At watershed heights;
an entrypoint to
electrically powered cars.
Teslas sell well in Norway. At least their 2100 kg heavyweight S model does. My personal guess is that buyers all traded up from smaller cars like a Mazda or something similar, increasing the load they carry.
Elon Musk was in Oslo, Norway to see to the fact that their battery capacity was down to about 80 % in the winter. He concluded that there was something wrong with the Norwegian power supply grid which was not as constant in its delivery as it should have been. We were never told what the problem was and not how it was fixed. This article implies that mr. Musk himself sorted out this national problem.
Wired's Autopia has more on who buys big and fast Teslas.
Back of Dam
Here is a look behind the scenes, both sides of the dam. There may not be much water available to power a world of electrical motor cars. Is this the argument for the hybrid solution? A mixed car park of electrical cars and fossil-fuel powered cars is also a hybrid in its effect on nature. A hybrid car park. It just is not a sales argument for any particular model of car.
Reducing our pressure on fuels means that we must use our cars less. Making more cars than we need and throwing away perfectly good cars has always been a false argument relating to the formula of energy consumption. Electrical cars need to be small, lightweight city cars. Not high speed, huge consumers of water from our reservoirs. If water is renewable there is no saying where it will go when the airstreams change.
A high wall in our minds
It is obvious that the Tesla S and its likes will be such a drain on the hydro-electric grid that Elon Musk will be asking for nuclear power grids or nuclear energy staves within his cars. He has set his sights high. So high that water is not enough to propel his ideas.
The Tesla S weighs at least 2100 kg. The Land Rover in the pictures weighs 2200 kg. Carrying capacities and all purpose utility is in favour of the Land Rover. The Tesla S is for Sport an has a top speed of 210 km/h. The Land Rover does 185 km/h. The Land Rover is shaped for low speeds and is not a fast vehicle. The Tesla is marketed with aerodynamic lines, not for low consumption, but for high speed. The Land Rover V8 is the more economical car of the two because of its useability. When is Tesla Motors going to launch an economical car for cities where it would be welcome? The Tesla S model only makes silly people gluttonous; it was an exercise in marketing an electrical term and a Vehicle of Sport, but of little Utility.
Apple Inc’s interest in Tesla and battery production is a separate issue to the production of electricity. It is about storing and carrying electricity. It does not consider whether it comes from wind, water or nuclear processes.
Land Rover Monthly
Land Rover official sustainability
Tesla's Elon Musk fixing problems in Norway
Apple and Tesla by Jalopnik
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