Imagine Trying to Escape a Hurricane in a Tesla…

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Would you want to flee a hurricane in a gas-fuelled pick up? Or a battery-powered Tesla?

Last week, drivers of the latter got lucky when they were bailed out of disaster courtesy of Tesla’s canny marketing department. (h/t Eric Worrall at Watts Up With That?)

Tesla drivers who fled Hurricane Irma last weekend received an unexpected lesson in modern consumer economics along the way. As they sat on choked highways, some of the electric-car giant’s more keenly priced models suddenly gained an extra 30 or so miles in range thanks to a silent free upgrade.

The move, confirmed by Tesla, followed the request of one Florida driver for a limit on his car’s battery to be lifted. Tesla’s cheaper models, introduced last year, have the same 75KwH battery as its more costly cars, but software limits it to 80% of range. Owners can otherwise buy an upgrade for several thousands of dollars. And because Tesla’s software updates are online, the company can make the changes with the flick of a virtual switch.

But that’s easy enough to arrange when hardly anyone drives the things.

What happens in the near-future when, we’re told, everyone is going to be driving electric cars – whether they like it or not?

Well a German IT expert called Hadmut Danisch has been doing the math. And the result isn’t pretty.

Read the rest at Breitbart.

No One Wants to Buy Electric Cars. Good.

And who can blame them?

Apart from being poky and tinny and smug and expensive and utterly useless for long distances, electric cars are also terrible for health and the environment, as even environmentalist Bill Gates has recognised:

People think, Oh, well, I’ll just get an electric car. There are places where if you buy an electric car, you’re actually increasing CO2 emissions, because the electricity infrastructure is emitting more CO2 than you would have if you’d had a gasoline-powered car.

Electric cars, in other words, are the motoring equivalent of a neon sign saying: “I am a total wanker.” Which is why everyone who is not a total wanker prefers gasoline-powered vehicles. With the oil price so low – and looking to stay low for some considerable time yet – it makes perfect sense.

Since gas prices have been declining for a year now, and the national price of a gallon of unleaded is about $1.97 at the moment, Americans just aren’t making fuel-efficiency a priority with their new car choices. The biggest winners in 2015’s record-breaking new car-a-palooza were Jeep, Ram and any brand with a lot of SUVs, trucks and crossovers.

In Britain, it’s just the same. Not only are consumers shunning electric cars but they are gravitating towards bigger, gas-guzzling cars which they might previously have considered impractical. I’m one of them. When the lease on my diesel-powered Skoda runs out, I’m almost certainly going to buy a big, chunky, 4 x 4  like, maybe, a second-hand LandRover Discovery. If, as I do, you live in the remote country and you need to drive very fast so as to ensure the milk doesn’t go sour on the epic journey back from the supermarket, then clearly it’s very important that if you smash into an obstacle – a muntjac deer, say; or a gang of Romanians who’ve just pinched the lead off your church roof; or a Prius driver on their way to save a sett of tubercular badgers – you do so with minimum damage to your own vehicle.

That’s what God is trying to tell us through the medium of low oil prices: that a) He absolutely loathes the Middle East and everyone in it (apart from the Israelis, obviously, who are His Chosen People) and b) that He is sick to death of bleeding heart mimsers who take weird pride in the tinny crapness of their eco-cars and that He wants them all to die.

Even if it isn’t what God wants, though, it’s definitely what the free market is telling us. This is the glory of the untrammelled economic system: it is the collective product of million upon million voluntary decisions by free individuals based on informed calculations. No economist, no government functionary could ever replicate this system through management or regulation because they could never hope to gain access to the complex and ever-changing data which informs all these consumer decisions.

But that’s never going to stop our political leaders trying, is it?

Read the rest at Breitbart.

Chicken Little jumps the shark

When I heard Chris Huhne’s proposal that the new 80mph speed limit should apply to electric cars only, I knew it could only be a joke.

Cartoon by Fenbeagle.

No one, not even an alleged economics “expert” who had argued so wholeheartedly for the Euro a few years back, could be quite that wilfully perverse, surely?

Apparently, though it’s true.

Just like the story about him comparing Baroness Warsi to Dr Goebbels for her extremely Nazi-like crime of, er, saying “No to AV” was true. And the story about him being caught on Twitter briefing against Theresa May was true. And the one about him casually trying to smear another of his cabinet colleagues Phil Hammond (in the same weekend) was true.

All this might be more amusing than it is if Huhne didn’t wield such extraordinary power. He is the man behind the costly, pointless drive for “renewables” which is not only blighting the British countryside but threatening to drive one in four households into fuel poverty as we approach the third bitterly cold winter in succession.

The Government faces demands to tear up or delay plans to force through a £200billion shift to wind turbines, wave power and new nuclear power stations.

Energy industry analyst Martin Brough, of Deutsche Bank, warned that a quarter of households could be driven into fuel poverty by 2015.

He said: ‘Our analysis suggests rising energy bills and sluggish income growth will make household energy less affordable than at any time since the oil shocks of the 1970s.’

Energy tariffs have leapt by around 20 per cent in the past year, pushing up the annual average bill to £1,293. Deutsche Bank predicts bills will rise by another 25 per cent – around £325 – by 2015, taking the figure to £1,618.

The shift to green energy is being driven by the EU and commitments made by both the last Labour government and the Coalition, based on the support of Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne.

What makes his stance more disgraceful yet is that he is quite deliberately standing in the way of the miracle development which could not only save the British economy at its darkest hour of need but also solve the fuel poverty problem at a stroke: shale gas.

Why does he do these terrible things? And more to the point, how does he go on getting away with it?

Huhne’s swaggering arrogance and brinkmanship, I fear, is not unakin to that of all those rioters who “owned” the streets of London for the best part of three days in the summer. They got away with it because they could. In the rioters’ case it was because they understood British policing policy had grown so touchy-feely and lax that they could loot and burn almost with impunity. In Huhne’s case it’s because he knows that Cameron is so desperate to avoid a split in his bastard Coalition that he can get away with murder. (Literally, probably. I’m trying to think what might make Cameron reconsider. Starting a nuclear war with China? Genocide?)

This really has gone on long enough. Having Huhne in charge of Britain’s energy policy is like having Homer Simpson run the Springfield Nuclear power plant in the middle of a meltdown. The fact that Cameron can’t see this speaks volumes about his lack of judgement. If he’s going to ditch Liam Fox, as I suspect he will, then he must – he absolutely must – make it a two for one deal and get rid of Huhne too.

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Posted on 16th October 2011Author jamesCategories Blog

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