Capitalism, or "the market", is about rewarding those who provide goods and services that other people want to pay for. Innovators innovate. Innovation inevitably creates winners as well as losers. It has been so ever since the first wheeled cart freed people from carrying goods on their back. The steam locomotive eliminated the trade of stage-coach driver. The automobile eliminated the horse-related trades that applied to transportation (still needed for horse racing, riding sports, ranching, etc).
I have set up a YouTube channel to be able to talk out loud and show things about EVs that make more sense visually. I also plan to interview owners of existing EVs to see how the cars fare with the owners. Right now the channel has this ugly URL: https://youtube.com/channel/UCdHAnni3LE_VjENUfNvDQiA. Once I get to a hundred subscribers I can get a URL like youtube.com/IanOnEVs, so please do check it out and subscribe - help me reach that magic first hundred subscribers!
Batteries are the essential source for electric mobile power. You can’t get enough sunlight to power any production vehicle, although one very smart team did fly an ultralight airplane round the world on solar power. Technically, a battery is a composite of two or more storage cells. At home, a single AA, C or D cell is not a battery, but a cell. In home use, the terms are (incorrectly) used interchangeably.
One often hears claims that governments "should not pick winners", typically from those opposing any funding to promote EVs. Those who make this claim ignore some very important points: First, that governments are massively involved already in picking winners: the fossil fuel industry receives trillions in tax breaks and outright handouts, providing mega-incentives to continue producing polluting, climate-damaging oil and gasoline products. Far more than the relatively tiny subsidies given to clean energy and electric car makers, even though between a quarter and a half of all new energy production is in the clean energy sectors.
Let us recognize that we are in a period of transition from traditional dirty fuel sources to cleaner ones. Let us therefore thank, not criticise, those who used fossil fuels to get us where we are. Let us, however, criticise those (including carmakers, oil companies, and others) who strive to maintain the status quo of burning crap now that we know the effects it has (both local pollution and global climate change) and especially now that cleaner energy sources are available.
This site is about Electric Vehicles, primarily cars but also "trains and boats and planes", i.e., all means of transit and transport. Well, not including teleportation, but that will be electric too when it arrives. Ian Darwin has been an EVaholic or EVangelist for years, and currently drives a Tesla Model 3. The reasons for this choice are spread across most of the pages in this site. Ian is also a computer software developer, book author, trainer/mentor, and is perhaps best known for his Java Cookbook and Android Cookbook.