Wednesday 23 September 2015

Nothing Is Ever Clean About Oil: VolkswagenGate Continues - Now Millions Of Petrol Cars Could Be Affected.

  It didn't take long. There is nothing clean with Oil, ever. There is just no such thing as "Clean Diesel" or "Clean Petrol". I guess, that nobody can really comply, but let's courts to decide here. Clean, Performance and Cheap - are not the words from the same sentence as Petrol, Gas, or Diesel. Billions in Fines and Fraud - these can be fixed easily with BP, Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" so far and … 
  What will happen next will be very interesting. There are already reports that all this VolskwagenGate was almost swiped under the rug in UK. Where the billions will go now? To lawyers and PR companies to make other lies or, finally, somebody will show Porsche CTO where to charge his Mission E and Tesla Superchargers Network? 
  There will be a lot of scams, as usual, when disruption is coming to 4 Trillion auto-industry. Just wait to read again about Electric Cars polluting more than ICE ones. Whatever. It is all not important any more.  Tesla Gigafactory makes Oil ICE powered cars obsolete, Apple Electric iCar will smash the floodgates.  Tide is coming. If you are looking how to enjoy the sailing, just read my disclaimer and welcome to the links below.
  Now the real economics will work for EVs. The real deal with VolswagenGate is that Cheap, Powerful and Clean are NOT about any of the ICE car any more whether its is Diesel or Petrol. Would you like to buy Porsche performance, but pay Toyota price? They are coming: Electric Cars are just better.
  Now who will, finally, start the FrackingGate?

Tony Seba: Clean Disruption - Learning From The Past And "Horse Manure Crisis".

Tony Seba gives another brilliant presentation on Clean Energy and Transportation Disruption. Do you now that the world was facing unsolvable "Horse Manure Crisis"? It was back in 1880 and apparently we have survived, but it was the Climate Change of the day in the past. There were even "Horse Manure Crisis" deniers. This crisis was solved not by "Clean Poop" or "Manure Capture and Storage". It was not "Fracking Manure" or even "Biofuel-poop" - just think what Energy Industry is selling you today. It wasn't solved by government "targets" of 30% less manure in 20 years! It was solved by two disruptive technologies: automobile and electric streetcar.
  Today we are facing the crisis of our time - Climate Change and we now even have the Clean Power Plan to address it. New disruptive technologies will change completely our Transportation and Energy. Lithium technology allows us to store energy very efficiently and electric cars will take our streets over. Just look at Tesla Model S and wait for Model X and Model 3 to ignite the mass market in EVs. Solar will power our houses and EVs and lithium batteries for Home Energy Storage will make it work 24/7. Watch video.

The Future Of Oil: Electric Cars Have Reached The Point Of No Return With Tesla Gigafactory.

  The short answer: All cars will be electric and the rest is history. If you like some details you are welcome! Nobody knows the future. We can only speculate and try to extrapolate the existing trends into the future. I would like to remind you that all expressed opinions on this blog are my personal ones and do not reflect the official position of any companies I am involved with. 
  Actually, I do not have anything against oil and, particularly, those hardworking women and men who were powering our technological progress for a little bit more than one hundred years. I just hate to pay so much for my petrol - guilty, I like Big and Powerful cars.  Particularly I hate that this money is going to pay for Wars and provide dirty politicians which are bathing in oil denying the climate change. And I hate that my own money will pay for the use of One Hundred Years Old Technology based on controlled explosions of Dinosaurs Poop with less than 35% efficiency: heating everything around it and chocking us all with deadly air pollution. But not for long, Elon Musk has changed everything - I can get my Big and Powerful car from Tesla now. Read more.

The Telegraph:

Volkswagen scandal: now millions of petrol cars could be affected

Campaigners warned that petrol cars could also be drawn into the Volkswagen diesel scandal

