i love that junkrat’s real name is jamison fawkes.
like just from that name, you can tell his parents had particular expectations of him. they had dreams of him growing up to be a sensible adult who color-sorts his laundry, drives a fuel-efficient car, and reads a reputable newspaper with a healthy breakfast every morning. he was supposed to live in the suburbs in a three-bedroom two-bath house with a family dog and absolutely nothing on fire.
his parents wanted 2.1 grandchildren. instead, they got a spiked tire in a pram.
While the U.S. Congress is still working out whether climate change is real, Norway is readying a bill that will effectively ban the sale of non-electric vehicles by 2025. They’ll be the first country to do so. No wonder Elon Musk is so excited.
The first Honda Clarity Fuel Cells have arrived in Europe. Vehicles will take part in the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) EU demonstration project with cars being deployed in London and Copenhagen
Triumph TR5 Prototype, 1967. Another proposal for a facelift which was passed over. The TR5 was visually very similar to the TR4 and was really an “interim” model between the TR4 and the TR6 as it was only in production for a year. It replaced the TR4′s 2.1 litre 4 cylinder engine with a 2.5 litre 6 cylinder engine that was later used in the TR6. It had mechanical fuel injection which was still in the early stages of development. For the US market it had a carburettor version of the 2.5 litre and was badged as the TR250
With combustion engines seemingly on the ropes, it looked like the electric automobile was destined to become the industry standard.
Electric cars took a knockout blow when huge oil deposits were discovered in Texas in 1901. America’s suddenly giant oil supplies dropped the cost of fuel cars dramatically, which was more than enough to tip the scales their way.
Electric cars weren’t killed overnight – Edison and Ford were still trying to collaborate on a commercially viable model in 1914, and one company still produced up to 2,000 of them as late as 1920 – but the impact of plentiful, cheap oil kicked the electric car’s ass right to the margins of the industry, where they remain even today.