Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Angry Tesla Owner He Found Out He'd Have to Pay $26,000 to continue using his 9 year old car

Mario Zelaya, a Canadian ax-thrower, entrepreneur and Tesla owner, told TikTok viewers in a series of now-viral videos starting Aug. 29 that his “piece of trash” 2013 Tesla Model S — which cost him $142,000 Canadian when new — now required a new battery that would cost him approximately $26,000 to replace.

Worse still, without a battery, he was having trouble selling the car because he couldn’t even open a door to get inside the vehicle.

Zelaya, in a video posted to TikTok that has garnered over 660,000 “likes,” explained that he purchased the Tesla new in 2013. In it, he described an alleged design flaw: “They made it so the air conditioning condenser unit dumps all the water on top of the battery, so my battery is full of water, which is why it needs a new one. And now they’re saying it’s not covered under warranty, even though it started happening during the warranty period.”

According to Fox Business, Zelaya said, “I got Transport Canada involved, and they actually did an investigation on the car. Not only did they do an investigation on this car, they’re gonna be doing one that Tesla doesn’t realize is coming up.”

“Tesla’s trying to sweep it under the rug,” he said. “They won’t give them any explanation of why their battery died.”

Zelaya argued that when Tesla vehicles are serviced, the battery is not inspected. He said that Tesla has no incentive to do so, according to Fox Business.

Acknowledging that he was one year beyond his warranty, Zelaya told viewers that he wanted to sell the car and had a $20,000 offer, but was struggling. His ownership papers were in the car and he couldn’t get into it.

In the end, he would have to spend $30 for new papers before he could sell the car.

“I’ll never buy another Tesla again,” Zelaya said. “That’s the long way of me saying stay the (expletive) away from Teslas. They’re brutal cars, brutal manufacturing, and even worse, they’re a 10-year-old company.”

Fox Business wrote that in a video update, Zelaya said he finally sold the car and someone was going to pick it up from his home. The buyer is allegedly shown taking off the front bumper of the electric vehicle and charging it.

“That’s going to be the end of my Tesla journey. It’s out of my life. Keep it out of yours,” he said.


Electric vehicles might be booming in cities but diesel remains king on the land

How do you run a battery-powered machine for 24 hours straight?

While passenger car manufacturers are rapidly moving to electric power to meet emissions regulations and market demand for cleaner urban transport, machinery dealers in Western Australia are raising concerns that similar pressure to switch their equipment to electric will prove unworkable in remote and regional areas.

Diesel still powers the majority of machinery in the state's agricultural sector, and dealers do not see that changing anytime soon.

Dealers and buyers of agricultural equipment also are concerned about what will eventually replace the current generation of conventionally powered tractors and headers sourced from US and European manufacturers.

"It will be determined by what happens overseas," Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA executive officer John Henchy said.

"Because Australia is a relatively small market, manufacturers aren't going to develop something specifically for us, so it just depends on what happens overseas."

Electricity supply a challenge

Mr Henchy said the state's agricultural sector was unique in many respects.

Tractors, headers and self-propelled sprayers around Western Australia operate around the clock during seeding and harvesting, something existing electric systems would not currently be able to do.

"The size of our operation, particularly in WA, where we have big farms, there are distance challenges, and critically, electricity supply challenges," he said.

"So overseas might develop something but it's got to be compatible with the way we do things in WA."

Athol Kennedy, from an Esperance machinery dealer, said there were no signals from government about the future of fuel in agriculture.

"We hear and see nothing to guide us," he said. "I don't think they have a plan for us."

Mr Kennedy said there were concerns about using batteries in agriculture, particularly given 24-hour working cycles and pressure on regional power grids.

"I cannot see how we in Australia can use electricity to run our agricultural sector," he said.

"Our infrastructure through the whole of WA wheatbelt is struggling to run our houses and our workshops."


The failures that led to the UK’s energy crisis

Our energy market has not looked this bleak since the Winter of Discontent in the 1970s, a period seared into the memories even of those of us that are too young to actually remember it. For the past year, the chaos has been building, with rising gas and electricity prices, scores of failing suppliers, subsidies for just about every part of the market, and the prospect of, if not blackouts, then energy rationing this winter.

We’re told that the market is ‘broken’, that energy companies are ripping us off with profit maximising behaviours, that price formation in the wholesale markets is ‘frankly ludicrous’, and that Putin’s evil war in Ukraine is largely to blame. The public is both mystified and appalled, seeing ever more expensive bills, grappling with the fallout of their suppliers going bust, and hearing about the possibility of rationing or even blackouts.

So how did we get here and what can be done about it?

There are two things that have coincided to create the current situation: a set of long-term policy failures which are now crystallising, and the war in Ukraine – the timing of which may well be linked to the growing vulnerability of several European countries which have pursued poorly thought out energy policies. Putin can identify these policy failures as much as any other market observer.

When we began our energy transition away from fossil fuels the government correctly identified three conflicting requirements for the electricity system which would need to be held in balance: security of supply, affordability and de-carbonisation, which came to be known as the ‘energy trilemma’. At the time, we had a degree of over-capacity in the market which was a hangover from the last days before privatisation and the 1990s ‘dash-for-gas’. We also had been enjoying a prolonged period of energy prices which were both low in value and volatility.

