Test drive of a gasoline car (great satirical article)

Whenever auto journalists test drive electric cars, they compare them with conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. They focus on things they feel are better in the ICE car, and rarely more then briefly mention the many advantages of driving electrically. The Tesla Club of Sweden has turned the table and looked at the ICE car with the same overly critical eyes. 


The complexity of an internal combustion engine is striking when you look at all the parts. Although one has to admit that it is an engineering marvel, the electric motor is so much more efficient and so much quieter. Photo courtesy of Ford.

If you know a bit about electric cars and read reviews written by hardcore gear heads, you know what I am talking about. It is not that unusual that the auto journalist even manages to make a fool of himself or herself by focusing out non-existent problems such as range anxiety and charging problems. Despite mentioned over and over again, these problems don’t exist for real electric car owners.

Range anxiety is a problem invented by people that has never own a series manufactured electric car. For most of us, 90 % of our driven miles are back and forth to work. Nobody would buy an electric car if that distance wasn’t well within the range of the car. With your car fully charged every morning, you don’t have to remember to get the car filled up on the evening so you won’t be late to that important morning meeting. The car also doesn’t suddenly run out of charge. It continuously counts down, and it gives you plenty of warning. The Nissan Leaf warns you immediately if you program the navigation system for a destination that is outside the current range. I have never seen this great feature mentioned in an electric car review.

Charging problems is another frequent occurring topic. It appears that auto journalists don’t realize that most families (at least in the U.S.) that can afford buying a brand new car also live in a single family home with a garage or private driveway. Pretty much every garage has an electrical outlet. And if it doesn’t, it can be easily installed. You don’t have to wait at charging station to have your car filled up, like you have to do with your ICE car. An increasing number of restaurants and stores also have charging. My favorite pizzeria – Beau Jo’s – has it, for example.

Anyway, in a great satirical article, Tibor Blomhäll from the Tesla Club of Sweden turns the table and takes a “Test drive of a petrol car”. He looks at the the ICE car with the same critical eyes. In the same way as many auto journalists don’t want understand that you can charge an electric car in any old outlet, he is very upset that you have to go to special stations to fill up fuel. It is a great read and will give you a good laugh. Although it is a satire, the article really illustrates how it feels to drive an ICE car when you are used to drive an electric car (like the Nissan Leaf we have in my family). I can only imagine the difference if your daily driver is a Tesla S.

“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.”
– From “Test drive of a petrol car”

Once you have regularly driven an OEM electric car, you don’t want to go back….. Going from electric to ICE would be like trading your smart phone for a 90’s brick-sized mobile phone. Who would want to do that? Seriously. It is so convenient to plug in at home and never having to find a gas station. Using the app to turn on the heat while you are having breakfast is icing on the cake.

Direct link to the article “Test drive of a petrol car”: http://teslaclubsweden.se/test-drive-of-a-petrol-car/

“When we came to a stop the engine continued to run and the car vibrate – even though the car was standing still! The engine continued to burn gasoline without moving the car forward. Can it really be true? Yes, the seller explained, it is so with gasoline cars: the engine is always running and burning gasoline – even when the car is stationary.”
– From “Test drive of a petrol car”

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