Prius Personal Log  #1000

April 5, 2020  -  April 7, 2020

Last Updated:  Sun. 7/19/2020

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4-07-2020

Volt Owner Review.  It was refreshing to look backward now, on a past that really was history without a twist.  I wondered how long it would take to actually reach this point.  A video review from a Volt owner was shared.  This is what I posted as a comment after watching:  The video was nicely done, an excellent footnote to what things were like back when GM still had lots of potential in that market.  It is really unfortunate that opportunity to expand Voltec to more desirable platforms wasn't pursued.  The most obvious next step would have been to offer a PHEV model of Equinox.  With so much experience, so much of an investment, so much of market yearning for exactly that, the decision not to is baffling.  True, it would have upset the fragile equation of profit.  But then again, seeing GM push the tech out to more vehicles would have enticed dealers to endorse it.  The mixed messages about its future and knowing other automakers were more interested made it a hopeless cause.  When his lease expires, you think he'll get a RAV4 Prime?  The better seating, the larger cargo, the more efficient heater, the AWD system, the faster acceleration, the ability to tow...  It does make you wonder how GM will respond to such an offering.

4-06-2020

Facing Insanity.  How would you deal with it?  I now have 1,000 pages of personal log documenting 20 years of my experiences.  It's rather amazing how the crazy debates grow to the point of insanity.  You wonder how the heck a person can be in such deep denial, outright lying without any care or concern.  People support that too, enabling even more.  I'd face it both frustrated & bewildered.  It's not the kind of thing you would ever want anyone else to also have to deal with; yet, here we are.  My exposure was confronting antagonists fighting Prius and what it represented.  Everyone else has forcefully been drawn into to the consequences of having elected a president clearly not interested in taking care of the country.  I have learned to counter the appeal to emotion with substance.  In other words, my best offense was to hit troublemakers with real-world data.  The following is what a physiologist shared about the situation, a description I found all too familiar: "The sense of grandiose omnipotence that he displays seems especially appealing to his emotionally needy followers.  No matter what the world says, he fights back against criticism, continues to lie in the face of truth, and above all is still the president.  What matters is that he is winning, not whether he is honest or law-abiding.  This may seem puzzling to the rest of us, but when you are overcome with feelings of powerlessness, this type of cartoonish, exaggerated force is often more important than true ability.  This is the more primitive morality, as we call it, of "might makes right", which in normal development you grow out of by five."

4-05-2020

5,873 Sold.  That's the total reported for quarterly sales of Bolt.  Everyone knowing there was a scramble to take advantage of the final tax-credit opportunity, it didn't need attention.  Instead, the posting started with a comment about the crazy discounts.  I see this as much worse than the situation Volt was in.  At least with it, there was still attention given to the effort of GM to push electrification.  True, they were without merit.  But nonetheless, there was a spotlight.  Now, there's nothing.  Everyone jumped ship.  You simply don't hear anything about Bolt anymore.  A few weeks ago, we got news of a mid-cycle upgrade coming for the 2021 model.  But with stay-at-home severely impacting expectations for the industry, those plans were abandoned.  Bolt will supposedly get upgrades in 2022 instead.  Sales began in December 2016.  That will its sixth year.  With sales just barely above what Volt was able to achieve (an average of 1,600 to 1,700 per month), what would that accomplish?  It represents no growth in a time when the rest of the industry is seeing new choices.  Think about what RAV4 Prime alone will do for putting pressure on GM to finally deliver something their own loyal customers will be interested in.  This takes "too little, too slowly" to an extreme.  Voltec failed to achieve change, despite getting so much praise for being a game-changer.  Bolt has done what?  Remember, the goal is to find something to replace what's on the dealer's lot.  All I see is growth for more SUV and Pickup sales.  Why is their no push for something, anything with a plug?  Here's what I had to say on the topic today about recent Bolt sales:  We have been told Bolt doesn't make a profit, so the crazy discounts only serve to keep inventory moving.  GM's own loyal customers aren't interested either.  That is in no way a sustainable business model.  What is the point?

