Electric VW Van?

I noticed the advertisement for the new VW van.  It looks pretty impressive.  I tried to get some info on it.  I just might try to buy one, as long as the price isn’t too high.  The problem is that I don’t know how expensive it will be.

I had one of the old vans.  My wife and I really liked it.  Unfortunately,  I could not afford to rebuild the engine every other year.  Also, the heater left a lot to be desired.  Even in southern California weather, the heater was very deficient.  it was worse when I went up to Big Bear Lake where we about froze.

I must admit, though, it handled the snow very well.  I drove through 8 and 9-inch snow with ease.  I was a little scared that we would get stuck, but the van just kept right on going.

Also, I must put a good word in for the dealership in Alburqurque.  While traveling, we drove into the dealership at 4:45 PM with a bad coil and left at 5:30 with a good one.  Never figured on that.  And, by the way, the price was reasonable too.

If I had one more complaint, there was no A/C.  If there was, I suspect the engine would have carried the load.  Push come to shove, the one fault the vehicle had was an undersized engine.

I knew a guy that put a Porche engine in one.  The engine hung out the back, but he said he had no lack for power.  Still, I imagine keeping the cabin warm was difficult.

I have often wondered why VW never really attacked the power/heat problem.  I don’t know.  maybe this one will.

At any rate, when they release the electric version, I will take a serious look at it, especially if they can keep the price around 30 K.  If they can come up with some solutions for battery charging problems, I will definately take a serious look.  If the dumb politicians keep talking of increasing the gas taxes, the sales contract is as good as signed.

An Alert to the Citizens of N.Y. City

Trucks and freight trains run on fossil fuel.  Trucks and freight trains carry food into the city of New York.  If we do away with fossil fuel (Diesel fuel) the people will starve.  Simple fact.

…and people people have a hard time believing my books.  At least I label my books as fiction.  The Dummycrats expect us to accept this fiction as science.

Bottom line… it is about power, not saving the planet.

Electric What?

A week or so ago, I heard that Elon Musk would do business with the Defense Department by helping to build things for national defense.  At first, though grateful, I didn’t think much of it.  To be sure, he is already building rockets, but those have no direct military purpose.

Then the thought occurred to me that he might build electric powered tanks, you know, the things that run around with big guns on them.  If such a vehicle could be built that would have a range of three or four hundred miles, it would have many advantages.

First they would be quiet.  A track version would make hardly any noise, only the track itself.  If a wheel version were built, it would make no noise at all.  Talk about sneaking up on someone.

Second, it would neither need an intake for the motor nor an exhaust.  It would mean it could operate almost anywhere, even submersed under shallow water.  Naturally, there would have to be an air supply for the crew, but that would hardly be a problem.  It also means that the tank would be, to some degree, NBC proof (nuclear, biological and chemical).

Reliability would be a big factor, as long as the batteries were reliable.  Electric motors can be built that last just almost last forever.  Diesel and jet engines can be very expensive to maintain.  Worse, repairing them can take a long time.  The electric motors are inexpensive, small and easily replaced.  If repair is desired, that is usually simple too.

I am not totally sold on the idea, but, if anyone builds them, we should.  Maybe it is worth a little research.  Maybe for the rest of the military vehicles too.  I understand those Teslas can really move out.  Can you imagine an army that can move along at over a hundred miles an hour, without making much noise.

I would hate to think that we don’t make them and the bad guys do.  I would hate to put our soldiers in such a position.