The Future Is EVs!

Electric vehicles are hot at the moment because these cars are being promoted as futuristic rides. Most importantly, companies that are trying to build EVs — are trying to marry the most futuristic technologies into these EVs such as fully autonomous driving. In the United States, we got Tesla, but in China, there are hundreds (or probably more since I don’t know the exact number but I know there are a lot of them) of new EV makers compete for the same niche but eat away the traditional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car market. For Chinese EV makers, I’m particularly interested in Nio, Geely, and now Aiways.

As we all know the largest EV market in the whole wide world is in China. So, it’s natural for me to be very interested in the Chinese EV makers. Aiways is different than the other two EV makers I mentioned because Aiways isn’t yet a public corporation/company — and only a three-year-old (private) company. Yet, Aiways can already deliver Aiways U5 to the European market. This means Aiways is the first Chinese car company to deliver EV cars outside of China (homegrown) market. This makes me wish for Aiways to start an IPO (Initial Public Offering) soon so investors around the world can begin investing in Aiways’ adventure as a hot new EV maker.

I just sold all of my Nio position when Nio hit $9.26. Now, Nio is like around $12.88 at closing for the day. I guess I had sold Nio a bit too early. Anyhow, why did I sell all of my Nio position? Well, I read several news articles that had mentioned that the U.S. is trying to pass a bill that would target several Chinese companies that are being listed on the U.S. stock exchange. Since Nio has the support of China’s local government Hefei (capital of Anhui province), I fear that Nio could be one of those Chinese companies that would be targeted since it’s being listed on the U.S. stock exchange. This bill was passed by the Senate and is now in the process of getting ready to go through the House. If the House is going to pass this bill too, I think the chance is high for many Chinese companies to be targeted by this bill. This bill is the reason I’m not so hot for Nio.

What I’ve read so far on the web is that several big-name Chinese companies such as Alibaba are either already listing or going to list their shares on Hong Kong’s stock exchange because they are ready for the days that they could no longer list their stocks on the U.S. stock exchanges. I surmise that Nio might think about this too but I have no insight on if Nio would do this or not. In reality, I got no info on what Nio would do as I’m just another investor who got his info on Nio through the Internet.

I have bought some shares of Geely on Hong Kong’s stock exchange through a U.S. stockbroker. I’m interested in Geely because this company is also trying to build awesome EVs. Geely also owns Volvo, a 10% share of Daimler (if I remember correctly), Lynk & Co, PROTON, and Lotus. I think Volvo is a very good brand, and Geely is doing an awesome job in upkeeping the brand’s good name. I also like Lotus since I love its new supercar Evija (2000hp).

Geely is also well known for making affordable cars for China’s local consumers. If I’m not wrong I think Geely delivered around 2.1 million cars in 2019. This means Geely is no joke! Latest but very well received compact SUV from Geely is Coolray.

Geely is also supporting Volvo’s Polestar to come out with their own EVs. I’m interested in Polestar Precept.

In conclusion, I’m interested in investing in China’s car market because I think China’s huge population of 1.4 billion people and counting is also interested in buying Chinese cars. Furthermore, Chinese car companies will venture out of their homegrown market and start selling cars in Europe and elsewhere in the world. As a small investor, I love to look for more ways to generate income, and so investing in Chinese automakers is a no brainer for me. I think EV automakers will be able to eat away a huge chunk of traditional (ICE) automakers’ market share. I think the future in terms of cars is EVs and not of ICE types of cars. Naturally, I’m interested in investing in EV automakers.

Disclaimer: I had bought shares of Nio but sold them. I’m currently owning some shares of Geely (Hong Kong) through a U.S. broker. Naturally, I’m biased toward Nio and Geely in a positive manner. This means I love to see these companies do well in developing futuristic cars and selling new cars. I do not give out stock advice. This blog post is all about my opinions on what I think of what stocks I like to invest or have invested in. So, please do your homework before investing in anything and do not take my opinions as stock advice and risk losing real money.

Running On Water To Abandon Oil Completely?

I’m in USA, and I don’t see anyone is driving around with a water kit which helps fueling a vehicle.  Nonetheless, according to the video right after the break, in Pakistan there is a way of obtaining and installing a water kit on a gas fueled motorbike to improve mileage.  Check it out!

RC Car Runs And Charges On Water Fuel Source

Whenever I see this I go crazy!  OK, what on earth I’m dabbling about?  Crazy what?  It’s about the RC car which runs on water.  No, it’s not running over the water like a magician’s illusion, but it’s a miracle still to see RC car uses water as a fuel source.  This sort of nagging me why we can’t do the same for real cars?  Imagine how much more energy independence we can be as a society if we can use water as a fuel source!

