Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles – on the shoulders of both slave and child labor in dirty, unsecured, third world African mines – for all of you woke, important “Green,” first world, rich local heroes.

October 24, 2021:
October 1, 2021:

EV Battery Fires Do Not Bode Well For Projected Sales

In 2020, a California couple awoke to a blaring car alarm and a burning house. The blaze had started in one of the two Tesla S vehicles in their garage and spread to the other.

The culprit in nearly all EV fire cases is the lithium-ion batteries that power them, and which burn with extraordinary ferocity. Adding to the fire and heat danger posed by these events is the extreme toxicity of the fumes generated. According to one study, these fumes may in some circumstances be a larger threat, especially in confined environments where people are present.

Since lithium-ion fires are a chemical reaction they can only be cooled not extinguished. They end up burning for several days in some cases. In Germany, damage to a parking structure was extensive. So, for this German parking structure, it has chosen to ban all electrified vehicles from parking underground. That includes hybrids, PHEV, and EVs, whether they contain lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Think about it—park your car in an underground parking lot and the vehicle could explode.  The Germans are banning it—when will American communities?

The Bolt, the only EV that GM is selling in North America, has been “tied to at least nine fires” since early 2020, and Hyundai’s vehicles were involved in about 15 fires. Meanwhile, three Tesla’s have burst into flames over the past four months. So far, 27 EV battery fires and still counting.

Firefighters may need 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water to contain a Tesla electric vehicle (EV) blaze than they would normally use for a mainstream gas-powered car that was on fire.

Full article ..
September 16, 2021:

GM: Spontaneous Combustion

September 15, 2021:

Two People Killed After Tesla Crashes Into A Tree And Becomes “Engulfed In Flames” In Florida

September 11, 2021:

Overturned Truck Carrying Tesla Batteries Catches Fire And Blocks I-80 In California

Burning Batteries Pose A Huge Risk To EV Mandates

September 8, 2021:

Is Joe Biden Killing Fracking To Prop Up Electric Vehicles?

EV Battery Fires do not bode well for projected sales

August 28, 2021:

Electric vehicle fire catastrophe: It is not a matter of if, but when

August 16, 2021:

Electric vehicles will run on empty Green New Deal pipe dreams

By Larry Bell – СFact

Nineteen seriously misguided Republican senators joined with Democrats to pass a behemoth 2,720-page-long $1.2 trillion ”infrastructure” spending bill of which a mere 23% — about $127 billion of $548 billion in new federal spending — is earmarked for popular priorities that most people associate with that term: highways, bridges, tunnels, ports and waterways.

Among other items, that spendathon earmarks $7.5 billion for charging stations to service a transition from 3% of current electric vehicles (EVs) to 50% in the next nine years … while simultaneously replacing the 80% of U.S. energy we get from hydrocarbons by increasing the paltry 3% now intermittently supplied by wind and solar.

As a dangerously irresponsible national security consequence, America will trade away oil and gas independence for reliance upon China that controls 80% of the world’s vital rare earth materials needed for those new EV batteries and that nighttime solar energy storage.

Although America has an abundance of rare earth materials, environmental opposition to mining them has resulted in a regulatory minefield of local, state and federal laws. Mountain Pass — the sole U.S. remaining rare earth mine — sends all its mined ore to China for processing.

Mining required for batteries will soon dominate the world production of many minerals, and already accounts for about 40% and 25%, respectively, of all global lithium and cobalt.

In any case, how do those ”clean energy” enthusiasts plan to protect the environment from oil drilling while, in turn, mining and processing humongous amounts of structural materials using petroleum-fueled systems needed to build endless expanses of gigantic wind turbines?

Constructing and replacing each one of them consumes about 30,000 tons of iron ore, 50,000 tons of concrete, and 900 tons of plastics for the huge blades. Many of those already installed are reaching their 15-20-year end-of-life.

In addition, each Tesla-class battery requires mining, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of materials: 20 times a typical petroleum engine uses over the life of a car. Full article ..

More on Biden Climate-cars: Secretly Negotiated Between “Certain Automakers” and Their “Partners”?

August 12, 2021:

When you have rigged elections you do not need to think about, listen to or know about working class people, that is so great!:

August 9, 2021:

Some of the donors want to sell coal powered cars, politicians are just doing what they already have gotten paid to do. Duh, what kind of crony capitalism would we end up with if people didn’t do what they are getting millions to do ..:

August 8, 2021:

Using Your EV Charge Card

August 6, 2021:

Ignore The Hype. Electric Cars Are Going Nowhere Fast

White House jacks up tailpipe standards to push use of EV’s

August 2, 2021:

EV weirdness looms large

By David Wojick – CFact

People are not excited about buying electric vehicles, so word has it that the Biden administration is gearing up to force us to do it. The trick is to use the so-called Fuel Economy Standards to do it.

