Hybrid / Electric Cars

Environmentalists constantly promote things that aren't necessarily harmless, beneficial, feasible or affordable, such as, for example, electric cars.  The people who want us all to switch to electric cars are the same people who oppose the construction of new power plants and transmission lines.

Electric cars would be wonderful if they were affordable and cost effective in the long run.  But in order for hybrid cars to be competitive, the price of gasoline would have to be about three times what it is currently.  Electric cars are the environmentalists' dream come true — except in many cases they are recharged overnight by electricity from a nuclear power plant!

My objections to electric cars are based on common sense:  Gasoline is cheap and plentiful in the United States, and a tank of gas has far more potential energy than a charged battery in a Prius.  Electric cars are useless for long trips.  In Dallas or Houston, that means driving across town to a shopping mall after coming home from work.  Consumers, no matter how green, are not going to enjoy having to postpone their travel plans to charge the batteries in their cars.

Other supposedly good ideas that may not be good at all can be found on this page, while the discussion of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards is on this page.

A couple of those great ideas, ethanol and compact fluorescent bulbs, have pages of their own.  These wonderful ideas have been brought to you by the same tree-hugging, earth worshipping hippies who gave us 1.6-gallon toilets.

New electric vehicle fee coming to Pennsylvania.  Come 2025, electric vehicle drivers will pay an annual registration fee in Pennsylvania.  The legislation headed to Gov. Josh Shapiro's desk will charge owners of battery-powered and plug-in hybrid vehicles $200 next year, the first of an incremental scale that will reach $286 in 2030.  Prime sponsor Sen. Greg Rothman, R-Shippensburg, said the fee will help maintain Pennsylvania's roads and bridges — some of the worst-rated in the nation — and shift some of the burden off the state's gas tax.

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If the state and federal governments would stop wasting money, they would have plenty of tax revenue.

More Bad News on the Electric Vehicle Front.  Some of the largest automakers, such as Mercedes Benz, admit they won't come close to hitting their EV sales estimates over the next few years.  And Tesla, the king of EVs, just announced its lowest quarterly profit over the past two years.  After the Tesla news broke, the company's shares cratered, leading to a $138 billion decline in value.  Even worse, Hyundai Motor North America is facing a lawsuit that contends the auto manufacturer "has emphasized sales-volume growth in its Hyundai branded EVs, leading the public to believe these increasing EV sales are occurring organically because of the desirability of Hyundai EVs and customer demand for these vehicles."  What's more, the lawsuit, filed by Napleton Aurora Imports, a dealership based in the Chicago suburbs, alleges Hyundai pressured dealerships to "artificially inflate" EV sales numbers; created a perverse incentive system in which dealerships that "played ball" were rewarded while those who did not were "punished," [...]

New 'crackpot' EV scheme emerges to steal power back from charging cars.  From Andrew Bolt at The Herald Sun comes the news that the self-imagined elites who fancy themselves "green" have a new harebrained idea, and that is to steal power back from charging electric vehicles to stabilize a compromised grid.

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This half-baked idea has numerous insurmountable flaws:  [#1] A battery charger is designed to charge batteries.  A device that takes power out of the battery and feeds it back to the A.C. power line is called an inverter.  They are two completely different designs.  Unless there's much more in an EV charger than is ostensibly necessary, no inverters have been deployed.  [#2] Batteries dissipate a large fraction of the power they absorb while charging.  Not all of the energy that goes into the battery comes back out, especially in cold weather.  It would be far more efficient to have large centralized battery banks build up a daily reserve, rather than hundreds of distributed batteries around town.  But if you're going to build a centralized power plant, you might as well have it generate power by burning hydrocarbons and boiling water.  [#3A] If residential charging stations are the only ones involved in this scheme, the electricity that went into the car's battery was purchased by the car's owner, and it is unlikely that the government will buy it back at the same rate.  [#3B] If public-access charging stations are included, it's a whole new can of worms.  The only reason to use a charger in a parking lot somewhere is if the car doesn't have enough juice to make it back home.  If the government steals what little power remains in the car's battery, then the car is stranded until the government decides otherwise, which could be several hours — or days!  [#4] What will that stolen electricity be used for?  [#5] Why does the state government need to steal electricity from hundreds of customers in the first place?  Because the government presided over two disastrous plans:  Eliminating coal-fired power plants, and incentivizing electric car sales.  The electricity shortage is the government's fault, and the government has no feasible solution.

Washington state is 'ground zero' for EV charging port thefts.  As the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission considers updating policy regarding its involvement in electric vehicle charging services, stakeholders have noted the ongoing issue of charging station copper wire thefts.  "We in the Pacific Northwest are right in ground zero of thieves and criminal gangs who are cutting cable for copper and recycling it in the black market and so these public infrastructure assets are at risk," Alliance for Transportation Electrification Executive Director Phillip Jones told the commission at its July 2 meeting.  The commission is currently discussing a proposed update to its 2017 Policy and Interpretive Statement that, if revised, would alter the extent of its involvement in EV charging services offered by investor-owned electric companies; the commission regulates energy rates and approves rate changes requested by utilities.

Should Electric Vehicles Be Illegal?  Electric vehicle batteries, like the large batteries used to store electricity from inept sources like wind and solar, are prone to burst into flame.  And those fires are hard to extinguish.  Out of curiosity, I googled "battery fire."  Here is a sampling of news headlines from the last 36 hours:  [List of links omitted for brevity.]  Where is the Consumer Products Safety Commission?  Where is the Congressional investigation?  In what other context are products that spontaneously burst into flames legally marketed?  If electric vehicles, e-bikes and batteries for wind and solar installations were not darlings of the "green" scam that controls government at most levels, would they even be legal?

Alabama, Iowa, And Idaho Lawmakers Revolt Against Biden EPA's Electric Vehicle Mandates.  U.S. Senators and Representatives have joined forces to demand the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rescind its recent rule mandating the transition to electric or hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles.  Led by Senators Katie Britt (R-Ala.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), this coalition of over 150 lawmakers has issued a stern warning about the devastating impact this policy could have on the nation's economy and way of life.  The EPA's final rule, "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles — Phase 3," was published on April 22, 2024.  This regulation effectively imposes a de facto electric mandate on trucks, tractors, buses, and semi-trucks, requiring manufacturers to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles.

