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  History - Electrification 2

No, Toyota did not really develop the hybrid drive further, but rather used it for worldwide advertising and sold an insane number of cars with the term 'hybrid' in the name. Thanks to the ever decreasing capacity of the battery, the prices for this label could be reduced, which fuelled sales even more.

But unfortunately, the technology has not advanced. Others had to painstakingly design around Toyota's once straightforward idea, which then meant more effort than effect. In order to offer something new, the particularly moronic idea of the serial hybrid came up, in which the combustion engine generates electricity that is only then converted into kinetic energy.

Significantly, there is no such thing as a serial hybrid only. It always hides in some mode, so that you can't get to the heart of it and castigate its nonsensical diversion. So you don't have to be surprised if the hybrid is seen more and more as a fat 2-motor car, with one always dragging the other along, success in Germany for example only because of legislation and subsidies.

Which brings us to the real issue, the current slight boom in pure e-cars. Elon Musk has initiated something in America that at least half the car world Elon Musk started something in America that at least half of the auto world now adheres to. Does it sound sensible to push the production and development of electric cars so strongly at the moment, when we are still a long way from being able to cover our normal electricity needs in a completely environmentally friendly way?

You can say what you like, the country is so big that Americans always think of America first, even if they are as worldly as Elon Musk. He certainly knows about the dilapidated power grid there, not only with lines on wooden poles, but also sometimes torturing huge currents through a single phase. That's probably where the decision to build this fantastic network of Superchargers came from.

Now everyone thinks of Tesla when they actually mean purely electrically powered cars and perhaps realises too late that the others don't have that. Thinking American doesn't mean paying special attention to fuel economy. Maybe the average American doesn't notice what a Tesla sucks out of his or its socket. The car just doesn't like to be without electricity, and relatively soon drops back to only 20 per cent remaining, no matter how well it was charged.

Anyone who has tried to save money has always had problems. In the worst case, those who live in abundance have even made fun of it. But will we be able to deal with regeneratively produced energy, if it is also available for electric cars one day, in the same way as we do with fossil fuels today? It is clever, however, to do everything possible to ensure sufficient range, fast charging and comfort when driving by preheating the battery.

Also perhaps typically American. It is capable of astonishing performance where it matters most, but other areas are noticeably neglected. With an electric car that is always ready to drive, he has clearly met the reliability requirements of his compatriots, but service and quality of workmanship suffer. Have the majority of them really accepted the offer?

Although there will soon be a second large production facility, the car originally comes from California or the immediate vicinity. And California, as we know, is not the USA. There is also an East Coast and, perhaps even more character-defining, the Midwest, whatever that means. Here, tradition is lived quite differently. Perhaps even more sustainable than one might think, namely resource conservation through infinite use.

Some farms probably still resemble a junkyard to some extent, and whether an engine hasn't made a peep for up to 50 years or more, people try to start it, thanks to special chemical help. Of course, the lack of economy in a small-block V8 with up to 6 litres of displacement is to be blamed, but at the same time its unwavering simplicity and operational readiness, sometimes over decades, is to be praised.

Will it be possible to enthuse a clientele for e-mobility in this way? As I said, Americans who operate worldwide also think American first and foremost. Will it be possible to keep the above-mentioned compatriots in line with the online updates that are apparently difficult to copy from the others, who will hardly have anything more urgent to do than try out the next update? And what exciting things can that offer for all eternity?

You'd have to find out how big the wireless holes are in the Midwest. And then there are the much icier winters than here. If you're used to a full tank of fuel, it's easy to believe that up to a third of it could be lost even in slightly sub-zero temperatures. The Ford T-Model still had it under the passenger seat with a dipstick instead of a fuel gauge. You could feel its range directly.

This is a game of vabanques that at least half the world has gotten involved in, possibly instigated by a man with admittedly a lot of energy. The world won't be able to complain to him if it goes wrong and the hoped-for reduction in battery size and increase or constant charging power does not develop as hoped. Just imagine the start of a holiday with queues in front of the charging stations, against which there is not even a spare canister helpful.

At least China is once again giving us a glimpse into the future. There are apparently no or significantly fewer subsidies now, and e-cars are still being sold. However, we do not know how strong the restrictions on the purchase of combustion cars are. However, in all likelihood such restrictions will not be possible in our country. Here, even in the face of a massive increase in the number of deaths, it is apparently impossible to keep as many people at home as possible.

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