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  1. 6 points
    It might be most accurate to say I've spent time in both worlds. I understand both what it's like to do dirty, dangerous, exhausting labor and what it's like to be intellectually stressed by challenging problems from the comfort of an air-conditioned office. I've had friends who were penniless and friends who socialized exclusively in wealthy circles. This was not according to any ambitious plan; I just met them along the way. I've met good people from all walks of life - but they approach financial decisions in wildly different ways. Seeing how cars are advertised to poor people is fascinating. The total focus is on monthly payments and encouraging them to buy the most expensive vehicles their credit score will tolerate. That dealers focus so heavily on this suggests to me that it works. Actually watching poor people make purchasing decisions is also fascinating. A lack of self control combined with a compulsion to keep up with others and a complete lack of knowledge leaves them susceptible to the aforementioned advertising. I see plenty of new, fast cars parked at low-end housing. They aren't new luxury cars - these people clearly can't afford BMWs - but they are the fastest, most ostentatious vehicles the owner can make the payment on - at least, until said owner makes a single mistake and their financial house of cards collapses. To wit: there are plenty of Honda Civic Type R's, full-size pickup trucks, and full-size SUVs parked at low-end housing. These people also invest considerable sums in modifying their vehicles. Lowered suspension kits, expensive audio systems, enormous chrome rims, and fancy paint jobs are ubiquitous in poor neighborhoods. Cigarettes, dip, drugs, alcohol, energy drinks, and convenience foods are also ubiquitous. The same people dropping enormous sums on their cars, swag, conveniences, and pleasures live in unsafe housing, have no emergency fund, invest nothing in their education, spend little time honing their skills, and do not read. In short, they have neither interest in bettering themselves nor a plan for the future. They value immediate pleasure over long-term gain and, without exception, obtain exactly what they value. It's been my experience that "poor" people have access to resources; they just *appear* poor because they squander those resources. Thus, I don't think there will be any problem financing EVs for "poor" people. Given that the TCO for EVs will be lower than that for ICEs, I don't even think EVs will cut into their smoking, dipping, drinking, drug use, energy drinks, or convenience foods. If anything, the stability of electricity prices will leave them less susceptible to financial disasters. Concerns about EV prices also forget that today's crop of EVs are mostly high-performance, luxury vehicles marketed to the affluent. You could save a lot of money by reducing that to an econobox with just enough power and range to get around town. The only reason it hasn't been done is that more lucrative markets are available. That will change soon enough.
  2. 6 points
    @Edoardo Di Giamberardino CNG trucks were expected to be the next 'big thing' in the USA in the early 2000's, but the experiment didn't last. Once you understand the economics of the US trucking industry it becomes obvious. A haul tractor can last a very long time, but after the first few years of travelling an average of 100,000 miles (160,000 km) per year they start to need more and more overhauls and maintenance. Repairs in the US are expensive, because of the high cost of labor, and requirements for high quality parts. Repairs in most of the rest of the world on the other hand are much cheaper. As a result, trucking companies in the USA purchase new tractors, run them for 3-8 years (depending on distance driven per year) then sell them, usually to south and central America, the Caribbean and Africa. There they serve for another 10-15 years or so receiving a couple of major mechanical overhauls (which are affordable for the new operators) in the process before final retirement. Unfortunately these places don't have the infrastructure to use tractors that run on natural gas, so they can't buy them at any price. The US companies typically receive a 'used' sale value on their new tractors which is 30-40% of the price of a new tractor. Without the ability to receive a residual value from the resale of the CNG tractors, US operators are stuck with a choice: Pay enormous USA labor costs to keep the CNG tractors on the road domestically Throw the the CNG tractors away on a regular basis Buy diesel tractors The situations where this doesn't apply are for trucks which travel relatively short distances, and wear out before the drive train needs major service work. This includes trash trucks, some delivery trucks, some city buses and 'short haul' freight services. These are being converted to CNG in the USA, but they don't account for a very large portion of the overall fleet. Otherwise, the US industry is sticking with diesels because the total cost of ownership is lower, and when you consider that the alternatives are basically wasteful of natural resources AND money you can hardly blame them. European trucks typically travel much shorter distances per year than US trucks, so the math is different there. China is using CNG trucks as a method of combating particulate air pollution, because for them it is cheaper than building more sophisticated diesel engines which do not emit large quantities of soot - they simply don't have the manufacturing capability to make large numbers of those kinds of engines at a reasonable price.