Electric vehicles: the magical unibattery!  I've been writing about electric vehicles since 2011, the heady days of the Chevy Volt, as Chevy's ads then proclaimed it:  "The car we had to build."  What they meant was the Obamites were forking over taxpayer cash for electric vehicles (EVs), and also threatening auto manufacturers to do their bidding, and of course, bailing out everyone but Ford, which is why I've been driving Fords since.  Obama, promoting a dead horse, told auto workers when he left the White House he'd buy a Volt.  As one might expect, this promise, as with all Obama promises, had an expiration date.  He never bought one.  Years before Obama left office, I predicted when he did GM would wait a decent interval and discontinue Volt production, and that's what happened.  They lost truckloads of cash on every Volt they built.  GM denied it, which is unsurprising in a publicly traded company not wanting to admit they were throwing money, and shareholder dividends, away.

Dissatisfied EV Owners Spell Doom for Electric Car Manufacturing.  A recent consumer survey revealed that 46% of US electric car owners wish to switch back to a gas-powered car.  In an industry already facing hurdles with charging stations, cost, and public skepticism, consumer distaste over performance and a hefty price tag threatens to eviscerate future EV sales.  Despite subsidies and claims of world-saving environmental necessity, consumers are balking in droves at lackluster EV performance in a declining economy.  The comprehensive global survey, released by consulting firm McKinsey and Co. earlier this month, offered insights into the divergence between European and American EV drivers.  Behind the obvious consumer concerns over range, cost, and rechargeability are issues not considered by the survey that also may be undermining consumer enthusiasm, such as increasing awareness of pollution in manufacturing, plummeting resale prices, and aversion to regressive subsidization.

Tesla auto deliveries beat expectations in second quarter.  Electric carmaker Tesla saw its shares surge on Tuesday after reporting auto deliveries that fell but topped analyst estimates, while General Motors logged modestly higher second-quarter US sales.  Tesla said it delivered around 444,000 vehicles worldwide in the April-June period, exceeding consensus estimates compiled by FactSet and sending its share price up around 9.0 percent.  But deliveries were still 4.7 percent down from a year ago.

Blaze at South Korea lithium battery plant kills 22 workers.  A lithium battery factory in South Korea was set on fire after multiple batteries exploded on Monday, killing 22 workers, most of them Chinese nationals, fire officials said.  The fire and a series of explosions ripped through the factory run by primary battery manufacturer Aricell in Hwaseong, an industrial cluster southwest of the capital Seoul.  The victims likely succumbed to extremely toxic gas within seconds of the blaze getting out of control, the officials said.  It was unclear what caused the explosions and the fire was largely extinguished in about six hours.

Oakland port area fire at lithium battery plant contained.  A small fire that kicked up considerable black smoke at the Port of Oakland on Sunday [5/12/2024] has already been contained, according to a spokesperson for the Oakland Fire Department.  The fire started inside a lithium battery plant when a pile of batteries caught fire Sunday mid-afternoon.  The small blaze does not pose a risk to nearby structures, authorities said.  A single fire engine is still on scene dousing lingering flames with water.  No broader health threats are reported from the lithium plant at this time.

Nice EV You Got There — Can You Afford to Insure It?  Electric vehicles can be a pain to insure.  Fixing the problem would give reluctant buyers one less thing to worry about.  You can still get insurance for any vehicle in any state but, at a time when motorists already are moaning about expensive coverage, EVs could add to the burden.  They are often more expensive than gas-powered cars and typically cost more to repair, which leads to larger claims.  In the U.S., the average severity of a claim for a repairable EV was $6,066 in the first quarter, nearly 30% higher than for internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles, according to Mitchell, which provides software and data to auto insurers and the collision-repair industry.

Tesla battery dies without warning, trapping toddler inside during sweltering Arizona summer.  Let me start out by alleviating any distress because the baby girl was just fine (toxic masculinity to the rescue!), but this story points out what could have been another very deadly design flaw of electric vehicles.  On Wednesday, a local outlet in the Phoenix area reported on a scary turn of events which culminated in a 20-month-old little girl becoming trapped in a hot car in the heat of the day with her frantic grandmother on the outside, before firefighters showed up and freed the toddler.

Electric Vehicle Regret:  New Survey Says Nearly Half Want Gas Guzzlers Back.  In a recent survey conducted by McKinsey, it has been uncovered that the United States is facing a significant hurdle in the electrification of its vehicle fleets.  The survey encompassed over 30,000 respondents across 15 countries, with 46% of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the US expressing a desire to switch back to vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.  The primary reasons cited for this shift back to gas-powered vehicles include the challenges associated with public charging infrastructure, high total costs of ownership, and limitations on driving patterns for long-distance journeys.  Australia, a country known for its extensive travel distances, topped the dissatisfaction charts, with 49% of EV owners considering a return to gas-powered vehicles.

Fisker files for bankruptcy protection, the second electric vehicle maker to do so in the past year.  Electric vehicle maker Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the second electric startup to do so in the last year as even industry leaders struggle to lure more buyers beyond the early adapters of the technology.  Fisker Group Inc. said in a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that its estimated assets are between $500 million and $1 billion.  It estimated liabilities are between $100 million and $500 million, with between 200 and 999 creditors.

Demand Power Charges Are the Achilles Heel of a Nationwide EV Fast Charging Network.  A reliable and convenient network of public fast electric vehicle chargers is a prerequisite to achieve the Biden administration's greenhouse gas regulations that require nearly 72% of U.S. light duty new vehicle sales be fully electric (BEV) or partial plug-in electric (PHEV), by 2032.  The vast majority of EV owners now charge at home but this is likely to change with greater EV adoption since many live in a condo, an apartment, or have street parking.  Home charging is simply not a possibility.  Many older homes lack sufficient amperage in its electrical service, often requiring thousands of dollars of upgrade besides the cost of a level II charger.  Factors that impact DCFC profitability include low utilization percentages (due to the high percentage of home charging and that EVs represent less than 1% of the total US vehicle fleet) and also high operating costs from demand power charges.  Demand power is typically the highest electricity usage during a 15 minute period in a billing cycle and utilities charge a premium for it.

