Saturday, July 9, 2011

Who still wants to buy gasoline cars?

Really. I really mean it.

After driving up the steep and curvy Hwy 17 to Castle Rock state park in my over ten year old honda; I parked excitedly getting out of my car to meet my friend Nick, only to smell the stench of burning oil with a slight stream of white smoke seeping from my engine hood. Suddenly a look of despair that quickly turned to utter annoyance and then almost rage filled the expression on my face that Nick could follow in an instant. I knew something wasn't right with my car, but this was after 2000 grand had been spent the last two years changing the timing belt, and reshaping a near blowout of my head gaskets. I swear this was the last straw, how could intelligent humans who have sent a man to the moon and vanquished Polio still be driving around with virtually the same propulsion system as one hundred years ago!?  This is so sad its actually amusing to me. So to get back to my story, I realized my engine was just low on oil from a constant oil leak dripping on hot pipes as I drove up the curvy Hwy 17.
     During my the awesome hike that ensued, my friend and I engaged in honest discussion on how he was fed up with his gas burning grease boat as well. During this hike we discussed how lack of fuel efficiency was eating up our wallets and how the next car we purchased would be dramatically different than the cars our families had owned since we were born.
     It was here on this hike that I announced the plan for my Honda to be my last internal combustion propelled car. I decided I did not care any more about how new electric car technology was or about the false notion of "range anxiety". I almost never drive more than 100 miles in one day and road trips are only 2-3% of my driving time.

Think about the following imagine and what life would be like if driving was a little different, and very soon could be:

  1. If every morning when you woke up your car was filled with fuel ready to drive 120 to 300 miles in one day.
  2. You had no need to stop by gas stations on a weekly basis to fill up with those toxic fumes?
  3. What if you never needed to change that dirty motor oil again? Or worry about those pesky oil leaks.
  4. Think about eliminating ever having to worry if your car will pass the biennial smog check, and paying those expensive tune up bills?
  5. What if your driving experience was unhindered by a noisy engine.
  6. If when buying your car you went to the local downtown boutique shopping mall and browsed for some new shoes and choose the color and seating material for your new car all in the same afternoon?
  7. Imagine even further if all your energy bills for your house and car were reduced by leasing solar energy companies to put their solar panels on your roof harvesting all those waisted volts on your shingles.
  8. What if ...may i even suggest that you got in your car and read the news paper on your ipad as your car drove you too work through the rush hour traffic
    • And may i take this further and suggest that there might not even be rush hour traffic in the future thanks to self driving cars that coordinate speeds with a smart grid of vehicles automatically driving everyone to work in harmonious synchrony?
  9. Imagine if the air of the cities and freeways was devoid of headache provoking fumes of smog producing vehicles.
This is what I think about almost daily when I get into my car or stop at the gas station. If i wasnt 26, in grad school, with massive loans I would have already had the Nissan Leaf in my garage. But my plan is to buy the Tesla Model X when it comes out around 2013. 

Here are a list of new emerging electric and hybrid car companies, its finally time america voted with its wallet and supported a fundamental change in how we buy cars and the types of vehicles we buy, and WHO we buy them from. 

California is a leader in fostering this new wave of next generation automobiles. Maybe California someday will over take Detroit as being home to the auto industry? 

Tesla Motors
Coda Automotive 
Fisker Automotive!/home

Disclosure: I am long tsla


  1. Interesting information, thank you.

  2. Your welcome, I enjoy posting interesting stories along my journey in technology investing

  3. I couldn't agree with you more, I cannot wait to Buy an EV, I have already had a 5.1 KW Solar Photo Voltaic system Installed on my house and plan to add more panels when I finally get an EV, the thought of using the suns energy to Power our cars is just amazing to me, I just wish everybody who could afford to go Solar and Buy an Ev for all there city commuting would do so, I plan to keep my Ice Truck for any long range trips with hopes to only use it only once a week

  4. That sounds like an excellent plan. Trucks are still versatile and will help with the need for longer range trips. EV's should do just fine especially when paired with the solar for most of our daily use needs. Thats awesome you have already got the solar installed.

    Have you looked into the solar lease programs that companies like "Solar City" provide to home owners for a lower initial cost? This seems like a great way to encourage mass adoption of solar.

    Also GM, Ford, and Tesla are all starting to explore pairing the sales of EV's with installing solar (its been in the news recently).

    Its encouraging to hear your story and your enthusiasm too!