By Sarah Knapton

British motorists with petrol-fuelled cars were warned they face being dragged into the Volkswagen emissions rigging scandal, that is threatening the future of diesel cars. 
Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen, participates in a news conference at New York's Museum of Modern ArtMartin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen, participates in a news conference at New York's Museum of Modern Art  Photo: AP/Richard Drew
On Tuesday Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin called for the European Commission to launch an urgent investigation after the German car manufacturer admitted that 11 million vehicles worldwide could have been fitted with software which misled regulators. 
The software is designed to switch on fume-supressing technology during testing, allowing cars to pass strict environmental checks, while still spewing out dangerous levels of nitrogen oxides on the road.
Millions of cars in Britain face being recalled if the scandal is as wide-reaching as feared, and car owners could see performance drop dramatically if manufacturers are forced to install new technology to cut fumes. 
On Tuesday France's finance minister called for a "Europe-wide" probe while Germany, South Korea and Italy all launched independent inquiries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for ‘full transparency’ from Volkswagen as it emerged that transport ministry investigators were sending a fact-finding committee to factories this week. 
It came as: 
  • Volkswagen saw nearly €30bn (£21.7bn) wiped of its market value after it admitted 11 million vehicles worldwide were affected 
  • Health experts claimed nearly 12,000 lives a year in Britain were being lost because emissions have not fallen 
  • The United Nations said the scandal was ‘deeply troubling’ 
  • The European Commission said it would ‘shed light’ on Volkswagen’s actions 
On Tuesday Volkswagen was forced to admit that millions more vehicles were now likely to be recalled because they were fitted with software that misled regulators. 
France's finance minister called for a "Europe-wide" probe while Germany, South Korea and Italy all launched independent inquiries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for ‘full transparency’ from Volkswagen adding she hopes "the facts will be put on the table as quickly as possible". 
The US Environmental Protection Agency also said it had widened its own investigation to other car companies causing shares to tumble globally.
So far the scandal has only affected diesel cars, but campaigners warned it was likely that manufacturers were also cheating on carbon dioxide emissions from petrol vehicles. 
Former government advisor Greg Archer, of the Transport & Environment thinktank, said: “It is probably not limited to diesel and not limited to emissions. There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence about carmakers using these defeat devices.” 
Volkswagen originally admitted that only 482,000 cars were affected but on Tuesday said 11 million cars with type EA 189 engines also showed ‘anomalies.’ 
The engine in question is a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel which is fitted to many Volkswagen cars including brands Audi, Skoda and Seat. Industry experts said cars with the engine had definitely been sold in Britain.
Drivers were told they would be directly contacted by Volkswagen if they had bought a car that was affected. 
Motoring experts said the company would either have to limit turbo-boosters, which could affect performance, or fit a larger urea tank to clean fumes before they reach the exhaust. Drivers will then face the added costs of keeping tanks topped up which would be around £50-a-year. 
The European Commission said it was in contact with Volkswagen and US regulators to find out how widespread the deception had gone and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin called for the EC to launch an urgent investigation. 
“We are closely monitoring the situation and have been pushing for action at a European level for more accurate tests that reflect driving on the road,” said Mr McLoughlin. 
“It’s vital that the public has confidence in vehicle emissions tests and I am calling for the European Commission to investigate this issue as a matter of urgency.” 
France also demanded a Europe-wide investigation. French Finance Minister Michael Sapin said: “This is not a minor subject, it's not about speed or the quality of leather. What we are dealing with is making sure people avoid being poisoned by pollution.” 
Lucia Caudet, industry spokeswoman for the European Commission, told reporters at a daily briefing that while it is "premature to draw any conclusions," the commission needs to "shed light" on VW's actions. 
"We owe it to our consumers and for the environment. We have to be absolutely certain that industry is respecting emission limits for cars," she said. 
But Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder warned that European regulators are failing to enforce emission standards. 
“Manufacturers in the US have been caught out, but we know that pollution limits are also being breached in Europe,” she said. 
“We need to tighten EU emission standards and make sure they are properly enforced. Unless we take action, thousands of lives will continue to be tragically cut short by air pollution.” 
Health experts said that pollution should have fallen by half if the car industry had kept its commitment to cutting emissions levels. But instead 23,500 people are still dying every year because of nitrogen oxide. It suggests that nearly 12,000 lives might have been saved if emissions targets were met. 
The United Nations said the new admission from Volkswagen was "extremely troubling" 
"The auto industry has to be a partner in all efforts in the private sector in terms of combating climate change," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. 
Shares in Volkswagen which were already, down 19 per cent on Monday, fell by a further 18 per cent. The total value wiped off the company is now approaching 30 billion Euros. 
Rivals such as Renault, BMW and Mercedes owner Daimler - none of which have been drawn into the scandal themselves - also saw market falls."

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