And the conventional Spark starts at $12,170, so the EV is more than twice the price. His point holds. Additionally, there's not a comparable conventional Prius, so there's no way to make a comparison.
> EVs are nicer to drive
On what basis do you make the claim that they are "nicer to drive?" I'll put a BMW M3 -- or if you prefer a soft ride a Rolls Royce -- up against a Nissan Leaf any day. Ride quality and handling are subjective parameters and these 'feel' parameters are based on the configuration of the suspension, wheels, brakes, etc. not the technology causing propulsion. Additionally, because you have a transmission, you can get less wheel spin in the winter in a conventional car by selecting an appropriate gear when you get stuck.
> cleaner (in all senses)
Done properly, biofuels can be carbon negative rather than carbon neutral. Boeing has found a plant that easily releases its sugars and grows in deserts watered with salt water. The end result is that land that is currently not arable such as the Sahara and the Arabian Peninsula can be utilized to grow these crops.
> and you can make it's fuel yourself at home
I can make E100 ethanol or biodiesel at home if I was so inclined, it's just easier to go to go to a gas station.
Remember that electric cars are an old technology and one we ditched years ago because it simply wasn't that good. Even today it still has the same exact problems it had back then.
The Tesla Model S has sold so well because, compared to old-fashioned gasoline cars it is more fun to drive, quieter, always "full" every morning, more roomy, and it continuously gets better with automatic updates and software improvements. According to Ralston the tipping point will come when gas stations, not a massively profitable business, start to go out of business as many more electric cars are sold, making gasoline powered vehicles even more inconvenient. When that happens even more gasoline car owners will be convinced to switch. Rapidly a tipping point will be reached, at which point finding a convenient gas station will be nearly impossible and owning a gasoline powered car will positively suck. "Elon Musk has ushered in the age of the electric car, and whether or not it, too, was inevitable, it has certainly begun," concludes Ralston. "The future of automotive transportation is an electric one and you can expect that future to be here soon."
While he's a brilliant industrial designer, he doesn't know crap about UI design and the UI's he's produced more than show it. I've used OS X since 10.0. I used Next in the 90's. I used classic Apple. I've been in the Apple camp for decades. I frankly can't stand to look at them, so the new UIs have chased me off of the platform.
> the more I read literature from other, somewhat-related fields... [such as] psychology
As somebody who is writing a paper entitled "A Generalized Theory on Abnormal Psychology", I assure you that Psychology is about to gain the ability to repeat experiments.
And then they destroyed the language with those ridiculous accents. Seriously, the English used to talk like Americans.
The irony is that it is Tesla which is interested in a monopoly. Dealerships exist to because you can peg dealer against dealer, resulting in a lower price for you.
In the last ten days I've seen two articles which, IMO, spell the inevitable death of the electric car's resurgence. The first talked about a new process that breaks down normal plant cellulose into sugar, meaning that the entire corn crop can be converted into ethanol rather than just the second and the second talks about a huge breakthrough by Boeing. I can't find the link to the first, but here's the second:
The Boeing breakthrough basically means we can turn the Sahara Desert into a giant farm to grow ethanol crops. And unlike with conventional fuels or even electric, you can build inefficiencies into the system to absorb more CO2 than you expel back into the atmosphere. Better put, you can have carbon negative fuels.
I'm actually looking at this one to a degree as an example of how not to build scalable database systems.
Complete and utter BS. The only thing Tesla wants is a monopoly. Tesla isn't banned from selling cars in Texas; they can sell their cars in Texas through dealerships. Why don't they want to? Because doing so provides downward pressure on prices. When you have multiple dealerships, you can go to different dealerships and peg one against another and get the best price. Dealerships then pressure the manufacturer to sell them the car at a lower price so they can in turn get a higher profit off of the lower price. When the manufacturer owns all the dealerships, you lose all of your leverage -- every bit of it. You can't go to the dealership down the street and get a better price anymore, because Tesla owns that dealership as well. GM, Ford, etc. were banned from selling directly to the public way back when for a reason... because they were trying to drive up prices.
Twitter told them to go screw themselves. They can do the same.
This time around, the company introduced Mac OS X 'Mavericks,' which includes 'Finder Tabs' (which allow the user to deploy multiple tabs within a Finder window—great for organization, in theory) and document tags (for easier searching). Macs will now support multiple displays, including HDTVs, with the ability to tweak elements between screens; Apple claims the operating system will also interact with the CPU in a more efficient manner.
On top of that, Apple rolled out some new hardware: an upgraded MacBook Air with faster graphics, better battery life (9 hours for the 11-inch edition, while the 13-inch version can draw 12 hours' worth of power). Apple has decided to jump into the cloud-productivity space with iWork for iCloud, which makes the company's iWork portfolio (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) browser-based; this is a clear response to Office 365 and Google Docs.
And finally, the executives onstage turned back to iOS, which (according to Apple) powers some 600 million devices around the world. This version involves more than a few tweaks: from a redesigned 'Slide to Unlock' at the bottom of the screen, to the bottom-up control panel that slides over the home-screen, to the 'flat' (as predicted) icons and an interface that adjusts as the phone is tilted, this is a total redesign. As a software designer, Ive is clearly a huge fan of basic shapes—circles and squares— and layering translucent elements atop one another."