Industry groups sue over Biden regulation requiring electric school buses, trucks.  A coalition of industry groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a Biden administration rule.  A dozen groups joined together to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for the Biden administration's new rule, finalized earlier this year, with requires model 2027 trucks to meet strict emissions standards that critics say are meant to push out diesel and gas vehicles and to replace them with electric vehicles.  The EPA's "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles — Phase 3" is the rule in question.  "The new standards will be applicable to HD vocational vehicles (such as delivery trucks, refuse haulers, public utility trucks, transit, shuttle, school buses, etc.) and tractors (such as day cabs and sleeper cabs on tractor-trailer trucks)," EPA said.  Critics argue the rules are so strict that the only option will be to go electric, part of a nationwide effort by the Biden administration to push Americans into electric vehicles.  However, currently the electric grid could not handle a wholesale transition of to electric vehicles, posing a major infrastructure problem.

And Down Goes Fisker.  [Scroll down]  The company had declared bankruptcy in 2013, victim of both the 2008 financial crisis and a massive recall thanks to a faulty battery - kind of a critical component in an EV — in their earlier model.  A hurricane swamping 300 of their Karmas in inventory was pretty devastating, too.  A major part of what sank Fisker this go-round was trying to introduce its Ocean SUV.  Again, the roll-out was plagued with technical problems that led to severe delivery issues, among other eventually fatal missteps.  It turns out that "outsourcing" the manufacturing of your vehicles — Fisker said he wanted to be the "Apple of the auto industry" — can be no bueno.

Is an electric vehicle collapse inevitable?  [Scroll down]  A famous aphorism observes if the federal government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, in no time at all there would be a sand shortage.  Here's why we have a charging station shortage:  ["]But internal memos from the Department of Transportation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, as well as interviews with those who are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the electric vehicle charging station project, say the delay is in large part a result of the White House's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  'These requirements are screwing everything up,' said one senior Department of Transportation staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  'It's all a mess.'["]  How is DEI — didn't earn it — screwing things up?  At least 40% of the money has to go to "underserved communities," which is brilliant because those are the communities least able to afford, or want, an EV, so they have no use for EV chargers.

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Oh but they do have one use for electric car chargers:  There's more copper to steal!

More Bad News — There Isn't Enough Copper for EVs, Forget The Rest of It.  Past installments of Why Net-zero is Impossible focused on inadequate access to rare earth metals and the hypocritical offshoring of emissions to places that extract them.  Vermont, for example, would need to cover most of its picturesque landscape to meet its "climate goals" while it is, at the same time, sequestering a third of that space as protected from development.  Their plan is to make others sacrifice their space.  To emit elsewhere, then claim to be clean and green.  A Climate cult gated community safe space with sprawling vistas because they are buying dirty green energy from outside the state.  None of that matters.  We'll never get there from here, so they should stop lying to you and wasting your money.  Not only is there not enough known copper, but even if there were, it could not possibly be mined in time to reach even the least offensive of the target dates proposed.

Three Reasons There's Something Sinister With the Big Push for Electric Vehicles.  They're trying to manufacture your consent for a scam of almost unimaginable proportions.  Below are three reasons why something sinister is going on with the big push for EVs. [...]
  [#1]   EVs Are Not Green:  The central premise for EVs is they help to save the planet from carbon because they use electricity instead of gas.  It's astounding so few think to ask, what generates the electricity that powers EVs?  Hydrocarbons generate over 60% of the electricity in the US.  That means there's an excellent chance that oil, coal, or gas is behind the electricity charging an EV. [...]
  [#2]   EVs Can't Compete Without Government Support:  For many years, governments have heavily subsidized EVs through rebates, sales tax exemptions, loans, grants, tax credits, and other means.  According to the Wall Street Journal, US taxpayers will subsidize EVs by at least $393 billion in the coming years — more than the GDP of Hong Kong. [...]
  [#3]   EVs Are About Controlling You:  EVs are spying machines.  They collect an unimaginable amount of data on you, which governments can access easily.  Analysts estimate that cars generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour.

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Twenty-five gigabytes per hour sounds a little high.  That's about seven megabytes per second.  It just doesn't take that much data to describe what the car is doing, where it is, and how fast it's going.  I used to work at an automated TV station, in which every program and commercial that wasn't a live event played out of a video server.  A typical one-hour show (in the 720p format) was stored in the server in the form of a 15-gigabyte file.  Maybe 16 g-bytes in some cases.  The idea that an automobile generates almost twice that amount of data per hour is a little bit (ahem) far-fetched.

The Latest On The Federal War Against Internal Combustion Vehicles.  I'm old enough to remember a time when there were serious environmental concerns with internal combustion engine vehicles. [...] But gradually that all got cleaned up.  Today the bona fide serious environmental concerns about internal combustion engines are far in the past.  But the war to eliminate them — supposedly on environmental grounds — is just ramping up.  The Biden Administration is all in with the plan to get rid of the ICE car.  Why?  It seems to have something to do with the non-existent "climate crisis."  Meanwhile, Congress has passed no legislation authorizing the executive agencies to force ICE vehicles off the market.  Nor is the Administration honest enough to admit that they are engaged in outlawing the vehicles that 90+% of the people drive.  Instead we get massive and thoroughly dishonest regulations effectively forcing the approaching end of the ICE vehicle without ever directly saying so.

