They’ve been walking for a while now. I’m sure abel and gramps and co are long gone.
And who is this gentlemen? Laurence is the one who called him but Schtein also knows him apparently?
…Wait fuck she’s the girl who was working on the teleporter.
I’m surprised that Opa let him go. Also what does he mean by Jen, does he know her or is it a slang for a type of biker? Or is she his assistant we saw a while back?
She’s the assistant. Took me a bit to recognise her too.
I’m curious what the top item on the fuel station’s price listing is. :-)
kWh, for the electric cars
Oho! That makes sense — I figured it had to be electricity, but was struggling to come up with something short enough to fit.
Alternatively, some kind of weird thing like liquid psi or whatnot. :-P
Oh, and I notice it costs like 6% compared to the presumably liquid fuels.
Then again, petrol has about 35 megajoules per liter, or 130 MJ per gallon, whereas kWh is exactly 3.6 MJ. Typical efficiency of a petrol car is 30% ish and all things considered an EV could be +80% easily.
Putting all this together, to give a rough estimation of price per joule of traction power in the post limited-exchange-with-the-Soviet Union United States would be $1 / (0.8 × 3.6 MJ) ≈ 0.34 $/MJ for electricity and either $15 / (0.3 × 34.5 MJ) ≈ 1.45 $/MJ if sold by liter or $15 / (0.8 × 130 MJ) ≈ 0.14 $/MJ if sold by gallon.
So in this dystopia, driving EVs costs either ~23% compared to a petrol car if metric conversion has taken place, or as much as ~240% more if imperial units are still in use.
Also, please don’t take this nitpicking as an offence! I wouldn’t go this lenght for a bad or boring comic.
I just took the current average price of kWh in the US and multiplied it by 4. :V
Heh, I guess it wont be plot relevant.
It seems I made an error with the gallon price! With 0.3 efficiency the price would actually be 0.38 $/MJ, so almost the same. This makes sense in the capitalist way; even in our world supply, demand and taxes makes it so the cost of owning either gas or diesel is nearly equal.
If this was intentional, well done :)
I am actually a math-bad, so no not intentional. At least I don’t think so. I don’t actually know what you’re talking about at all. Pity my failed-nearly-every-math-course-in-highschool person. Artist cliche!
And so our bumbling heroes valiantly left behind the dark nightly world of insanity, mobsters and monsters, to emerge into a bright new dawn and the relative sanity of vehicle service station prices.
Such is the life of the emergent supervillain, who has managed to acquire an assassin-slash-penpusher sidekick, an Igorette, and a fashionable new outfit, and has built a teleporter out of old toasters, but has yet to find the cash for an invisible supersonic jetplance and a volcano island supervillain lair. It’s just not the same since VillainSupply(dot)com shut down…
Schtein’s reaction in the 3rd panel cracks me up. Never has a supervillain been so ecstatically happy to see their hench(wo)man.
And poor Laurence is so done with the world. It’s hard being The Only Sane Person(tm). He applied for the job of “laconic guy who breeds tropical fish, and occasionally kills people”, and now he has to do “babysit your old college friend who can’t keep his stupid mouth shut/asshole genius who pissed off people who can explode other people’s brains” for free.
I see you up there, Mister Cardinal!
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