  3. 5 points
    So we have Maricopa 500k ballots short of the count, meaning 1/4 of the total were not there or were fake, meaning half the Biden vote was fake. This would not surprise me to eventually repeat throughout the country's Dem stronghold counties in Urban centers. Not because those are suddenly so much more Republican but because they were never quite as Dem as claimed since the means for Dems being consistently elected there is systemic election fraud, from fake registries to ballot stuffing to physical and digital ballot and count flipping. I expect MI WI MN VA to be about as bad a fraud as AZ. PA to be far worse as Pittsburgh went silent on Dem turnout over fracking ban comments from Biden. Just a trickle of Dem voters in the most Dem precincts. The fact is that without massive cheating the Dems would have had no substance left. After this massive fraud, the entire Dem structure from media to corporate support to the politicians themselves and the boots on the ground election "hacktivists" will all be in jail and there will be no Dem party to speak of.
  4. 5 points
    The initial cost of a car is a truly major consideration for a whole lot of people. That's why so many people purchase a used car. For decades, the most massive transfer of wealth to the poor in the US was the used car market. Wealthier folks bought new every two years, and the two-year-old used cars cost less than half the price of a new car. While things have changed over the years, this wealth transfer has not completely disappeared. The problem of course is that a used car is statistically less reliable than a new car, so the poor are statistically more likely to pay more for maintenance and gasoline. Eventually, there will be used EVs on the market in large numbers, and the less wealthy will be able to buy them. The big question is how well the batteries will hold up.
  5. 5 points
    It's extremely logical - nearly all existing locomotives are diesel electric already - adding batteries to them to save/store energy on an as needed basis when it's conventien was obvious and logical - I only wonder why it took so long to do it. It's an obvious win when you realize how much regenerative braking locomotives already do. It might even save weight and space by reducing the need for cooling systems during brake regeneration.
  6. 4 points
    Inefficient for sure. Too often corrupt, is hyperbolic, corruption in the judiciary is rare, corruption in prosecutors/defense lawyers is more often the case. Those ads you see around election claiming near perfect conviction rates (90% or more) for prosecutors just proved they cherry picked winning cases. Hard cases to prove are not pursued, so they don't negatively impact prosecutorial batting averages. That alone is a form of corruption.
  7. 4 points
    Here's how you get mathematically impossible votes. When "votes" coming into the counting center exceed registered voters by 20-60%. When dead people not only vote, but ask for absentee ballots, that's not impossible math, just impossible period. There's more, but you're already tuning out your cognitive dissonance.
  8. 4 points
    Dear Ward, I never said English was my first language. As a matter of fact, I made it pretty much clear I am not American although I don’t get it what it has to do with anything. As I said it before, all posts that have nothing to do with the topic , include insults, etc... will be deleted. That would be the answer to your question why your previous post was deleted. Now lets get back to the topic and try to stick to it.
  9. 4 points
    To add a bit to what @ronwagn said, 'total cost of ownership is all fine and dandy if you have the cash for the up front expense NOW but the numbers get flipped around if you have to finance the costs. Another factor is that many people are wildly over optimistic about the future, and short sighted about future costs. Repairs later on? No worries - I don't think it will happen to me - and if it does, I'll have a better job making twice as much money by then! The final factor is that for a large majority of the the math to figure out total value is literally too difficult to understand. They will simply buy the thing that costs the least now, or has the lowest monthly payment. This sort of mentality applies to some otherwise seemingly well educated and informed people who really really cannot do the math - not for love or money. The fortunate ones marry and trust someone who can, but for a lot of folks it's simply beyond them. They will never 'appreciate' a high up front cost but cheap to own product because they can't understand the math, or keep all the data in their heads at once to be able to 'see' the big picture. These are the same people who buy a starbucks coffee every day, or buy apple slices instead of whole apples at the supermarket, or who get the fancy drinks at the bar instead of learning how to mix their own at home, or pay a late fee on their bill because they 'forgot to pay' - in other words these are average people, and they will not get it. The silver lining here is that most folks buy used cars, and it's the wealthy (who tend to be more farsighted, or at least take better advice) who make the decisions on new car purchase.
  10. 4 points
    Not sure of your point. Mexican bandits do not pay attention to TX state law, nor do our own home-grown criminals. I do not own a firearm but regularly give thanks that (a) criminals dont know that and (b) my neighbors do, and the criminals take heed. More law abiding citizens with protection will be a good thing, especially if the culture is to encourage them to practice and to take gun safety seriously. BTW, I never once heard Trump suggest that a state should eliminate all gun restrictions... I suspect you suffer from TDS (even months after being cured), why didja bring his name in to this?
