It's All Artificial

Comin' in hot in the carpool lane!

I've been telling you for years now, how the Tesla car is an overpriced P.O.S.  I always wondered why anyone would buy one.  Sure, the federal government will bribe you to purchase one, but the cars are still very expensive and very unreliable. (Essentially broke down almost half a day, every day.  They call it "recharging".)

Then, I came across this post at IOTW Report, and it explains everything.  Basically, no one buys Tesla's, except for people who live in Los Angeles, and we all know how weird they are.  But it seems that the state of California has its own way of bribing people to buy these things.

If it weren't for our state and federal governments giving special treatment to stupid people, there wouldn't be any electric cars on the road.


  1. No chit.

    All the pollution made by your car in the city will instead be made at the power plant outside the city limits as it generates power for the electric cars. For now, it is an idiot's car and if it burns greasy elderly hippies and gay environmentalists to would warm this old curmudgeon's heart!

    But I wonder. This is actually a grand experiment in new technologies and I have seen this before. 30 years ago the V22 Osprey prototypes were having a seemingly endless run of bad luck. It seems the redundant digital flight controllers had a penchant for fighting among themselves, and when they did, that big old bird would heel over and hit the ground and tear itself (and its crew) to pieces. Today that thing is darn near as reliable as Old Faithful and has kicked off some other boggling technologies.

    We really need to step up to the plate on battery technologies.

    1. No matter how much money we spend on developing battery technology, we will only see modest increases in battery performance. Trust me on this.(It's called diminishing marginal returns). Even if we could make a battery that is twice as good as anything on the market right now, electric cars still wouldn't even come close to gas powered cars in terms of performance and reliability. If we could make a batter that's four times as good as today's batteries, electric cars couldn't beat gas cars.

      Tesla claims a 0 to 60 time of 5.2 seconds, but how many times can you do that during a 200 mile drive? The answer is: Not very often. A new Chevy Camaro SS can go 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds, and you can do it all day long, over and over again, and still complete a 200 mile drive. The Camaro SS costs less than half of a Tesla. The base V-6 Camaro goes 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds and cost about a quarter of a new Tesla. Total cost of ownership and operation of even the most expensive Camaro is only a fraction of the cost of owning a Tesla. If a relatively expensive and relatively uneconomical car like a Camaro outperforms a Tesla by that much, imagine how much better cars known for economical operation would out perform a Tesla. There are some electric cars that are less expensive than the Tesla, but they are still outrageously expensive. A Nissan Leaf cost about $40,000 and has a range during night in cold, wet weather, of about 50 miles. No matter how much we can realistically hope to improve batteries, electric cars will never, never, never replace gas cars.

      Think about it, consumers will choose one car over another if it cost $500 less, or goes just a little faster. The Tesla is slower than most performance cars and more expensive than just about any car. The Nissan Leaf is slower than most cars and is more expensive than most cars. Consumers as a whole, are never going to willingly pay more for less performance.

  2. I've made several posts on burning electric cars. My favorite was where this guy stole a Tesla, sped across town, wrecked it, accident tore it in two and the one half burned while the other half was wedged a number of feet off the ground between two buildings.

    1. Yes, I remember seeing that post on your blog. In fact I liked it so much that I reposted it on mine. I try to post all the negative information about electric cars that I can find. Not because I think I can change anyone's opinion but because once the truth about them is known, and the general public looks upon electric vehicles the same way as they now view Yugos, I can sit back, smile, and say "I told you so!"

      The electric cars of today will fail just as the electric cars of the early twentieth century failed. Electric cars are a dead end mutation that will always be selected out by the process of automotive evolution.

      Hybrid cars, on the other hand, will survive because they do not have all of the serious shortcomings of battery powered electric vehicles.