Electric Vehicles Are a Tool of Tyranny
First, don’t blame the vehicle. It is a tool that might be just what Los Angeles needs to cope with inversions. Electric vehicles are also very good as airport shuttles and for other locations where short, repetitive routes are the primary use. Some may even be fun to drive (except when they catch on fire).
But do not believe for a minute that the plan is to replace each of the 275 million gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles on the road today in the United States with electric vehicles (which today comprise just 1 percent of the U.S. fleet).
Worldwide, there are nearly of 1.5 billion vehicles on the road today, but only 6 million are EVs. That’s less than 0.5 percent. And most of them are in China, which controls the supply of batteries and electronics for EVs.
U.S. auto factories today manufacture about 9 million new vehicles annually [of the world total of 80 million]. Americans also import 6 million vehicles a year, almost all of them with internal combustion engines (ICE).
At that rate, even if every factory were converted to EV construction (and sufficient materials were available), it would take 20 to 30 years just to replace current fleets, assuming none are retired and none are damaged in accidents. Not Gonna Happen.
The fact is, thanks to powerful marketing campaigns, ridiculous subsidies and kickbacks, the meager orders for EVs today cannot even be fulfilled. Customers are waiting several months for delivery, thanks to 1) the supply chain disruptions at many ports, and 2) the sheer lack of supply of batteries and other components that are built mostly in China.
These long wait times are already discouraging EV sales, as is the rapidly increasing cost of these vehicles. While the average cost of a new, user-friendly, very useful, true-and-tried ICE vehicle has risen by 14 percent from a year ago to $44,400, the average cost for a new, limited range, slow-to-charge, marginally useful in winter, EV has risen by 22 percent to $54,000, which is highly unaffordable by 90% of US households facing a recession, and increasing interest rates, and increasing prices, and near stagnant wages.
THE SUBSIDIES GO PRIMARILY TO THE HIGHER-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, such as Volvo Democrats.
THE TWO $AVERAGES ARE NOT COMPARABLE, BECAUSE THE EVs AND ICEs ARE NOT COMPARABLE!!
The major reason for the price increase?
Supply chain disruptions,
Increased prices of nickel, cobalt, copper, and lithium. These materials costs, for the typical EV, have risen from $3,381 in March 2020 to $8,255 (in inflationary dollars) in June 2022,
Increased interest/financing rates,
Increased energy prices,
Increased general inflation.
And as EV demand rises, these materials costs would increase, especially given the Biden Administration has thwarted every attempt at domestic production of these “critical” minerals.
The media and the White House are simply not telling you the truth.
But the World Economic Forum recently let the cat out of the bag. Their goal: You will own nothing and be happier for it.
Or, as Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari put it, “There will be two classes: The exploited and the useless class (people who don’t adopt wearable technologies, metaverse, etc.). It’s better to be exploited than be useless.”
Let that sink in. The plan is not for you to be able to purchase your own EVs.
You will have to gain permission – through a Chinese-style social credit system – to be allowed to use a government-supplied vehicle.
Remember that, campaigning in 2020, Joe Biden pledged that, “We are going to get rid of fossil fuels.” His every action as President, including draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, has moved this nation toward that goal.
Biden got credited with 81 million ballots. He did not get 81 million votes
First, he canceled lease sales and pipelines; second, he enabled chaos by telling Vladimir Putin that “a minor incursion” into Ukraine would be just fine; third, his unprecedented federal DEFICIT spending has brought double-digit inflation and a near collapse of the stock market.
Today, Biden’s war on fossil fuels continues even as EU bureaucrats are loosening their “Net Zero” commitments to meet immediate demand, even restarting coal-fired power plants, and keeping nuclear plants in service.
And none of these (along with the 42,000 slow charging stations) can service the throughput of gasoline and diesel stations.
There are plans, and funding, to increase that number, at considerable public expense, but actual construction is far down the road and may be curtailed.
As Andrew Moseman writes, “Large cities have a growing number of fast chargers, but not nearly enough to accommodate a major influx of EVs. Away from cities, these chargers are strung along interstate highways, close enough to allow electric cars safe passage. Otherwise, they are nearly nonexistent in rural America.”
News flash: A readily available 2-gallon gas can provides enough gasoline to get to a filling station, but there are very few mobile charging stations for a depleted EV battery, i.e., an EV out of juice needs to be put on a flatbed truck to be taken to a charging station.
And that brings us to another matter. Electric grid operators are warning of electricity shortages at a time when the government wants to vastly increase the number of electric vehicles to numbers that would break the electric grid.
As states and Washington conspire to shut down existing power plants faster than they can build “green” variable, intermittent, weather-dependent wind and solar that disrupt power transmission grids, the electricity shortage will only grow.
The turnkey capital cost of new wind and solar systems, built in 2022, is about 15 to 20% greater than in 2020, which means their electricity cost, c/kWh, will also be greater.
The turnkey capital cost of grid-scale battery systems, $/kWh, delivered as AC, such as Tesla Megapacks, has increased about 25% from 2020 to 2022.
The Texas grid operator pleads for ratepayers to reduce electricity consumption during the heat wave, and due to absence of wind electricity due to lack of wind. The same scenario occurred in California during the heat wave about 1.5 years ago. Biden’s handlers want more subsidies for wind turbines.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin perhaps put it best:
“It makes no sense to me whatsoever,” he stated, “when supply and demand – we can’t produce the products [EVs] for the people who want it and we’re still going to pay them to take it? It’s absolutely ludicrous in my mind…. We are getting ourselves tangled in a situation that we’re not going to be able to supply … everything that’s going to be needed for this product.”
But that IS the goal. To take away the freedom to drive for most Americans. The poor and middle class be damned. They are mostly “irredeemable deplorables” or “useless” anyway, especially as the elites switch to artificial intelligence and robotics, that require neither vacation time, nor sick leave, nor health insurance.
The elites have already cajoled auto manufacturers into pledging to stop building ICE vehicles within the next three to eight years. Some are gearing up to produce electric vehicles despite the design flaws, materials shortages, weak economy, and other factors, that are already causing a decline in new vehicle sales.
Perhaps the elites are counting on the ongoing love affair of the “woke” generation with electric vehicles that only some can afford to own and drive.
In Wokeville, USA, virtue signaling is far more important than logic, or reason, or economics, or common sense, or critical thinking, so they almost never question whether the dogma of the day will actually come to pass tomorrow.
But most of us are more awake than woke – and we smell this rat a long way off. Americans will have to fight to keep their vehicles, just as they have had to fight to keep their guns.
Duggan Flanakin is a policy analyst and journalist based in Austin, Texas.
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