OK, I already hear that some people might just go crazy over this idea in a very bad way.  Some people might not like this idea at all since water supposes to be a very important fuel source for humans, therefore we should not use it as a fuel source for cars.  For an example, foods should not be a source of fuel for anything but humans.

Nonetheless, I don’t suggest that water should be the only fuel source for cars.  Instead, I think our cars should be adaptable in a way that our cars should be able to be powered by many fuel sources in a combination or not.  For an example, if gasoline is available, then a car should be able to move about with just gasoline fuel source, but when gasoline fuel source got low, it should also be able to switch on its battery fuel source or water fuel source or whatever fuel source (or switching on all fuel source — not hybrid but it’s like many-many-brid).

Anyhow, I think if we’re too depending on a single fuel source for our whatever needs, we will be in trouble since all fuel sources do have their limitations.  Even the sun would die when its fuel sources run out!  Check out the video which shows an RC car that can be charged and ran on water fuel source right after the break.  By the way, this RC car could also be controlled by a smartphone app.

China To Build Straddling Buses? Freeing Up Traffic And Providing Self-Efficient Green Energy Public Transportation System?

Artist depiction of the Chinese straddling bus...

Artist depiction of the Chinese straddling bus 3D Express Coach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China is trying to work on the straddling bus concept.  If my knowledge isn’t too little and too old about this concept, then I’m not wrong about that China is still working on this concept and has yet to actually go ahead and make this concept a reality.  Nonetheless, the video which I will link/embed at the end of this blog post sounds as if China will eventually have straddling bus system in place in the next few years if not less time than that.  Personally, I want to see China successfully transforms this straddling bus concept into a reality.  If straddling buses work miracle in China, the rest of the world will follow suit to have build a better traffic system.  It definitely will improve traffic condition for everyone in the world.

What is straddling bus concept?  Well, if you watch the video that I’m going to link/embed at the end of this blog post, it explains way better than I will ever be able to at the moment.  I’m still not knowing enough about straddling bus concept really.  Nonetheless, it seems that the straddling bus concept might use some sort of green self-charged energy system which will produce zero greenhouse gas effect, consequently it will be a very energy efficient public transportation system for humans.  While behaving as a public transportation for humans, straddling bus concept provides zero obstacle to the normal traffic since straddling bus doesn’t have to be the object which blocks the normal traffic; straddling bus will just move/glide over the normal traffic.

The video after the break explains that straddling bus doesn’t even have to need its own parking space since it can just park anywhere without really disturbing the normal traffic.  Basically, straddling bus can just stop at mid-traffic and yet won’t cause a traffic jam at all.  Of course, if there is another straddling bus that is behind the first one, then the first straddling bus which parked at mid-traffic will be an obstacle for the second one.  Nonetheless, I wonder will straddling bus be able to just switch lane?  At the moment, I don’t think straddling bus can do such a thing unless I’m totally wrong.  Anyhow, I think straddling bus concept is very interesting, and it might be very cool for us to ride on.  Check out the video right after the break to see what the fuss is about a straddling bus concept.

What About Tesla Supercharger Stations? What About China Electric Ambition? What About United States Feet Dragging Electric Ambition?

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English: A Tesla Roadster, Reva i and Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at a free parking and charging station near Akershus fortress in Oslo, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pure electric cars aren’t exactly the kind of cars on most American minds when Americans are out to shop for a new car.  If I’m not mistaken, even in 2012 most Americans probably prefer to shop for cars that rely solely on oil based, gasoline fuel.  These same Americans are probably worrying about global warming, gasoline price hikes, world oil conflicts, and more of the same.  Although they know oil dependency is definitely bad for America, but yet their car shopping behavior is still gearing toward for more gasoline fuel type of cars.  The question is, why on earth people are worrying to death about being addicted to oil and yet they’re refusing to invest and buy products that are not deriving from oil?  An apparent thing to do for these people should have been buying an electric car right?  Wrong!  The facts that explain why most Americans refrain from buying electric cars are well known.  These facts are pure electric cars carry overly expensive price tags and take too long to have the electric battery to be fully charged, and there aren’t enough charging stations around.  These facts speak up the inconveniences that people would not have any of them.  It’s common sense really.  Nobody wants to drive a pure electric car when he or she can just drive a gasoline car without having to seek out for a charging station that might in the end leave the electric car owner strains in the middle of the road, of nowhere; on the top of the previous inconvenience, everyone hates to wait for hours just so his or her car can be refueled; lastly, nobody wants to buy an overly expensive car when nobody can even be sure that the car or the relationship between the car and the car owner would last long enough to have make the overly expensive cost of a pure electric car worthwhile in the end.