Manufacturing electric vehicle reality.  Within the last year, Normals have made their opinion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) unmistakably clear: they don't want them, can't afford them, and won't buy them.  Economic reality has reared its ugly head and cost Ford billions in EV losses in 2023 and projects $5 billion in losses for 2024, $132,000 for each EV made.  Even for a corporation like Ford, that's real money, and they're cutting EV production plans in half.  Chevy is "pausing" their EV plans, and with the possible exception of Tesla, other EV makers are in dire financial straits.  EVs are too expensive to insure, which is driving up rates for ICE vehicles.  Minor damage can total an EV, and Hertz has all but abandoned its huge investment in EVs because no one wants to rent them.  They're flooding the used market, but no one wants to buy a used EV either.  Only about the top 7% of Americans in income buy new EVs, which now average well over $60,000.  The average age of EVs is now 3.8 years, a decline from the past.  Americans who intend to buy EVs pretty much already have.

Rental EVs:  Such a Painful Experience, It Hertz.  It was cutting-edge, green-as-all-get-out, ahead of the curve, and wicked cool for bragging rights while it lasted, which wasn't very long.  Rental car giant Hertz is still dealing with the aftermath of its badly executed 2021 decision to go all-in on an Electric Vehicle fleet. [...] Part of the problem with rental EVs are things we've discussed over and over again here but compounded by the fact that you're in an unfamiliar place, often with deadlines to be somewhere.  Maybe you have a flight to catch at a certain time or a meeting you're leaving directly for after you pick up the car.  Bad enough that Hertz never built a charging infrastructure at their own offices — you don't have time to hunt down a charging station in a strange city, nor does anyone really want to be wandering the streets at zero-dark-thirty praying they find one.

Americans remain sour on electric vehicles.  When asked why they would not purchase an EV, the major reasons cited by Americans also remain almost unchanged over the past year.  In 2023, 60 percent of Americans said a major reason they are unwilling to buy an EV was "the cost of a new electric vehicle is too high."  This year, 59 percent said the same thing.  In 2023, 39 percent said a major reason was EVs take "too long to charge."  This year, 38 percent named this as a major reason.  Among the other major reasons, 47 percent say "the range on an electric vehicle is not far enough," 39 percent say they simply "prefer a gas engine vehicle," and 38 percent say they "don't know of any charging stations nearby."  Although many on the far Left probably balk at these reasons, they would be wise to at least try to understand the trepidation most Americans have towards EVs.

Biden admin to distribute almost $900 million to replacing gas school buses with electric.  The Biden administration is set to distribute nearly $900 million in federal grants to schools nationwide as part of an initiative to replace gas-powered school buses with electric models, promoting cleaner energy and decarbonization.  This program is part of the Biden administration's broader efforts to upgrade the infrastructure at public schools and reduce pollution from outdated school buses.  The Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency's 2023 Clean School Bus Program aims to help school districts purchase over 3,400 clean school buses, with 92% being electric, supporting the transition to zero-emission vehicles.

EV Mandates and Copper Mining Bans Are Mutually Exclusive.  As global governments push for a rapid transition to electric vehicles and to wind and solar power, they are creating a demand for copper that threatens to undermine the very goals they seek to achieve.  According to a recent International Energy Forum report, electrifying the global vehicle fleet would require the opening of 55% more new copper mines than are already needed, and twice the total amount of copper that has ever been mined throughout human history over the next three decades.  Global demand for copper is expected to double by 2035.

The Cancellation of Liberty.  Supply chain disruptions were one aspect of the post-COVID chaos the world was subjected to.  Politicians were gobsmacked to learn that shutting down the global economy caused markets to function erratically.  They believed that markets operate at their pleasure. [...] We live in an era in which American government has been grown into a monster that devours the treasure and liberty of its people.  If the government is of, by, and for the people, political factions have trained the monster to consume itself.  Sadly, many subscribe to the notion that no problem, existent or imagined, is too big or small for the government to solve.  An analyst at a conservative news outlet seemed disappointed that Secretary of Commerce Pete Buttigieg, didn't snap his fingers to solve the supply chain crisis.  The supply chain crisis was a result of poor government policy.  Why would anyone look to the government to solve it?

Still Want To Buy An EV?  You Better Watch This First.  If your dream is to own a car that can instantly turn into a flame-thrower, then go for it.  [Video clip]

The Wheels on an Electric Bus Need to Be Chocked and Other Things I Learned Today.  [Scroll down]  Buses are heavy, so it does make sense.  Some state regs are just for inspections or some if the bus is parked on a grade or out of the bus yard with the driver gone.  Even parking a school bus, particularly an expensive green electric one, is no longer as simple as "park," parking brake, and turning off the key.  Apparently, if you forget to throw chocks around the wheels, these buggers will roll on you.  And that's just for starters.

Infrastructure to support a 'zero emissions' electric trucking fleet comes with a $1 trillion price tag.  "We're facing an unfunded, $1 trillion mandate that carries enormous consequences for the American consumer."  At least that's what Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations President and CEO has to say about one D.C. diktat coming down from on high in particular, and that is the one mandating that the American trucking industry bend to EPA rules requiring all electric fleets and production lines. [...] And to make sure this is abundantly clear, this $1 trillion price tag isn't the total cost of a transition to "full electrification" of the trucking fleet in operation throughout the nation, this is just the cost for the necessary infrastructure (charging stations and chargers, grid network updates, etc.) [...] I don't know about you, but this Build Back Better Democrat economy has me about tapped out — insurance rates keep increasing for a service that doesn't benefit me at all, grocery prices are through the roof, utility prices keep surging, taxes are exorbitant and tyrannical, and the purchasing power of my dollar is waning into obscurity.

Electric car drivers face astronomical costs to replace tyres.  Electric car buyers should be aware of the "astronomical" costs required to regularly replace short-lived tyres, owners have warned.  Car lover Jim Bassett managed just 7,500 miles in his brand new Volkswagen ID.3 before being quoted more than £300 to replace the rear rubber.  The 80-year-old stumped up the cash after being told it was common practice for tyres on his rear-wheel model to degrade rapidly due to the weight of the vehicle.

E-bike battery fires [are] up 70 [percent] in 2023.  The number of e-bike battery fires, like the fire depicted in the footage above in Sutton, south London, has risen by 70 percent in a year, figures reveal.  Campaigners and insurers are calling for a crackdown on e-bike makers with tough new rules on batteries to protect public safety.  Fire crews responded to 70 percent more electric bike fires across the country in 2023 than the previous year.  In 2022, there were 158 fires linked to electric bikes — a number that had risen to 270 in 2023.

