Sigh. London stubbled about today without it’s tube running as normal. These tube strikes leave me conflicted. On the one hand why should I stop a bunch of people demanding more money - i would if I could. On the other hand there’s a real feeling that none of them deserve any more than they’re getting. Generally tube employees at the front line seem rather arbitrary. Mostly they’re the idiots standing in my way as I try to exit at rush hour. I just don’t see why they should get any more money for doing mostly nothing.
I suspect I’m mostly annoyed at how much effect they seem to have - why does the tube management constantly give in to this posturing. And London slows a bit but basically people get about with just some delay.
Tonight I’ve been mostly drinking saffron gin and cheap tonic. Delicious. Now summer just needs to catch up.
With the demise of free hosting at DynDNS I’m trying out freedns
So I test drive a Tesla 85S this week. And it’s incredible. I normally drive a pretty nice Porsche and the Tesla made it feel slow and pokey. Acceleration was instant and constant. Even when you put your foot down at 70 it feels like you’re pulling off in first and you’re doing 105 (yes really) before you can blink. Even with the traction control on I managed to get the back end to wiggle quite scarily around a slow corner - there’s just gobs of power.
But it’s not just the acceleration that converted me. Nor even this particular car. There were a number of small glitches: the radio didn’t work; The pop out door handles feel a little plasticy; The key fob likewise is very plastic.
No I’m converted because it took only 20 minutes to convince me that every single aspect of driving is better with electric motors.
First there’s the ridiculous amount of space in the car. Without an engine you get a boot up front for free. Without a transmission shaft or gearbox or any of the other overhead you need to transfer power to the wheels, the rear boot is big enough to fit two children in sitting up (really - they sell a fold up car seat for two which fits in the boot). The floor of the car is flat.
Then there’s the noise. I love the scream of Formula 1 cars but around the city the silent slipping through the traffic can only be a fantastically good thing.
Waiting at a traffic light also uses zero power - forget your BMW annoyingly turning on and off to save a sip of petrol. The Tesla just sits there waiting. And then when you nudge the accelerator it leaps away instantly.
In fact the only thing wrong is the range issue. But then I look at my car use and there are only a few times a year I ever drive more than a couple of hundred miles in a day. Tesla is solving this with recharging stations. I imagine there will be more ‘filling stations’ available for other cars soon. Yes it will be mildly annoying to have to charge the car for 30 minutes halfway to Scotland but to be honest I rarely drive 300 miles without stopping now. Coffee and a stretch of the legs and you’re on your way.
Hybrids have no place in this vision. They are chimera’s - with feet in both worlds it gets none of the space and weight advantages of electric and all of the reaction times which bedevil - I now realise - petrol engines.
Don’t get me wrong. Tesla have done a fantastic job building a car I would happily buy. But they’re just the first iteration. There’s no doubt in my mind my daughter will look on gasoline cars as amusing museum pieces.
This is what happens when you upgrade Xcode! Backups start to get a little funky.