  11. 4 points
    It does! Downhill grades soaking up all the dynamic breaking energy from it and the other diesels in a trainset. The proof of concept was a complete success. Next step is to build a prototype with more storage and then go into production. It turns diesel locomotive trainsets into hybrids.
  12. 3 points
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/15/climate/biden-drilling-federal-land.html Many overreaches by the Biden administration already.
  13. 3 points
    Trump is uniting the nation by separating it from the MSM and the crookery of DC. NSA leaked numbers circulating again with an 80 mil to under 20 mil win for Trump, but I think that was for the in person election day vote. Full figures are probably closer to 100 mil vs. something under 60 mil that I quoted before. Looks pretty unified to start. Trump is unifying the country against the Feds. It is working. The great awakening is picking up speed with the exposure of Fauci and his participation in gain of function and clear crimes against humanity in suppressing information on HCQ, Ivermectin and other treatments, the efficacy of natural immunity, the irrelevancy of the masks to CV19 and the dangers they pose, the growing disaster that the vaccines are turning out to be. The FBI assets and agents involved in Jan 6 turned out to be 1 of each 3 people participating, most of which were shown on video to have been invited in. This is turning the FBI's image into that of the KGB and their prisoners to be political. Biden's Junta is perceived ever more broadly as an incompetent banana republic despot surrounded by deranged racist psycopaths. All that is missing is a shrunken head of a former opponent on Pelosi's desk.. The rolling stone article @surrept33 posted is correct on one point, that the new Reps are a broader tent than before and have a less concentrated position on the Sowell Libertarian side, which was entirely betrayed by the establishment and now the long gone neocons. The reality of the old Rep party was creeping corporate fascism. The main impetus today is to stop the fascist/communist takeover of the US and restore election integrity. As Biden and his thug FBI and cultural and racist Marxist cult intellectuals force their mind barf down our throats the tiny remnant of the once great Dem party is fleeing in revulsion. They don't know yet to embrace Buckley and Sowell, but they are running away from modern liberalism. Trump's Republican party accepts them readily and lets them form a new political identity. Once the Feds lose the rest of their narrowing base, then reformed and restructured on a micro rather than macro scale then there will be room to focus the new Rep party on more narrow principles. Otherwise, the Rolling stone article is pretty much a city liberal's safari visit to the plain people's country. For him there is no urgency in fixing something that worked for his preference (this time) so he sees little significance in the concentration on fixing the election process to produce clean elections in the future and reveal all the fraud in the 2020 cycle to fix the outcome and show up all the means for the fraud..
  14. 3 points
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj4MuFp4hYE&ab_channel=DrDouglasGFrank This reference from Ward's URL Watch it and ask yourself if there is any possibility that there was an honest election. They don't even have an honest voter registry. It is inflated with fake voters. The method of determining the figures of how many fake voters are added is based on the 2010 census data shifted and multiplied by a constant. That leaves no possibility that the subsequent ballot counts are real. This is a near universal artifact of Dem precincts/counties. It is officials in the SOS office stuffing the registry. There is nothing but criminal intent in the election system in PA. Top to bottom. Only on the floor officials and observers have any kind of honest contribution, and thousands of them signed affidavits of fraud they had witnessed. You can shut your eyes if you wish, or pretend you didn't know this, but we know that you do know that there is nothing real in the election, all has been padded with fake registries to back up fake ballots and topped off with algorithmic vote swapping and injection at the election management software layer, which Byrne and Lindell document down to packet level. That being only part of the digital manipulation as plenty of it occurred locally as well. With disqualifying levels of ballot rejections and undocumented adjudications of them. There is no evidence, in fact, that there was any relationship at all between the election outcomes and the actual votes, only the false assertions by election officials who act like cornered criminals.
  15. 3 points
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/huge-development-nsa-reveals-foia-response-fbi-involved-improper-surveillance-16000-americans/ NSA rats out the FBI The National Security Agency has agreed to produce records about the FBI’s illegal snooping on 16,000 Americans, according to a letter that I received from the NSA this afternoon, and that suggests a political fight between the two agencies. War of the agencies goes public once again. Q narrative being put in the public arena. FBI sits on Capitol videos to hide their complicity, will not release-even to the court, NSA drops them into social media and alt-journalists. NSA torpedo's FBI obfuscation and delay campaign. Points fat arrow at criminal organization within the highest ranks of the FBI. They will release material like a big barf all over the FBI. Waiting for the CIA disclosure, wonder if there is an FOIA request for the NSA to reveal CIA misconduct at home, coordination of treason with CCP, soviets, etc., involvement in drug trade and human trafficking.