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The British press has the gift of redundancy.  The headline above made a statement, which was then essentially repeated in the first, third and fourth sentences.  Probably more, but that's as far as I read.

Houston Storm Reveals Downside of Forced Electrification.  We live in a world with more and more devices that require charging.  Nothing shows the downside of that better than the recent storm that hit Houston, where thousands of residents still lack power.  Houstonians with electric stoves can't cook, those with electric water heaters lack hot water — and those with electric cars can't charge them.  The range of an electric vehicle without electricity is zero.  But President Joe Biden's Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are requiring that, by 2032, 70% of new cars and 25% of new trucks sold will be electric.  Imagine the state that Houston would be in if the number of EVs on the road today met those standards.

New study:  Pedestrians three times as likely to be hit by an EV driver than a regular driver.  According to a new study out of the United Kingdom, drivers behind the wheel of electric vehicles/hybrid-electric ("E-HE") vehicles prove to be more than twice as likely to hit a pedestrian than drivers behind the wheel of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, overall.  But, when in urban settings, E-HE vehicles were "three times more dangerous" than ICE vehicles. [...] Just today I wrote an essay on a fire at a lithium battery storage facility in the border community of Otay Mesa in California — it's been burning for nine days, with no end in sight, consuming millions of gallons of water, and spewing noxious (and deadly) fumes into the air.  E.V.s release 1,850 [times] more particle pollution than ICE vehicles, largely due to the extra weight, and therefore extra stress on brakes and tires.  In another report released yesterday by Brian Sussman at WND, we learned that the E.V.s "possess the potential to stretch the grid to the breaking point."  (Well isn't that just swell.)  The entire mining industry for the rare earth minerals required to power E.V.s relies on human slavery, much of it child slavery, and leaves utter wastelands in the environment:  [Tweet]

The Real Carbon Footprint of Electric Cars:  Part 1.  The real carbon footprint of electric cars is far greater than we have been told, even greater than the carbon footprint of gasoline cars.  This is because the current method of calculating their carbon footprint doesn't consider all the steps needed to build, fuel, and operate an electric car.  All these steps have enormous carbon footprints.  As proof, we will review the carbon footprint of surface mining, seafloor mining, generating electricity, distributing electricity, building an electric car, installing electric charging stations, and environmental consequences.  Keep in mind that all the above will be ongoing for many years.  For instance, opening new surface mines and maintaining old surface mines will continue for many years.

What happened to the electric car revolution?  China is often characterised as a copycat when it comes to industry and technology but in one way it has proved to be a pioneer.  It was China which saw the first boom in electric cars — and it was China that was the first to suffer when demand for them collapsed.  The vast graveyards of unsold vehicles found in Hangzhou and other Chinese cities are the result of a huge, subsidised push to manufacture electric vehicles, demand for which has never caught up with supply.  Ride-share services bought the vehicles — in a rerun of the great cycle-share fiasco of 2018, which led to piles of unused and unwanted bikes.  But private buyers have been notably less keen.  Where China leads, the rest of the world seems doomed to follow.  With China's manufacturers struggling to sell their electric cars at home, last year they started shipping them in large numbers to Europe — where many are now accumulating in ports at Rotterdam and Antwerp.  The window in which to sell them may prove small, as the EU is considering measures to prevent the 'dumping' of cheap Chinese cars in Europe.

About those 'all electric' 'zero emissions' fire trucks.  They have diesel engines.  When Albuquerque announced plans to acquire a new fire engine, New Mexico's governor lauded the "zero emissions" technology while a fire department spokesman called it "all electric" and KRQE 13 gushed about the "fully electric" fire truck.  San Diego's NBC 7 reported on what it called that city's first "all electric fire apparatus."  When the electric fire engine debuted in Portland, NBC's KGW 8 quoted a fire department spokesman lauding the "monumental" "zero emissions" vehicle.  When an electric fire truck came to Gilbert, Arizona, FOX 10 quoted the fire chief saying that "There's no cancer coming out of the tail pipe and I say it that way because diesel particulates are a contributor for cancers."  Viewers could be forgiven for thinking that the new fire trucks were all electric and zero emissions.  They'd be wrong.  All the fire trucks also have a diesel engine and a tailpipe releases those "cancer-causing particulates."

Biden's Climate Agenda Is Running Headfirst Into A Wall Of His Own Making.  President Joe Biden's administration unveiled tariffs this week aimed at boosting domestic production of green energy technology, but the move could end up hamstringing his larger climate goals.  The tariffs announced on Tuesday quadruple levies for Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) to 100% and raise rates for certain Chinese green energy and EV components like minerals and batteries.  Biden has made the transition to green energy and EVs a key part of his climate agenda, but hiking tariffs on those products to help U.S. manufacturing could jack up prices on the already costly products, slowing adoption by struggling Americans, according to experts who spoke to the DCNF.  The risks posed by hiking levies on green technology expose the inherent tension between Biden's climate agenda and his efforts to protect American industry, which often struggles to compete with cheap foreign labor.  Items on his climate agenda typically raise costs, and requiring companies to comply could make them uncompetitive on the world stage.

Fire breaks out at a lithium battery storage facility, firefighters contain the blaze, then it sparks itself again.  As long as lithium ion battery plants spontaneously combust and spew clouds of poisonous chemicals into the air, I don't ever want to hear a progressive Democrat — voter, pundit, or politician — lecture me on the wildfires and "climate change" crises they swear are caused by my use of modest personal amenities. [...] In fact, the blaze was entirely predictable, because this was a warehouse of lithium-ion batteries, and lithium is highly flammable.  That's like saying no one could ever predict that a neighborhood meth lab might explode, or improperly stored ammonium nitrate at a fertilizer plant would also be a combustion hazard — when you're dealing with extremely volatile compounds, there's great risk involved, notwithstanding any propaganda that aims to diminish a particular fire hazard because there's a "clean" energy communistic political agenda at play.

