The Exigent Duality
External Combustion Fun - 09:32 CST, 12/16/22 (Sniper)
It's been interesting following Eric Peters's recent experiences with a pair of Ford external combustion vehicles-- the "Lightning" pickup truck, and the stupidly named Cute-Ute-with-Mustang-tail-lights "Mach e". You can peruse all of the relevant articles on his site.

  • These vehicles lose charge simply by being parked! He equated it to having a pin-prick hole in a conventional car's gas tank.

  • Driving in the cold chews up the battery fast. I saw on another site recently that Ford recommends not using the heater in the winter, in a $55k+ car. Good luck defrosting your windows that way, just for starters.

  • He noticed that neither vehicle lets you tune AM radio in their user interfaces. So he did a little digging, and it's because external combustion cars bathe you in so much EMF radiation, that AM reception doesn't work-- so, the manufacters just hide the option altogether. Cancer much?

  • As soon as he tried towing in the "Lightning", he chewed up so much range that the vehicle only went one third as far as the advertised battery usage. Not only that, but the truck was so depleted that he had to let it sit overnight to regain enough charge for him to be able to drive into town, without being totally anxious.

  • He tried a public "fast charging" station. After an hour and a half of sitting there bored, he found that the car had only recovered something like sixty miles in range.

  • I read today that Ford suddenly increased the price of the base model "Lightning" by $15k! This is because the rare Earth materials needed to manufacture batteries is scarce, and thus highly subject to price volatility. The base $55k+ model only has two hundred and thirty miles of range, and that's under totally ideal conditions, as Eric Peters has found.

Playing by their own rules, that cow farts will destroy the Earth, these cars are also terrible for the environment, "emitting" more carbon dioxide over their life spans than most equivalent conventional cars-- not to mention, they require slave labor strip mining of extremely rare minerals.

And this is all part of the plan: as soon as-- if ever, mind you-- there is a critical mass of people who have converted over to these external combustion engine cars, the narrative will swing overnight: "These cars are terrible for the environment! We need to phase these out: bicycle or walk to work instead."