Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

"Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting the headquarters of an electric car and bus manufacturer here, announced Tuesday that the company would open a factory in Lancaster, the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant on American soil." Here.

Every time I read one of these articles I think - have these people never used rechargeable batteries! Sure, for the smoke alarm in your house, they last a good long time. But anything you use a lot, rechargeable batteries don't honestly last that long.

Mainly because rechargeable are the prima donnas of the battery world. You need to treat them right, or you won't get the maximum results. Which can actually be somewhat difficult. For things like big DSLR cameras, the batteries technically do not get discharged all the way. Even though you won't be able to take a picture. It's almost impossible to run them completely dry like the manufactures want.

For bigger things like robotic lawnmowers, the battery will last a few years. Even then you get stuck with a couple of them in your garage. They are almost the size of car batteries. And you can't just throw them in the trash.

I predict in five or so years from now - we will have another type of crisis. Where do you put all these dead effing batteries? I suppose you could bury them in the ground like the judge ordered failed Abound Solar to do. Encased in concrete of course! Here.

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