I’m Way Ahead Of Ford…

“The $700 million investment will go to the Flat Rock, Michigan plant to produce more electric and self-driving cars. Ford believes electrified vehicles will outsell gas-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”
 
See Ford cancels Mexico plant. Will create 700 U.S. jobs in ‘vote of confidence’ in Trump – Jan. 3, 2017
Just when commentators here pronounce me crazy for seriously considering an electric vehicle, Ford announces they will invest $700million in a new plant in Michigan. I’m way ahead of them if I invest $250 to reserve my Solo EV and actually start driving one next year. Proportionally I will be making a bigger investment. Also, I’m going to have some more solar power for the car right in my yard about the same time. It just makes sense to build/buy what the world needs. It’s all good in the end. No doubt Trump will claim responsibility… Oops, he’s still denying climate change.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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13 Responses to I’m Way Ahead Of Ford…

  1. Kurkosdr says:

    It’s not funny that the new jobs are probably going to new/younger workers with skill-sets suitable for renewable energy/electrical/computerized/robotics jobs. This means the folks who voted for Trump in the greatest numbers may get the least benefit.

    So, can those “new/younger workers with skill-sets suitable for renewable energy/electrical/computerized/robotics jobs” who happened to vote for Trump feel good for voting Trump?

    As I ‘ve said before, an important wedge issue in the Clinton vs Trump spat was people like Pog who want dirt cheap tractors and cars imported from China or Mexico, and American blue-collars who want tractors and cars to be built in the US.

    The fact Ford cancelled the Mexico plant means that the US market is for Ford a more important priority than Mexico, which means that Trump threatening Ford with heavy taxation if they perform a factory flight to Mexico is an effective strategy to keep factories in the US.

    #deal_with_it.

  2. Kurkosdr wrote, “Funny how even just some threats of heavy taxation in case of factory flight to Mexico cause more factories to be built in the US and less blue-collar workers on EBTs and poverty…”

    It’s not funny that the new jobs are probably going to new/younger workers with skill-sets suitable for renewable energy/electrical/computerized/robotics jobs. This means the folks who voted for Trump in the greatest numbers may get the least benefit. It’s also not funny that Trump can’t possibly speak to a wide range of businesses without raising tariffs generally, something that may even drive businesses out of the country and raise prices to consumers… There’s no free lunch obtained by putting a loud-mouth ignorant lout in charge.

  3. Kurkosdr says:

    Some blue-collar Michigan voters are NOT regretting their vote for Trump.

    Funny how even just some threats of heavy taxation in case of factory flight to Mexico cause more factories to be built in the US and less blue-collar workers on EBTs and poverty…

  4. dougman says:

    “When SHTF there won’t be a grid so I’d use a garden-variety inverter, in the garden, of course.”

    From CHINA nonetheless, AND most importantly not CSA approved. Do tell us, what is this SHTF are you referring too?

  5. dougman wrote, “there is a common misconception within solar panel consumers that if there was a blackout their grid tied system would keep them going through an outage.”

    When SHTF there won’t be a grid so I’d use a garden-variety inverter, in the garden, of course.

  6. dougman says:

    “The other big advantage, however, is that when SHTF I can still drive or light my home or remain civilized a while longer.”

    NOPE……grid-tie inverters do not allow such a thing Pogsey.

    See, there is a common misconception within solar panel consumers that if there was a blackout their grid tied system would keep them going through an outage. UL/IEEE/CSA all have regulations for such activity and regardless of what inverter you purchase, they have to be labeled and certified for such.

    All I can say is, don’t burn your house down.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/rogers-modem-fire-nearly-burned-down-house-says-ontario-man-1.3133391

  7. dougman wrote, “your so far deep in the RED, that you resort to buying Chinese crap.”

    I think there is a small mortgage remaining on the house and some “line of credit” stuff but it’s not a burden with interest rates as they are.

  8. Foobar, being mathematically challenged, wrote, “it takes more energy to manufacture than it will ever generate.”

    Let’s see. Solar panels cost ~50₵/watt and inverters perhaps 10₵/watt. Installation costs too, so let’s run the total up to $1/watt. The system lasts 25 years and gets 6h of sun per day… 25X365X6, 54.7KWH, about $5.50 worth of electricity. Not a bad return on investment. I’m laughing all the way to the bank if I can sell the surplus… Otherwise I just ride my car for $0/mile for energy. The other big advantage, however, is that when SHTF I can still drive or light my home or remain civilized a while longer.

  9. The CEO of Ford outright said that their decision to invest in the US is, explicitly, a vote of confidence in the incoming Trump administration. Good luck with your solar investment; it does have a low operating cost but it takes more energy to manufacture than it will ever generate. By the way, anthropogenic climate change is something only stupid communists believe in. And it’s LINUX not “GNU/Linux” you left-wing idiot.

  10. dougman says:

    “my net worth is ~$1million”

    But your so far deep in the RED, that you resort to buying Chinese crap.

  11. DrLoser wrote, “Proportionally, you will be making a bigger investment?”

    Let’s see… my net worth is ~$1million give or take what TLW shares… $20K/$1M = 0.02. Ford has a market cap of $50B! So their proportion is $700M/$50B = .014

    .014 < .02 QED

  12. dougman says:

    Invest?…$250?? Pogsey, are they giving you a stock share too??? I dare say, it’s not an investment, but practically a “steal”…LOL.

    I think you’d be better off buying an electric doo-dad from Alibaba: https://www.alibaba.com/products/F0/electric_tricycle/CID121888——————————1550-213,20226-360866——————————————————–ATTR-1550-213,ATTR-20226-360866.html?spm=a2700.7724857.0.0.5AL05y

  13. DrLoser says:

    Proportionally, you will be making a bigger investment?
    That is possibly the most cretinous thing you have ever said, Pog. I’ll leave you to figure out why.

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