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The Hazards of Electric Cars Are Many, the Number of Cars Will be Few
The basis of everything our new tyrannical administration does is intended to reduce our freedoms and increase the governments’ control over our lives. One of its plans’ underlying purposes has escaped even the most conservative of our thinkers. It is the promotion of the electric automobile. As we have discussed interminably, they well know that the nation’s roads can never be crowded with electric cars. There is not now, nor ever will be, sufficient electric power available for us to travel hither and yon on electricity.
The internal combustion engine will not soon or perhaps ever end in the dustbin of history. The reasons should be evident, and many are waking up to this reality.
The most obvious reason is that the expense of these cars will not allow the average American to own one. The alternative will always be significantly cheaper and will transport you much further.
EVs can never be produced in the numbers the government wants because of a lack of necessary rare earth minerals held hostage in China, and left behind in Afghanistan.
The availability of charging stations will not ever be adequate. The time required to recharge on a long trip will make you cancel the long journey.
The Laurence Livermore Laboratory of the US Department of Energy states that America’s current electrical generation capacity is 11.4 trillion kilowatt-hours. The energy used for transportation today is equivalent to 8.5 trillion kilowatt-hours, of which only an infinitesimal amount is already electric. Where would the additional power come from were all cars to be electric? The obvious answer for all liberals is wind and solar, which currently produce a mere .7 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity. Such a joke!
Electric cars have largely become a second car for the affluent, not to be used as their primary distance vehicle.
Most people assume the energy that flows from the wall or recharging station is free. In fact, back at the power station, someone is burning a lot of coal or natural gas to create it. Perhaps your electric car should be called a coal or natural gas car more accurately.
Beware of cold winters; the nature of batteries is that they yield less energy in cold climates. EV owners will all learn this soon enough. Advertised ranges on a fully charged battery will not be achieved. The shortfall will be significant.
The California Joke
California plans to have 25 million EVs in the not too distant future. It already has 50% of the nation’s EVs. The utility companies have thus far had little to say about the alarming cost projections or the certainly increased rates that will be required to charge their customers. It is not just the total amount of electricity required but the transmission lines and fast charging capacity that must be built at existing filling stations. Neither wind nor solar can support any of it.
In order to match the 2000 cars that a typical filling station can service in a busy 12 hours, the station would require 600, 50-watt chargers at an estimated cost of $24 million and a supply of 30 megawatts of power from the grid. That is enough to power 20,000 homes. No one likely thinks about the fact that it can take 30 minutes to 8 hours to recharge a vehicle between empty or just topping off. What are the drivers doing during that time?
The 49 states not named California have the other 50% of EVs, an average of one percent each. It would appear that those states understand the problems California faces.
Used Car Market
The average used EV will need a new battery, pricing them well above used internal combustion cars. The average age of an American car on the road is 12 years. A 12-year-old EV will be on its third battery. A Tesla battery costs $10,000, so there will not be many 12-year-old EVs on the road. Outside of Paris, there is a huge vacant lot filled with hundreds of electric cars previously used by the city government of Paris. At this point, a replacement battery is worth more than the used car. No landfill or disposal site will allow the batteries to be disposed of there. So these green fairy tale electric cars are all just sitting in vacant lots while their batteries drain toxins into the ground.
EVs Per Block in Your Neighborhood
A home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On most suburban streets, the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla. The system would be wildly overloaded for half the homes on your block to have electric vehicles.
Although the modern lithium-ion battery is four times better than the old lead-acid battery, gasoline holds 80 times the energy density. The great lithium battery in your cell phone weighs less than an ounce, while the Tesla battery weighs 1000 pounds. And now the elephant in the room being unveiled is the fire hazard popping up everywhere.
Ron Stein reported in a September 3, 2021 article published at California Political Review that the Bolt, the only totally electric vehicle that General Motors is selling in North America has been tied to at least nine fires since early 2020 and Hyundai’ vehicles were involved in 15 fires during that time along with 3 Teslas.
These are not your typical battery fires. The batteries are Lithium-ion, whose combustion is chemical and can not be extinguished with water but only cooled till the fire dies out. Firefighters may need 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of additional water to contain, not extinguish, a Tesla electric vehicle blaze than they would normally for a gas-powered car that was on fire.
As a result of these now recognized problems, General Motors announced in late August that they recalled 73,000 new Chevy Bolts and 70,000 manufactured between 2017 and 2019, at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion.
An actual nightmare scenario for an EV fire can occur in an underground parking garage beneath an apartment complex or a crowded office build. With the toxic fumes generated, how could the local fire department respond to the fire even if it could be reached? Germany appears to be responding with regulations banning EVs from parking underground.
In the wake of so many EV battery fires, General Motors has issued safety recommendations for the Chevy Bolt:
1 – Do not park within 50 feet of other vehicles in case of fire.
2 – Stay 50 feet from anything you care about (seriously, they say this).
3 – Park on the top floor of open-air parking decks.
4 – Do not leave vehicles charging unattended.
5 – Only charge the battery to 90% and charge more frequently,
6 – Avoid depleting your battery below 70-mile range availability.
7 – Park outdoors.
If you are not laughing yet, you have no sense of humor!
California owns half of the nation’s EVs, and they belong to high-income families averaging $140,000 annual income. Roughly double the US median income of $63,000. With it, all EVs have not eclipsed 2% of cars on the road and may never beat that. Surveys show that 20% of EV buyers return to conventional vehicles for their next cars.
The electric automobile will always be around in a niche market, likely never exceeding 10% of the cars on the road. All automobile manufacturers invest in their output, and all will be disappointed in their sales. Perhaps they know this and will manufacture just what they know they can sell. Surely not what President Biden or Governor Newsom of California are planning for.
For as long as the present government is in power, they will be pushing the electric car as another means to run our lives. They will fail, as the national poll we will be taking in November of 2022, which we call an election, will prove.
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