Monday, February 3, 2020

Auto Sales -- January 2020

EVs, from a SeekingAlpha contributor:
Global electric car sales finished December 2019 with 279,000 (up from 177,000 sales in November 2019) for the month, representing the third best month ever, down 4% on the record December 2018, with market share not quoted for December 2019, and 2.5% for all of 2019 (YTD).
Total 2019 sales were ~2.2 million up ~10% of 2018. Tesla Model 3 was by far the most popular global selling electric car in 2019 with 300,075 sales almost 3x the nearest competitor BAIC EU-Series with 111,047 sales.
EVs are tracked here.
  • total EVs sold in US in 2019:  329,528
  • of those, Tesla, 192,250 (or 58% of the total EVs sold in the US)
    • 158,925: Tesla Model 3
    • 19,225: Tesla Model X
    • 14,100: Tesla Model S
  • non-Tesla
    • 16,418: Chevy Bolt
    • 7,524: Ford Fusion
    • 4,910: Chevy Volt 
From Homer

Paean. A paean is a hymn of praise or thanksgiving. You might sing a paean in church, where many hymns extol the greatness of God. Paean was originally a song of praise for Apollo, or Paian as he was sometimes called.

From Rediscovering Homer, Andrew Dalby, p. 10:
Paon in Sappho's dialect is a title of the god Apollo. In other Greek dialects the word was usually Paieon (but it has many spellings), and its meaning was understood differently. It was a variant of the name of the country god Pan -- an ancient God, though not a very respectable one, and not one of the twelve Olympians. 

Also it was a kind of song, and as such it is already mentioned in the Iliad, though not in the description of [Achille's] shield. [Iliad 22.391-393]

In general, then, a paieon was a hymn of praise.

The boasting son, the paieon reached its highest pitch of literary perfection 150 years after the making of the Iliad and the Odyssey, when the poet Pindar raised the genre to an entirely new level.
For me, I find it amazing how fast the Greeks took to writing. The written alphabet had barely come into place, and they were already writing down such epics as the Iliad and the Odyssey. 

After the Trojan king Hektor was killed, the women of Troy were said to wailing/mourning his death.
And white-armed Andromache led their wailing,
Holding the head of man-killing Hektor in her hands.
... the women mourned after,
And next Hekabe led their bitter wailing ...
And then after Hekabe, it was Helen's turn:
Helen, third of all, led the wailing.
Thus, the women lamenting Hektor's death:
  • Andromache: Hektor, King of Troy's wife;
  • Hekabe: sometimes called Hecuba, was the wife of King Priam making her queen of Troy. She was his second wife and mother to 19 of his children, including Hector and Paris
Helen: and everyone knows who Helen was.

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