Brilliant Satire Of Test Driving A Gas Car

JUN 7 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

Tesla Club Sweden published earlier this year one of the most entertaining satire articles on electric/gasoline cars – Test drive of a petrol car.

It is about testing a gasoline car by a person familiarized only with electric cars. Maybe some day in not so distant future there will be individuals who have never experienced driving a gas car.

Here is how the satirical article starts…

“Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in real life?

We sat us in the loaner car at the car salesman’s office. Automakers do not sell the cars themselves, only through independent car repair shops as middlemen. It may sound like a bad omen to buy the car from a car repair shop that you want to visit as seldom as possible. But you apparently can’t buy the car directly from the manufacturer but must go through such intermediaries. The seller was very ”pushy” and tried to convince us to buy the car very forcibly, but the experience is perhaps better elsewhere.

So we sat in the car and pressed the START button. The car’s gasoline engine coughed to life and started to operate. One could hear the engine’s sound and the car’s whole body vibrated as if something was broken, but the seller assured us that everything was as it should. The car actually has an electric motor and a microscopically small battery, but they are only used to start the petrol engine – the electric motor does not drive the wheels. The petrol engine then uses a tank full of gasoline, a fossil liquid, to propel the car by exploding small drops of it. It is apparently the small explosions that you hear and feel when the engine is running.

The petrol engine consists of literally hundreds of moving parts that must have tolerance of hundredths of a millimeter to function. We begun to understand why it is car repair shops that sell the cars – they might hope for something to break in the car that they can mend?


To continue reading please visit Tesla Club Sweden

And, by the way, even Elon Musk found some time to read and Tweet about this ICE satire:

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Along these lines I recently rode in a car with a manual transmission for the first time in at least 10 years.

Oh. My. Goodness. The ride was laughably horrible! Compared to an electric ride I felt like I was riding in a wagon on the Oregon trail.

Such a matter of perspective.

manual transmission is better than any automatic transmission in every way if you are used to it! You got a lot more possibilities.

You can even drive in neutral aka as “sailing”. The most efficient way to drive, even with a electric motor. Because no energy needed to propel the wheels.

I would like to have a manual transmission in a EV. Just 2-3 gears, for max efficiency (= 10-20% more range, same batt). Make it like ford with arrow up/down recommendation for those who don’t know the electric motor characteristic.

No, never. This idea has been cover from side to side and 10-20% better range ain’t possible.
Loss might be in the vincinity of 3 to 6%, not so much that you want to get any more gear.
The solution lies more on all wheel drive with different ratio of final reduction linked on two or more motors, like the Tesla D.
You get the best efficiency, better traction, better regen, uniform wear of the tire and just about everything else better.
Multi speed transmission are obsolet in this configuration.
I would’t buy one, that’s for sure.


True & very well Put…..

Saw it following Elon twitter indication. Great indeed.

Let us hope that Sweden does the same like Norway. It is surprising that it didn’t yet!

Not all that suprising since the swedish government need to take Volvo into consideration.

Now the EV incentives are pretty low and the punishment for ICEs are non-existant. Considering that a 2,2% EV-share of sales last month and 2% for the full year is not bad.

The big change is most likely coming from January 1, 2017 when hopefully a bonus/malus system is implemented.
And suprise suprise guess which car company that will have all their models offered as PHEVs by then?

You mean Volvo, the Chinese company? 🙂 Ah, but many Swedes work in Volvo’s Göteborg factory, so their jobs need to be protected. And that other Swedish (er, Chinese) auto manufacturer, Saab (er, Nevs), hasn’t got their act together to actually manufacture an EV yet.

I drive an i3 BEV during the winter in the U.S. and a manual transmission Honda Insight during the summer in Sweden. When we return to Sweden each spring, it’s shocking how crude our manual transmission ICE vehicle feels compared with our i3.

I don’t know how Norwegians manage to drive their BEV’s during their long, cold winters considering the loss of range in cold weather, especially when trying to keep warm. Swedes would have the same problem. I’m surprised that alcohol/diesel auxiliary heaters aren’t available in BEV’s in these cold climates which would make BEV’s much more usable.

Haha… no, I mean Volvo cars the swedish company. There is enough misinformation and some people actually thinks it’s a Chinese company.

But you’re right that in this swedish company there are a lot of workers. And except for the factory and the headquarters there are lots of supply companies and subcontractors to have in mind before doing something drastic.

Remember the Volvo C30 electric? It had an ethanol heater. I guess if any northern car company made another BEV it would probably have something like that.

Yes a great piece of satire. “ignition switch, yes they called it that”. priceless

Thanks to the Tesla Club Sweden for reporting on a test drive of one of these “petrol cars”, so we ordinary citizens don’t have to run the risk ourselves. Altho their report does a good job of summarizing the various difficulties and hazards of using explosive chemicals to power a car, instead of safe electricity, I fear there is one hazard omitted from their report. Altho the article mentions the real risk of a fire when running one of these things (hardly surprising, given that the power source is a highly flammable distillate of petroleum!), the article fails to mention that if one does catch fire after an accident, this can happen literally within a few seconds (unlike the minutes or hours it takes for an overheating battery pack to catch fire), and if it does, the fire may spread so rapidly that people sometimes die before they can escape! And as if that’s not bad enough, in no case does the “petrol car” warn you about a fire hazard, even after the car catches fire, or tell you to safely exit the vehicle! It is truly amazing that some people will entrust their lives, on a daily basis, to… Read more »

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Yup good points there and to think certain media tried so hard to label electric cars as dangerous.

Great article on historic automobiles powered by liquid petroleum products. 🙂

What do you mean with “satire”?


Is that a three cylinder in that picture? Should have put a picture of a TT V8 up there compared to a Model S motor.

Are ICE cars are bad for the environement: YES (a big “yes”).
Are ICE car unconvenient to use: no
Are ICE car smelly: not the ones I know at least.
Are ICE car noisy: same as above.
Are ICE car dangerous because of fire hazard: not around here at least, do not know in the USA. Although I remember one case some years ago, meanwhile about 300K+ persons died of cancer in the area.
To summarize it all, I will be glad to own an EV when times come because of (less) pollution & technical simplicity but for the rest, I don’t know in what kind of world and which crappy ICE cars do surround some of you here but, geez…

You did not got the point.
You need to compare to a Model S each point.
The writer never drove an ICE vehicle in this story.
Are ICE cars are bad for the environment compared to a Model S: YES (a big “yes”).
Are ICE car unconvenient to use compared to a Model S: Yes
Are ICE car smelly compared to a Model S: Yes
Are ICE car noisy compared to a Model S: Yes
Are ICE car dangerous because of fire hazard compared to a Model S: Yes