He says to me this afternoon – the Germans have done it again. The have a battery powered car; and what powers the battery? Salt Water! Wow! So if you live on either of the three coasts or Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. You can drive this car around fueled with the world’s most plentiful fuel – seawater!
I thought, does the car have big fat tires so you can drive it across the beach and down to the water to fill up? Supposedly it goes 0 to 60 mph fast enough to tear your scalp off and it doesn’t make any noise doing it. With a little seawater powered electric motor for each wheel it generates close to 900 hp. he tells me.
So I look it up and find; very little… A lot of BS and hyperbole. One thing, though, is an eye-opener. Projected MSR price will be $1 million ++. I can’t see the guy with that much cash driving down to the beach to fill up.
He tells me it is going into test very soon. Maybe they can put a propeller on it and you can drive it to your vacation destination in Fiji.
Everybody buys a thing that’s new, he said, and I said thanks, Orville. I’m sure you’re right. But according to some numbers I saw somewhere there are only about one hundred people in America who can buy a car like this without blinking. And where are they going to drive it to? Can you imagine if valet parking gets their hands on it?
Anyhow, he says, the triple threat of getting across the beach, having to stay near the ocean and the get-in price means I’ll never have one, and I say, I’ll second that. Besides, he adds, I had a Mercedes 190D once and you should have smelled the diesel fuel stink in that thing. Can you imagine what a car fueled up on seawater will smell like? There’ll be a cloud of seagulls following you around, crapping on your hood. There’ll be Moray eels coming out of your tailpipe. There’ll be barnacles on your alloy wheels.
I guess we got that all settled, I said, and we went to get a beer.