The Daily Caller reports that an 1896 car (still functioning) equals Chevy Volt’s performance: 115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt.
Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge — exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt — the much-touted $31,645 electric car General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called “not a step forward, but a leap forward.”
I disagree with the comments critical over the lack of progress in 115 years. I see the $40K Volt’s equalling the 1896 Roberts’ performance as a notable achievement. That the Volt’s designers could match the accomplishments of a sane, civilized age whose industry wasn’t shackled and hamstrung at every turn by myriad inane and onerous government regulations & mandates surely ought to qualify the Volt as one of the great marvels of 21st century Marxist/progressive engineering.
After all, most of us assumed that zero & his Marxist friends and their Islamist allies were trying to roll us back to a 7th century standard of living. An 1896 living standard w/b a huge improvement. Personally I wouldn’t mind going back to an era when we had no federal income tax, no FICA, no IRS, no DOE, no EPA, no CMS, no Federal Reserve, no fiat currency, real gold and silver coins, no Obamacare, no War on Drugs, no Sarbanes Oxley, no suffrage, no designated hitter rule, no free agency, no juiced baseball, McKinley in the White House, and the phrase “gay 90s” meant something positive.
On the flip side, they didn’t have a space program back then, but then we don’t have one now either. At least the 1896’ers weren’t spending billions on a NASA whose primary mission is . . . raising Muslim self-esteem?!?
Yes, much better to live in the good old days when children worked in the coal mines and life was a beautiful thing.
Added bonus: the article includes a Moxie reference—yet another reason why 1896 beats 2011!