People give me grief because I illustrate my angst at “the greenies” using Tesla.
I’m NOT talking about Nikola Tesla, either.
Let’s clear the air, shall we?
I LOVE Tesla Roadsters. I love the look, I love the engineering and I love the vibe…
But, these guys who buy them say things like;
“I cannot understand why anyone would want to go any faster than I can in my Tesla Roadster – which does not pollute the planet and is 100% recyclable. 0-60 in less than 4 secs and max 125 mph is enough for me – and driving has never felt safer or more fun.”
While Teslas are cool rides… you can’t really call a Tesla a “TRULY GREEN” solution. A Tesla pollutes the planet just as much as any other gas chugging vehicle on the road… as soon as they hit the recharging station.
Where does electricity come from? What gets dumped into the air by those power plants? Eh?
That’s right. Say my name…. baby… :)
The only way that a Tesla lives up to it’s name is if it’s being recharged by photovoltaic panels, hydroelectric or a wind turbine. How often does THAT actually happen? Less than 5% of the time, based on statistics.
So, realistically, you might as well be driving a Bentley or a large SUV.
Does that mean that I think they should stop building them? Heaven’s no. I think that they should build MORE recharging stations that take the load OFF the grid, to support them. It’ll happen… someday.
A guy I know has an electric pickup truck sitting in his front yard. He actually found the truck on Craigslist. He’s halfway there. All he needs now is a dedicated recharger based on PVs… and he’ll get there, because HE gets it and he knows the magic word…. GEEKS. He’s got some crafty guys in his gallery…
I have a set of the electric motors and drive units that they put on those big “Aircraft trolleys”. Those puppies can pull around 747’s like they were toys. This time next year, we’ll have a pair of trucks to use around the farm, charged by the Sun.
And, I always thought that the name “TESLA” was satire, because it kinda makes a mockery of the life that Nikola Tesla dedicated himself – to as he both invented and drove a car over 3,000 miles across the US in 1903 on electricity being harnessed from… the ether/air…
In fact, the reason that Tesla isn’t a household word is that Nickola wanted to develop his electricity program and GIVE AWAY the electricity for free. His investors didn’t like the idea… because they couldn’t make any money… :(
Okay, I’m not gonna get any Christmas cards from the guys at Tesla. I’m not looking to pick a fight with them, I just realize that the system is “flawed”.
Beyond that, a lot of people who buy Tesla’s remind me of people who buy Prius cars. They seem to think that they are “different”.
I’m not looking for differences in people, folks. I’m looking for the things that they have in common.
We live in a “land divided”.
WE could use a little healing…