Funny phone call today... Glimpse at the future?

Funny phone call today... Glimpse at the future?

I hate it when I get solicitation calls at my office. Most of my employees know that they are not to let solicitors get through to me, but today one got through and I thought it was kind of funny (ironic). The gentleman on the other end of the call was from a company that drills for natural gas and oil wells and wanted to know if I was interested in investing in their company... "Uh, no thank you". So he proceeds to try and convince me about how great the industry is these days... "No thanks, not interested, please take me off your list". So he starts pushing some more and I said "you want to know something, I have an electric car on order, I'm really not interested." He was a really persistent guy, even as I was laughing at him, he asks me, "you go to the grocery store, right? Do you know how all the groceries get there? On big, smokey, diesel trucks!" -I'm starting to get the idea that I'm not the first person to tell him I have an electric car. It was really funny, I wonder if this is a sign of things to come (bad for him). I didn't tell him about my big, smokey, airplane ;-) I'd much rather save our world's fuel resources for airplanes, rather than for cars.

Anyone else ever have any funny dinosaur (fossil fuel) exchanges happen?

Captain_Zap | July 10, 2013

I get ribbed once in a while about having a Model S and a boat. I'm on the same page as you are. We should use our petroleum products for higher purposes. Why waste it on simple cars? The Model S makes it so that I can do more boating. Less hydrocarbon guilt.

Brian H | July 11, 2013

There are some great electric boats out there ...

Captain_Zap | July 11, 2013

Will they get me to Alaska?

Wayne3 | July 11, 2013

Solar powered Supercharger buoys?

cwmenne | July 11, 2013

Actually, funny you mention electric boats... I live in a neighborhood that is built around a lake and they only allow electric boats on it (or sail boats). There are hundreds of them. It's much quieter than most lakes!

teacake | July 11, 2013

Sounds, or lack of, like a good case for electric airports, that I would not be able to operate my big, smoky aeroplane at.

dlewis | July 11, 2013

I got the same phone call yesterday. Very pushy until finally he commented "you probably don't have the money anyway". Was tempted to push the fact that I had just paid cash for a Model S, so money isn't really a problem, but left it at 'you called me, if you don't think I have it, why bother me?' Some how I just don't see someone cold calling to offer me a chance to make $1M.

cwmenne | July 11, 2013

Teacake (another great name), actually EADS is actually working on an electric airliner concept and it looks good. It still uses a turbine engine for most phases of flight, but could increase efficiency significantly. Also, another group is working on electric drive to go from the gate to the runway, where up to 20% of fuel is consumed(believe it or not). Some goo ideas floating out there, but I'm afraid the outlook for my plane to go electric is not promising, although it is already one of the most efficient planes on the planet. It gets about the same fuel mileage as a Suburban in cruise, but goes a lot faster.

RedShift | July 11, 2013


Unless we add some kind of ion propulsion, the details of which I am too cagey to reveal (har har), electric propulsion for air travel is not feasible yet. Jets are very powerful, and even the most powerful contra-rotating propellers have a long way to go before they can match the jets.

That said, I would LOVE to have quieter electric airplanes in the future.

LMB | July 11, 2013

In Iron Man 2, Elon says he has an idea for an electric rocket. Tony Stark says he'll build it. I'm still waiting.

justineet | July 11, 2013

A couple years ago I got a call from some guy pushing a Mutual Fund......told him not interested. After 5 minutes of back and forth....he literally insulted me telling how idiot I am for not investing in his product. He called me all kinds of name. I couldn't believe what I was hearing because I have never encountered such stock broker in my entire life. So I traced his number to his company and reported his butt to his superior which I heard later on they fired his butt because they have received similar complaints about him from others.

george210 | July 11, 2013

Hey CaptainZap try a sailboat. I'm a huge fan of sailing so I am biased, but if you've got an area with good wind, you'll find how much fun it can be. I've gone sailing on San Francisco Bay, and that is an absolute blast. You can go to areas with strong wind and/or you can hang out in a very mellow wind area. Try sailing -- yet more "non-carbon" fun.

pebell | July 12, 2013

@george210: +1. From as early on as I have memories, I have been fascinated by the concept of traveling rapidly and economically without any noise or pollution. And to me, throughout my life, the epitome of that was the sailboat.

And now there is the Model S, and it is not difficult to see how those exact same characteristics that always drew me to sailboats are now feeding my MS obsession. All I'll need is solar panels to have the same guilt free experience while driving my car as I have when I am blasting across the waterways on wind power only.

Still, no matter how psyched I am to be driving an MS, the experience will, I think, not compete with the "being outdoor and interacting directly with the elements" feeling that sailing brings. But then again, I haven't got my MS yet so this is speculation. @George210: your thoughts? :)

TI Sailor | July 12, 2013

The MS, and luxury cars in general, recently came to mind when I bought a part for my sailboat.

Me: How much is this?
Clerk: X
Me: Thanks. I've been looking for one of these for my boat for some time now.
Clerk: I'm sorry. I didn't realize you wanted it for a boat. That price is 3X.

David Dennis | July 12, 2013

I believe that a sailboat is in fact a solar powered boat, since wind energy is actually powered by the sun!

Except that in the world of sailing, 20 miles an hour is an unattainably fast speed unless you have a really specialized (and generally uncomfortable) type of boat ...