MCViewPoint

Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Posts Tagged ‘Tesla’

Range Reduction – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on August 12, 2019

Which is never really your Tesla because Elon and his minions always have access to it – and can control it – at their whim – via “updates” sent over the air which you’re forced to accept else be disconnected from the collective, which means your Tesla will no longer be “supported” by Tesla.

If Tesla can control your car you can be sure “others” can also.

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/08/09/range-reduction/

By

eric

All electric cars come standard with range anxiety – having to think about how far you can go before the car comes to a stop  . . . and what you’ll do while you wait for it to recharge.

If you can find a place to recharge.

But Elon Musk’s electric cars offer a unique “feature” their owners didn’t know they paid for:

Range reduction.

Not because the batteries are running low – but because Elon decided to reduce how far they can go.

Well, now they know!

To keep more Teslas from burning up while recharging -an embarrassing as well as fatal problem with Teslas – the company recently transmitted a “software update” to its Model S and X vehicles that limits how much charge the battery will accept.

The reduced charge capacity translates as reduced range – as 40 miles less than advertised (and paid for, by the people who bought the cars).

This is no small thing given that 40 miles can be the difference between making it home – and making a long pit stop.

Still, better than being burned to death in a mobile crematorium.

Thousands of cars have been gimped by the update, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by unhappy Model S owner by David Rasmussen.

“Under the guise of ‘safety’ and increasing the ‘longevity’ of the batteries . . . Tesla fraudulently manipulated its software with the intent to avoid its duties and legal obligations to customers to fix, repair, or replace the batteries . . . Tesla knew were defective,” the lawsuit claims.

In plain language: Rather than admit there is a problem with the batteries that makes charging them to full capacity a fire hazard – and replace potentially millions of dollars’ worth of batteries – Tesla decided on the free (to Tesla) “update.”

Which costs its owners not just range and time – but also resale value. A car that can’t go as far as advertised being worth less.

The industry trade publication Automotive News interviewed another Tesla S owner, Nick Smith of Orlando, FL who says his car will no longer charge beyond 90 percent of its former capacity after being “updated” by Tesla.

In real-world terms, this amounts to a 30 percent reduction in the car’s range when charging at a “fast” charger, where the “fast” charging is already limited to 80 percent of the battery pack’s capacity . . . to avoid damaging the battery…

Tesla can “update” the range to zero if it wishes to brick their car. Any time they want to…

Be seeing you

Breaking: Raw Surveillance Footage Of Michael Hastings Car ...

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Electric Obamaphone – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on July 22, 2019

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/07/20/the-electric-obamaphone/

Elon just admitted something which is getting very little coverage – and no explanation.

He announced that Tesla will no longer be selling the “affordable” $35,000 Model 3 he promised would be Tesla’s first mass-market electric car. Like so many of Elon’s promises, that one’s out the window, too.

The price of the least expensive Tesla just rose to $39,000. Well, technically $38,990 – to make it go down easier.

That’s still a $4k decrease in “affordability” – and a reality check.

Elon is admitting that electric cars aren’t mass-market cars. That after all the glitzy assurances, after all these years, in the end, they are what they have always been: Specialty cars for people with the disposable income to indulge other-than-economic considerations such as “technology” and – as Elon loves to tout – the driving characteristics of electric cars.

There’s nothing per se objectionable about specialty cars – whether electric or powered by a high-performance boxer six, like a Porsche.

But there is a problem.

There is a hard deck limit to the number of specialty cars that can be manufactured. It is a small number – because most people can’t afford to buy such cars. How many Porsches do you see vs. Corollas?

EVs are Porsches – economically speaking.

Both are cars for people with the ability to spend more than twice the cost of a well-equipped economy car.

Now imagine the government decreed everyone must drive a Porsche. This might not be such a bad thing – provided someone else pays for yours.

Who will pay for your electric car?

For everyone’s electric car?