Tesla comes to the rescue.  Tesla recently announces that it would install Supercharger stations across the entire United states by the end of 2 year period, and the trend would continue across the world as time progresses.  Tesla touts that Supercharger stations solve the two immediate problems that most people concern about when they think of buying pure electric cars.  The solution to the first immediate problem would be less waiting and more driving.  Tesla touts that it takes only around 30 minutes for a Tesla to be charged by a Supercharger station.  The solution to the second immediate problem would be Tesla Supercharger stations will expand across the United States, allowing Tesla drivers to conveniently recharge/refuel their cars on the need to charge basis; Tesla drivers don’t have to worry about charting specific, crazy route just so a charging station would conveniently be nearby when the battery runs empty.  The bonus for Tesla drivers is that they don’t have to pay for their Tesla cars to be charged up at Supercharger stations, ever.  Yep, Tesla car owners will never have to pay a dime for charging up their cars while on the road.

Unfortunately, just like many other pure electric carmakers, Tesla has yet to build a pure electric car that won’t cost an arm and a leg from a car buyer.  Tesla cheapest model is still going to cost around $49,000.  $49,000 isn’t exactly an attractive car price for most Americans.  Especially, we are living in an economy which huffs and puffs full of smoke, as if the whole engine of a broken car is about to go out for good.  It’s no wonder many Americans are still preferring to be addicted to oil than buying a pure electric car.

Meanwhile, China thinks about going around the electric car inconveniences by making electric car cheaper, battery swappable, and so on.  According to Forbes “The Chinese Key to Electric Car Adoption” article, it seems that China is capable and well positioned to fast track a goal in which to boost domestic use of electric cars in large scale in a short period of time.  China is probably worrying about a very high domestic demand for more cars by her increasing wealthy general population.  Perhaps, China is worrying that too many gasoline type of cars on the road would only lead to more oil dependency and environmental issues at home.  In a way, by looking at China’s healthy economic growth and an overpopulated population, we can make an educated guess that oil dependency in China will be on a scale that might just dwarf every other domestic oil dependency in the world.  Furthermore, as China continues to seek out for more oil, it is entirely possible to predict that China might on a collision course with the United States in battle over oil.  Or has it already begun?

It’s unthinkable to see China and United States might wage war over oil.  China is not a nation that can be pushed around easily anymore.  China has the kind of economic prowess that can help China sustains any ongoing war.  Furthermore, China is now heavily modernizing its entire armed forces, making China to be very capable in defending itself against foreign attacks.  If everything goes wrong, China has its nuclear arsenal to incite world nuclear war.  In short, China knows that she needs to build enough alternative energy infrastructure alongside the oil infrastructure while she is wealthy enough to do so, and by doing this she is well preparing for whatever might happen in the future.  Obviously, oil is also a finite resource, therefore China doesn’t have to predict but know a future which depends entirely on oil infrastructure is not really a future.

Meanwhile, United States seems to care less about alternative energy and care more of “pump baby, pump” — for more oil.  OK, let me take it back.  I think United States does care about the vigor of alternative energy market within the United States, but the United States is having a hard time to get anything right in exciting up her domestic alternative energy market.  Without a thriving domestic alternative energy market, the United States will not be able to export this sort of products to the world.  As time progresses, the world might need to have a thriving world alternative energy market, therefore the unprepared United States will miss big opportunity in exporting alternative energy products to the world.

At the pace at which United States is gearing toward alternative energy, I think it will be a lot longer before the United States can declare that she is no longer an oil addict.  If the United States continues to depend on oil and allow the alternative energies to slip away in disgrace, I think the United States will find herself to be dictated and irritated by more oil conflicts within the world for a long time to come.  More oil conflicts equate to more wars, and I’m not sure the United States economy is healthy enough to allow United States to have so many ongoing wars at the same time or on an ongoing basis.

