Recently, I was asked by the publication of a major innovation and technology association with more than 11,200 participating business, educational and government organisations, to contribute an article on why more people of influence, do not overtly support environmental causes.
This thread serves as an excellent illustration. It's a sad fact, that a faction of EV supporters, have no interest in accomplishing anything positive.
In Australia, we have only one real EV pioneer, who has produced a mass production EV, for sale. You would imagine that Ross Blade would be a source of pride and honour among Australians.(at least among EV supporters) Regrettably, this is not the case, his greatest detractors are his fellow Australians.
Ian Wright, admittedly a Kiwi, but lived and worked in Australia a long time,a real EV design and engineering heavyweight, one of the three men attributed as creators of Tesla, encountered the same experience. Both men despair of their treatment by members of this forum. I have interviewed more than 14 influential Australian engineers, industry leaders and technology investors. At no time did I receive any positive remarks concerning AEVA.
Look at my own experience. I import the highest quality, and best performing EV in existence. This vehicle has received praise from every critic (including Elon Musk). Like all new technology, it's expensive. However,because of it's shared components, it's still a practical vehicle. But no other EV vehicle in existence could convince decision making ICE fleet owners to take EV's seriously.
EV's have become acceptable in large part due to the popularity of the Prius/Lexus hybrid range. Joe Public will not eagerly rush out to buy an iMev. Nor will an S class Mercedes owner purchase a Leaf. But after experiencing the serious quality of the LEVRR, he might just think about including a Blade Electron, or ask Ford to import EV Transit's to include in his fleet. If only 5% of fleet vehicles in Australia became EV's, we would have a serious local industry. This may help Australia to build the GM Opal/Vauxhall version of the Volt.
But an outsider, reading the response on this thread, would think I'd run over someone's favourite dog!
This is not to say that many members are not serious, dedicated, and well meaning, but it only takes a few to destroy the efforts of so many.