  16. 3 points
    The first Blade Battery-powered vehicle in Europe is the Tang SUV. With the launch of the the Tang model in Norway, BYD is also introducing in Europe its new Blade Battery - lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry in a cell-to-pack (CTP) system. BYD Blade Battery general info (see unveiling here lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry "The Blade Battery refers to a single-cell battery with a length of 96 cm, a width of 9 cm and a height of 1.35 cm, which can be placed in an array and inserted into a battery pack like a blade" cell-to-pack (CTP) system: skips the module stage through using thinner and longer cells (designed to become structural parts - beams - of the pack) about 50% greater volumetric energy density compared to conventional LFP battery pack the batteries take 60% of pack volume instead 40% in conventional system high longevity of 3,000 charging/discharging cycles or 1.2 million km (nearly 750,000 miles) of mileage high safety - BYD showed the results of a nail penetration test - of NCM, LFP and Blade Battery cells, in which the Blade Battery "emitted neither smoke nor fire after being penetrated, and its surface temperature only reached 30 to 60°C" reduced cost compared to conventional LFP battery pack can provide range comparable to ternary lithium batteries (NCM) BYD Han is rated at up to 605 km (376 miles) NEDC can be charged from 10% to 80% of its full capacity within 33 minutes https://insideevs.com/news/495023/byd-blade-battery-entering-european-market/
  17. 3 points
    May I remind you of the Russian COLLUSION narrative. It was proven to be falsified and corrupting the fisa courts along the way...In the dark of night a few received a slap on the hand and were told bad boy. Adam Schiff suddenly left Washington politics...so quietly. Then there was general Flynn, taken all the way to the judgement plank only to have Barr intervene. It is now known the FBI with held evidence that would have cleared Flynn..Today the US court system still cannot muster the courage to clean that mess up.
  18. 3 points
    Try the following goggle Investments in China. AT&T Comcast Time Warner Bloomberg Apple Trillions of dollars You will find AT&T is the parent company to almost every major network media in the US. CNN only survives due to the deep pockets of AT&T, today Martha Stewart's food network has better ratings. CNN IS facing lawsuits that might exceed 500 million dollars. Yet the mgmt team and the pundits are still in place..Now I ask you how does that work in a capital run corporation...It does not.
  19. 3 points
    Ercot did: Tight grid conditions expected due to high number of forced generation outages http://www.ercot.com/news/releases/show/233037
  20. 3 points
    Who said anything about forced outages? Nobody has reported, or is reporting any forced outages that I am aware of. Everything I have seen is outages due to planned maintenance. Do you have some data that hasn't been made public? It is only my own personal speculation that the planned maintenance has run on longer than originally expected in some way. This is my thought because widespread hot weather in mid June for Texas is normal and should be expected. Having a planned outage at this time of the year should be unusual, because it's a time of the year when electricity generators have the maximum opportunity to sell as much power as possible at excellent rates - i.e. when you do NOT plan any maintanance. This season runs from mid June to roughly the end of September, during which time no reasonable operator attempting to maximize profit should have any planned maintenance taking place unless it is absolutely critical and could not be completed at some other time of the year. Edit: Thank you @Jay McKinsey for correcting me - I head read some articles earlier, and every time I saw repairs I somehow assumed they were expected or planned in some way - not unexpected breakdowns.
  21. 3 points
    ...gonna need a serious charging station. https://newatlas.com/transport/world-first-battery-electric-locomotive-fuel-consumption-wabtec/
  22. 3 points
    I've been reading the "please conserve" advice that ERCOT has been sending out. I notice that they have not have not recommended that Texans pre-cool their houses during off-peak and then shut off the AC during peak. Do they think Texans are too stupid to do this properly? Pre-cooling is a fairly good ad-hoc energy storage mechanism. Basically, set your thermostat down to about 72 from midnight until 2:00 PM, and turn the AC off entirely from 2:00 PM until midnight.
  23. 3 points
    Why do you feel the incessant need to lie? Of the plants offline, about 9,600 megawatts of power, or nearly 80% of the outages, are from thermal power sources, which in Texas are largely natural-gas-fired power plants. That’s several times what ERCOT usually sees offline for thermal generation maintenance during a summer day. Typically, only about 3,600 megawatts of thermal generation are offline this time of year. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/14/texas-power-grid-conserve-ercot/
  24. 3 points
    Not disagreeing there. Journalism as a second profession is very much like English as a second language. But at least the content is not professionally; skewed, reverse interpreted, faked, deliberately false, not relevant and missing the highlights of the day's news cycle. Though opinion disguised as fact is practiced on both sides, just to a lesser degree on the conspiracy side.