4-05-2020

Phew!  Reading those 20 reasons was painful.  It was a great example of the extent some people go to for the sake of misrepresenting technology that brings about change.  Focus of the article was Tesla, but it's easy to see how Toyota has been a target of the same type of efforts to impede progress.  We have seen that same nonsense for 20 years now.  A great deal of effort is used to feed misconceptions and to spin facts.  Some won't even bother with that; they will just keep repeating the same lie over and over again until source is obscured and detail forgotten.  You'll get assumptions and experiences confused as mixed messages come into play.  A simple look at GM is all it takes to wonder what's really going on.  If Volt was so great, how come no other plug-in hybrid will be offered?  And if Bolt was proven to be superior to Voltec, why isn't it selling well and where are other BEV models?  There's a lot working against advancement in the automotive industry and Tesla has emerged as the Apple equivalent.  People that are willing to embrace the proprietary approach and willing to spend a premium to get it will be very happy with their purchase.  That leaves the rest of the market vulnerable to narratives... which is how Tesla becomes a means of undermining everything.  If it continues to be successful, it is labeled as a niche.  If it shows any type of weakness, it is sighted to be the canary in the coal mine.  It's a lose-lose situation, which is why I took the time to explain how the attempts to misrepresent come about.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, self-driving.  It was stated this way: "Self-Driving can provide a false sense of safety.  And Tesla car had been particularly problematic."  What does that have to do with the technology itself?  We all know people have been mislabeling autonomous features, leading you to believe the technology is so advanced the car will handle everything for you.  That has never been true and warnings are given on a regular basis to that affect.  The "full self-driving capabilities" advertised are for future software upgrades.  The advanced hardware included capable of providing "no action required by the person in the driver's seat" is clearly identified as a forthcoming feature.  It isn't available yet!  The word "future" was quite intentionally excluded from the reason... which is why it was labeled as a "Self-Driving Scandal".  The only deception about how it works comes from those trying to undermine success.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, repair.  The element of fear "get stranded by the side of the road" was added to the claim of it being impossible to repair.  Overlooking the fact that a plug-in vehicle is far less likely to strand you anyway, since the design is much more robust than a combustion engine with hundred of moving parts, there's the reality of not being able to repair them on the side of the road either.  If your vehicles somehow loses power and forces you to pull over, what would you be able to do right there on the spot to get it going again?  Is there anything in a traditional vehicle than can be fixed easily, at the location, without any tools?  I can't think of a single thing you'd be able to do with respect to needing a mechanic.  Unless it is a flat tire, you're going to need a tow anyway.  In other words, this reason was a red herring. 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, resale.  This reason stated off good, pointing out how the evolving market makes used values difficult to predict.  But then the topic of worth diverted to recycling, with the claim that "...this is not possible since the batteries aren't recyclable."  They are nothing but a string of many, many, many rechargeable lithium batteries.  Those are already known to be commonly recycled.  There are collection bins for lithium batteries in many retail stores already.  It's not a big deal and more definitely is possible.  I'm quite annoyed at this point, but only having 2 reasons remaining, I'll stick with the commentary.  Blah. 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, expensive.  Just when you thought you've seen it all, they make the "too expensive" statement.  That seems reasonable too, reading further: "...that is more expensive that comparable electric cars from other manufacturers."  Huh?  What else is comparable?  The luxury features from Tesla are no match to mainstream offerings from GM, Nissan, or Hyundai.  All are a lower grade of build, that way for the clear purpose of appealing to a mainstream customer... not someone willing to pay more to get more.  Interestingly, another "you can't even test drive" comment was added to this reason.  Again, that is just plain not true.  So at best, we're dealing with vague references.  More realistically, this is just more misleading by being vague and making implicit references with the hope you'll make incorrect assumptions.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, software.  This one was pure gibberish, like when you listen to our president.  The claim was the system gets regular software updates: "However, sometimes, the updates are too advanced for the drivetrain.  So, to keep up with the new version, you need new hardware or a new drivetrain."  What kind of nonsense is that?  For that matter, what kind of person is supposed to believe that load of garbage?  The updates are just refinements to the existing system.  There is nothing required physical changes.  I find it amusing to see that "too advanced" in the claim.  What in the world would that actually mean?  Think about it.  What would that refer to?  There's simply nothing of merit to support the claim.  Heck, you can even look up the software versions and see what was included.  It's all improvements to what already exists in the vehicle.  Like updates to your phone or computer, there's never any new hardware needed.  Ugh.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, finish.  Quality of vehicle assembly is very much a subjective element, if explained.  Different people have different priorities.  I could see how that may be a valid point to list, if there was any actual detail included.  To just say "lacking" doesn't actually tell us anything.  It's the same old spin we've seen for years with Prius.  People would complain with claims of being unacceptable, but never really explain what they were referring to.  It's the avoidance of detail that's a dead giveaway.  Lack of substance tells the real story.  So even if they have something legitimate to convey, they didn't actually do it.  The message of disappointment is transmitted with the hope you won't question why.  I don't find that helpful at all.  It's no different than reading product reviews for anything else.  If it is just a vague low-rating post without any explanation, there's no reason to accept what was posted... literally.  What was the reason? 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, cupholders.  Really!  Not having any available in the back is a reason not to buy?  Purchasing an aftermarket cupholder for rear passengers is such a complicated & expensive process, the entire decision should be abandoned.  Ugh.  Of course, that too may be another lie.  A quick online search reveals complaints about the location in the armrests not being well thought out.  So, either that wasn't available initially or you are lead to believe that hasn't ever been an option is really pushing it... because that search also revealed a wide variety of upgrades.  You could choose anything from a cheap plastic window mount for just $1 to a fancy aftermarket leather-wrapped $350 console to fit between in the middle above the flooring.  Needless to say, that is an absurd excuse for deciding not to purchase. 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, purchase.  Blah.  You are told the new way of selling vehicles by Tesla is "strange" because it is unfamiliar.  That of course is yet another attempt to appeal to fear.  To be new is to be bad.  Of course, then came the outright lie: "Also, there is no test drive.  Dealers have no test cars and they are not allowed to take you on the promotional drives."  That is so far from the truth, I don't even know how to reply.  The writer was trying to portray a purchase experience of being forced to making your decision sight unseen.  This is how an antagonist raises doubt.  They spread misinformation that you would be difficult to verify.  Unless someone actively seeks an answer, how you find out? 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, charging.  Oddly, it was brought up again.  Listed the same reason a second time goes beyond desperate.  The emphasis was fear.  It brought up "range anxiety" and stressed the problem of going somewhere with few charging stations available.  It became clear way with this statement: "Also, if you want a good charging station at your house, it will cost you and take time to install."  The writer was being vague for good reason.  He wanted you to get the impression recharging with an ordinary household outlet was impossible.  You are lead to believe not only is a "good" charging station required, is that if you have a bad one there may be issues.  Ugh.  I can't believe I put up with reading this rubbish.  But I will persist and find out what nonsense is to follow.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, breaking.  This one was quite amusing.  When a publication about vehicles calls it the "Breaking System", you have to wonder how that article was sourced & edited.  But then again, perhaps not... since they wrote this: "First, they use regenerative braking to recharge the battery and second they sometimes brake without stopping the wheels by cutting the power to the engine."  That makes no sense whatsoever.  There is no engine!  And if cut power flow from or to the electric-motor, there is no longer any resistance.  That's like shifting to neutral, which would do nothing whatsoever to contribute to deceleration.  They were obviously just making up brake information to mislead & confuse.  What I found most telling though was how it gives you the impression there are no friction brakes available.  Omitting that information about the vehicle having the ability to stop using ordinary brake-pads is a major clue to intent.  This was undeniably more evidence of wanting to deceive by dishonest means.  You cannot just leave out vital facts, especially with regard to safety. 

