The ‘battery fairy’ and other delusions in the demand to replace gasoline powered vehicles with electric cars and trucks, by Thomas Lifson

Widespread use of electric cars and trucks will wreak more damage on the environment than internal combustion engines. From Thomas Lifson at

I continue to be amazed that serious people think that gasoline powered vehicles can be completely replaced by electric vehicles in a decade-and-a-half, and that this would be a good thing, even if possible. Under threat of government action, however, the world’s major auto manufacturers are falling in line boosting production of plug-in models, and upstart Tesla Motors is now the world’s most valuable auto manufacture, based on the value of its capital stock issued and in the public’s hands. Mary T. Barra, CEO of General Motors, has pledged to sell only zero emission vehicles by 2035.  That would meet the deadline imposed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed an executive order banning the sale of internal combustion vehicles in the nation’s largest car market by 2035.

Charging electrric cars at work makes sense, as it rquires several hours. But what if you want to drive on a long trip?

Photo credit: Felix Cramer CC-BY-SA 2.0 license 

GM, rescued from liquidation courtesy of US taxpayers (and bondholders who were cheated out of their place in line as creditors by the Obama administration), may simply be sucking up to governmental power. But Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motors, the world’s largest (or second largest, depending on the year). and grandson of the automaker’s founder, has spoken out and called out fallacy of thinking that this is possible or desirable. [I must here disclose that I was a consultant for a Toyota company for several years, but that all my comments on the company here are based on publicly available information.]


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One response to “The ‘battery fairy’ and other delusions in the demand to replace gasoline powered vehicles with electric cars and trucks, by Thomas Lifson

  1. There is no intention that we all be ‘driving around in EVs’.

    The intent is that personal powered transport be widely prohibited.

    I’m sure that the Greenies are well-aware of this. It’s the wider populace which suffers under the delusions of an ‘Electric Utopia’.


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