the syphilis.
a reference to the apalling re-sale value of the central planner’s product, and the fact that only a subsidized Skoda dealer would offer you sufficeint part exchange to get a new car – a new Skoda that is.
What a politically correct joke is the electric car. The makers were always on a collision course with reality, in the form of market demand. And like wind power, demand for its over-priced product could only ever be sustained by vast state subsidies.
Well my little joke could have been more politically incorrect but they are a joke because the batteries are not good enough yet and the left thinks electricity is made from unicorn farts. When emotional thinkers are given the run of the asylum chaos ensues.