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By handlerstudio    
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A simpler pair of photos....we saw this Model S Tesla taxi in Barcelona.....pretty cool. Makes perfect sense as a taxi....costs so much less to drive. And, Tesla's might be (think architecture) the best looking cars on the road. And, as EV's slowly start to reach a critical mass (as they are getting to be in Norway---Arne...) they and other EV's begin to make a difference about climate change. In fact, as our very old car wore out last Fall, we got a "base level" Model 3. Driving an electric car is pretty wonderful. Took one long trip in January to Maine, dealing with charging stations...no anxiety.

It also has been striking me that the corona crisis is a perfect conceptual metaphor for climate change...the difference being that this is a fast growing crisis, and climate change as creeping one that will accelerate as it grows. Becomes more meaningful as we think about levels of preparation,mitigation and adaptation, where effective planning (such as 45 and his cronies did not do) makes a huge difference, as it does with climate change.

I would like to thank Jenn (Taggart), Ian (Dales) and Isabel (Chinga) for their UAs yesterday.

Peter

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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2020 1:10AM
Very lovely looking Taxi Peter... Nicer than the London ones ...
Isabel GrinGrin

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dimalexa 3 5 Greece
7 Apr 2020 1:55AM
People have learned not only to watch, but to listen to cars in order to be careful. At this point, electric cars are currently considered very dangerous for pedestrians in cities. Otherwise, I have my objections to the production of electricity and the burden on the environment. And for now, an honest estimate of all the parameters has not been made.
For me, to drive without a gear shift makes me feel that i've not fasten my belt in the car, I can not imagine driving without "playing" with the lever... Tesla is a good, rather beautiful but very expensive car, I'm not so hopeful that we'll see many of them in the streets soon.
Beautiful reflections, excellently photographed, Peter!
Dimitris

Quote:People have learned not only to watch, but to listen to cars in order to be careful. At this point, electric cars are currently considered very dangerous for pedestrians in cities. Otherwise, I have my objections to the production of electricity and the burden on the environment. And for now, an honest estimate of all the parameters has not been made.
For me, to drive without a gear shift makes me feel that i've not fasten my belt in the car, I can not imagine driving without "playing" with the lever... Tesla is a good, rather beautiful but very expensive car, I'm not so hopeful that we'll see many of them in the streets soon.
Beautiful reflections, excellently photographed, Peter!
Dimitris



Actually the lowest end Model 3 is not in that high end luxury price range....and it is true that driving an EV is a different experience that does take getting used to. The main issue is how one gets the electricity to charge a car....and we have a solar roof...most charging, other than on trips, is done at home. For the sake of the planet, we need to change from running on fossil fuels to that of renewable electricity. There even is a company called Alice Air that is producing electric airplanes.....now that is getting somewhere. And, it is true that sound does matter to pedestrians. Some EVs actually add sound below a certain speed. And Teslas do make a sort of flying saucer sound in reverse.

Peter
7 Apr 2020 3:30AM
Perhaps the present crisis will motivate politicians to cooperate about the climate change crisis, if their handlers in the oil and gas industry will let them
Nice car nice camera well done.
WesternRed.
debu 10 India
7 Apr 2020 5:32AM
Great capture.
Debu
johnke Plus
7 223 16
7 Apr 2020 5:47AM
Well taken Peter, I am not in this discussion/argument ha ha. If I am not mistaken the company is owned by a South African and mostly built in China, just what they say but who say is. who knows....John
richmowil Plus
11 411 2 England
7 Apr 2020 7:54AM
A very good 'Green' Image. Peter. Proof that some people listen!!
7 Apr 2020 12:09PM

Quote:Well taken Peter, I am not in this discussion/argument ha ha. If I am not mistaken the company is owned by a South African and mostly built in China, just what they say but who say is. who knows....John


Is Elon Musk from So. Africa? I do not know, and he and the company are bases in California, with much of the production in Nevada. The do make Tesla cars in China...and they are for the Chinese market. The cars we buy here are essentially American. There is also a huge battery factory in Nevada.

Peter
7 Apr 2020 1:28PM
Very thoghtful narrative Peter , many things would happen faster if the right leaders were in power to not stifle progress !
Ian
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
7 Apr 2020 4:14PM
An interesting strand, Peter.

I had the pleasure of driving a small production run Peugeot electric car in the late Nineties - I worked for Coventry City Council, and Peugeot had, back then, a large factory in the City. They produced an all-electric version of their 106, a small three-door car.

Peugeot, the Post Office and hte Council had small fleets - the Council had four or five, and you could opt to use one instead of claiming mileage in your own car. As I travelled to Coventry on the trian, this suited me well!

They were very nippy from a standing start, but played out at 50mph. Handled and braked pretty much as I'd expect a small car to behave: not tail-happy, depsite the battery in the boot. But you had to learn to drive differently, to conserve battery life: lift off early and avoid using the brakes coming into roundabouts and so on, and maintain speed round corners.

I'm sure that Tesla are important to the acceptance of electric cars, everywhere. They have a glamour that nothing short of an electric Ferrari could match. But the reports I've heard, secondhand, suggest that they'd be much better as cars if they'd teamed up with a firm that knows about making cars, so that they could compete with the best European and Japanese models for ride and handling.

I know we don't have a common baseline for this, Peter: my only experience of driving in the USA was in a Nissan automatic, in 2008, and I felt it was unacceptably soggy and wallowing: but that's been my experience of Nissans in Greece and the UK as well!

There's a really intriguing small BMW available in this country, the BMW i3: but they are pricey by my standards (over 12k for a six year old example)...
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
7 Apr 2020 4:14PM
I wonder if he is off the streets early before the drunken yobbos start spilling out of the nightclubs!!!!!
Joan
Saastad 1 16 5 Norway
7 Apr 2020 7:23PM
Nice shot!
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
7 Apr 2020 7:25PM
A goo looking car, for sure!
You are of course quite right EVs are the future the issue I have is lack of charging points and it will take some time to get every where in the UK sorted.
Which is way we opted for a Hybrid brilliant car to drive comfortable and does pretty much bar making tea for you.

Carole

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