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Thread: Operation Potemkin

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    Operation Potemkin

    So the Secretary of Energy planned a four day trip in an EV car to illustrate all the great things the administration is doing in that area. Naturally, a motorcade of gasoline powered cars accompanied her. One of them was sent ahead to a gas station (will we still call them that after ICE cars get phased out?) to block a charging station to reserve it for the Secretaryís use. This incensed a family trying to charge their EV, who called the police. Turns out, itís not illegal in the State of Georgia to block an EV charger unless itís posted.

    My takeaways?

    You need to burn a lot of gas to demo an EV trip.

    It helps to have an advance team to clear the peasants out of the way.

    The signage industry has an opportunity here.

    The administration needs to think through itís PR stunts a little more thoroughly.

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    I like the image of the gasoline powered motorcade celebrating EV energy.

    OK, I have a question about charging EV vehicles: do you have to fully charge the battery before you can takeoff again? What if I want to just partially charge it, just have enough juice to get home. Can I do that?
    I am not a serious person.

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    Yes IL you can partially charge it. I would have been furious if I was that family and probably filming the instance and putting it on social media for everyone to see.

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    Another takeaway is that it took 4 days to travel from Charlotte NC to Memphis TN what with all the townhalls during charging stops, and a bonus observation is that her EV caravan consisted of just about every American made EV manufacturer except Tesla because....Elon Musk.
    "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein

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    I would agree that that PR stunt was very misguided. While we need the government leaders to advance good environmental policy, they should keep their egos and their ambitions out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I would agree that that PR stunt was very misguided. While we need the government leaders to advance good environmental policy, they should keep their egos and their ambitions out of it.

    “…Good policy… keep egos and ambitions out of it..”

    listen to yourself, there girlie, we are talking about DC pols here. Not happening.
    I am not a serious person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    “…Good policy… keep egos and ambitions out of it..”

    listen to yourself, there girlie, we are talking about DC pols here. Not happening.
    Well, we can always dream...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Another takeaway is that it took 4 days to travel from Charlotte NC to Memphis TN what with all the townhalls during charging stops, and a bonus observation is that her EV caravan consisted of just about every American made EV manufacturer except Tesla because....Elon Musk.
    Doesnít Tesla outrange most is not all the competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    Doesn’t Tesla outrange most is not all the competition?
    2023 Lucid Air: 516 Miles
    2023 Tesla Model S: 405 Miles
    2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: 361 Miles
    2023 Tesla Model 3: 358 Miles
    2023 Mercedes EQS Sedan: 350 Miles
    2023 Tesla Model X: 348 Miles
    2023 Tesla Model Y: 330 Miles
    2023 GMC Hummer EV Pickup: 329 Miles
    2023 Rivian R1T: 328 Miles
    2023 BMW iX: 324 Miles

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    I had never heard of Rivian or Lucid. But then again Bentley and Maserati arenít in hot pursuit of my business either.

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