The Torque Revolution

November 3, 2014

If you missed my most recent vid, and a lot of people did, you might want to check it out.  Another sunny one on solutions.

Don’t worry, ripping good one on doom and gloom coming.

Gas2:

A new video on climate solutions from the wonderful videographer Peter Sinclair highlights the EV revolution. Furthermore, what it really highlights is what I’ve been emphasizing as much as possible for the past year or so: the #1 thing that will really create an EV revolution is the absolutely fun and helpful instant torque that electric vehicles bring to the table.

Peter does a good job highlighting this point with the intro showing a 2011 Nissan LEAF ad focused on environmental issues (that one really brought me back) and then a few minutes later a new 2014 Nissan LEAF highlighting the LEAF’s great acceleration (great ad, by the way).

The video also highlights the low cost of electricity when it comes to transportation “fuel.” It’s alsovery stable, while the cost of oil/gas is highly volatile. Of course, this often leads to big financial savings.

The video also touches on the safety benefits electric cars can offer.

One thing the video misses, however, is “the other #1 factor” that I think will drive an electric car revolution: convenience. Being able to charge your car at home as you sit on the couch, eat dinner, sleep, or whatever, is massively more convenient than filling up a gas tank. Saving hours upon hours looking for a gas station, pulling into one, filling up, paying, etc is probably the most underrated benefit of electric cars these days.

Anyhow, though, it’s a great video. Watch it, above, if you haven’t yet, and a big shout-out to Peter Sinclair.

 

15 Responses to “The Torque Revolution”


  1. The last comment on convenience is a good one, and personally I have saved a lot of money by not buying crap at gasoline stations. 🙂

    I am still bewildered though that there is no charge-cafe’s around yet here in Norway (which is very dense with electric cars now). I can imagine fast charging for 15 minutes while I have a coffee and a donut at some place – but it seems not even the petrol stations are considering this option. I can even see the menu on a place like that – top up your battery and coffee cup for $5. 🙂

    Btw, great video Peter, I totally agree – once you get an EV you immediately notice how fun it is to drive due to the torque, and its also a very safe car to drive in the winter on snowy roads too. And I only got a Nissan Leaf – the Tesla must be fantastic. All hails to Elon Musk btw, a real genuine visionary is rare these days.

    • redskylite Says:

      I read that electric vehicles are really taking off in Norway, I hope my country (New Zealand) follows the example.

      http://cleantechnica.com/2014/11/05/electric-vehicles-went-mainstream-norway/


      • Yes, the traffic here in Bergen (on the west coast of Norway) is packed with electrical cars, Leaf’s are most abundant, but the Tesla is a huge success too – something even Elon Musk has commented on. It’s basically the cheapest sports car you can buy, even though in my eyes its really too expensive compared to the Leaf. The BMW i3 is also quite visible, although the new e-Golf is a greater success and no doubt will do well. Traditionally the VW Golf has been the most sold car in Norway for years. Personally I feel you get more car for the money when buying a Nissan Leaf, but many feel it has an appearance problem due to the bug-eyed looks. It felt odd at first, but it grows on you, haha. I quite like the curves of the car, and naturally the family gave the car a female name (Elvira). 🙂

        A recent survey came to the conclusion that the average Norwegian can cover 96% of their daily treks with a Nissan Leaf type of electrical car – which sort of also explains why its limited range really isn’t a problem. Many people who choose to buy the Tesla over the Leaf (besides the obvious image reason) do so because they want to drive to their cabins in the mountains which are often some 100-200 km drive away – the Nissan Leaf is just a tad short range for those trips.

        Personally I use around $30 in electricity per month to “fill the tank” and I have estimated some 10000 km a year driving (kids unfortunately have sports activities a bit away from home, although I have chosen to stay and wait until they are finished instead of having two treks – a good book or a free wifi connection can help kill some time while I wait).


  2. Actually, a Planetsave repost 😀

  3. fredeliot Says:

    A fried of mine has a Leaf and loves it. He got a good deal on a 2 year lease and his savings on gas pays for a good part of the cost.


  4. Notice how the 2014 Nissan ad goes out of its way to alienate the same demographic the 2011 ad tried to woo?

    • greenman3610 Says:

      Not sure that’s true. The “hero” of the 2014 at is a 40-ish, I’m guessing, black woman. So, as a woman, and as a person of color, she belongs to 2 of the demogaphics most concerned about environment and climate.
      The “vilain” in the piece, is a dumbass,young white guy, who looks like he goes coal rolling in his spare time.


      • Oooh, comment removed completely and not even an e-mail about it.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Maybe this comment will be removed also, because it too displays the rather vicious racism that we have come to expect from E-Pot. I was going to reply to the first comment, but then said “why bother?”. I won’t bother replying to this one much either, because it’s self-evident what needs to be said about it.

          I would suspect that there are not many black folks in environmental groups in E-Pot’s neighborhood because they’re more concerned about working two minimum wage jobs so they can feed their hungry kids. And that they don’t drive Priuses or put spinning rims on their Navigators and Escalades because they can only afford to ride the bus, never mind buy a vehicle. We have some evidence of what E-Pot would term that “black culture” here in affluent Northern VA, but they are far out-numbered by “dumbass young white guys” driving Dodge Ram pickups.

          I must ask E-Pot why he doesn’t move out of the neighborhood that seems to distress him so? I would hate to see him “snap” one day and shoot some young folks of color because they knocked on his front door after dark seeking directions or played their car stereo too loud in front of his house.

          Oooooh, indeed!


          • I would hate to see him “snap” one day and shoot some young folks of color because they knocked on his front door after dark seeking directions or played their car stereo too loud in front of his house.

            Anyone doing that would be more than half a mile down a private road (which I co-own and on which I do maintenance with my own two hands) and past a very explicit “NO TRESPASSING” sign.  In short, they would have committed criminal offenses and established intent before they got within a thousand feet of my house.

            Not that I’d shoot them if I had an alternative.  It would be so much more fun to truss them up with my large collection of zip ties, have the sheriff haul them off to jail (in the county seat 30 miles away), then have their vehicle towed ($45 plus daily storage fees).  The aftermath would be a real hoot; PPOs, damage/harassment suits… I could keep them tied up for years for one act of aggressive stupidity.  Which is how it should be:  a lesson pour encourager les autres.  People whose behavior is civil need not worry about such things.

            As for the general case of what a scenario analyst dubbed “MUYs” (Minority Urban Youths), see the continuation comment below at https://climatecrocks.com/2014/11/03/the-torque-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-65940

          • dumboldguy Says:

            E-Pot continues to swim in his sea of racism, paranoia, and delusion. I mentioned these two cases because white men were recently sentenced to life in prison for murder in both.

            “I would hate to see him “snap” one day and shoot some young folks of color because they knocked on his front door after dark seeking directions or played their car stereo too loud in front of his house”.

            E-Pot needs to become more familiar with the law before he gets himself in trouble. Simple trespass is not a crime in most states, but anyone who “trusses them up with his large collection of zip ties” is committing a felony and is far more likely to have the sheriff haul HIM off to jail, and to be “tied up in court” for a long time.

        • greenman3610 Says:

          I think the message should be clear enough.


          • Oh, it’s clear.  You prefer to shut reality out, so nothing challenges the comforting illusions you’ve built up around yourself.  But when you e.g. hope for those “wise, enlightened minorities” to support your environmental programs and they laugh at you, you will wonder where you went wrong.

            I told you where you went wrong, twice.  You failed to listen.


  5. Continuing the thread above at comment-page-1/#comment-65867:

    I would suspect that there are not many black folks in environmental groups in E-Pot’s neighborhood because they’re more concerned about working two minimum wage jobs so they can feed their hungry kids.

    There just plain aren’t many around, but of the few adult-size examples I’ve seen, at least half are attired in the pants-below-the-buttocks gang-banger style.  They seem to leech off their White girlfriends; I’ve never seen one driving a car, the woman is always driving.

    And that they don’t drive Priuses or put spinning rims on their Navigators and Escalades because they can only afford to ride the bus

    I’m well beyond the bounds of scheduled bus service (the closest it comes is 9 miles away), but let me show you a little something about the trials and tribulations of the bus… drivers where my mother was born and raised:

    People who catch the bus in Detroit may be waiting awhile Friday. About 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers are at work, but are refusing to drive their buses.

    WWJ Newsradio 950’s Scott Ryan spoke with Henry Gaffney, spokesman for the D-DOT bus drivers union AFL-CIO Local 26, who said this was not an organized maneuver by the union.

    Gaffney said it’s a matter of bus drivers fearing for their safety, citing an incident that happened Thursday afternoon.

