Just got home yesterday from a 3 month trip through Europe and a couple of things that particularly impressed me were a) the obvious commitment to sustainable energy in some countries - particularly Denmark and Germany, and b) really, really impressed after a drive in a Teslar S.
In Germany, as you drive along, there is an obvious dramatic influx of solar installations on houses, barns, factories etc, and in some places you see hectares of solar panels, some fixed, some self-aiming, but it is not uncommon to see paddocks of a couple of hectares of just solar panels, or a huge factory with a similar footprint of solar panels alongside.
Hundreds/thousands? of wind-turbines as well, particularly in Denmark, which doesn't surprise me since most days it would blow a brown dog off a chain...
In Norway I was offered a drive of a Teslar S and, as an admitted sceptic, I have to say that I was impressed....ok, I was really blown away!
After almost 30 years in the car-business, I have driven or owned far more cars than most except those with similar background, and I have to say that I was very, very impressed with the Teslar.
I found it somewhat un-nerving in that there was zero aural feed-back, eerily silent, but that apart, it went like buggery, (try 0-100kph in 4.6sec!) loved the handling, I loved the style, and with some reservations about range (supposedly 300-550km) and enough accessible re-charge stations, I was really surprised and impressed. Really impressed!
In Norway, they are apparently the country's biggest selling car - which I find amazing, but aided enormously by huge government incentives, which range from ( so I am informed, so please don't jump on me if I err in detail) completely tax-free ( and in Norway this is huge!) free tolls, free parking, free ferries (again a huge issue in rural Norway) use of taxi-lanes, and the list goes on....
But, having driven one, I am almost embarrassed to admit, I have gone from a complete sceptic to a very reluctant, but none-the-less, resigned enthusiast.
To all my fellow sceptics, I say - Go and drive one!
As an old dinosaur, I can sniff the scent of an ice-age on the horizon....
Edited by seldo, Today, 13:08.