Tesla’s New Spark-a-matic Electric Wheelbarrow to launch in Spring of 2018

Wheelbarrow-FNT-Small.pngPALO ALTO, CA – Fast on the heels of the electric semitractor-trailer and lightning-fast electric Roadster, Tesla Inc. will be launching an innovative new wheelbarrow into the marketplace in the spring of 2018. The company has said that its patented, all-electric Spark-a-matic barrow ‘will revolutionize lawn and garden practices worldwide.’

Tesla Inc. now the second largest US automaker by market value, has been making electric vehicles for more than ten years. The leading-edge Spark-a-matic, with its sleek Gucci knock-off coach design, is just the latest of the company’s surprise inroads into wheeled transportation.

The move fits with Tesla’s stated goals of leading sustainable transportation as neatly as that last piece of a jigsaw puzzle that the cat knocked off the table and you had given up for lost. According to yet another new study by the UN that was cobbled together from random government statistics, conventional wheelbarrows account for nearly ten percent of wasted human energy and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

The unveiling of the prototype Spark-a-matic caused a stir of excitement as bikini-clad models (Twitter warriors please take a pill –this is the auto industry, remember?) passed around specification sheets that listed features like: magnesium-alloy wheel, run-flat tire, oversize disc brake and long-life battery.

The Spark-a-matic will be available in one or two wheel versions and will retail for less than $25,000 (USD). The specifications claim that it will be able to travel from three to five miles on a single charge. Tesla insiders also said that once the futuristic wheelbarrow was in production, other additionally-priced options would likely include a side-mounted solar charging panel, a removable glass top for gardening in the rain and self-wheeling technology. Source: FNT Staff  

Photo credit: Original images at: Amazon/Seymour , Tesla

Cancelled Energy East Oil Pipeline Inventory Converted to Electrical Conduit

Keystone-Pipes-FNT-Small.pngOTTAWA – Canada’s National Energy Board has unveiled a new plan to use up the fifteen-hundred kilometres of new pipe originally slated for the country’s recently cancelled East Energy oil pipeline. Electricity, rather than oil, will now flow through the pipes, to power the next generation of electric vehicles.

“Hey, energy is energy. We won’t let those pipes go to waste,” said Regan Donahue, a NRB spokesperson, at a government press conference on Thursday.

Donahue was adamant that the cancelled oil pipline should be looked at as an opportunity, rather than a failure. He briefly outlined the government’s plan to install a series of electric vehicle charging stations along the existing pipeline route for the previously-proposed project to move crude oil from western Canada to eastern refineries.

“It also opens the door for a huge export market for us,” he said. “And there’s the green thing as well. Electricity is a lot less messy than oil.”

The government has projected the total cost of the futuristic electric vehicle infrastructure project at $69 billion over a twenty year period. Donahue said it would have cost more, however much of the groundwork had been laid with the original oil pipeline plan, and many of the regulatory and environmental concerns have been put to rest.

“People aren’t scared of electricity leaks,” Donahue said.

Also, Canadian taxpayers apparently won’t be on the hook for all the costs.

“It’s going to be funded through a public and private sector international partnership,” he explained. Both China and Russia have shown an interest in investing in the project.”

Donahue appeared slightly uncertain when he was asked to elaborate on the export opportunities that would open up as a result of installing the new electric vehicle support infrastructure from west to east.

“The charging stations will supply electricity for the cars of the future,” he said. “But we’ll be exporting it to other countries for their electric cars as well. The electric line ends at the east coast ocean ports, so we’ll be able load it right on to the ships for export.” Source: FNT Staff

Photo credit: Original images at CBC, Global News, Trans Canada Energy and Tesla