Plain talk: “how to tell the child?”

It is now protocol for any public gathering of e-vehicles to be accompanied by a "summit of conversation" heard with hair-raising babble. According to my observations, these summits of boredom serve to preserve existing prejudices on both sides of the opinion scales for as long as possible. They always run in the same way and according to their task they must not contain any meaningful information, because this damages the propaganda. So when at the silvretta e-rally someone called out "mr. Gleich, the hair-raising talk starts now!", i could remain calm: "this knodel here on my plate is more interesting. I stobe to it, as soon as i have snatched from him all his tasty information."

The event was late and made me point against my will. "Recuperation is the core topic of electromobility", said a voice from the speaker’s table in front, which irritated me for a moment, until i could decide that this sentence contained only buzzwords, but no information, in accordance with the event. I sat down in a corner of like-minded people. We first shook our heads in testimony, then some nodded off. Several times my head wanted to hit the tabletop in front of me, heavy with nodules, pushed by propaganda, then i pulled myself together. You are invited! How does it look? Look burning interested! Think of sex!

Fortunately, most of the speakers had a background in mechanical engineering. Engineers usually know what they are doing, otherwise they are useless, but they rarely know how to best explain what they are doing. I remember a vehicle presentation where an electronics engineer was explaining with shining eyes how he had laid out the state machine central to the traction control, until the press officer drove him off babbling apologies.

So when questions from the audience were encouraged for the rally, i expected something like this. It was all the more gratifying that an engineer at the table gave a rare combination of answers: they were factually correct, they were honest, and they were easily understood. His name was dr. Rudolf krebs, his job description at volkswagen wonderfully german: "group representative for electric traction". I asked him later where his erklarbar skills came from. "Well, the same questions come up again and again", so the answer, "maybe also because the answers were not understandable enough. So at some point you get to the point ‘how do i explain it to the child??’."