Test drive of a petrol car

  • Automakers do not sell the cars themselves, only through independent car repair shops as middlemen.
  • One could hear the engine’s sound and the car’s whole body vibrated as if something was broken, but the seller assured us that everything was as it should.
  • The petrol engine consists of literally hundreds of moving parts that must have tolerance of hundredths of a millimeter to function.
  • The acceleration did not occur at all, because we could not get the car to go faster than 40 km/h! [...] The seller then explained that with petrol engines you need to ”change gears” on a regular basis.
  • We were surprised to hear the brakes are completely mechanical! The only thing they generate is heat.
  • The engine continued to burn gasoline without moving the car forward. Can it really be true?
  • The seller then explained that we must pay to fuel!
  • The entire front portion of the car was completely cluttered with hoses, fittings, fluid reservoirs, and amid all a huge shaking cast iron block which apparently constituted the motor’s frame. There was no space for luggage in the front of the car!
  • From the engine, under the car runs an exhaust system – a kind of chimney for engine exhausts. 

For this note I changed a little bit the format to add a bullet list of the points the article makes. The article is brilliant. Sure, not (100%) objective and a little biased, but it tries to emulate a life-long naive electric car driver, that knows nothing about petrol cars.

On one hand, it tries to gently bring the conversation to their side, but on the other, all the things that states are completely true. Maybe we are so used to them that when we are told about it, we react somehow surprised, but the truth is that it's harder to understand how these inefficient cars have resisted over time with no dramatic change in the underlying technology.

It reminded me of the Marco Arment review of the Tesla Model S in ATP.