Taxing Our Economy

The proposed tax plan is bad on many levels, but one way in which it will directly hurt American jobs, manufacturing, the economy, and the environment is by immediately repealing the EV tax credit (IRS Section 30D) instead of letting it expire of its own accord.

  • Car manufacturers have already planned production with this credit.
  • EVs are the only modern vehicles that can run on coal power.
  • EVs run on 100% domestically-produced fuel (electricity), compared to regular cars that run on imported fuel.
  • Buying new cars is good for the economy, and most EVs have domestic production plants compared to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles which are manufactured overseas.
  • EVs don’t produce any local pollution, thereby cleaning up the air (not that the EPA cares about this anymore).
  • EVs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (not that our government cares about this anymore).

If you’re interested in keeping incentives for one of the last great American-manufactured products, and the associated jobs that go along with making them, please tell your representatives in congress. Here’s how to start:

https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2711/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22515

 

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Facts don’t matter, this is news!

Can the AP colossally fuck up the facts any worse than it has? Their story says:

Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.

This is just fucking wrong. Elon Musk said in this twitter post:

Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday

SN1 = Serial Number 1. The first production vehicle. Nowhere does he say that they’re going on sale this Friday. He says they expect to complete the first production vehicle on Friday. He goes on to tweet:

Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3’s on the 28th!

As one of the first plebs to reserve the chance to order a Model 3, I would be quite well aware when they were being made available for sale to the general public. Not yet.

Get your shit together, AP. You really suck right now. Also, 215 miles is not 133 km:

Tesla says the five-seat car will be able to go 215 miles (133 kilometers)

Jesus Fucking Christ!!

A coworker and I have a running joke about how awesome the world would be if everybody just did their jobs. Not even 100% of their jobs, just most of their jobs most of the time. This piece of garbage doesn’t deserve to be called news. Certainly not facts.

Source: Tesla says its affordable Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday – The Denver Post

Again With The Why (Not “Y”… Yet)

Why would someone choose the Model 3 over the Chevy Bolt? The Bolt is available now (at least on the West Coast) and has a 200+ mile range. Again, it comes down to these few but critically important differences for me.

Continue reading “Again With The Why (Not “Y”… Yet)”

City of Denver commits to adding 200 electric cars by 2020 – The Denver Post

Good for Denver. It’s a small start in a large fleet. And what you need to remember is ongoing maintenance and operational costs over the vehicle’s service lifetime will more than offset the increased purchase cost.

The city of Denver plans to add 200 plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet by 2020, saving the city an estimated $800,000 over the next decade and cutting 2,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissi…

Source: City of Denver commits to adding 200 electric cars by 2020 – The Denver Post

Deux You See It?

The Tesla Master Plan, Part Deux is out (and if anyone is a hot shot, it’s Elon), and if you haven’t read it, read it. Since they’re nearing completion of part one and the media attacks against Tesla have just begun to warm up, the time is ripe.

I can’t say I’m surprised about the overall plan because it makes perfect sense to me. I had anticipated in a small way some of the consequences of a self-driving car, but I hadn’t considered hiring out my Tesla to go drive people around, driverless, Uber-style. I fully expect my car to be able to go run errands and pick-up/drop-off family and friends. Want a Tobin’s pizza and won’t need the car for a few days? Send it on a 2,000-mile errand to Normal, IL. Just be sure to call ahead first. I believe that my future children will never have to learn how to drive, unless for sport or recreation.

Some things I’m sure Tesla has considered:

  • How will the autonomous vehicles identify themselves to their fare? Personally I’m a fan of LED message signs, but that may be too tacky. Glance in to have a look at the giant LCD control panel? Perhaps. Or simply inform the passengers of the model, color, and license plate?
  • Where is my car now? Open the Tesla App and see its location, heading, velocity, and even (or especially) the live video feed from its camera system.

I can see economic opportunities emerging from self-driving cars that can run errands for you. Drive-through grocery pick-up with online ordering? Okay. 🙂

Also, how about the removal of on-street parking, instead having simple drop-off and pick-up zones where the car then goes to park itself, possibly quite a distance away? Or it just goes home and comes back later to pick us up?

We’ll need some robust, autonomous self-charging capabilities, though. That snake charger looks neat but how reliable will it be in the long term?

Anyway, I’m enjoying anticipating these future problems opportunities, for before long, tomorrow will be here.