  25. 3 points
    Interesting that the conspiracy and conservative channels are totaling a >10 million daily viewership on YouTube and Telegram (and elsewhere not counted) vs. a halved viewership of MSM. Now with a combined 4 mil viewers of news programming (CNN NBC MSNBC FOX). Among YouTube feeds, MSM reaches about 91k/day Several conservative or alt media have audiences 4-5 times larger on YouTube. It appears that the Biden show lost its audience and propaganda Fake news can no longer affect broad opinions about politics.
  26. 3 points
    Arizona AG defends Maricopa vote audit against ‘hysterical’ Justice https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/arizona-ag-defends-maricopa-vote-audit-against-hysterical-justice-criticism Arizona’s attorney general today warned the Biden Justice Department to back off its criticism of the state Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County 2020 vote, charging that it was giving into “hysterical” liberal Trump haters. “My office is not amused by the DOJ's posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate's audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections,” wrote Attorney General Mark Brnovich to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach,” he added. What lies in AZ...
  27. 3 points
    The most popular presidential candidate in history seems to have slept thru his nap alarm. He's still popular with G7 though, because he isn't doing anything, at all, just the way they like it
  28. 3 points
    Of course they like Biden better. He is a fellow One Worlder and Marxist. He supports the G7 goals. He wants America to be just another member of the world community. One good example is how he supports Germany's pipeline with Russia rather than criticize it as Trump did. Yet he does not support our new pipelines and is a threat to natural gas and oil production by the United States. He supports the Green New Deal and all of its ramifications. Any knowledgeable person should know that rushing renewables too fast is going to cost Americans trillions of dollars to achieve, a long time, and help increase inflation while destroying our economy. Destroying America's economy is actually a goal of the left wing. They assume that it will lead to their full control of the nation and their ability to ignore our constitution. IMHO that would lead to a civil war. Our constitution is the real law of the land.
  29. 3 points
    The answer would be a extremely complex, overly simplified mfg's actually project ALL truck inventory's both new and used 3/4 years out. When demand drops below production levels they created incentives to bolster demand. There are time the mfg's bleed money short term to sustain long term production level's.... The auto ind is actually quite matured in addressing market demand vs production levels, i find it absolutely hilarious watching this big push for EV's taking place and at the same time disgusted with the sheer volume of money being wasted to chase the dream. When EV's can be built at a price point of 35k in midsize sedan and the dealership can retain a $3000 profit margin failure might not occur...there are so many obstacles to overcome for EV'S it almost defies imagination..Watch Germany closely they are headed for imminent disaster if they attempt to reshape VW. The average US citizen who would purchase a EV cannot even afford to install the proper plug in facility for the new Jalopy...Think driving by apartment builds and seeing 50/100 power cords hooked up to their new toy's (illegal)..or getting a power lines installed in ones town home...think association rules and red tape from hell..Now those little things are just mere speed bumps in the grand picture of things.
  30. 3 points
    Have you ever wondered why Merkel has had it with the US? First BMW's market is getting stepped on, next she has to deal with VW retooling the lines and retraining the work force and then Musk is trying to get off the ground in Germany...LMAO the perfect storm has been set up in Germany.
  31. 3 points
    Yep - similar problem, but it was made worse by improper accounting of what was being sold in part of the cycle. Hence everyone trying to figure out where the extra boil off was at. This was with liquid nitrogen in volumes of 2-10 tankerloads a week - the cost per unit volume isn't very high, but the lost/unaccounted for costs started to add up fast. We would loose a lot on transporting liquid N2 in 2,000 gallon (7,800 liter) tanks at sea - all that sloshing around in the waves led to really high boil off. Some of our customers wouldn't believe how much until they sent representatives to gauge the before and after of the trip themselves. Under bad weather conditions it would be possible to loose 1/2 of a load in under a week. My main point for this discussion is that if you don't have accurate data on what's coming in (say because your pipeline company can't tell you exactly what it sold you and when in a timely manner) it's surprisingly easy to loose track of what you actually have, or what you have actually purchased or sold. Seems impossibly difficult on the outside, but when you are in the middle of a mess like that, you have no idea how to get back to a known condition.
  32. 3 points
    There is a big difference between percent change and percentage points. He was saying 25% of the market share, not a 25% increase of current levels. Did you take reading comprehension?