The EV battery 'catch-22'.  While setting aggressive goals for electric vehicle market share, the Biden administration also wants tariffs and or restrictions on the importation of vehicles and the minerals needed for their batteries — creating heightened concerns over supply chains in what can be described as a "Catch-22" situation.  Solutions to some of the problems include battery recycling and increased domestic mining, however, the U.S. is currently limited in its capacity for both.  Federal funds are spurring new recycling plant projects, but questions remain on whether there will be enough used material to meet projected needs.

Enviromoonbat Conundrum:  Lithium From Fracking.  Great news for enviromoonbats: a new source has been found for the lithium that is required in massive quantities for the glorified golf carts they want to force us into.  Now the bad news:  it comes from fracking wastewater. [...] Fracking provides clean and cheap natural gas, but possibly due to its effectiveness, it is haram in the liberal religion.  Nuclear energy provides affordable electricity without allegedly harmful carbon emissions.  Liberals oppose it, because it too is haram.  Whether our moonbat overlords will exploit the Marcellus Shale is doubtful.

Hertz's used EVs prove to be 'glitchy, damaged nightmares' for new owners.  Allow me to provide a brief timeline of events, for context's sake.  In 2021, Hertz announced that by 2024, 25% of its rental fleet would consist of electric vehicles; with this in mind, the company also announced that it would be purchasing 100,000 Teslas by 2022.  In November of 2023, news emerged that Hertz was nowhere near attaining its ambitious goals, and the onboarding of E.V.s into the fleet would be slower than originally planned, because of astronomical repairs costs and price cuts in the E.V. industry.  In January of this year, it looked like Hertz had reneged altogether when the company started selling off its E.V.s in a fire sale, with the intention of purchasing... more gas-powered vehicles.  By March, the CEO who was largely responsible for the debacle resigned in disgrace.

Mercedes and Volkswagen ditch their EV ambitions!  Well, the initial slow drip of auto manufacturers walking away from their foolish EV promises has now turned into a flood.  Almost every week, you read of yet another automaker desperately backtracking on their electrification plans as the market dries up and sales plummet.  The latest car makers to cave and back away from these mad electrification plans are Volkswagen and Mercedes, who have hedged their bets with more hybrids, allowing production of internal combustion engines to continue.  [Video clip]

Electric Cars Are Driven the Least While Costing the Most.  When comparing how people use gasoline, hybrid, and electric vehicles, 3-year-old gas cars are driven 12,813 miles a year while EVs are driven 20 percent less, or 10,256 miles.  Plug-in hybrids are driven 12,199 miles, or 4.8 percent less than gasoline cars, while standard hybrids are driven 12,471 miles, or 2.7 percent less than gasoline models.  "Range anxiety and charging infrastructure are top-of-mind for EV drivers, and those factors likely limit how far owners will drive them," said Karl Brauer, iSeeCars Executive Analyst.  "Hybrids and plug-in hybrids, where all-electric battery range is limited but range anxiety isn't a factor, are driven only slightly less than gasoline cars, as reflected in their similar yearly mileage."

What has Biden accomplished in his presidency?  Devastation.  Biden and his sycophants in the media sing his praises on a daily basis, pretending he has been an effective president.  In fact, all he has accomplished is desecration on every level. [...] The administration and its propagandists in the media pretend that wind and solar are viable.  They are not.  They can only provide 4% of what is needed.  EVs are proving to be a disaster as well.  There are not now, nor will there likely be any time soon, enough electricity to charge the EVs the left demands we buy.  Green energy is a pipe dream and/or a plot to keep us imprisoned in 15 minute cities, no cars allowed.  That is their ultimate plan:  We will own nothing and like it.  They want travel restricted for all but themselves, the self-appointed elites.  They are working on restricting meat, for us, but not for them, of course.

EV charging stations become prime target for copper thieves.  [Scroll down]  "Pretty inconvenient" basically sums up the entire E.V. experience.  They don't work when it's too "cold," and in fact you can't even charge them if the temperatures get low enough, like they did in Chicago this past winter; they don't work when it gets too hot, and become a "thermal runaway" spontaneous combustion risk; optimal performance only occurs in a limited temperature range, outside of which means "precipitous decline" in the vehicle's performance; they're not intuitive designs, which leads to more wrecks (proportionally) than gas cars; repairs costs are higher, and given the higher rate of collision (again, proportionally), insurance costs are increased; if the stars align, charging takes around a half-hour, which is far longer than the 5-minute-fill-up of an gas car; charging stations are few and far between, and far too often they're out of order; and now, you might pull in for a charge and the cables could just be... gone?

The Costs and Logistics of Plugging In EVs Are About to Become Supercharged.  U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm gave Americans an unintended glimpse of the future during her road trip this summer touting the wonders of electric vehicles.  Far from spotlighting the promise of EVs, her public relations misadventure in Georgia involved one of her staff in a gasoline-powered vehicle blocking off a coveted charger in advance of her arrival, leading to frayed tempers and a local EV owner calling the cops.  It was an illustration of the challenges drivers could face as governments push the public to embrace plug-in vehicles.  Hyped as technological marvels, EVs are boobytrapped with a host of inconveniences and tradeoffs.  By now many people have heard about range anxiety, exploding lithium-ion batteries, and the environmental destruction caused by global mining for battery minerals.

Trucking industry firm finds a transition to 'electric' semis hikes operating costs as much as 114%.  What would it look like for you and your family to pay even more than what you're already paying at the grocery store check-out line? (Grocery prices have increased more than 30% since Joe Biden took office.) What about at the gas pump?  Anything you buy online that is then shipped to your home?  Now, the cost-of-living crisis is already a debilitating burden for countless Americans, but as bad as it is now, it's fixing to get a whole lot worse if the forced transition to electric vehicles continues; those mandates and regulations don't just apply to personal vehicles, but also the 18-wheelers that transport so much of what we consumers buy.  Because[,] according to a new report out from Ryder, a leading trucking industry firm, "transitioning" these diesel trucks to electric semis raises operating costs by as much as 114%.

The electric car carnage has only just begun.  Rewind only a couple of years, and electric cars were the future.  Yet this week, it has emerged that Ford will have to dramatically limit the supply of petrol cars to avoid paying huge fines for not selling enough of them.  The fear must now be that the electric car carnage has only just begun — with Net Zero turning into a sledgehammer for the deindustrialisation of the West, and China the only clear winner.  As with so much of the legislation passed during the last five years, setting a quota for the percentage of EVs companies had to sell probably seemed like a good idea at the time.  Manufacturers now have to ensure that 22 [percent] of the cars they shift off the forecourt are battery powered, rising steadily to 80 [percent] by the end of this decade, and 100 [percent] by 2035.  If they don't hit their quota, the senior executives will get ten years hard labour in Siberia (well, actually it is a fine of up to £15,000 per vehicle, but it nonetheless feels extremely draconian).  Like Soviet planners in the 1950s, the architects of this legislation presumably assumed that all you had to do was set a target and everything would fall into place.

$7.5 Billion for Seven EV Chargers.  Capitalists countries are conspicuously wealthier than socialist countries because the free market allocates resources vastly more efficiently than coercive bureauweenies.  For example:  ["]The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by Biden in November 2021, allocated $7.5 billion for EV charging, the Washington Post writes.  Of this amount, $5 billion went to states as "formula funding" for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program to establish a network of fast chargers along major highways.  Today, there's seven chargers with a total of just 38 parking spots.["]  Total value to taxpayers:  virtually nil.

California Will Make Everyone Pay For EVs Whether They Own One or Not.  California Democrats are frustrated by many of their consumers.  No matter how much they plead, whine, and cajole, people simply aren't buying electric vehicles in the numbers the state is demanding.  And progress in getting charging stations up and running is far behind schedule.  Also, all of the electrical power being flushed into these systems is expensive.  But don't worry about any of that.  Gavin Newsom and the Democrats have a plan to address all of these woes.  In order to subsidize the cost of electric vehicles and encourage more people to buy them, they're going to tack on a monthly subsidy charge to everyone's utility bills.  That's right... people who either don't want or can't afford an electric vehicle will be paying for the costs imposed by the minority of people who do.  They will also be subsidizing conversions to electrical household appliances like stoves.

Middle-Class Californians Set To Pay Electricity Premium As State Makes Electric Car Push.  Millions of middle-class California households are poised to pay an extra $24 per month for electricity, regardless of how much electricity they use.  Regulators are hoping this utility billing policy will rescue their agenda to move everyone to electric cars and appliances by redistributing the massive costs of the state's electric grid so utilities can lower their usage rates.  But critics say the income-based premium will likely further hike utility costs for millions of Californians — nearly one-fifth of whom are already behind in paying their bills after household electricity rates almost doubled in the last decade — and likely won't do much to cut the state's sky-high electricity rates.  The premiums are supposed to subsidize lower-income household electricity costs, which will be reduced by 5 cents to 7 cents per kilowatt hour, in a bid to make charging EVs and using electric heaters and appliances cheaper.

Concerns Mount Over Exploding Electric Vehicles.  [Scroll down]  EV battery explosions can occur very quickly, triggering the release of highly toxic gases.  When they roar into thermal overdrive, they create very high temperatures and are very difficult to extinguish.  The explosion can occur after almost any collision, or be due to a fault in the initial manufacture.  The fire often takes hours to control and it can reignited days after it was thought to be out.  With Net Zero fanatics desperate to drive ICE cars off the road in short order, EVs are the only mass private transport solution offered.  Many of the issues, including safety, that make them an inferior product compared to petrol-powered combustion cars are often ignored.

How to lose billions on EVs.  Ford has possibly, belatedly, realized EVs aren't going to be the future.  As the average EV costs more than $60,000, they're too expensive for most Americans.  The wealthy who buy EVs as greenie street cred have already bought all they want, depleting the market, and the EV charging doom loop is eternal.  Without a massive charging network across the country, widespread EV ownership is impossible.  But without widespread EV ownership there's no reason, financial or practical, to build chargers.  Neither EVs nor chargers are profitable without huge government subsidies, in effect, forcing people who don't want and can't afford EVs to subsidize them for the virtue-signaling wealthy.  Driving the doom loop are wind and solar mandates, which include forcing the closure of reliable coal and natural gas electric generation plants, with no plans to replace them with anything reliable.  We don't have enough generation capacity now, and should the public be forced into EVs, that problem will dramatically, immediately worsen, forcing rolling blackouts across America.

New Analysis Shows Just How Bad Electric Trucks Are For Business.  Converting America's medium- and heavy-duty trucks to electric vehicles (EV) in accordance with goals from the Biden administration would add massive costs to commercial trucking, according to a new analysis released Wednesday.  The cost to switch over to light-duty EVs like a transit van would equate to a 5% increase in costs per year while switching over medium- and heavy-duty trucks would add up to 114% in costs per year to already struggling businesses, according to a report from transportation and logistics company Ryder Systems.  The Biden administration, in an effort to facilitate a transition to EVs, finalized new emission standards in March that would require a huge number of heavy-duty vehicles to be electric or zero-emission by 2032 and has created a plan to roll out charging infrastructure across the country.

As If You Needed Another Reason to Stay Away From Electric Vehicles.  If you search the site for EVs or Electric Vehicles, you'll find every reason not to buy one, and thankfully, we're not the only ones pointing it out.  EV sales are lousy in the US, which has to be why Democrat states are looking to ban gas-powered cars.  They want you on an EV bus, a bicycle, walking, or better yet — living on an urban heat island confined to quarters.  If you live under that yoke, here's a reminder of why you need to make a change politically — if you still can.  EVs have a short shelf life compared to other vehicles.  Whatever the battery warranty is, that's it.  It's over.  No one is going to buy it used; it is almost worthless as a trade-in.  Given how much shorter this life span can be compared to a more affordable combustion engine vehicle (assuming you didn't crash your EV and have to scrap it sooner), you will need another car.  If you are an EV-tard, that'll mean another whole-vehicle carbon footprint before its time and a repeat of what you just went through.  If you buy a used EV and the car is over five years old (Don't do it!), You can expect to spend two to three times its value to replace the battery pack, which has been losing range rapidly since you bought it.  You might get a few years out of it.  In other words, never buy a used EV.  Just don't do it.

