There's a world of electric vehicles that I gather most people don't know a lot about. Take last weekend for example.

I'd been contacted by Mike, a member of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association who was heading from his home in Sydney on a club drive with other Electric Vehicle owners to Bundanoon. He drives a car of his own creation - a Ford Mondeo that he converted to electric himself all the way back in 2010, ripping out the dead fossil-fuel drivetrain and replacing it with something far more impressive:

Yep - a fully electric car Mike built in his garage a couple of years before Nissan even released the LEAF. Sure he's upgraded it a few times since then, but that's more than can be said for what Nissan are prepared to do with the Electric Vehicles they've sold!

He only knew to contact me because I have our house listed as a home charger on Plugshare, a great site and app to find places to charge wherever you may be. The outlet I have available (32A 3-phase) was a good match for his four(!) onboard chargers, and it was great to spend an hour or so while his car filled up from our solar panels on his way South for the day talking about EVs and sustainability over a cup of tea. I've met a few fellow EV enthusiasts this way, always eager to talk tech about cars or just lament about or government not doing nearly enough to save the only planet we have, leaving those of us who care enough to use our skills to do our level best to make a difference.

Mike has written more his car here in this document, amongst some photos of it on his Google Drive. Here's some more that I took on the day:

12yo daughter being picked on today in cooking class, where she doesn't eat the non-vegan food they have to cook:
Boy: "I hate vegans, they all make everyone else vegan"
Daughter: .... (She doesn't do that at all)
Boy: "Vegans are gay"
Daughter: "Well both my mums are!"
Me: Proud :)

How truly wonderful.

Someone from the Casula outbreak also came to Picton Hotel to gamble with their money, and apparently the lives of us who live nearby.

We opened most things too soon, including schools (our High School only a couple of weeks back) and especially absolute non-essentials like pubs and gambling venues, of all things.

Looks like these school holidays might be remarkably long.

Great watch. Interesting because a few years after this there was the oil crisis that this technology was well placed to shine in. And yet that didn't happen.
Now, 50 years later electric cars are ready, the battery issue is well and truly solved, and yet the naysayers (here in Australia anyway) say we will always need petrol and diesel to run our cars.

Latest research shows by 2026 100% of new car sales will be electric:

Our eldest is in this year at this school. She was off school Monday with flu-like symptoms, got tested Tuesday, still waiting for results Wednesday which came back Negative.
She was still sick yesterday so stayed home - looks like she dodged a bullet this time.

I've ranted here before about schools opening too soon. Yet here we are again.

Now I'm not known for leaning towards the Conservative side of politics. However I have somehow found myself on a mailing list for the Coalition For Conservation, who have a conservative yet forward-thinking following they run events for.

One such event was this that I watched last night where David Cameron shared his thoughts on how the UK Conservative party managed to break through the "just keep burning stuff" view that Australia's LNP still holds, to move the public debate beyond "only coal equals jobs". The UK is now powered by 2% coal, versus our at least 60%.

Malcolm Turnbull was also onboard lamenting the LNP's failures in this area - which of course means his as their leader for many years.

We could progress this country so much if we were only able to get our Conservative politicians (and their rusted-on followers) to adopt the excellent points David makes about how saving the planet is absolutely a Conservative view point. This is worth watching to see what a progressive Conservative (!) position on climate can be.

And of course, I have plenty of bad things I could say about both of these individuals, but the point of this post is that UK has moved well past where Australia still us, while also under Conservative leadership.

When our planet is no longer inhabitable, the position of "we need to vote these idiots out" won't matter much. This side is currently voted in, and our planetary clock is ticking.