So this morning a snap decision was made in my head that it was time to start trimming back my collection of PEVs. The first potential target of that effort is the Ultron scooter. The scooter is fast and fun but really just a rougher version of the Dualtron II Ex we already own. I bought it originally because I thought I needed it to keep up with Cindy when she is riding the Dualtron. It’s true that none of my EUCs can comfortably cruise 30mph for long periods of time like the scooter can but an easier/less expensive solution is for Cindy to just slow down a little bit, lol.
So I listed the scooter on OfferUp this morning, the same place the RV has resided for months on end. I have no idea how easy/difficult it will be to sell but it will be sold, guaranteed. It will be nice to get some of the money spent back in my wallet and to have one less PEV sitting in the dining room.
Today on my drive to work I had the GoPro running the entire time. My goal was to have Auto Pilot engaged as much as possible to demonstrate how it handles different road types and situations. It will be a bit challenging to edit the footage in a way that makes it decent but I will get it to work. Non-Tesla owners find this sort of stuff very interesting to watch, I know I did.
For those of you out there that digest the waste product that comes out of President Trump’s mouth without any intellectual analysis like a human centipede, I wanted to make an effort to break one link of the chain of madness for you. One of the things Don has been spewing regarding the trade negotiations with China is that tariffs are a good thing that benefit the US, bringing billions of dollars to the US government. Here is a quote from the other day “Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind. Also, much easier & quicker to do…”
Ok since Donald evidently doesn’t understand the logistics of tariffs here is the cliff notes version. China does NOT pay the tariffs. The businesses in the US that buy/import goods from China pay the tariffs. Those increased costs then almost always are passed down the chain to the consumer meaning every Tom, Dick, and Harry is paying the tariff, not China. I have also heard Trump say these tariffs have made the US government billions of dollars, again ignorantly. He seems to think a tariff is a check written by China that is deposited into a federal government account. Nope, it basically is a tax on goods that we all pay.
So this explanation does not mean that I think that the China/US trade imbalance is not an issue, it is. For decades the Chinese have stacked the deck by basically playing dirty pool. However as is often the case with President Big League, whether it is intentional or just pure ignorance, he is misleading the populace on how this all really works. The unfortunate thing is how many millions will accept his ignorant/false statements as facts and will quickly move on, looking for the next piece of poop to munch on.