Idiot idea of the day

Pilgrim Slight Return says:
July 1 2021 at 8:59 am
Retrofitting on diesel and petrol cars because emissions is much needed in my view – it really needs to happen. There is a market there surely that some bright spark could satisfy and it should be cheaper than scrapping loads of cars and would allow a less steep decline in usage.

Sigh.

19 thoughts on “Idiot idea of the day”

  1. Presumably retro-fitting batteries and electric motors? It’s already happening for desirable classic cars: you can buy a kit to convert a classic Mini for under £10k (car sold separately); there are also conversions available for Aston DB4/5/6 and for the Jaguar e-Type.

    But nobody’s going to convert a five year old Ford Fiesta; it’s just not economic.

  2. I’d still argue that using all the money wasted on windmills, solar panels and electric cars to build nukes would be far more effective in reducing CO2 emissions.

  3. So you scrap engines and fuel tanks rather than cars. That’s going to be really cost effective, isn’t it? Pilgrim Slight Retarded would be a better sobriquet

  4. What sort of a moron puts an electric battery in a classic E-type! Given these things probably do negligent mileage it probably creates more emissions to do the conversion that will ever be saved, and it’s no longer an E-type after you’ve done it. Sacrilege!

    We are truly living in idiotic times.

  5. And what’s the betting that within a few years someone will start retrofitting IC engines into perfectly good EV’s, once a failed battery has rendered them worthless…

  6. Someone is retrofitting a Tesla with an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). Look up Rich Rebuilds on YouTube.

  7. Could you convert your electric car by replacing the defunct battery with a diesel or petrol gennie?

  8. @Dave Ward Nothing official/commercial, but I know of two EV’s that have been retrofitted with a small generator in the trunk because….

    People are creative… 😉

  9. And I was just thinking couldnt you retrofit a smal generator instead of a battery should have realised someone had already done it.
    Given you can run the generator at optimum constant output I wonder how much less emissions there would be versus using an IC directly

  10. Given you can run the generator at optimum constant output I wonder how much less emissions there would be versus using an IC directly

    That’s the thesis behind hybrids. Yes, you can run the engine at optimum revs, because there’s no direct connection to road speed, but the downside is carrying around a significant amount of extra weight*. Turns out, it’s more or less a wash, for most ‘family’ vehicles.

    The great majority of diesel rail locos use this system, but the extra weight matters far less if you’re running with steel on steel, rather than rubber on tarmac.

  11. @mark
    Didn’t help that it was poorly written and as an actress she really didn’t have the presence to pull off the role, do wonder if the issue of playing a black Boleyn was distracting her as well.

  12. @BniC

    You are undoubtedly correct (not that I have any intention of watching it!)

    But I very strongly suspect that the sole reason the money was wasted was to make Anne Boleyn black and it was a case of “what can we get away with”

    I wonder what they will try next.

  13. Dave Ward
    July 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    And what’s the betting that within a few years someone will start retrofitting IC engines into perfectly good EV’s, once a failed battery has rendered them worthless…

    People are already doing that just to get around normally. Its cheaper to buy a small generator and pay for gas to charge the battery than have another 240+v outlet installed for fast charging – and no one wants to wait 8 hours a day to charge the car. God help you if you’re in CA (where they just cut power outright during peak demand). Waking up to a dead car isn’t gonna get the boss to like you.

  14. @Agammamon

    That’s just reality rearing its ugly head.

    Bit like hundreds (I suspect more like thousands) of big diesel gensets hidden away as backups to maintain the “renewable” fantasy.

    No, not back up, necessity. Absolute necessity.

    I don’t know what sort of real world market share milk floats will finally achieve, but when the artificially low tariffs for electricity go, the demand for small gensets will likely receive a healthy boost.

    And I suspect anybody with a milk float who actually has to do any real distance in one, will likely end up having to carry one in the boot.

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