There’s absolutely no way the electric grid can support the mass adoption of electric cars. From Nick Giambruno at internationalman.com:
That’s how much the additional electricity consumption per household would be if the average US home adopted electric vehicles.
Congressman Thomas Massie—an electrical engineer—revealed this information while discussing with Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, President Biden’s plan to have 50% of cars sold in the US be electric by 2030.
The current and future grid in most places will not be able to support each home running 25 refrigerators—not even close. Just look at California, where the grid is already buckling under the existing load.
Massie claims, correctly, in my view, that the notion of widespread adoption of electric vehicles anytime soon is a dangerous fantasy based on political science, not sound engineering.
Nevertheless, Western governments are falling over themselves to shun hydrocarbons—especially of Russian origin—and promote so-called “green” technologies like electric vehicles and supposed renewables such as wind and solar, which are better termed as unreliables.
Here’s the big problem, though…
Wind and solar power might be useful in specific situations. Still, it’s ridiculous to think they can provide reliable base load power for an advanced industrial economy even as they are now—never mind when every household is running 25 refrigerators.
The electric car is a technology midwifed by the government with its fingers crossed that people can be cajoled, bribed, or ultimately, forced to adopt it. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Here is an interesting statement from an auto industry kahuna, Michael Sprague – who is North American Director of Lincoln, Ford’s luxury division:
“We’ve got to keep evolving,” he told the trade publication Automotive News. “We need to make sure over the next couple of years, as we’re preparing for that EV future, that we’re ready when those clients start to come into the market.”
In other words, if you build it, they will come. To the tune of $900,000 per dealership. That being what it will cost to install two – count ’em! – so-called “fast” chargers and seven “Level 2” chargers, which means wait several hours to recover a charge rather than 30-45 minutes for a “fast” one.
No one asks the obvious question: What “client” – the new name for what was in the Before Time a customer – wants to drive to a Lincoln dealership and wait there for a “fast” charge, let alone one that takes several hours? The coffee’s probably better at the Lincoln store than it is at a 7-11 (another joint that is installing “fast” chargers) but the point is, who wants to hang out at a car dealership – or a 7-11 – waiting for their car to charge up?
If the government can drive up the cost of internal combustion cars, it will make electric vehicles seem less expensive. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Last week, California’s ruling elites – the “government” really ought to be referred to in this more accurate way – decreed that no one in California will be allowed to buy a new car that isn’t an electric car – an EeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee – beginning with the 2035 model year.
What will California’s ruling elites decree next?
It is easy enough to predict – because of the problem (for California’s ruling elites) that exists and will remain absent further decrees. That problem being, of course, the vast majority of cars owned by Californians that aren’t EeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeees. This being about 97 percent of the cars in California at the present moment, which is not likely to be even 50 percent by 2035.
And that is probably optimistic – if you are someone who believes everyone or most everyone ought to be driving an EeeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeee.
For one, probably at least 50 percent of the cars currently on the road are likely to still be on the road ten years hence – which will take us to just about 2034, which is the last year it will still be legal to sell other-than-EeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeees in California – because almost any car sold this year will still have many years of useful life left in it. So also most of the cars sold in the past five years. And then there are the cars that will be sold in the coming years, all the way up through the 2024 model year.
It’s so dire in the ‘new green deal’ state of California that they went from Level-2 to Level-3 grid emergency in just a few hours.
There is no irony in California’s recent declared ban on the sale of all new gas cars by 2035. This is all done by design.
The unsustainable and insulting farce that are electric vehicles which generate far greater pollution, require significantly more “dirty” energy and emit far more CO2 (the only good thing) than any ICE car ever could is yet another component of PSYOP-CLIMATE-CHANGE.
Electric cars will be directly tethered to the social credit score and if the AI threshold for good behavior is for whatever depraved reason not sufficiently met, then the ride share trip (remember, in the future you will happily not own a car, home or your very own body) will be rerouted straight to the reeducation camp. But before this grim reality arrives the power grid must be completely overhauled, which by design it will not be.
This is too funny, and nobody deserves to be laughed at more than Californians who have left themselves in this hole. From Ben Zeisloft at dailywire.com:
Days ago, officials in California unveiled a plan to phase out new gas-powered cars. Now, officials are asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the power grid.
The western United States is facing a likely “prolonged and record heat wave” that could lead to temperatures as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. As a result, the California Independent System Operator is seeking to bring all available resources online to handle higher electricity demand and expects to issue “voluntary energy conservation” notices over the Labor Day weekend.
“The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights,” according to the American Public Power Association. During a “Flex Alert,” residents are encouraged to reduce energy consumption from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm — the hours in which “demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available.”