  33. 3 points
    Election counts were fraudulent to the tune of 20% of the vote in the key swing state's largest counties. The counts were a fraud. You know it, election boards know it, vendors to the elections know it, legislatures know it. Congress knew it, governors knew it. There is no alternate reality. What you read in the MSM hardly has any connection to reality. Fact checkers are perpetrators of lies, and your officials are corrupt. There is nothing occult about it. All of the way stations in the constitutional process of electing congress and the president were in BAD FAITH. Hence they are null and did not satisfy the constitutional requirements. The constitution is not the entirety of the law. When process is violated, the consequence does not stand. You are not removing a sitting president and vice president, you are simply acknowledging that they were NOT installed by law but by fraud and proceeding with the proper remedy. In the case of the military, it has the responsibility to remove government installed by foreign powers regardless of questionable judicial rulings (e.g. when the justices are under duress) and apparent marionette show of conducting a constitutional process.
  34. 3 points
    General consensus seems to be that this 'hack' was very amateur - they used a spearfishing attack on some colonial executives and one of them had a password which was like 'password' or '1234' or something simple like that, and they got into the billing section of the system using that information beacuse the billing section of their system had basically no security on it. By analogy the hacker is s a bit like a guy who went out fishing one day with his pole and some shrimp for bait and hooked a whale - he never prepared for that level of success, and didn't have a plan for what to do next.
  35. 3 points
    Today's EV batteries are likely to last at least 300,000 miles, and the technology is rapidly improving. the "million-mile battery" is in reach. The average ICE stays in service for about 150,000 miles. Gasoline prices tend to "go through the roof" a lot. Electricity, not so much. EVs are well suited to use cheaper-rate electricity on "time-of-use" plans. Depending on the location, wind and solar (+battery) is cheaper than nuclear and is a whole lot faster to build. "Rare Earth Element" (REE) is a technical term witha specific meaning. EVs use some REEs in the DC motor magnets today, but induction motors are almost as good and use no REEs, so high REE costs will cause typical EVs (as opposed to high-performance EVs) to shift to induction motors. REEs are used in much larger amounts in wind turbine generators, but again the DC magnet motors can be replaced by induction motors. I'm guessing you meant cobalt and nickel rather than REE. Cobalt and nickel are used in high-performance (NCM and NCA) batteries, but are not needed in LFP batteries for non-high-performance EVs. If you want to worry about a potentially scarce resource, worry about copper. The average price of a new car sold in the US this year is about $42,000. The un-subsidized price of a low-end Tesla model 3 is $38,000. As soon as someone begins making decent low-end EVs, their price will be well below that. Tesla does not make low-end EVs because their factories are at full production making higher-end models and they sell all they can make, while they are building new huge factories faster than big factories have ever been built before. The straight-up price is projected to reach parity in about 2026.
  36. 3 points
    Ev's do not have greater longevity - battery needs to be replaced which is a huge cost. "lower fuel costs" not when the price of power goes through the roof - and where are we getting this power btw .. if we are going to be 50% EV by 2030 the shovels for the nuclear plants need be going in the ground yesterday - yet nothing is even planned. and what do you think these cars are going to cost when the price of rare earths skyrockets. New EV vehicles went from 1% of the market to 2% over the last 10 years .. and this increase in demand increased rare earth prices .. going from 2% to 4% a demand increase of double the rate over the last 10 years .. and that gets us to 4% not 50% - and we have 8 years .. not 10.
  37. 3 points
    That's pretty cool, but remember that we see one or more over-hyped announcements of lab experiments every week touting a game-changing advance in something-or-other related to batteries or energy storage. I now have given up on believing that any specific one of them will be the real one. I do believe that one or more of these hundreds of lab results really will make a major difference, we just don't know which one. I prefer to wait until it goes into production. Speaking of which, CATL (the biggest Chinese battery company) is going into production with a NiG (i.e., sodium-ion) battery. No lithium or nickel is needed. Energy density is poor, but cost per kWh is lower than Li-ion and the number of cycles and charge/discharge rates are really good. These will displace Li-ion for fixed utility-scale and residential batteries, which will free up the lithium for mobile batteries. https://www.batteriesinternational.com/2021/06/03/sodium-ion-batteries-to-pose-threat-to-lithium-and-lead-industries/
  38. 3 points
    They are popular where they are allowed. My brother owns one and many do in his community. They should be allowed in any area with low traffic. We have not even given them a chance in most areas. They should not be allowed on unsafe roads except to cross. Unsafe meaning high speed or high traffic unless they are fast enough and meet safety standards.