Enter The Rub…

Be seeing you

NON-Taxpayer Government

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

A Peck on the Neck – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on May 15, 2019

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/05/14/a-peck-on-the-neck/

By

eric

A vampire’s continued existence depends on the continuous flow of the blood of the living. The same principle animates Tesla and other purveyors of electric cars – who are about to receive another $2 billion-plus from FiatChrysler (FCA) over the course of the next three years.

This ought to stave off bankruptcy long enough to bankrupt legitimate car companies like FCA (which choose not to purvey electric cars, because people aren’t buying them).

After which, the vampire will feast on the blood of us – directly, this time.

The cash infusion is performed via what is styled the “purchase” of carbon credits. These are purchases in the manner of our “contributions” to Social Security – i.e., they are extorted payments made under duress for something the victim would never freely pay for if he had the option to say no.

The “credits” being “purchased” are for electric cars not built by FCA. Instead, FCA pays Elon, et al, to build them and gets the “credit” for the supposed reduction in C02 “emissions” (it takes many italics and  air quotes to parse government-speak) achieved thereby.

Supposed “emissions” because the determination is based entirely on what comes out of a car’s exhaust pipe – and of course, electric cars haven’t got one at all and this is why they are regarded as “zero emissions” vehicles (ZEVs) from a regulatory standpoint. But from a factual standpoint – assuming the object of this exercise is a reduction in these C02 “emissions” – the logic is flawed because electric cars produce lots of C02 in the course of their manufacture. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Elon Mordita – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on April 9, 2019

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/04/08/the-elon-mordita/

Extortion is illegal provided you call it that. If you call it something else – “emissions credits,” for instance – then it’s ok.

Tesla just extorted several hundred million dollars from FiatChrysler (FCA) via this legal means of extortion. FCA is forced to pay Elon for not building enough electric cars which people don’t want to buy – but which don’t produce that deadly inert gas, carbon dioxide. While the cars FCA sells – without subsidies – do.

These CO2 “emissions” – which every living soul on this Earth also “emits” with every respiration – have been hystericized into a Planetary Threat for political reasons. An inert gas – but one essential to life on this Earth – has been rebranded into an “emission,” a term which once meant harmful byproducts – things which had to be cleaned up for the sake of public health.

But carbon dioxide isn’t “dirty.”…

Enter Elon.

He extorts “credits” from FCA – and others – who use these “credits” to tamp down the total volume of carbon dioxide “emissions” produced  by the vehicles they sell and thus achieve what is styled “regulatory compliance” with the C02 fatwas.

The money thus mulcted goes not just from FCA’s account into Elon’s, but also from the pockets of people buying FCA vehicles – which become progressively more expensive to buy in order to offset the cost of the Elon Mordita.

Tesla also gets subsidized once again – and can pretend to be a going concern as opposed to the parasitical entity it actually is.

Think of a tick growing fat on just that spot on your dog’s back he can’t quiet reach – and which has become a fatwa’d Safe Space the vet isn’t allowed to touch.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Electric Suicide of Harley-Davidson – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on November 14, 2018

Even if you don’t ride an electric bike, you’ll still be forced to buy one  . . . for someone else.

Just like Teslas.

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/11/13/the-electric-suicide-of-harley-davidson/

By eric

Imagine a Harley that doesn’t vibrate. No bark through the straight pipes when you push the starter button. No nothing through the pipes – which aren’t there anymore.

There is no starter button.

Just an On/Off switch.

No shifter, either. Because no gears.

All that remains is the “Harley” name on the tank – which isn’t one because it will never be used to store any gas. Might as well paint it on the side of your toaster.

Welcome to the 2019 LiveWire – Harley’s first electric motorcycle. The first of a whole line of them – intended to be ready by 2025.

They’re betting the future of the company on it.

If you have any Harley stock, better unload it.

Quickly.

Because an electric Harley is as silly as juice-bar speakeasy. It runs counter to the point.

People buy motorcycles – and especially Harley motorcycles – because they make that sound.

