America, land of the free? Well, I do think I still have the freedom of opinion, and all that follows is my opinion.
I’ve got a page for you that I think is the basis for study and reflection, it gives you a lot of insight into how minds deprived of the most basic understanding of physics (Junior High School Science class is all you need to know better).
I reflect on a person who wrote me years ago about his ‘get rich idea’, he had stumbled upon some ‘facts’ that no one else had seemed to notice over the last 100 years or more, and was ready to exploit it.
He had a 7hp Motor running (no load) off the grid, and being the experimenter he was, he took a moment to measure the voltage at the motor connection box, and then used a clamp on amp meter to measure current. He simply multiplied ExI and was astounded to see that he had a full 7hp of power for near nothing in cost per KWh!
From there is was a simple calculation for him to figure a direct drive to a generator, calculate the typical power production of a 7hp generator, and then his discovery!
Wow, I can make a ton of money filling my garage full of these generators and selling the power back to the power company at a huge profit!
Are you going to believe basic physics, or your own eyes? Soon I realized there was no reasoning with this individual NOT because he was stupid, but because he wanted to believe in his ‘Fairy Dust Dream’ so badly.
For the person who understands that deceiving oneself is a very sad thing, I offer the following website, but just a few things I’ll ask you to look for when you read. Notice the folks who have control over this page allow a number of insane statements to stand. I love the one that says basically an EV is simple having only one moving part. Then there’s the assumption that the production of electricity at night is far different. I can make the leap to see their understanding is as naïve as the boy wonder with the electric motor scheme. For the rest of us, we know that those who sell into the grid MUST meet the demand on the grid, and the night time hours offers producers opportunities to charge reserves to meet peak hours like Power South does, or burn far less fuel, less water through the turbine, etc.
Imagine how little you need to know about business in order to write the tripe found on this page, Is there one person who likes what’s on this page that has ever been responsible to meet a pay roll, or even run a Hot Dog Stand for profit?
Do they really believe that President Obama would stand by and watch his Engineers develop the Chevy Volt and make such an inferior car to their beloved EV1?
It all reminds me of the guy that made cars run on water at the State fair, or the 300 mpg carburetor fitted to the Ford Station Wagon, or countless other stories that people void of any common sense share in the lunch room at work across North America, yes Canadians too 🙂
But there’s so much more on the EV1.ORG page, one I love is the conversation about Californians drive their Toyotas for free, you just tip up solar panels, buy or build chargers, and drive for free.
There’s a direct analogy to driving for free, and that’s living in your house for free. Yes, once you buy that house, it’s all free from there on right? Well.. all except for the house payments, property taxes, special assessments, and all the little things you learn of after you become a home owner. Oh.. you didn’t know you must pay for garbage, sewer, electricity, water, and in some places monthly fees for surface water run off, home owner fees,.. and oh… you never knew that it was you who was paying for those lights on your street to be on whether you like the lights or not.
Reality, is, you need consider the cost of everything from the point of power production, to the rear wheels, and pro rate it all over the miles you drive, and you only know that cost AFTER you sell every piece of equipment you purchased, and include all the related expenses. You also know that your state will not allow you a free ride, somebody has to pay for all those road improvements, and once there’s more than a handful of EVs on the road, the Government will be there to levy a pound or two of flesh to fund all those folks leaning on shovels curb side.
So here’s a site for your enjoyment. Those who maintain these pages are likely the same minds that believe that printing money is exactly the same as creating wealth. We know that God has a plan, but exactly why he created people who refuse to think is not so clear to me.
So you believe the EV1 was a gift from Aliens, that it was far better than the Chevy Volt? Well that’s why we allow comments here, and we welcome your help in educating us. Scroll down and help us understand.
As I close, It’s my opinion that Forrest Gump knows better, but Tom Hanks likely has the EV1.org page in his favorites 🙂
Have a great weekend.