EV Dream


Electric cars, or EVs if you
like, are the future, right? They will be less expensive,
cleaner for the environment, slow carbon dioxide emissions,
and we will be more secure because we won’t be so dependent
on oil. These are the things we are being told by politicians and
activists. But is any of this actually true? I won’t say I’m
sorry to drain the juice from this electric dream, because I’m not.
We’ve got way too many supposed leaders selling us stories that
are much more complicated than their simple talking points. Let’s
begin with this idea that EVs are the next big thing. There are
currently 4 million of them on the road but there are 1 billion
vehicles, so they aren’t even one-half of one percent of the
market. EVs are currently 2% of auto sales, but that’s largely
because WE ARE ALL paying for them through massive taxpayer subsidies.
The U.S. federal subsidy alone is $7,500 per vehicle. When China cut
subsidies in half in June of 2019, EV sales plunged. And who is buying all
these EVs? The wealthy are. The Congressional Research Service
reports that 80 percent of EV subsidies were claimed by those
with household incomes of more than 100,000 bucks. That means, the
rich man’s Tesla is partially paid for by all the rest of us.
Operating and maintaining an electric vehicle is cheaper. But
you’ll need to own it for many years before you make up the extra
expense of the original purchase. But if those subsidies are taken away,
you’re paying significantly more than if you bought a vehicle that runs
on fuel. And who is going to pay to dispose of all the toxic batteries
when they wear out? Nobody knows. EV’s won’t meaningfully reduce our oil use
either. According to the Manhattan Institute’s Mark Mills, an all-EV America would
barely trim 8% off world oil demand. Part of the reason is it takes a
lot of oil-based energy to make batteries and much of our cars
and trucks are made from oil and natural gas. One thing many
people are concerned about is carbon dioxide emissions. But EVs
don’t help on that score either. Making batteries requires enormous
amounts of mining and the construction of giant chemical factories. The CO2
produced making the batteries may actually be more than the CO2 saved
by getting off gasoline and diesel. China makes 60% of lithium ion
batteries and will make 70% by 2021. As Mills points out, “Importing
batteries manufactured on Asia’s coal-heavy grid means that consumers
are just exporting carbon-dioxide emissions, along with jobs.” And
don’t forget, the electricity used to power EV’s doesn’t just magically
appear. In the U.S., fossil fuels generate almost 65 percent of
electricity. All of this comparing of EVs and traditional vehicles
misses what is probably the most important factor in the electric
vehicle discussion. China doesn’t just make most EV batteries. It also
has a near monopoly on the entire supply chain used to make those
batteries. Who thinks it’s a good idea to allow China to control world
transportation? We at CEA aren’t against electric vehicles. We just
believe it’s important for people to consider the full picture. Massively
ramping up the number of electric vehicles on the road doesn’t
actually solve any problems, but it’s likely to create a few
more that are much bigger. For the Clear Energy Alliance,
I’m Mark Mathis. Power On.

13 comments

Current electric car technology is a waste of money and should not be mandated and subsidized. Electric cars could become a practical solution in the near future if Andrea Rossi's claimed invention of an extoic quasi-nuclear reactor that works through long range interactions of particles actually works. He says it produces useful amounts of electricity in a small space, is safe, nontoxic, low cost, and can be fitted inside an automobile. Imagine driving a year or longer without refueling. He claims he will have test validation by a major corporation this spring. See https://e-catworld.com/ Combine that technology with IBM's claimed battery breakthrough that uses no rare earth metals, thorium, or lithium, and you have a working portable motor system that could power anything. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2019/12/heavy-metal-free-battery/ Do they actually have something that works? At this point, who the hell knows, but I have my fingers and toes crossed.

That was actually a very good point. Who, and how will we deal with disposal of those batteries? That's probably going to be super expensive, and could lead to a whole new level of pollution and toxic waste disposal problems.

We'll probably have to pay a new tax to subsidize the costs of dismantling the batteries and disposing the toxic wastes. Perhaps we'll have these forever landfills, like the forever nuclear waste disposal sites… States will engage in the NIMBY battle to keep the battery waste sites out of their states.

And the electric trucks are too heavy to carry a normal payload. Not to mention how many megawatts the truck recharging stations will require. A five "pump" (charging point) will require about a 15KVA electric service. That is huge, pole-lines may need to be constructed for miles to supply that. And that only gives you the capacity to charge 10 trucks per hour

I would not be surprised if this fella turns out to be a shill for the c02 industries.

There is a whole lot of half truth and spin here. Ask me about any of them.

on the topic of CO2 please watch this… EVs are vastly reduce CO2 emissions over gas casts even when getting power from coal plants
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RhtiPefVzM

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