QOTD: Pleasure Cruise for the Isolated?

qotd pleasure cruise for the isolated

Self-isolation and social distancing — it’s all the rage these days, though your author hopped on that bandwagon long before it was cool. Lonely nights lead to fewer viruses, the thinking went. A strategy that’s panned out over time.

As you digest that completely unnecessary and frankly uncomfortable information, you may as well ponder something that’s crossed my mind repeatedly over the past few days. Perhaps you can come up with an answer.

Governments the world over are telling us to have as little contact with other human beings (and things they’ve touched) as possible. Stay indoors, they say. Only go out for essentials. Okay, so if you’re not infected with COVID-19, the outdoors still holds some promise — and your personal vehicle some purpose.

It’s hard to say how long these measures will be necessary, though we’re clearly in for a decent spell of anxious, lonely moments. But many will still need to go to work, while others will need to leave their home for essentials on occasion. One type of vehicle, however, is capable of eliminating a certain contamination/infection scenario: the electric car.

Simply, electric vehicles can be charged at home, leaving no need to visit a gas station, expose yourself to other drivers and/or the clerk, and punch your debit code into a virus-laden keypad. Just plug in when you arrive home at your well-stocked abode.

On the other hand, gas is ridiculously cheap right now and, even though there’s few fun places to go, an internal combustion car can quickly go whatever distance the driver asks of it, and for whatever reason. They’ll just have to expose themselves to a greater degree.

Right now, with your life and responsibilities, and for the reasons stated above, would you happily drive an electric car until this crisis passes?

[Image: Tesla]

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  • Dan Dan on Mar 18, 2020

    I'd feel more comfortable with 600 miles in the tank than 200 in the battery. I'd feel even more comfortable keeping 600 miles in the tank and using the other car with the battery so long as the lights at my house stay on.

  • Ttacgreg Ttacgreg on Mar 18, 2020

    I have a pair of very used, blackened, yellow leather gloves from work. They are now my "keep my hands germ free" gloves. NO way I'll touch my face with them they are so dirty. So grocery cart handles, gas pumps, no big deal, just grab 'em. They are kind of big and loose so I can get the gloves on and off with out touching the exterior leather. I still thoroughly wash my hands when I get home, but having a barrier around my hands is certainly an extra layer of safety. And yes, I have been just going out for pleasure drives to get out of the house, sometimes stopping at isolated places for a walk too. I do consider and treat the steering wheel as contaminated.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.