And also because of the smells – of gas and oil – which attend those sounds. Without which you’ve got what amounts to  alcohol-free beer.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’

Posted by M. C. on June 18, 2018

Definition of socialism

You decide.

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/06/17/elon-musk-i-am-a-socialist/

by Joel B. Pollak

Tesla CEO and PayPal billionaire Elon Musk surprised many Friday when he declared on Twitter that he is a socialist. Conservative critics, however, may well have agreed, given his companies’ reliance on the state… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Elon Needs More Money (Again) – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2018

This is the same Elon Musk that has the rocket company doing what NASA can’t. I don’t know where he gets his rocket company money. Probably a lot comes from you and me. I think we need a (sort of) private rocket company that actually makes something we need.

Musk should knock the electric car on the head go full tilt into the rocket bizz. Maybe then we have a chance on catching up with the Ruskies.

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/06/14/elon-needs-more-money/

by Eric

Last month, I wrote about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contemptuous and breezy dismissal of questions asked by financial analysts about the cashflow situation at Tesla. Would the company need yet another infusion of money to remain afloat? Lame! Next question.

That was Musk’s response.

As it turns out, it’s Tesla that’s lame.  The company – Musk – just laid off several thousand employees, about 9 percent of its workforce – which is one way to raise cash (by not spending it on worker salaries) when you don’t want to admit you need another infusion from investors – or realize you might not be able to get one because those investors are becoming gun-shy about giving money to Elon. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Capitalism has new rules. And they’re seriously messed up. | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on May 6, 2018

And New Rule #1 is: Businesses no longer need to make money.

Classic example easy cash via the Fed. Easy money+stupid government inspired programs=YOUR money down the drain.

The government subsidizes Tesla production otherwise it is economically unfeasible. The government provides rebates for Tesla buyers because otherwise they are economically unfeasible.

Tesla has production problems. No probs, there is more easy out there for investment.

Tesla is a bridge to nowhere on steroids.

Banksters and government (sorry, I repeat myself) are pushing for a cashless society.

Cash in your pocket is not part of the plan. The only wallet for digital dollars is a bank computer. Banks will charge you to keep your digits and there is nothing you will be able to do about it. Banksters/government can play there digital games to make money from your money then charge you for it. That is what ‘negative interest’ is all about.

Ron and Rand Paul want to end the Fed.

They want to keep government and banksters out of your business and your life.

Yes, you should have voted for Ron Paul and there is no substitute on the horizon.

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/capitalism-has-new-rules-and-theyre-seriously-messed-up/

It was just a month and a half ago that Tesla approved an eye-popping long-term pay package, worth as much as $50 BILLION to founder and CEO Elon Musk.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Tesla held its first corporate earnings call since then.

You’d think that Elon would have been gracious and professional, anxious to demonstrate that the shareholders’ trust in him has been well-placed.

Instead the call was filled with contempt and disrespect, with Elon outright refusing to answer questions that he deemed ‘boring’.

Bear in mind, Tesla’s financial results were gruesome; the company burned through yet another $1.1 billion in cash last quarter. That’s 70% worse than in the same period last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Why Won’t They Send me a Tesla to Test Drive? – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on October 23, 2017

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2017/10/21/wont-send-tesla-test-drive/

Because when the government gives away tens of thousands for every Tesla because otherwise no one could even dream of affording one, they expect guaranteed good reviews.

Be seeing you

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

GM Is Going All Electric, Will Ditch Gas- and Diesel-Powered Cars – NBC News

Posted by M. C. on October 3, 2017

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/gm-going-all-electric-will-ditch-gas-diesel-powered-cars-n806806

General Motors plans to go 100 percent electric, the Detroit automaker announced Monday.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Reuss said.

Because they are told what to believe.

Government mandates are clearly driving the industry’s current push to electrify.

Besides, Uncle will pay for their mistakes. Ala tesla. A win (GM) / lose (you and me) situation.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »