independentliberal Wrote: Tesla is one of the giants of intellectual and scientific history.
TJ Wrote: Initially I agree with everyone. I'd like to see Electric thrive but I agree it's not yet it's time. Maybe in 5 years there will be advances and cost reductions. Maybe in 10 years it might approach a competitive situation. When driving in a hybrid, it always surprises me how silent it can be. If I were Tesla, I'd challenge many universities to study/research the science. Maybe put a carrot at the end of the stick. Those who make a significant improvement will get 1 million dollars. Those who make a game changing improvement will get 5 million dollars. I'd send that to a carefully chosen list of universities that have the technology, staff, funds, and competitive edge. Even a dozen universities worldwide. This will help the world when a car (minus luxury features) is between 25 - 30 thousand dollars, and fueling stations are plentiful. A device for the trunk that will take you from a dead battery to 10 more miles would be worth it's weight in gold.
At the same time...... I'd hire 6 motivated persons to study to make sure Gas auto makers aren't putting up obstructions.
jamesn Wrote: Anyone see Chris Hayes interview Elon Musk last night? I did. On MSNBC!
Musk said that his company Tesla, produced about 22,000 electric cars last year while the world produced about 100 million gas and diesel powered vehicles last year. I think I remember those numbers correctly and I assume that 100 million includes hybrids.
Look at those number again: 22,000 electrics vs 100,000,000 non electrics. Maybe that will illustrate how far we have to go. I know that other companies produced electrics too, but you can see that there's quite a disparity in production.
Tesla is hoping for 36,000 this year, still quite a bit short of the numbers needed to tip the balance.
Dutch Wrote: The latest: Harley Davidson is unveiling an electric bike! I already know for sure it will flop. Harley owners will not buy it! Why? quite simple the "macho" element is then gone with the wind. They love to hear the broom, broom , thud, thud noise of the slow firing cylinders. You can hear a Harley coming from a distance.
I guess they do not want to be "sissy's on a "girls" bike.