Electric cars: what if Vilebrequin users were right?

Electric cars: what if Vilebrequin users were right?

Electric car show

On their Facebook account, Sylvain and Pierre, who usually entertain us from the Vilebrequin YouTube channel, have condensed a previous video dedicated to electric cars in general and Tesla in particular. The work done around the American manufacturer is correct and interesting for those new to the brand. By contrast, grievances about electric vehicles in general are 5-10 years old for the most part. However, there is a general message to be heard.


Pierre and Sylvain love the cars that go to Froome and remind you regularly. What is less well known is that many of us are into Automobile Propre engine mechanics, and follow these crazy Vilebrequin videos with more or less compression. Personally, if it weren’t for carbon dioxide leaks and pollutants into the atmosphere, I probably wouldn’t use electricity today.

10 years ago, you could see me on the catwalk displaying vintage cars and justifying the awards given in the course of the restoration challenge. I had a 2002 Renault Kangoo electric with a nickel-cadmium (not lead-acid, bro) battery and a 1973 Ford Taunus 1600 XL. In fact, I bought my first plug-in car in 2007 (a 1996 Clio with a NiCd battery already) to make up for the regular use of old appliances I used for vacations and going to the office.

Without the problems of pollution and climate change, today I would like to use a Fiat 131 Abarth, Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1, Peugeot 205 CTI, Nissan Cedric or Citroën Ami 6 on my regular trips. But not with today’s petrol or diesel model. It might sound very nice to me compared to electricity, which has made tremendous progress in 10 years.

Speech on Tesla

Originally, Vilebrequin VE video focused on the question ” Tesla, the future? Published on March 24, 2022, it was just over 24 minutes in length. Public discourse about electric cars was finally coming. On Facebook, the order is reversed, and the film has been reduced to 7 minutes 10 seconds. There’s not much to say about a speech Silvan about Tesla.

Personally, and for amusement, I would have added that the first Tesla Roadster, which was actually based on the Lotus Elise, had received a carbon-fiber body made by the Sutera 35 in Brittany, in Saint-Melloire-de-Onde. But also that the charging network created by the American manufacturer around the world is still a model of its kind. If only for ease of use.

Tesla in a speculative bubble? This is really the number of traders who have done this work, with the risks that this presents to all parties. The new car, Semi and Cybertruck have an ignition delay, which is also true. Leaving the challenges to be faced in order to develop it in the glove box, Tesla’s future was on hold driven by the influx of new money from Model 3 sales and hence the packing on this car.

And in regards to the autopilot, such a very high confidence that motorists give as well as the dual language of the manufacturer … Vilebrequin is not next to the board on these topics.

Tesla, the future?

Is Tesla the future? The American manufacturer is not alone in promoting its cars. Others are doing well, such as the Chinese and Koreans. And generic brands work better and better. So much progress has been made that the arguments put forward by Pierre were very quickly overruled when he told us that there have been not only recent advances in the creation, recharging and recycling of batteries, but also with regard to autonomy.

Less than 10 years ago, with the exception of Tesla, the average range was 125-150 kilometers. Under the same conditions, we are now at a real 400 km with quite a few models. DC charging power was often limited to 50 kW. Many brands, including Porsche, Kia and Hyundai, have exceeded 200 kW. Others will quickly follow.

Batteries are constantly evolving to require less sensitive materials and provide greater performance. It is recycled as needed, at rates in excess of 90%. Cells containing solid electrolytes and/or using other chemicals are now arriving. It only took a few years to put twice the power capacity in the same place.

The necessity of having a thermal car in the house

Thanks to the early adopters of lithium-ion electrical mobility, battery life estimates increased from 5 to 10 years, before they finally experienced an important second life as stable storage elements for electricity. The methods for obtaining lithium are diverse, for example, by exploiting thermal sources or sea water.

Initially, this substance was seen as a waste co-produced by the extraction of potassium for agriculture. Mark Muller and Jonas Schneiter investigated the matter for the production of their popular documentary opposite direction.

People who buy electricity, it’s not their only car: they necessarily have a thermal car No, but are you serious there!? With all the advances in range, charging speed, and network of stations, more and more families have just one electric car. Or one for the master and one for the lady, and both are connected.

Where did this idea come from? To add a car to the house ? Personally, I don’t know anything, even if I can imagine the possibility of isolated cases. However, what is often done is that one is electric and the other keeps its heat, without adding a car to the family fleet.

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Convert all cars to electricity?

And converting the entire fleet to electricity in a short time, is that a good idea? Accelerating the scrapping of petrol and diesel cars to make electric model-building chains run faster, with a climate emergency that, on the contrary, requires slowing down the carbon impact in the industrial sector in particular, is not necessarily a good thing.

Telephone electric relay was supposed to start much earlier, and allow for a very flexible retrofit. This implies a convertible, for example, a Citroen C3 or Renault Twingo, usually filled with gasoline. In such models, you lose nothing by doing it. Their engines don’t have anything melodious about them. So, let’s go without remorse.

We must not deprive ourselves of other solutions. BioNGV, for example, can be used to replace gasoline, as well as diesel, utilities Lyptech explained. Ethanol, waste oil, industrial fuel, etc. In an urgent transition, no path should be neglected if it is effective in moving towards sustainable mobility.

And Pierre is right to worry about moving toward a techno one. If he’s honest, I’m on this earth. But not if it comes to continuing to leak oil.

Kill the heat engine?

Killing a heat engine is not necessarily a good idea. In general, we should drive less, and much less, and not just change the energy. But is this consistent with the rhythm that society imposes on us? This is an additional question. Who is ready to do this? What about public transportation? Massive postponement seems so difficult when everything values ​​individuality, with enclosed spaces demonized in times of an ongoing pandemic.

I believe most in developing the small mobility of everyday life, such as cycling, scooters and even walking when possible. The younger generations are interested in it, and that’s very good. My son, for example, has owned a small GTI for about 5 years. But he never drove it. He didn’t even get his license. Having struggled with public transportation causing him so much anxiety at work, he had just fallen for a motorbike.

It perfectly illustrates this transition period made up of doubts, attempts and failures before finding their own asphalt road. Sustainable mobility must be in the plural. If there is a message to remember from the brief video by Sylvain and Pierre, this is it!

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