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Tesla scrolls more than six clicks, so what?

nicad 03/02/2022 671

So, according to Chuck Squatriglia of Wired's Autopia, someone who owns a Tesla sports car just started the odo. More than 100,000. By the way, this is the number of clicks (km). On the one hand, your typical gearhead has plenty to complain about, but there's another bigger dimension: so what?

Here's what:

We're going to have to deal with electric cars. Period.

Let me repeat that one more time: we're going to have to deal with electric cars.

No amount of buzz, groan and whine, no wishful thinking is going to let us (i.e. humans) continue churning out cars of the "efficiency" of a 1968 GTX built by the dozens of thousands.

There are many, and some days I am one of them, which is a terrible loss not only for people who love cars, but also for humanity in general. That may be the case. But it is also the undeniable fact that designing, building, manufacturing, owning, operating, maintaining and disposing of such vehicles (even their modern equivalents) is going to become so astronomically expensive (in terms of money, environmental impact, of morality, etc. .) that we will drive alternatives.

In other words: if you're a gearhead, you're going to have to learn to live with electric cars.

Which is why it's important to note that this man, Hansjörg von Gemmingen just passed the big 100 (yes, even if it's in 100 thousand of that evil, socialist metric system stuff (why next thing you know , they I will start measuring Mustang engines using the metric system!)).

"But, but..." you'll hear finger-dragging stupefies before you launch into a screed about how humiliating this is, not just to our societal system, but to us as free, thinking individuals. They'll start to lose it and start talking sob about "market fundamentals" and "our God-given rights" to own something that weighs 5300 pounds at the curb (or should I say curb?), ready to drive to the track for the day, stocked with coolers and beer and your stash and 3 of your buddies and two new girls, burning about 5 gallons of dino juice for every mile your right foot puts on it order to browse.

But nothing, bub.

It's going to go away, more than anything else, due to us running out of gas, and we're finally starting to come to terms with the fact that motor transport is a lot dirtier than we can effectively handle.

So if you're in favor of personal mobility (and I certainly am), then we're going to be driving electric cars, if at all. The more we fight against it. The more we stick our heads in the sand and say “NO! It's not true! Global warming is a scam! NOPE! It's not true! There's plenty of oil! NOPE! It's not true! We don't have to worry about things like renewable energy! NOPE! It's...blah, blah, blah...moan moan moan!" The more we poke our stubby little fingers through our ears to our calloused, greasy knuckles, the worse the outcome will be.

And yes, I mean it will make things worse for the planet (due to our obviously dumb short-term profit thinking more than anything else) and make it worse for the car guys.

First, because that kind of willful intransigence won't sit well with the billion people (give or take) displaced by sea level rise, and only worsens those environmental impacts, but in the second case, the more we dig our teeth in and deny real scientific facts on the ground, the more fuel it will give to those who hate cars with a burning passion.

I know some car guys who view rides like the Tesla Roadster as some sort of Torquemada-designed car option (look, meathead). If you listen to them, you think that if we don't dig in our heels, the next thing you know, Al Gore and Ed Begley Jr. will be right at our doorstep and bayonet us into driving abominations like the Tesla Roadster. No, that won't happen. If we decide to single out Custerian here, right now, in this place, we will eventually have to deal with people who view people like Al Gore and Ed Begley Jr. as right-wing hackers. And those people, successful people to fairly benign individuals like Gore, Bagley et al, those people will eventually make sure that if we can afford to buy a car it's going to be an electrified version of a Tata Nano with a $94,000 sticker and top speed limited to 34MPH.

In other words: we better learn to love cars like the Tesla Roadster and figure out how to make them cheaper, better and, above all, faster. We can either be part of the solution or be seen as part of the problem. Then marginalized. Then ignored. And then we are shoved down the throats of cars that would make Parisians laugh.

And, price aside, there's a lot to like about Tesla Roadsters.

These things are quick and fast. . They have a ton of torque and grip about as good as any Colin Chapman (i.e. Lotus) chassis. I spoke with a guy at a Sunbeam Tiger autocross once. He not only owned a Tiger, but also a Tesla Roadster, and he said, without hesitation or equivocation, that the Tesla was a much faster car and a better autocrosser.

What, you can't monkey under the hood? Have you ever played with slot cars? Teslas are basically huge slot cars, so make them for boys and girls. Didn't most of us start out as kids (usually) with dads having fun with drag cars or dirt bikes or go karts or something? Gearboxes, car nuts, grease monkeys, etc. can and will heat it all up and then we'll go have fun with them. When we were kids, how many of us built and drove some kind of unauthorized soapbox cars? Raise your hands! Yes, that's what I thought.

The same applies here: ride in electric cars and learn how to ride them. The future is upon us, one second at a time, so we better prepare to own it as much as possible.

Source &Photo: Wired Autopia

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