California also experienced a round of blackouts during last year’s Labor Day weekend. The state issued Flex Alerts because grid operators predicted “an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use” related to extreme temperatures.
The biggest advantage of electric cars it that they are electric. Their biggest disadvantage is that they are electric, and require electricity. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Imagine if every gas station had to be physically connected, via pipeline, to a refinery – and you will begin to see the improbability of their electric vehicle equivalents. And then you will begin to understand why “electrification” is about diminishment – of the dispersed, convenient and highly individualized system of personal transportation Americans have come to take for granted.
Like their former freedom to travel without arbitrary molestation – among so many other freedoms lost because they were taken for granted, too.
Think, first of all, about how you deal with running out of gas. How matter-of course it is to walk down to the gas station with an empty gallon jug and come back with the fuel, which you then pour in the tank. Now imagine the same with an electric car that has run out of juice.
How do you carry a kilowatt-hour of electricity back to the electric car?
Now scale it up and think of a tanker truck hauling say 3,000 gallons of gasoline from a refinery or distribution point to the gas station, 50 miles distant. How does one transport an equivalent in electricity to a “fast” charger – or anywhere else?
To compare electric and internal combustion cars, you have to compare all the costs. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
I see Teslas regularly – when I make a run downtown, which is about 35 miles away. I have yet to see one locally. Probably because downtown is 35 miles away – and back.
This is about 70 miles, round-trip. It is not outside the maximum range of a Tesla, which is advertised as being able to travel about 270 miles with its standard battery (the optional battery adds hugely to the already high cost of a Tesla; we’ll delve into that aspect more below).
But it does take a bite out of it.
Ordinarily, this would be a matter of no concern – if we weren’t talking Teslas or electric cars, in general. There are lots of “gas hog” trucks up here that make daily trips down there – and back. Even given the cost of the gas, courtesy of the Biden Thing. This is still tenable because of the “gas hog” truck’s time efficiency.
Eric Peters’ specialty as a car blogger gives him an excellent perspective on a whole host of wider issues. From Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Well, the canary in the coal mine just chirped.
Arnaud Deboeuf – who is Chief Manufacturing Officer at Stellantis, the automotive combine that owns the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram truck brands, among others – said publicly the other day that the automotive industry is doomed if it continues to pretend it can sell electric vehicles at the prices electric vehicles are currently selling for.
“The market will collapse,” he said.
No doubt. For the obvious-but-adamantly-unacknowledged reason that only a small percentage of the car market buyer pool is affluent enough to pay at least 30-50 percent more for their next new car – which is the price differential between electric cars and their non-electric equivalents.
The disparity being greatest in the economy and family car segments – the segments that account for the bulk of new vehicle purchases.
The actual disparity is even more than that, courtesy of the Biden Thing – who has caused the purchasing power of the money people have to use to buy everything to decline by 15 percent in just one year. This means that a Nissan Leaf that cost about $28k last year (for the version that can maybe get you 150 miles down the road) now costs 15 percent more than it did, courtesy of the Thing.
First they came for the internal combustion cars. Someday it will be everyone’s car regardless of whether they’re internal combustion or electric, and only the elite will have any kind of personal transportation. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
If you think about it, a tanker truck is a “zero emissions” vehicle – in that the gas it carries isn’t “emitting” anything, as it is being transported from the refinery to the station.
Why are electric cars considered “zero emissions” when it amounts to the same thing?
True, while they are moving they are not “emitting.” But how about what makes it possible for them to move? Lots of C02 is being “emitted” by the coal/oil/natural gas-fired ultility plants that generate the majority (by far) of the electricity that electric vehicles “burn,” so to speak.
Does it matter – assuming C02 “emissions” matter – where they are “emitted”? Logically, of course, it does not.
Even upping the voltage on electric-car chargers doesn’t mean that the time it takes to charge is comparable to the time it takes to fill up the gas tank of an internal combustion car. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Less is always more when it comes to electric vehicles.
The latest news is that doubling the voltage of commercial charging infrastructure – from 400 to 800 volts – will “reduce” the time it takes to instill a partial recharge to “only” about twice the time it takes to refuel a non-electric car to full.
Italicized to emphasize the usual dishonesty of presentation when it comes to “news” – always glorious! – about electric cars. In this case, the attempt to equate the time it takes to refuel most any non-electric car to full with the time it takes to put a partial charge in an electric car – using commercial infrastructure that doesn’t exist – without explaining to the marks that if you only get a partial charge, you’ll be recharging again and soon.
That means even if 800 volt charging facilities were hey, presto’d! into existence tomorrow, reducing the time it takes to partially recharge an EV to “just” 10 minutes, it would be the equivalent of putting a perhaps a quarter-tank of gas in a non-electric car (enough to go about 100 miles) which would take less than five minutes in the non-electric car.
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