Evolving Standards in Automotive Safety

July 30, 2019
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Baby Boomers and older GenX are still very much alive in spite of what, by today’s standards, might be counted a miracle of careful driving practices by our parents and the other drivers that shared their American roads.

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Q. How Do Electric Cars Save the Planet? A. They Probably Do Not!

May 26, 2018
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Living in the Silicon Valley in California, there’s no more common a sighting than Tesla and other fun variations on the theme of electric vehicle.  There are many factors that make these appealing to the more affluent consumers but the “Zero Emissions” aspect is the biggest badge of honor for those gliding up and down the California highways in whichever of a range of EV’s.  These span from the Tesla that appeals to the upper middle class and “rich” down to the less glamorous life of blowing about in a Nissan Leaf.

Tesla dominates in the rich-toy range of “green” machines with sedans and SUV that are as much a delight to drive as they are in amenities, onboard technology, and luxurious appointments.

Most of the lower end options are successfully marketed ONLY by empowering their customers with rights to spend a neighbor’s money (government subsidies and incentives) and of course so-called ZERO EMISSION also earns coveted access to those coveted “car pool” lanes.

So why shouldn’t everyone who can afford one, whether with their own or someone else’s money, be eager to join the electric parade?  Well you might have, and certainly may, but I won’t.  Here’s why:
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