Thought of the Day: Formula E (Mark, May 23, 2014)

Mark responds to Nikki’s thoughts form yesterday on Mandated EVs and asks if we’re excited about Formula E?

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

As with our Quick Charge series, our Thought of the Day will be recorded very simply on a single smartphone, but then quickly edited together using the jump cut edit style popular with many YouTube vlogs. We think this style complements our other shows and offers us a different way to share our thoughts with you, our readers and viewers.

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    What came first, the chicken or the egg?nnnIn this example the chicken (CARB behaved like one in the noughties) symbolizes the government mandates for zero emission cars, whereas the egg (the EV1 looks like an egg, well maybe half an egg) symbolizes the EV. Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson did not have a ZEV mandate when the first EVs started roaming the states, neither did California when the EV1 hatched. Again they didn’t in 2003 when Tesla Motors started humming and later when an egg fell on Carlos Ghosn’s head and made him think, and another one smeared on Bob Lutz’ face and he had it with some decadent fat-extended bacon (ICE) to make it a complete breakfast.nnnPeople’s imagination and desire to make money created the EV and made it attractive. Mandates did the opposite, they made a pariah out of the EV and left us with intentionally limited, undesired, hated and sometimes feared cars.nnnThe government does have a role and that is to keep the playing field level, the rules fair, and the regulations supportive. However without the private entrepreneurs driven by their vision and Napoleonic complex (hopefully more of the former, but still need the latter) we would not have EVs today.