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An original horseless carriage in black and white with a man in a hat sitting in the driver’s seat
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My grandaughter looked at me over the top of her iPhone99 Max the other day and asked one of those questions that only the innocent could ask.

“Grandad,” she asked “What’s a fossil fuel car?”

I smiled at her as I considered what she asked. At seven years old she is, of course, too young to remember the age of the cars run on petrol or diesel. She’s never had to drive around in a car that kicks noxious fumes, pollutants, and carcinogens out the back. She’s only ever known Electric Vehicles.

Of course she’s aware of fossil fuels. She…


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It occurred to me recently that the microwave I have in my house has been functioning perfectly for almost 25 years. I know this because it was part of a big purchase I made when I moved into the house I’m in now. I went to the local chain white goods store and bought ‘all the white goods I need for a new house’. I also asked for — and received — a substantial discount from the manager.

The fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer and microwave were all delivered and fitted about 3 days after I moved into my house. They’re…


This week saw the release of the long-awaited Charge Point Operator episode.

I’ve been wanting to speak to Charge Point Operators (CPOs) for a long time. Whenever the discussion turns to charging infrastructure there is always a chorus of people (myself often included) screaming ‘Why don’t they put more chargers in each location?’, ‘Why do they have stupid tariffs that vary from free to almost 70p/ kWh?’ ‘Why are so many chargers not working at any given time?’

There are numerous issues that we have as EV users when it comes to the charging infrastructure. …


An interesting week this week. The UK government announced that the ban on the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles will be brought forward to 2030. There’s a huge amount of work to be done to make this happen. One main item, though, is combatting the many lies, statistics and downright pieces of misinformation coming from those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo (as well as those who just don’t know any better).

So, in a change to the advertised programme this week’s episode discusses some of these matters and puts forward answers: This week its ‘Myths…


I love a good piece of software. Something that fills a need, is well thought out, and works. Hell, if it’s good enough I’m more than happy to pay for it, That’s what happened with the Drafts app and Pocket for example.

Some apps, however, are good but not good enough to pay extra for. This includes apps like Feedly, for instance, where the free option gives me everything I need. Evernote is the same. I don’t need the added functionality that the paid tier gives me. I’m happy to use the free version.

That’s the work of well designed…


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There is a common sci-fi trope that if time travel became possible the first thing any sane person should do is travel back in time to the early 1930s and kill Adolf Hitler. This would stop the rise of the Nazi Party and prevent the holocaust and World War II.

But it wouldn’t. All it would have done is delay what happened by a few years.

I’ve often wondered why a nation such as Germany would allow the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler. Surely they would look at what was happening to their laws, their country, their government…


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This Week’s Podcast.

Here’s a link to this week’s episode of the podcast where we talk to futurist Theo Priestley

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The EV Musings Podcast: 48 — The Futuristevmusings.libsyn.com In this episode we talk with Theo Priestley — a futurist — about his thoughts on renewables, big oil, paying for EV charging and Elon Musk. Theo worked alongside big Oil for a while and has some inside knowledge about how green they really are. Links to Articles etc. Theo Priestley on Twitter: We Didn’t Start The Fire podcast: Cool things…


You’d think the winters would be the worst.

Easy mistake to make now they last pretty much six months of the year. Winters now are better than they used to be, though. The cold is more.. ‘defined’. I mean you know the mercury’s going to hit minus 4 or minus 5 Fahrenheit every day (unless you live on the Northern latitudes above, say Geneva in Europe or Santa Fe, New Mexico in the US. But nobody tends to live there anyway now the polar ice caps have melted.) So down here in the Mediterranean you can guarantee the same temperature…

Gary C

Writer. Director. Actor. Podcaster. Some writing stuff: http://ow.ly/4HmL30oCKvQ. Creator of the EV Musings podcast.

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