I am a little premature but I celebrated the demise of the ICEd (Internal Combustion Engine) automobile by watching the Indianapolis 500 mile race. It wasn’t as spectacular as some races in the past but definitely one of the safest. There were several wrecks where good drivers had their rear wheels slip coming out of a turn. Danica Patrick ended her career that way. There was no sign of an error by the driver but just that traction was marginal at the speeds they were going. There was a spectacular collision between a faster car and a slower car. The faster driver just could not avoid the collision even though the other car was going straight down the track. The winner was eventually decided just after a “restart” after yet another wreck.
Besides the usual fun of a race, I could not help being amused by the features of those ICEd vehicles:
- RANGE ANXIETY – supposedly a problem of EVs but it was palpable today. Folks were counting on wrecks causing “caution flags” so they could make a pit-stop for fuel and tires.
- FIRE – one car caught fire at filling and the driver drove off to kill the flames. The fire extinguisher at the pit was not available…
- NOISE – all kinds of folks were wearing hearing protection. ~12000 rpm reciprocating engines with turbo-chargers trying to shred themselves does that.
- CRAZIES – all kinds of folks were doing crazy manoeuvres during “restarts” because it was so hard to pass at full speed and not wreck.
- ALCOHOL – interestingly, the cars didn’t use petroleum as fuel but a mixture of alcohols. So much for BIG OIL stating we must use petroleum as fuel. That’s stupid. Other fuels are better and electricity is the best.
- FAST SERVICE – it was amazing that some pit stops took only 5+ seconds for four new wheels and a load of fuel.
Well, so much for the celebration of the peak of ICE for mobility. It’s too dirty, too costly, too dangerous, and too unreliable for my mobility. Hence my next vehicle will be an Electra Meccanica Solo, if EMV actually delivers the goods.