The reported target is that at least 40% of car and light truck sales will be electrics by 2030. This is Biden’s favorite target date even though, or perhaps because, he will not be President then.

Technically these are the Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards. The way they work is hidden in the name. They do not govern the average fuel use of cars used by corporations, which the name “corporate average” suggests. No, they govern the average fuel economy of cars MADE by corporations.

The way it works will be well hidden. Instead of telling you and me what we can buy, they in effect tell the car makers what they can make. I am not making this up.

The result is rationing and it has been for many years. The car makers limit the production of bigger cars and trucks, with higher fuel consumption, to stay below the standards. In reality what is rationed is stuff like power, size and safety. I have even heard that they raise the prices of big cars to cut the prices of little ones. This is called a cross subsidy.

So it sounds like the CAFE standards are going to be ratcheted down over less than a decade, until 40% of the vehicles sold are EVs. Note that vehicle prices are not part of the CAFE standard, so who knows what this might do to prices.

In fact how it might actually work is a truly weird mystery. Forcing people to buy electric vehicles is not something the CAFE regulations were designed to do, far from it. Sounds like a green nightmare in the making.

Hopefully this abuse of the efficiency standards will be found to be illegal. If it is ever attempted that is. At this point it is all just talk.

But if you think this is weird, take a look at what the Brits are planning for big trucks. Their proposed way of making heavy trucks electric is to run them via overhead wires, at least on the main highways. Still not making it up. Critics are calling them “truck trolleys” and with good reason.

Imagine having hot wires strung just above all the nearly 50,000 miles of interstate highways, carrying enough juice to power all those big trucks. Massive accidents waiting to happen? How about them ice storms?

Seems like the wires will only run over the slow lanes, so maybe just 100,000 miles worth. So to pass or run in the fast lanes the truck disconnects then connects again when it gets back in the slow lanes. Hopefully the driver does not have to participate.

I guess they run the trucks on batteries part time, including when the big rigs leave the big roads. The Brits are ahead of the Americans when it comes to climate craziness, so maybe we have this weird one to look forward to.

The problem is that while a car full of people is light, a trailer or two full of freight can be very heavy. We run a lot of two trailer tandem rigs. So running big freighters on huge batteries does not work. Nor can the truckers sit around for hours waiting for their big rigs to charge. The green American governments have yet to address this wacky problem.

No word in either case, CAFE or truck trolleys, on where all the juice is going to come from. We are talking about an enormous amount of new around-the-clock generating capacity. Highly intermittent wind and solar do not do the job.

If you think subsidized wind and solar power are stupid, wait until they start trying to forcibly electrify car and truck travel. From an engineering point of view 2030 is now.

EV weirdness looms large.

Ref.: https://www.cfact.org/2021/08/02/ev-weirdness-looms-large/

Some ‘Transition’: German Wind Power Output Plummets 20%: Coal-Fired Power Generation Jumps 38%

 

July 26, 2021:

The World Will Run Out Of EV Batteries By 2025

GWPF condemns Boris Johnson’s plan for new “subsidies for the rich”

Not only is the government considering regressive road charging, it now wants ordinary households to pay for charging stations, instead of making EV drivers pay the cost

July 19, 2021:

Electric cars changing the climate is ‘another hoax’

Video: Sky News Australia
Sky News host Alan Jones says the idea electric cars are going to change the climate is “another hoax”.

It comes following news the Grattan Institute is pushing a zero-emission standard for all cars, vans, and utes by 2035.

“This is just so much rubbish,” Mr Jones told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“The electricity that will enable the car to move will predominantly come from fossil fuels.

“The manufacture of the electric car, well actually the energy to manufacture, will come from fossil fuels.”

 

July 1, 2021:

Why The UK Govt Must Give Up Its Dangerous EV Obsession

Brand new Tesla Model S Plaid ‘drives up hill while ablaze’ just weeks after model with new battery went on market

June 28, 2021:

Electric Cars Will Eventually Get Us Nowhere

Electric cars is only interesting if it is affordable. That means less batteries and more induction fields on long stretches of roads+ plentiful, cheap nuclear energy.

But why would you even bother, there’s no lack of energy …