In summary, I think Tesla is an inspiration for the United States’ alternative energy market.  In fact, Tesla might also inspire other companies to be even more environmental conscious when they release products into the general market.  Tesla can be green with Elon Musk.  Elon Musk is a founder of Tesla, and he is also a chairman of SolarCity.  According to Elon Musk, SolarCity can help Supercharger stations to generate more energy from solar power than the power that will be siphoned away by Tesla cars.  No wonder Tesla’s ploy of allowing free of charge for charging up a Tesla at any Supercharger station is feasible.  As Tesla pushing ahead for a greener energy market and a more polite world energy politics, I think the United States needs to create an environment that allows companies such as Tesla to thrive so the domestic energy future won’t be so relied on oil.  After all, the more choices we have, the better, right?  I like to end this blog post with a wish.  I wish the players within alternative energy market will standardize their green technology.  A great example of the benefits from having to set the standards for alternative, green technology is all electric cars can be charged at whatever electric charging station and not having to worry about driving the right brand of electric cars.

Disclosure:  At the time I’m writing this blog post (i.e., 09/25/2012), I do not have any investment (i.e., stocks) with the companies that I had mentioned within this blog post.  Nonetheless, I have been purchasing up stocks from a Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate battery and energy storage system maker, and I had not mentioned this company at all within this blog post.  I do believe that alternative energy market will help stabilize the vicious demand for more energy around the world, and I do believe China will be a major alternative energy player.  I hope United States will also be a major alternative energy player.  I intend to buy more alternative energy related stocks whenever my wallet allows me to do so.


Imagine What Great Benefits That Will Bring To Us All If We Have A Great Solar Wall… Or How About Many Great Alternative Energy Walls?

English: The Great Wall of China, near Beijing...

English: The Great Wall of China, near Beijing in July 2006. This is a section of Mutianyu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please note before reading this blog post:  Whenever I mention of a lord, I don’t say a lord is representing a country or an entity.  Instead, I mean a lord is the energy itself.  For an example, oil lord equates to oil itself.  Got it?  Also, I don’t pretend to be an expert in oil, because let me say this — I’m not an expert in oil matter.  Instead, I just have a lot opinions about oil in general, and some of my opinions are definitely inspired by other people’s opinions.  Anyhow, my opinions might be just that, but let us see what will actually be as time progresses.  Also, when I speak of Great Solar Wall or great whatever wall, it’s just a metaphor…

Here is an outrageous imagination on my part, but let see how outrageous it would be OK?  As oil prices become evermore expensive, people begin to wonder what on earth has contributed such volatility in the oil market.  I think oil prices have always responded to any volatility in the world that has to do with oil supply and demand.  An example of one oil volatility among many oil volatilities in the world would be a country somewhere, which is the main supplier of oil, suddenly cutbacks the production of oil supply.  In the case of a major oil supply cutback, oil prices would be skyrocketed unless the demand is going to be less depending on oil from this point on or the oil supply is once again replenishing the so called oil quotas (i.e., different from oil reserves in my opinion as oil quotas are to fulfill the oil demands for whoever and on the moment of notice).  So, it’s clear that the world is totally depending on oil as if oil is the cocaine of a cokehead.

Without oil, the world won’t be able to operate as usual.  This means economies will shrink and so on.  With oil is being so ridiculously in charged of the livelihood of the world, people have began to realize that we need alternative energy to counterbalance the all too powerful oil lord.  We are looking for the new lords that can help the world to say no to oil lord from time to time, because without being able to say no to oil lord the world will be totally depending on oil with no end in sight.  So, people are hoping that the combination of hybrid, fuel cell, wind, natural gas, solar, and other fringe technology might just be enough to boost their confidence in saying no to the oil lord from time to time.

So far though, alternative energy lords aren’t yet capable in challenging, let alone overthrowing, the oil lord in any shape or form.  Nonetheless, we have to ask the question, what if the alternative energy lords know what to do.  I think this means the alternative energy lords have to go for broke!  So, I imagine the solar lord has to put up a Great Solar Wall which is as long or even longer and much wider than the Great Wall of China to harness enough solar — to make the oil lord sees that his days are numbered.  Other alternative energy lords should also go for broke.  Of course, the question is, will there be any devastating major impact (i.e., negative impact) for the environment if one or more alternative energy lords go for broke?  If the scale of justice for the environment assures us that the lords of alternative energies will do more good than harm, then we should be relentless in cheering and voting for the lords of alternative energies.

I think, more energy lords come onto the battle field the better for the world as the bloodshed will be lessen.  There will be check and balance and people don’t really have to go to war for any single energy lord.  Any lord that is promising peace will be the lord of our time, right?  To make this even more clear, simply put that if we can rely on the lords of alternative energies more, we don’t have to listen to the oil lord who is always attracting wars.  When nobody is listening to the oil lord anymore, he will not be able to attract enough supports for wars.  With less wars, the world will race ahead for more prosperity and peace!  With less wars, the world will race ahead and transform the 21st century into a marvelous, golden century.

