“Climate change is an existential threat, electric vehicles are the answer to reducing greenhouse gases and save the planet.” The electrification is on in full force and no one seem to question the narrative.
Let’s see two examples how EVs would perform in the real world:
Case #1: John Deere wants farmers to go electric
“A close friend farms over 10,000 acres of corn in the Midwest. The property is spread out over three counties. His operation is a “partnership farm” with John Deere. He recently received a phone call from his John Deere representative, and they want the farm to go to electric tractors and combines in 2023.”
“He currently has 5 diesel combines that cost $900,000 each that are traded in every 3 years. Also, over 10 really big tractors. JD wants him to go all electric soon. He said: “Ok, I have some questions.”
“How do I charge these combines when they are 3 counties away from the shop in the middle of a cornfield, in the middle of nowhere?”
“How do I run them 24 hours a day for 10 or 12 days straight when the harvest is ready, and the weather is coming in? How do I get a 50,000+ lb. combine that takes up the width of an entire road back to the shop 20 miles away when the battery goes dead?”
“There was dead silence on the other end of the phone…”
Case #2: Long commute
“I considered buying an Electric vehicle. I like driving small, sporty cars and the new Mini Cooper EV caught my eye, so I went on the MiniUSA website to investigate.”
The Mini’s range is described as follows: “Take on a 60-minute round trip commute with enough charge left over to stop for groceries and pick up the kids from soccer practice.”
“That translates to a 60-65 mile commute. My commute is a 120-125 mile roundtrip. Which means I would have to recharge the vehicle, as soon as I get to work. My employer does not offer an EV charging station.”
“I currently drive a 2002 VW Beetle, that has a range of 450 miles. That covers 3 – 125 mile roundtrips, plus one more trip to work, before refueling. When taking a road trip, I can also carry a container with extra fuel. With an EV, you can not carry a bucket of electrons and pour them into the battery.”
“Recharging an EV generally costs less, than refueling, but to match my Beetles range would require 6-7 charges. There are 3 types chargers. The 110 Volt at home is the lowest cost, but its very slow, 2% per hour. Going from 10% to a full charge takes over 4 days!”
“The Mini and the Chevy Volt are considered the affordable EVs. While on the website, I “built” my Mini, the price came to just under 40K. With California’s state tax, plus dealer mark up, the total could reach $45-50K. Not so affordable.”
The price of a 2022 Tesla Model S is listed as: $99,990 – $135,990. With state tax, license and delivery, it can be as high as $150K. Its range is 110 – 115 miles city, or highway. 100 miles for 150K?
As if that wasn’t bad enough, electric cars are some of the least reliable vehicles on the road, ranked 19th on a list of 20. This what a Tesla Model S owner had to say:
“…for the money, I was beyond disappointed with the quality and poor customer service. The carpet is like something you’d find in a Corolla, the panel gaps are as bad as everyone says, the screen was yellowing after 2 years, and the replacement parts are hard to get and extremely expensive ($1k and 3 months for a cracked mirror)!“
Electric vehicles could a be part of the solution but in their current state they are not suitable for the mainstream of America. Yet, it’s amazing how politicians, activists, corporations, the media, local and state leaders all jump on the EV bandwagon.
Several San Francisco Bay area cities have passed laws, banning the construction of new gas stations. They are trying to outdo each other and show they are the most progressive, the most woke.
The high price and limited range of EVs are only two of their drawbacks. Contrary to what the public is told, electric cars are also harmful for the environment, the power grid is inadequate to handle a significant increase in EV ownership and there are by far not enough charging stations across the nation.
There are millions of jobs in industries, related to fossil fuels. We use hundreds of products in our daily lives, that contain fossil fuel derived ingredients, including 25% of all car tires. Asphalt is a mixture of crushed rock and waste petroleum products. Are they going to ban tires and roads, too?
Politicians don’t seem to care how their policies will affect the working class. Eliminating gas powered cars and fossil fuels, before a viable alternative is available is a recipe for disaster, it isn’t progress, but peak idiocy.