During the past 2 weeks, some major milestones were reached in the shift away from using oil to fuel our society’s transportation. Tesla held a launch event on November 16, 2017, where the public was introduced to the Tesla semi truck and the Tesla Roadster Gen 2. Then, on November 21, 2017, Tesla opened up orders for the Model 3 to reservation holders, who are not employees or company insiders.
In support of the new Model 3’s that will be on the road, Tesla opened 2 new Supercharger stations. Tesla already has thousands of superchargers across the United States, but the 2 new stations are unique because of the 40 charging stalls that each station has available. One new station is in Baker, California and the other is in Kettleman City, California. The Kettleman City station even has a customer lounge with restrooms, vending machines and a barista serving up beverages.
When I drive on the highway today, it is rare for me to not see at least one Tesla car during my travels. Just imagine what it will be like once the bulk of the reserved Model 3’s are driving the roadways. Consider how much gasoline is not being burned when you see any electric vehicle drive by.
The Tesla semi truck is scheduled for delivery in about 3 years. It will eliminate the need to burn diesel fuel in order to transport goods by truck. The new Tesla Roadster, when it is available in a couple of years, will out perform any gasoline-powered production vehicle. The Roadster can accelerate 0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds, will be able to travel a range of 620 miles on a single charge, and will be priced below what comparable gasoline vehicles cost. Tesla has proven that there are no good reasons for continuing to burn petroleum products to fuel ground transportation.
In 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, of the oil that the United States consumed, 55% was in the form of gasoline, 21% was for diesel, and 12% was for jet fuel. The remaining 12% was spread between natural gas, bio-fuels, and other miscellaneous fuels. More than 75% of the petroleum burned in the United States was used to fuel our cars and trucks on the highways. What if all that oil was replaced by vehicles using electricity from renewable sources, sources that are available today? This is what has Big Oil running scared.
My morning routine includes scanning the Internet for news, much like the way many people open and read their morning local newspaper. In the past 2 weeks, I have see a big jump in the number of negative news articles about Tesla. On November 21, 2017, Bloomberg posted a story about how Tesla is “Burning Through Nearly Half a Million Dollars Every Hour.” In the article, Bloomberg describes that their data shows that Tesla is spending $8,000 per minute. When you read the article, if you are paying attention, you can see the decidedly negative slant to the article. Bloomberg mentions nothing about how much income Tesla is generating at the same time.
Yesterday, I saw the very same Bloomberg article repeated by the Seattle Times, a full 4 days after it had been published by Bloomberg. I wonder if a similar article, describing how any big multi-million dollar corporation is spending money, would have been propagated as much as this Tesla article has been propagated?
The bottom line is that there are interests out there, who do not want to see Tesla succeed. They want us to continue to be dependent on burning oil for our transportation, to continue polluting our atmosphere needlessly, and to continue putting huge profits in their pockets.
There was a time when I was really worried about how we are polluting our atmosphere. Not enough has changed during the past couple of decades to stop the onslaught of climate change. Personally, I think we are past the point of being able to stop the disastrous effects of climate change. We should have been doing what we are doing now about 10-20 years ago. In the 21st century, when a relative of mine says to me that they would not consider buying a car that does not burn gasoline, and knowing that there are so many more people like that out there, I am not hopeful for a good outcome.
Regardless of the negative attacks directed at Tesla, provided that they do not succumb before I get my Model 3 next spring, at least I will be driving around in my electric car with the knowledge that I tried to do something good for our planet.