Now it is back, the time of car conversations. Unlike 2011, when everything revolved around the dying Saab brand. Now it's about the electric car. The environmental bonus beckons in the background, and suddenly people are interested in cars that you would not have expected.
As a blogger who mainly writes about old combustion engines, you seem to be the ideal conversation partner. No matter where I go, friends or neighbors, at some point it happened. We talk about cars.
And when do you switch to an electric car?
People keep asking me that question. I then take a deep breath and each time I explain why I am not planning to switch. Corona has atomized my annual mileage. The company car has been standing almost motionless in the parking lot for months, it will probably go back with a lot of less kilometers to the end of the lease. And even after Corona it won't be like it used to be. Time and circumstances have changed.
Pronounced tours to appointments, they never come back.
As a result, I drive old cars. From the age of 20 and up. That seems logical to me. With my estimated 7 or 8.000 kilometers, which I cover privately every year, optimal. Because a vehicle that is 2 decades old is far beyond its originally assumed useful life. From an environmental point of view, it is written off and booked out due to its age. The consumption of resources during production was long forgotten decades ago.
Carte blanche for old tin.
After 20 or 30 years old tin gets carte blanche. A kind of blank check, because now only the actual consumption counts. And that's low, if only because of my low annual mileage. So low that I would leave a lower CO2 footprint with a combustion engine than with a new electric car until I hand in my driving license.
Experience has shown that my argumentation is not sufficient to escape a car call. Anyone who wants to philosophize about electric cars has the state environmental bonus and saving the world in mind. New technology and a possible investment that you would like to argue for yourself. It is not at all advisable if you come up with counter-arguments.
One is quickly under general suspicion of being a refusal to progress.
And, to be honest, I don't mind electric cars. But I don't find the topic particularly stimulating in itself. I've had software and electronics every day for 30 years. The suspected attraction of the novelty does not exist for me.
The conversations then drag on and become tough as bad chewing gum. Battery cells, charging technology, range in summer, winter and in the rain. The very clever then go into detail, showering the opposite with read-in specialist knowledge, which ranks at the top of the Top 100 list of things you never wanted to know.
How to unplug electric car conversations.
There is a tried and tested means of pulling the plug in such conversations. The black spot when it comes to electric cars that you can play if you don't feel like talking about electrical and environmental prizes.
The objection that it is already clear that the electric car leaves a digital trail the size of an eight-lane California highway is almost always a draw. Several terabytes a day - with a worried expression on your face - and there is silence and the hectic change of subject begins.
It's strange - next to no one has modern car data collection on their radar.
People get upset when Google places a cookie on their computer or displays personalized advertising on the tablet. The fact that a Tesla can even film the surroundings in the parking lot and upload it to US servers in high resolution is not of interest.
Not even that the Polestar 2 has Google on board and that the electric car is only available together with Google. No matter what you do, wherever you go, everything is logged, everything ends up on Google. Whereby the people on Google are the nice people from the sunny side of the street.
But what happens to the data in detail remains unclear.
Today's motion profiles are tomorrow's diamond mine. Tesla wants to use them to improve the software and the autopilot, Google the user experience. Personalized advertising is still the smallest evil. Much more is possible! Soon, complete biometric data sets will be available that allow deep insights into the everyday life of customers.
What happens to whoever lifts and grinds the diamonds is still unclear. There are many possibilities and desires. Tomorrow's claims are best staked out today. Tesla and BMW-Brilliance recently learned this in China. Allegedly in order to protect the privacy of local customers, companies were asked to move the data to Chinese servers.
The request was willingly complied with.