I had a ride in a Tesla recently. It would have to be the most impressive vehicle I have ever ridden in. It has enormous power. It has electric everything, including self-driver. It probably scratches your arse when you need it to. I didn’t ask about that. The car batteries are put on charge each night linked up to the solar panels on the family roof.
We had been talking at home about whether or not we should be purchasing an electric vehicle. I walked away from my ride in a troubled state. I like cars that you can maintain. I can play with my old car in the garage, and fix it. If I can’t I will find somebody who can. I ruminated about the fact that somebody in USA can change the electronics of the Tesla as it sits in the garage overnight, and change its operating system. What if that person was deranged? What if the electronics stopped normal activities, like being able to get out of the car? Then this week I heard about somebody being incinerated somewhere because he couldn’t get out of his Tesla because the battery failed and the windows are electric. Check my ute when you see me next. The windows are self-winders.
I left this impressive car, and have been stopped in my tracks. With our contemplating an electric vehicle we even had a plug installed in our garage which is powerful enough to charge up the batteries. I couldn’t help thinking that for me an electric car is a distraction. I think that public transport is the solution, not us individually purchasing electric vehicles. We have to get in behind public transport big time.
That ride in the Tesla really changed my thinking. Not the way I expected.