Only 2.3 Hours to Recharge!

The shocking presumption of the electric car charge-up brigade.

My teeth and gums are particularly sore today.

I read — and relate with sourness — that GM has achieved the miracle of reducing the charge-up time of the 2019 Chevy Volt to “only” 2.3 hours — assuming you can plug the thing into a 240 Volt “fast” charger.

If not, the time to achieve the equivalent of a full tank is only 13 hours.

This is taken as progress in a world where that word invariable means regression.

Progress used to mean or at least be roughly synonymous with improvement.

Related… Insolvent bike-sharer Obike abandons bicycles throughout Europe

Bike-sharing companies have been competing fiercely for market share, and some have been losing money in the process. In a number of German cities, the dockless rental bicycles provided by Singapore-based Obike are proving especially problematic. Scattered around the sidewalks of various major cities, they’re often in the way of pedestrian traffic and they’re frequent targets of vandalism.