  39. 3 points
    Meet the best selling EV on the planet. Cost $4000 to 5000. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuling_Hongguang_Mini_EV
  40. 3 points
    You make some good points but other considerations are: 1. People tend to recoil from "sticker shock". 2. Excess money spent on expensive vehicles could have been invested. 3. Insurance will be much higher on an expensive vehicle 4. Annual registration will likely be much higher in many states. 5. Expensive vehicles are a much smaller percentage than those near the average. The average price is already $40,857 for 2021 https://mediaroom.kbb.com/2021-02-15-Average-New-Vehicle-Prices-Continue-to-Surpass-40-000-Up-More-Than-5-in-January-2021-According-to-Kelley-Blue-Book 6. Many car buyers like to lease or frequently replace their vehicles. That is especially true of corporations. 7. The best use of electric vehicles would be for utilitarian use for those who DO want to save money over the long haul, not for flashy and expensive cars. Of course that is not the group being targeted in America but there are a few lower priced and lower range vehicles. We have a Mitsubishi Mirage that gets 40 mpg and sells for slightly over $14,000. It is now a third car for us but is fun to use around town. It has a nine gallon tank which surpasses the range of all but the most expensive electric vehicles. We also have a minivan and a twelve seat Nissan 3500 van. https://insideevs.com/news/490438/electric-car-price-comparison-us-20210224/ Also see ACTUAL PRICES online. https://www.miniofglencoe.com/all-inventory/ https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/electric-cars/leaf.html https://www.caranddriver.com/hyundai/ioniq-5 Actual starting price estimated to be $45,000. Worldwide inexpensive electric vehicles https://fossbytes.com/cheapest-electric-cars/
  41. 3 points
    Taxpayers and utilities customers are paying for the green nightmare. The whole green dream needs to slow down or it is a guaranteed nightmare.
  42. 3 points
    Who is falling for "propaganda"? If you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes like the truth. I think Himmler said that. Keep grasping at the air... https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ruby-freeman-arrested-by-fbi/
  43. 3 points
    Don't ignore the clear fact that a large population does not BUY a vehicle these days. There are other financial "paths" to personal vehicle usage.
  44. 3 points
    Never get general middle class to buy this shit! It’s the only way for government to spend the 60 BILLION for 500K charging stations….
  45. 3 points
    Speaking of Crow...The progressive/liberal media also known as Fake News is about to get its ass handed to it. The end of the game is here. Wuhan Lab Theory Is a Media Warning The news business is headed for trouble if it won’t control its biases as other professions do. On what basis was the lab leak theory ruled out for months by the media despite the lack of any evidence or logic for ruling it out? We’re bad journalists, has been the unembarrassed answer from the media this week in a wide array of print and online publications as well as National Public Radio. We in the press dismissed the lab theory because of an appeal to authority: When anti-Donald Trump spokespeople ridiculed it, that was good enough for us. We dismissed it because of the equivocation fallacy: “Chinese” is a word that can be used to denote a racial category. Therefore it was racist to suggest a Chinese lab might have leaked the virus. We engaged in availability bias: Instead of letting the evidence or lack thereof guide us, we adopted the attitudes of public figures whose political, cultural and social status we wished to emulate. Most insidiously, we relied on a fallacy sometimes known as “alleged certainty”: “The question remains open” is not a headline that attracts clicks. A headline that does is “lab leak theory again proves Trump’s incompetence.” Alas, the question of Covid’s origins not only remains open; in all likelihood it will defy final resolution unless and until the Chinese government is forthcoming with its own records, which it has shown a predilection not to be. The lab leak hypothesis has an unsettling corollary. In nature, the giant mixing bowl of natural selection is mechanism enough to explain how a virus adapted to bats might mutate to become infectious in humans. If it escaped from a lab, how did such a virus acquire the ability to infect humans? “Gain of function” experimentation was a controversial practice among virologists long before Covid. Multiple accidental releases of dangerous viruses from highly secure labs have been recorded in the past. The SARS virus has escaped six times since being identified in 2003. The 1977 global flu pandemic is believed to have originated in the escape from an unknown lab of a specimen collected in the 1950s. Unfortunately the question of Covid’s origins is likely to be adjudicated for the foreseeable future on circumstantial evidence alone, thanks to Beijing’s recalcitrance. Where is China’s own 1,000-page, data-filled report on the virus’s emergence? China is home to the world’s leading bat virus experts. It should own the science here. Its failure to issue any findings at all is itself circumstantial evidence of a kind. https://www.wsj.com/articles/wuhan-lab-theory-is-a-media-warning-11622237799 Fake New's? ...... Chinese scientists ‘DID create Covid & reverse-engineered disease to cover tracks with bat theory’, shock study claims https://www.the-sun.com/news/2978524/chinese-scientists-did-create-covid-and-reverse-engineered-disease/ The story is beginning to brake in the US... Explosive study claims to prove Chinese scientists created COVID British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sørensen wrote they’ve had primary evidence 'of retro-engineering in China' https://www.foxnews.com/world/explosive-study-claims-to-prove-chinese-scientists-created-covid
  46. 3 points
    Uh, electric locomotives are not new. Of all things that can be electrified, railroad Locomotives is on the top of the list. Far before one talks trucking, or personal cars.
