Monday, 8 August 2022

The future is here

Here's a badge you might not be familiar with. 
My friends son is over here from Germany, and this is the car they came in. Smart eh! Three adults, two dogs plus luggage. They drove through Germany, under the tunnel and into the UK. They visited family up north, and are possibly on their way home now. 
Smart looking wheels with Michelin tyres. 

Extra luggage space at the front. 

Charles and Camilla in the back. 

Here's where you fill it up with juice. 

Two pedals, stop and go. 

No gear leaver, no dashboard dials and switches. 

All computer controlled on this screen. Any language you want. This sets the inside temperature to whatever is appropriate for maximum comfort. At the moment it is in Dog mode. The air conditioning remains on when it is parked. 
All checks can be made on the screen. It is linked to a hand held smartphone, so all adjustments can be made on the phone, outside the car. There are cameras all around the car, front and back, and sides. Someone ran into the back of it so it is all recorded on camera. 

Fancy a bit of entertainment. Choose one of these. 

Let's have a look at my yootoob channel. 

It will be on it's way back to Germany now. This belongs to Emily, a 19 year old who has driven it to Spain and back. She took me for a drive around the village. I must say she is a very confident young lady. The ride felt a little bit bumpy. She said it is because it doesn't have any springs. Although this is automatic, she passed her test in a normal car with a manual gearbox. 
2030 is the proposed date when all petrol and diesel cars will be replaced by electric vehicles. The changeover, along with other measures, is supposed to bring the emissions levels down to zero. I can't see this happening.

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

22 comments:

  1. I live in Southern California (USA). Some days, it seems like every third car I see is a Tesla.

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    1. Apparently there are deals to be had to encourage people to make the swap. It is difficult to predict what will happen in the long term, so jumping in early could be very costly if things should not go the way they are planned. At the moment only the well off can afford them. They might have cheaper running costs, but people will be hanging on to their older petrol/diesel cars until the pumps run dry.

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  2. Tesla - Elon Musk another one of the WEF and the Great Reset. They are pushing for zero carbon to take away our freedoms and control us. Don’t be swayed by the shiny toys, stick to the true path.

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    1. I agree. Musk and the entire renewable energy scam is nothing but an unsustainable and unattainable pipe dream. It's about time people did some reading up on Klaus Schwab of the WEF, an unelected individual who is calling the shots for the rest of the planet. A One World Order in the future? We are already living in it!

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    2. Thank you Anonymous and Anonymous. What you say is well documented and out there for all the world to see. Could you please add your name to your comments. Thank you.

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  3. I have a story about electric cars: a neighbour's friend and his family were travelling to a wedding and left in their electric car for the nearly 4 hour drive; the driver had all the 'electric charge points' on route as he was unsure how long the charge would last. After an hour the car needed to be charged so they went to the nearest point to re-charge - the place was closed, so they managed to get to the next point which was out of their way but it was an emergency. After another 2 hours the car needed charging again, nearly the same thing happened again, no charge point on route and a delay. The entire journey took them nearly 6 hours with all the messing about but thankfully they made it to the wedding in time. The family said they would never use an electric car again.
    My own view is that I will never be able to afford to purchase an electric car but I won't be in the 'elite' category anyway so my travel options will be limited in 2030.
    Thank you Ilona for showing us an electric car and the interesting things you pointed out.

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    1. I think it will be a long time before there are enough charging points to service all of the planned EV's they want to get out.

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    2. I agree with you, it will be a long time before there are enough charging points for every car in the UK. At the moment, however, there are a lot of charging points for the number of cars. My local Tescos and Sainsburys have charging points.

      I also find it surprising that a car ran out of charge after an hour. Most have a range of 300 plus miles

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  4. I was reading an article this morning about a guy who purchased a Tesla and had a minor accident. He took it in for an estimate to fix 5'"movement of the hood and bumper and thought he would not need to use his insurance to pay for the damage. Well surprise -- his estimate was $10,000.00. He cautioned potential buyers to drive very carefully as Tesla repairs are off the wall expensive.

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  5. Electric cars and their charging stations are the government's way to control how often and where can travel to.

