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In praise of the electric car

In praise of the electric car

Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis, CBE, FRS, RDI was a British-Greek designer of cars. His huge claim to fame was the Mini. From memory, the first mini arrived in Australia with an 850cc petrol engine. Some fool electrified a mini and shows its amazing power on hills in this look back in time video. You must have stiff upper lip to drive one. I don’t recall any of them making it to market.

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  • luk1955 13/02/2018, 6:52 am

    Wonder how many phone wielding pedestrians will be killed by these silent cars? Wonder how many motorists will be sitting in emergency lanes when their batteries die? Wonder how many houses will burn down when their electrical systems become overloaded by the constant charging of these cars? Wonder when new coal fired power plants will be built to accommodate the increased load on power distribution systems?

  • Willy 13/02/2018, 8:46 am

    Our current electrical power network can’t cope at the moment so how is it going to handle all those redesigned slot cars when the windmills are all we’ve got.

    • Zoltan 13/02/2018, 9:15 am

      How about fitting them with windmills? 2 birds, one stone!
      My genius surprises even me sometimes!

  • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 9:10 am

    Expected Mr Bean to jump out.

  • Bushkid 13/02/2018, 9:20 am

    My first car was an 850 Mini panel van!

    The brake pedal on mine often felt as soggy as that electric Mini one looked too. Bleeding the system was a regular exercise. When the clutch went, over 100 miles from home (yes, it was that long ago), it was a great exercise in gear changing and in-gear downhill rolling starts. And it took barely $2 to put fuel in it for a week of driving.

    It was a ton of fun, I even took it to car club gymkhanas, where front wheel drive and handbrake turn lessons from my big brother were a distinct advantage. Happy times.

    • acolyte 13/02/2018, 12:59 pm

      Ah yes, $2 for a fill! 5 gallons at 40c a gal. I remember the drama whenever it rained, trying to dry out the distributor which copped a drenching, being right in front of the motor behind the grille.

      • Bushkid 13/02/2018, 3:03 pm

        Oh yes, the distributor issues in the wet! Not to be forgotten. Mine was a little long in the tooth too, and the rubber boot around the gear shift was a bit perished, so that was another wet weather exercise – making sure my left leg was out of the way of the resulting water spurt when I ran over a puddle, especially when on the way to work in the solicitors office in a nice skirt! I did love that little beastie though. Lots of good memories.

  • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 6:02 pm
  • Smoko 13/02/2018, 8:09 pm

    So 50 years ago they were expecting the world to be full of electric cars. They never stop singing the praises yet nobody buys one unless bribed.
    Somehow I doubt Musk’s business acumen.

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