  47. 3 points
    You must admit it would be a very strange paradox to observe electrified locomotive's pulling mile's of oil and coal cars.
  48. 3 points
    how they used to work....The Milwaukee road was mostly electrified......A Little Joe at Deer Lodge, Montana in October 1974 after the end of electrified operation..Once again you can do overhead on the busy sections to charge the batteries and run on the un- electrified sections... sidings, low traffic track etc on battery. How much in batteries.... Well a fully loaded train will run 18,000 tons so adding on 3 or 4 cars of batteries (300 tons to 400 tons) will not add much weight to the train How much does a Tesla Model 3 battery weight? 1,060 pounds with a density of 150 Wh/kg. or 463 kg or 69 kwh for 463 kg of battery and The specific energy consumption of the trains worldwide amounts to about 150 kJ/pkm (kilojoule per passenger kilometre) and 150 kJ/tkm (kilojoule per tonne kilometre) (ca. 4.2 kWh/100 pkm and .... 4.2 kWh/100 tkm from those 2 one can figure out how much battery storage is needed per tonkm in other words for an 18000 ton train you need 756 kw per km or for a 100 km trip you need 75,600 kwh or approximately 50,000 kg of battery or a 50 ton battery You can load 100 tons on a standard rail car So 4 rail cars full of battery will get you 800km or around 500 miles on a charge. Add in on the run charging and your train never has to stop for a charge.
  49. 3 points
    HaHa, oh Mark, you are in such denial. The unit is 4400hp, as powerful as any standard locomotive. 11% was just the savings for the first test of the low storage proof of concept. The production units will provide 30% savings. Wabtec is the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world and BNSF is one of our biggest railroads. With oil up their fuel costs will be well over 600 this quarter. BNSF: The cost of the units will no doubt start on the high side and then they will decrease over time and they will spread across the line. 30% fuel saving will go a long way toward making it happen. Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) announced today a rail industry first as its FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive delivered more than an 11-percent average reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for an entire train. It is the equivalent of over 6,200 gallons of diesel fuel saved and approximately 69 tons of CO2 emissions reduced. These outcomes are the result of a three-month pilot with BNSF Railway, the largest railroad in the U.S., where the FLXdrive, the world’s first 100-percent battery locomotive, was put to the test in revenue service across more than 13,320 miles of hilly terrain in San Joaquin Valley, California – a territory surrounded by mountains. Wabtec’s next step is to build a second-generation locomotive with a battery capacity of more than 6 megawatt hours – a level of energy that can reduce a locomotive consist’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent, even while hauling several thousand tons of freight in a mile-long train. A fleet of second-generation FLXdrives will be commercialized and could enter supply chain routes in the next few years. “The FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive is a defining moment for freight rail and will accelerate the industry toward low- to zero-emission locomotives,” said Eric Gebhardt, Wabtec Chief Technology Officer. “It builds upon the rail industry’s position as the most efficient and sustainable mode of transportation. Building on our long history of pioneering train energy management technologies, this demonstration of coupling 2.4 megawatt hours of battery storage into the mix fully validated our assumptions for the potential for this next generation technology to further drive efficiencies and greenhouse gas reductions. At more than 6 megawatt hours, Wabtec’s next version of FLXdrive technology will have an opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 30 percent – putting the industry on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation improvement in energy savings and emission reductions.” https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210517005089/en/Wabtec’s-All-Battery-Locomotive-FLXdrive-Lowers-Freight-Train’s-Fuel-Consumption-by-More-Than-11-Percent-in-California-Pilot
  50. 3 points
    The FLX Drive unit pictured above does not have a diesel engine, only batteries. It can potentially operate as you describe but only through the electrical connection with diesel units in the trainset. This proof of concept though only used regenerative breaking. Simple to splice it into the dynamic braking output in existing engines but operating as you describe will require a lot more dev and would likely only be available in the future in new diesel units.