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  6. In 'Cooorvid 19 The Great Reset' pdf published online for anyone to read, on page 108.
    "If, in the postpandemic era, we decide to resume our lives just as before (by driving the same cars, by flying to the same destinations, by eating the same things, by heating our house the same way, and so on), the COVID-19 crisis will have gone to waste as far as climate policies are concerned. Conversely, if some of the habits we were forced to adopt during the pandemic translate into structural changes in behaviour, the climate outcome might be different. Commuting less, working remotely a bit more, bicycling and walking instead of driving to keep the air of our cities as clean as it was during the lockdowns, vacationing nearer to home: all these, if aggregated at scale, could lead to a sustained reduction in carbon emissions."
    It's all there. We aren't meant to be driving the same cars according to this readily available document. I have seen lots more Teslas on the road lately. I also note that they have a green band on the numberplate as do all other 'green' vehicles. Marking them out so that everyone can easily see who is green and who is not. Buckle up Ilona we're in for a rough one! Cheers, Karen

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    1. We will have to get the infrastructure improved if we want everyone to stop driving. I live four miles from my nearest shopping area, a small market town. Walking is not an option as there are no pavements for the majority of the walk along busy roads. Bicycling is a nightmare, busy roads, cars, lorries, tractors speeding along and a couple of steep hills, not good for an over 70 years of age lady. Buses: only one suitable each day which leaves at 10.15 a.m. and returns at 12.15 a.m. so no opportunity to get into a bigger town for shopping. We used to have a bus once an hour going via the market town to a city, but I was often the only person on the bus for at least half the journey. Cars are more convenient and often quicker so I cannot blame people for not using the bus. Cities may have better infrastructure, but I hope "those in charge" think about those who live outside cities and improve their bus service and the rest of the infrastructure. I parked in front of a Tesla about six months ago. The car was lovely, as as the driver, but that's another story. Portia.

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  7. Taken from the same document
    All this boils down to lifestyle choices: not only the time we spend in nature, but also what we eat, how we sleep, how much we exercise. These are choices that point to an encouraging observation: age does not have to be a fatality. Ample research shows that together with nature, diet and physical exercise can slow, even sometimes reverse, our biological decline. There is nothing fatalistic about it! Exercise, nature, unprocessed food... They all have the dual benefit of improving immunity and suppressing inflammation.[164] This dovetails with the point we just made about consumption habits. It would be surprising if all this newly found evidence does not lead to greater awareness about responsible consumption.

    Have renamed myself Karen 2 so as not to cause confusion

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    1. The Government have been trying to educate us into a healthy living lifestyle for ages. Some people respond but a heck of a lot will not modify their eating and drinking or do regular exercise. Now, because the economy is about to collapse, and people cannot access healthcare, they are resorting to bringing out new laws which will demand that people comply. In an ideal world people will do their best to look after themselves. They see others having a good time and think, why should I stay in and be miserable. Now it's time to go back to basics, but those with mega bucks will not change anything about their life.

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    2. I am not attacking green choices and lifestyle changes. I think it's brilliant if people have the means financially and individual will to invest in electric vehicles. I am pro choice always. It's just that many of the things we are being directed towards go hand in hand with surveillance and big tech as well as being part of a big and all consuming grand plan which has scant regard for privacy or personal choice. The document only needs to be read through to establish that. I think that supply is not robust enough for everyone to move to them (as is the plan), this may change, and I have my eyes open to the possibility that in the future, electricity is something that could potentially be rationed and/or limited at will. But we can't keep on polluting or closing our eyes to environmental issues either. It's not an easy place to be at the moment. Discussion is good though. Thanks for the name change :)

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  8. It is nothing for us to drive 12 hours to go on holidays here in Australia, things will have to change drastically for me to buy an electric vehicle. To me to best way to help the climate is to consume less. Mel :)

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    1. Agree completely consume less, and don’t drive 12 hours to go on holidays!

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    2. I am afraid that if I want to drive to Scotland, I will do. My car is stationary on my drive for most of the time. It is there for when I need it.

      I notice that people in my village use their cars every day, just to run around for friends and family. Short distances that they could walk.

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  9. On our island in Hawaii, we have quite a few electric cars now. It only takes a few hours to go around the island, so the distances are good for them. Many shopping centers have charging places for them. Like you, I got to have my first ride in a Tesla this past week. It was really weird to have everything controlled by touching the computer screen but a nice ride. I think they are the new status symbol for young professionals.

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    1. I wonder if they are a new fashion accessory, a status symbol.

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