It’s not just the government that’s pushing electric cars. The media is equally complicit. Both are engaged in what has to be described as nothing less than a concerted propaganda onslaught to convince the public that the naked emperor is indeed wearing a suit of the finest materials available. But the question — why? — remains mysterious. What is so important — to them — about electric cars? Why the urgency to create the impression of inevitability? The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with this — even to the point of exaggerating the confected enthusiasm for electric cars
Comments: Technology is nowhere near making an EV that can be charged in 5 minutes, almost anywhere that will get you 300+ miles on a ´fill up´. Like most things liberals dream about, the EV is just their way of sticking it to the ´man´.
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Attila DiMedici, 10/10/2017 11:16:08 AM (No. 11411906)
I suspect the reason for this is that electric vehicles will price the poor out of the car market. Which was also the reason behind cash-for-clunkers. The latter removed a lot of vehicles from the low end of the used automobile market, driving up the prices of all remaining vehicles.
Why are the media and the "government" (read elites collecting copious amounts of taxpayer money to Think Great Thoughts which are actually downright stupid thoughts) pushing electric cars? Because everyone would have to buy absolutely everything to do with personal transportation all over again AND because these cars are so inefficient. Hence, there is gold in them thar hills and the free movement of people will be drastically hobbled.
All good points above regarding the idiocy and inanity of the left on this subject. What does one expect, of course, from leftists who prefer to drive vehicles whose power is often generated by coal? The intellectual acuity and brilliance of the left is vastly overstated (see: Obama, Biden, Pelosi, etc. etc.).
No electric car for me. Even my golf cart is gasoline powered.
For my research project for my master´s degree in engineering, I was part of a five person team who designed, built and tested a hybrid electric vehicle in the early ´70s. I was the primary designer, selecting the size and type of batteries, the engine and generator to make up the second hybrid vehicles in this country, after the smaller one another team of grad students had finished a year earlier. Electric vehicles is an area where I have some expertise.
I do not own a hybrid car, even though they have been pretty much perfected. Too expensive, too complex, too---just unnecessary. But hybrids work, because they have a gasoline engine powering all the expensive complexity.
Electric vehicles are very expensive, have a short range, take many hours and a special power station to ´refuel´. Anyone who uses their care for interstate travel, or to go on vacation trips would find them nearly useless.
Perhaps 5-10% of people in this country live in a city and never travel far, and never to to unplanned destinations, so would be satisfied with an electric. The rest don´t and won´t want them, but the ecoNazis are starting to insist, even though it makes zero sense economically or functionally. The author correctly points out that the non-existent and very expensive to build charging station infrastructure, and the expensive battery replacement are monstrous costs being hidden from the public. Also note that the faster you charge a battery, the fewer charge cycles before the battery must be replaced, a little known problem.
The public is being led to believe that windmills and solar panels will provide the electricity for these electric cars. The idea of charging 20 million cars with California already suffering rolling brownouts is beyond comprehension. Too bad if you want to charge your car at night (no sun) on a calm day (no wind) even if you need to get to the hospital in the morning.
I think that the dim bulbs who think up these dreams of electric cars believe that "public transport" is the solution to long distance (out of the city) travel.
I think the proposal was to ban the sale of non-electric cars. There will be gas powered cars in California forever and a booming business in keeping them running.
This is being brought to you by the same morons who worship at the altar of Climate Change, where inconvenient truths are ignored and supporting "facts" are created out of whole cloth all in the name of pushing their agenda.
The last few hurricanes we had that dropped power lines and kept people without power for weeks had to look with envy at their neighbors who had power. They had gas yes gas powered generators. Lesson to be learned is make sure you have backup whenever relying on electric power.
My So-Cal based broker is always yakking about all the Teslas running around in his part of the world. I recently told him that I spied my first Tesla the other day. It was going down the interstate on a trailer being towed by a pickup truck.
Electric golf carts and battery powered shopping carts hauling lardasses around at Walmart I can relate to. Driving from Vegas to Reno in a electric car: impossible.
El Rushbo quoted some article yesterday about the infrastructure needed to power electric cars.
You´d need a recharging station capable of handling as many as 600 cars at a time (based on the number of cars that fuel at an average gas station), and each station would need the generating power of 20,000 homes at peak electrical demand.
Cost to build the stations would be in the tens of millions of dollars PER STATION.
So next time you drive home, count all the gas stations and multiply it by 600 stalls and $50 million or so. Plus the generating capacity (in coal or natural gas fired power plants and the infrastructure cost of those items) to replace that old, terrible fossil fuel (oil).
Maybe it´s tinfoil hat time, but what if the only car allowed to the deplorable plebs was a puny electric? What if the "elite" masters controlled the power switch? What if the "rulers" were the only ones allowed to have internal combustion cars? The "little people" would then be more easily controlled and kept to a limited base, while the "elite" would be mobile One can extrapolate a dictatorship of mobility.
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