- Aug 2, 2020
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- Bakersfield, Ca
- Subaru Forester
Problem is, we weren't having an intelligent conversation. I have absolutely no idea what your point is or for that which you are arguing. The topic of the post was about Gates saying it wasn't feasible. I was listing all the ways in which it is feasible. And a few people chime in about how there are still hurdles involved as if magically Tesla will produce a million trucks at once and everything on the road will be electric. Your argument came off as trolling, so you got the sarcasm.I don't understand why you resort to extreme sarcasm when I had agreed with you and only gave reason as to why part of the market would most likely be uninterested in switching over to a new technology for their business. Do you feel such a need to be right that if someone shows even a slight disagreeance that you would rather cease all intelligent coversation and revert back to childish ways of arguing.
To go one step further, it's unlikely that most of the trucking industry will suddently switch to electric vehicles, Tesla or not, because there are so many more factors than what people see. Semi trucks are expensive, many owner operators, or large companies are still paying off their fleet, the infrastructure won't be fully in place for quite some time, there is still the large upfront cost that a lot of companies don't always have in their budget to immediately put down. Also larger trucking operations use fuel hedging, meaning they purchase a set amount of fuel for a certain price and they can keep fueling their trucks for that cost until they've used the amount they've purchased. There is also maintenance costs, some of these companies have full maintenance departments working round the clock to keep their trucks operational. Training on electric trucks won't come fast, easy, or cheap and for a lot of companies, it will probably make sense to keep their trucks for the remainder of their lives and they might not fully replace a fleet of diesel trucks for 15-20 years.
Now I think that a lot of companies will make the switch, I think the electric models will be better and reduce costs, I want to see more and more electric vehicles replace gas and diesel to improve air quality and reduce dependancy on non reusable resources, but that doesn't mean there are 0 arguements of doing that immediately and i'm happy to play the devil's advocate to have a health conversation and allow for more points for both sides of the argument to come forward.