This encouraged a false sense of security: de-carbonisation and the pursuit of net zero became the priority, and the trilemma was neglected. In 2018 then Business Secretary, Greg Clark declared that the trilemma was over, and the government, cheered on by the other main political parties, pressed ahead with the deployment of intermittent renewable generation and allowed conventional power stations running on oil, coal, gas and nuclear to close. Over time that spare capacity disappeared, meaning that now, at times when wind generation is low, we can struggle to meet demand even in the summer when we use much less electricity (while winter demand might be around 55 GW, in summer it is nearer to 35 GW).

At the start of the transition, all kinds of assumptions were made along the lines of ‘it will always be windy somewhere’. It was also believed that energy imports together with battery storage would smooth out the intermittency problems with wind and solar power. Unfortunately, experience has shown us that this is not the case. There can be low wind across wide areas, and low wind can persist for days or even weeks – last September there was low wind output across Northern Europe for about three weeks. Of course, there is also no solar power at all at night-time, and the sun sets before there is peak energy in the evenings in winter.

Imports are proving less reliable than expected as well. Two countries in Europe that have typically enjoyed electricity surpluses which they export to Britain and elsewhere, France and Norway, are both experiencing problems that are likely to restrict their ability to provide electricity this winter. Half of the French nuclear fleet is offline following the identification of problems in the cooling circuits of the reactors, while Norwegian reservoir levels are now so low that its ability to export hydro power is at risk.

Battery storage is also not up to the task – the total amount of grid connected batteries currently deployed can back up wind power for 10 to 15 minutes, which is clearly inadequate when there is little wind for days or weeks.

The solution to this problem is to build more nuclear power and to ensure that there are enough gas power stations to fill the gap. The government has belatedly recognised this and has said in a recent consultation that more unabated gas (i.e. without carbon capture technology) will need to be built in the medium term to support security of supply. It is also trying to deliver new nuclear, but again it is making poor choices, relying exclusively on EDF to deliver a new type of reactor that it has spent 20 years trying to build and has yet to deliver in Europe (there are two similar reactors in China, but the lack of transparency over their costs and construction methods means little comfort can be drawn from them).

Earlier this month the Prime Minister unveiled a new energy support package to help both domestic and business consumers with the rising cost of energy. She also stated her renewed commitment to the energy trilemma, announcing two new reviews – one into the regulatory structures needed to deliver long-term energy security and affordability and another into ensuring that the 2050 net zero target is achieved in a way that is ‘pro-business and pro-growth’.

Britain is to rediscover its enthusiasm for oil and gas, which will boost income to the Treasury (something which is much needed to fund the new support package). It is also planning to build new nuclear reactors, with a commitment to meet 25 per cent of electricity demand through nuclear power by 2050. Alongside an accelerated deployment of green technologies, there is a new ambition for the country to become a net energy exporter by 2040.

Energy is vital to our society, but it is also a complicated system. The operation of gas and electricity markets is closely linked with physics, particularly in electricity where a lack of storage means that supply and demand must be closely matched in real time. We expect our lights to come on as soon as we press a switch, regardless of how many other people are also pressing their switches at the same time. But this becomes increasingly difficult when the supply of electricity is based on the weather, with each gust of wind or passing cloud affecting output.

It is essential that policymakers get back to basics and remember that each component of the energy trilemma is important, and that none can be ignored if we are to avoid cold, dark and expensive winters. For too long our energy security has been neglected, and we are going to be paying the price for this in the months to come.


The picture that shows what it's REALLY like to have an electric car

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A photo of a 'tangled mess' of extension cords hanging over a wet public footpath on a drizzly day shows the lengths Australian electric car drivers are having to go to charge their Teslas.

The alarming photo, taken in Millers Point, in Sydney, exposes the potential safety issues raised by charging electric vehicles for some drivers - a problem only set to get worse as ownership increases.

The makeshift charging set-up involves a a yellow extension lead hanging off an upstairs balcony, then looped around the branch of a tree and plugged into a powerboard.

From there another lead lays in some bushes and in a gutter before being plugged into the Tesla.

The photo was posted by 2GB's Ben Fordham on his Facebook page, who described it as 'plate of spaghetti' and argued that makeshift set-ups like this are an 'accident waiting to happen'.

Fordham claimed the 'bizarre' scene raises the question of whether the infrastructure exists for people who don't have garages, or designated parking spots, to own EVs.

The man who took the photo told Fordham it looked like a scene from a third world country. 'I was walking down the street to work and couldn't believe my eyes

The radio host said a pattern is emerging of people trying to get involved in the EV 'revolution' but facing 'roadblocks'.

Those include people who don't have off-street parking to charge their car at night.

Fordham said scenes such as the 'bizarre' scene in the photograph will be even more common when millions of EVs are on the roads.

'Tangled power lines from people's houses - hanging along fences and dangling down trees. 'It's something you'd expect in a third world country.'

Even when charging stations are attached to power poles demand for access would cause problems, Fordham said.

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean responded to the photo, saying 'fast charging infrastructure' would avoid owners having to take such drastic measures.

Fordham also claimed power supply would also be an issue. He said with coal fired power stations set to close the already overloaded system might not cope with millions of EVs charging at once.


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