So That Was Progress?

The Roberts Electric Car was built in 1896, 13 years before even Henry Ford’s famous Model T, and it got, using only the lead-acid batteries of the late 19th century, 40 miles per charge. This is the same range as that which is advertised for Chevy’s $32,000 Volt which cost nearly $750 million for them to develop.

Roberts Electric Roadster
Roberts Electric Car Circa 1896 – 40 Mile Range

Slightly later, in 1914, the Anderson Electric Car Company in Detroit, MI was producing electric cars using Edison’s nickel-iron batteries with a confirmed range of 80 miles per charge, twice that of the car which GM Dan Akerson called “not a step forward, but a leap forward.”

Detroit Electric Car
Anderson Electric Car Circa 1914 – 80 Mile Range

So the Volt was progress? No. The abject and pathetic travesty that is the Obama-approved “Great Leap Forward” in green engineering, the now defunct Chevy Volt was not progress in anything other than gross stupidity compounded by government intervention.

2012 Chevrolet Volt Convertible
Chevy Volt Circa 2012 – 40 Mile Range

If one wants to look at progress in electric vehicles one might consider looking at Dave Cloud, an electric vehicle hobbyist who designed and built his Dolphin for just $3000 using reclaimed car parts and COTS equipment. His Dolphin has a range of 200 miles on a single charge with a speed of 60-65 mph for 85% of those miles.

Dave Cloud's Dolphin Electric Car
Dave Cloud’s Dolphin Circa 2004 – 200 Mile Range

Admittedly, Cloud’s Dolphin is not truly practical for normal driving. Yet, what could someone like Dave Cloud design and build if given a fraction of the $750 million that GM wasted on the Volt?

Of course, between the actions and demand of the UAW and the restrictive regulations of the federal government, even if Mr. Cloud got access to funding it’d be unlikely that he could bring anything to market that was anywhere near as good as what he’s already designed.

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The Gecko Loses

In America we make commercials for car insurance featuring: geckos, cavemen, squealing piglets, and strange men behaving badly. That’s certainly one way of marketing automobile insurance but I think we’re not the best at it…


How Romanians Sell Car Insurance

Geiko’s gecko may be cool and and advertising icon, but the gecko loses hands down to these Romanian babes. 😀

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Green Automobiles

Periodically there’s talk about green automobiles. Let’s be honest about the expectations for these “green automobiles” though. Insofar as the Leftists and Warmists are concerned, this is the only “green automobile”:

Green Automobiles as the Leftists and Warmists define them
Green Automobiles

Nothing else or “lesser” will satisfy them. The Leftists, these Liberal and Progressive domestic enemies of America, want cars abolished or strictly controlled because they hate the liberties that individual transport provides and the Warmists are true believer of their doomsday cult who will do anything in their thankfully dwindling power to destroy the economies and industries of the Civilized World.

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40 Little Pieces in Progressive Order (Louis Moyse Flute Collection)
Climate Change (A True Book)

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