If we have a marvelous, golden 21st century, then many current problems of ours will be solved.  I imagine that a golden 21st century would allow creativities and jobs to prosper.  In order for such prosperity, alternative energy lords will have to work extra hard as the oil lord isn’t somebody who can just be bulldozed over.  So, I guess my imagination of a Great Solar Wall  — or we can say that we need a Great Alternative Energy Wall in general — will be the solution to our current major world problems.

The major world problems are probably stirred up by the implication of wanting to secure more oil for a growing economy or a developed economy, thus promotes oil scarcity and so on.  So I say, let us go for broke!  We and the alternative energy lords must go for broke and go for broke fast or else we will not have time to stop the much bigger and more dangerous, oncoming wars for oil.  Nobody needs a crystal ball to predict wars can break out in our near future if major developing nations are desperate for more oil.  In fact, I should not even use the term developing nations, because it’s too loosely of a term.  I should use the term of oil desperate nations.  By using the term of oil desperate nations, we can include the developed nations, that just as desperate for oil as other oil desperate nations, to the long list of oil desperate nations.  The longer the list of oil desperate nations the more conflicts in the world will play out.  It will not be a pretty picture for all!

Want an example of oil desperate nations?  China is one.  Want another one?  India is another one.  For your information, population size does matter a lot when it comes down to measure the oil desperation of a nation.  This is especially true when a desperate oil nation is growing its economy and modernizing its cities in a big big way.  We also have to consider that United States is another oil desperation nation, because the fact is that United States always has the need for more oil so its economy can keep on churning or perhaps growing even more.  I fear though, China’s oil desperation level will definitely be much much greater than United States’ oil desperation level.  Once again, it’s about the economy growth potential of China and its population size.

I think China is a perfect example of an oil desperate nation.  Eventually, China will need much more oil than anyone else in the world to keep its economy grows the way it is now, because China economy at the moment is untouchable in term of GDP growth.  You can also say GDP growth isn’t a true measure of a growing economy, and the true measure of a growing economy should be of GDP that was calculated from PPP (Purchasing Power Parity).  Well, once again, China also has strong growth in PPP.

You might ask why China will be more desperate for oil than India even though India is almost comparable in population size.  Well, I think as long China is able to create a more vibrant economy than India as how China economy is doing so far, oil desperation for China is just going to continue to grow much bigger than India in time.  So it seems that India might have less headache than China in the area of oil desperation unless India can outgrow China in economy sometime in the future.  Perhaps, GDP, which derived from PPP, can truly show why China is growing much more than India in economy, thus oil desperation for China is greater.  To put it bluntly, however wrong I might be I think at the moment oil is tightly tied into every economy of the world.  We can also make an observation such as this — both oil and economy do need each other to grow.  Sadly to say, I don’t think alternative energy is anywhere near in replacing the dominating position which the oil lord has at the moment.

At the moment, it seems that the oil lord is able to meet the oil demands of the world.  Nonetheless, some of us do believe that the oil lord had seen his oil production capacity peaked sometimes back.  No matter if this is true though, we humans know one thing, nothing is unlimited.  Even the sun itself one day has to die out, and we know no human can survive on planet earth if the sun dies out.  So to put this bluntly, human intelligence told us that oil won’t last forever.  This is why we should not be so complacent about this.  Perhaps, whatever few signs there are that suggest oil production capacity has peaked, we should fear for the worse that will come straight at us in the near future.  I think one example of the few signs that suggest we are experiencing peak oil (i.e., oil production capacity has peaked) would be the continuous higher oil prices.

If we are too complacent about oil scarcity in general, we might not be able to leave behind a working energy market in which our children will be able to rely on for their prosperity.  This is why I think the alternative energy lords must jump into the rescue and go for broke.  If the alternative energy lords go for broke, even things might not pan out the way we hope, at least we might have more choices in alleviating the oil desperation problem.

Have we ever asked ourselves what will happen if the oil lord runs out of oil?  If there is such a scenario, I can only imagine the world population of 7 billions people will dwindle rapidly as foods and other major necessities become scarce in the face of not having enough input energy (i.e., input energy which creates the basic necessity outputs that the large human population needs for survival).  With hindsight, I think we can safely say that oil has always been the hand that has help increased the world population.  It’s 7 billions and counting.