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, slippery.  If you keep repeating the same message over and over again, people loss touch.  The undermining takes hold.  In this reason, the claim was "Tough to drive on slipper roads."  That is also an outright lie.  The "enormous torque", as they put it, has literally nothing to do with driving on snow or ice.  It went on to state "even the slightest acceleration is a problematic".  Then it continued by including "dangerous" to make sure you feared the technology.  Again, that is a crock.  For me in the Prius Prime, there are buttons to adjust pedal sensitivity.  If you want more play, don't use the POWER mode.  Geez!  This isn't rocket-science.  It's just a matter of switching to NORMAL.  You can even go further by switching to ECO.  Then, it's no big deal on those "challenging conditions".   What kind of people believe this crap they are shoveling?

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, cold.  I became irritated by this: "It is long known that electric devices are not dependable under cold temperatures."  It then went on to add: "some systems may stop working..."  That is an outright lie.  There is nothing about Tesla, or any plug-in vehicle for that matter, that has dependability issues in the cold.  There is no concern whatsoever for operation to fail.  If you have electricity, no different than having gas, the system works just fine.  Such a blatant attempt to distort reliability is a clear act of desperation.  At this point, there should be concern for what this article will stir.  It is a source for feeding rhetoric.  Misinformation written like this is for the intent of causing harm.

4-05-2020

20 Reasons Not To Buy, tires.  The insane acceleration Tesla offers will cause the tires to wear out quickly.  Since when is that a reason to not buy one?  Will anyone be using that neck-breaking speed for ordinary driving?  No.  In fact, that is absurd to even mention.  Yet, it was.  And not only was that highlighted, they was presented as if there was no way to avoid the acceleration.  The writer was attempting to create a misconception that the huge amount of torque available from electric motors was the only way they operate.  It's too easy for a belief like that to be spread.  They just over emphasize to make you forget about ever taking anything else into consideration.  It's a common deception technique. 

 

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