    “Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

    Speaking live on WWJ, Mayor Dave Bing spokesman Stephen Serkaian said they are working hard to resolve the matter and get drivers back on the road.

    “We’re working diligently to work with the union and encouraging the drivers to get back on the buses and get on the street,” said Serkaian.

    Gaffney said bus safety is an ongoing problem.

    “If it’s to the point where if the driver is not safe on the bus, then the passengers are not safe, then the citizens are not safe. You know, what about them too? We have no security, you can’t get the police, nobody is doing anything to protect us. And I’ve been begging the mayor and the council for two years to do something to help us,” said Gaffney.

    The article goes out of its way to avoid describing the perps, but these “teenagers” are Black, as are the drivers and almost all of the passengers.  When my mother was born in that same city, such a thing was unthinkable.  Of course, the city was also 92% White, and there was no nonsense about “civil rights” for people who refused to behave themselves.  White people rode the buses and electric streetcars in those days.  They did not have to retreat to private cars for safety.

    There’s a reason my family has no presence in Detroit:  even going to see my grandfather’s house would be close to suicidal, because the Blacks hate White people and will form a mob to inflict great bodily harm on the flimsiest of pretexts (google Steve Utash or Nathan Trapuzzano).  And they get away with it because the likes of you insist it’s “the legacy of slavery” or some such rot, and to object is “racist”.

    Can you imagine a random crowd of Whites doing such a thing to a Black person?  It simply doesn’t happen; even when a purse-snatcher injured an elderly White woman in Grand Rapids all she got was captured and held for police.  (Notice the attitude of entitlement at about 0:39.  “She’s rich, she’s eating at a restaurant”.  That “justifies” robbery.  Michael Brown’s behavior is really no mystery.)

    The vast majority of Blacks care no more for White concerns like the environment than they care for Whites.  Sure, you’ll find the exception like Neil Degrasse Tyson (who looks maybe 1/4 African).  But I’ll bet you that 75% of the Black population of Detroit doesn’t know who he is.

    Getting this back to CLIMATE Crocks, one of the major drivers for urban sprawl and the CO2 emissions of the consequent long commutes is Black urban crime.  People like you, who insist that law enforcement is “racist” because so many Blacks are in jail (because they commit crimes) are part of the problem.  If the criminal element could just be banned as it once was and had no “civil rights remedies” for their exclusion from the areas occupied by decent people, this problem would end.

    This will probably stay up for just a few hours, because Peter will remove it despite the race/crime dimension of greenhouse-gas emissions.  “Sensitivity” and “anti-racism” trump inconvenient truths.

    I must ask E-Pot why he doesn’t move out of the neighborhood that seems to distress him so?

    I first saw spinning rims when I was briefly living in C(r)ook County, Illinois over a decade ago.  I sat myself in a neighborhood which took exception to people setting up a telescope to watch a lunar eclipse.  Yes, this is what happens when the crypto-White separatists take notice of those who know astronomy:  condo associations gone weird.  I moved out of that neighborhood about 2 months after moving in, because the client corp. was grossly mis-managed for quarterly figures rather than results.  I paid a substantial cost for it, too.  More I shall not say.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Yes, I suspect that this post will soon disappear, as it should. I will ignore the several “people like you” references and even the ludicrous “white flight has caused sprawl which caused global warming” argument, although it is good for a laugh.

      This part of the comment, however, is worthy of a bit of further discussion because it shows perfectly the mind of the deluded racist.

      “…..the Blacks hate White people and will form a mob to inflict great bodily harm on the flimsiest of pretexts…..And they get away with it because the likes of you insist it’s “the legacy of slavery” or some such rot, and to object is “racist”. Can you imagine a random crowd of Whites doing such a thing to a Black person? It simply doesn’t happen…..”

      That is a stunning piece of self-delusion. E-Pot has his history and FACTS a bit twisted here. It would seem that we have much more evidence of “Whites hating Blacks” in this country and “forming mobs” to “inflict great bodily harm” on Blacks with NO pretext at all. Yes, I can imagine a “random crowd of whites doing it to a Black person”, because it happened thousands of times. It’s called LYNCHING and it was a community sport in some parts of the South. It happened out West too, mainly to Chinese and Mexicans, along with a few whites (who were criminals and killed because of their crimes, not their skin color). We could also talk about “random mobs” of police officers inflicting violence on people of color (like civil rights demonstrators) or vigilantes shooting unarmed teenagers (like George Zimmerman), but that’s a different topic.


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