EV Hell continues:  Crash victims might have to be "left to die", Hertz dumps another 10,000 cars.  [Scroll down]  Hertz, meanwhile, has realized that dumping 20,000 electric cars in January was not enough, and it has to offload another 10,000 electric cars, which now amounts to half its EV fleet.  And then comes the news that there might be a secondhand "timebomb" coming at the eight year mark when most EV battery warranties run out and cars will become "impossible to sell".  As if that's not enough, this week the fire and rescue experts in NSW are warning in the politest possible way, that they might have to do a "tactical disengagement" of a car accident victim, which means leaving them to die in an EV fire if the battery looks likely to explode.  They say that first responders need more training, as if this can be solved with a certificate, but the dark truth is that they're talking about training the firemen and the truck drivers to recognize when they have to abandon the rescue.

EVs Are 63 Percent More Expensive Per 1,000 Miles Driven Annually Compared to Gas-Powered Cars:  Study.  A recent study has found that electric vehicles (EVs) cost 63.6 percent more per 1,000 miles driven each year compared to gas-powered cars due to the combination of their higher prices and lower average usage.  Conducted by car research website iSeeCars, this study revealed that EVs are driven 20 percent less than traditional, internal-combustion vehicles.  Although hybrids and plug-in hybrids were also both found to be driven less than gas-powered cars, the difference in usage was much smaller, coming in at just 2.7 and 4.8 percent respectively.  According to the calculations provided in the report, EVs cost an average of $5,108 per 1,000 miles driven annually, compared to $4,351 for plug-in hybrids, $3,056 for hybrids, and $3,123 for gas-powered cars.

Red state taxpayers at risk of becoming latest victims of electric vehicle gambles.  Taxpayers could be on the hook if electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian fails to resume progress on its multi-billion dollar Georgia plant.  Rivian announced on March 7 that it would be pausing construction on its $5 billion manufacturing plant that is supposed to be built just east of Atlanta, Georgia, worrying lawmakers and taxpayers in the state that the plant may never be built.  However, local authorities had given the company up to $1.5 billion in subsidies and tax incentives with the expectation that Rivian would bring in jobs and tax revenue.  Despite the pause, Rivian has ensured Georgia officials that it is not abandoning the project and that it remains committed to complying with both environmental regulations and the contractual agreements that were previously agreed to.

Tesla Running Low on Charge.  Elon's big grift is in trouble.  His electric vehicle (EV) operation — which allowed car manufacturers to "offset" their carbon footprints by purchasing "credits" from Elon in lieu of making EVs themselves — had been priced with the expectation that the government would make a "market" for battery powered vehicles.  But Tesla's stock just lost about 40 percent of its value.  The reason why is both ironic and delicious.  The de facto EV production mandates (only EVs qualify as so-called "zero emissions" vehicles, never mind the "emissions" they cause would be "emitted" elsewhere) that made Tesla the highest-valued vehicle manufacturer on the planet served to prod the manufacture of battery powered devices by every other vehicle manufacturer.  Once other vehicle manufacturers began manufacturing their own devices they no longer needed to pay Tesla for "credit" to "offset" the "zero emissions" vehicles they hadn't been manufacturing.

One Of The Biggest Energy Policy Blunders We've Ever Made.  Energy experts in the US are warning about numerous potential issues for electric vehicles, including affordability, range, weather, infrastructure, and economic concerns, even as the government and car companies increasingly push them on Americans[.]  Bryan Dean Wright, former CIA operations officer and host of the podcast "The Wright Report," told Fox News Digital that American society has shifted to EVs largely because some people are "just so hell-bent on making sure that this transition happens, even if that means wrecking the economy, in terms of electricity, its reliability, the grid, getting brownouts or blackouts or economic wreckage by people who otherwise can't afford these new vehicles."  "That cost is being shouldered by buyers and car companies by raising the price of gas-powered vehicles, [which] is basically just a direct wealth transfer, just paying for EV subsidies and that will grow over time, if we continue to keep this regime in place," Brent Bennett, a policy director for Life:Powered, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, told Fox News Digital.

Washing away the Climate Lunatics.  Another political disaster has befallen the western European governments that had rolled over like poodles in front of the climate change alarmists:  once they had fully committed themselves to the boondoggle of electric vehicles (EV's), and forced the powerful automobile industries of Germany, France, and Italy into conversion of gas powered vehicles to EV's, sales of EV's plummeted after the customary faddish start, just as much cheaper Chinese EV's flooded into Europe.  Germany and Italy forced the European Union into delaying its ill-considered ban on internal combustion engine vehicles past 2035. Those who jubilantly imagined that Europe would commit industrial suicide by destroying its own automobile industry, will have to revise their plans.  There are now thousands of cheap Chinese EV's parked at the main ports of Europe with no buyers in sight.

EVs could become impossible to sell on because battery guarantees won't last.  Money Mail can today reveal a timebomb looming in the second-hand market for electric vehicles (EVs).  Our investigation found that many EVs could become almost impossible to resell because of their limited battery life.  Experts said that the average EV battery guarantee lasts just eight years.  After this time, the battery may lose power more quickly and so reduce mileage between charges.  Many EVs will lose up to 12 per cent of their charge capacity by six years.  Some may lose even more.  Yet the cost of replacing an EV battery is astonishingly high, our research found.

EV Battery Timebomb.  The upshot would appear to be that the secondhand EV market is already dying on its feet.  Battery degradation starts from an EV being new anyway.  Fast charging accelerates the loss of an EV's battery.  And all those people without a garage and trying to charge their EVs outside will find the range reduced anyway.

Governments Cannot Change the Automobile Market.  [Scroll down]  Conversely, what finally killed electric cars were three developments that catapulted the internal combustion engine into the hearts and pocketbooks of Americans.  Ford's introduction of the mass-production assembly line for the Model T allowed his cars to sell for half the price of electrics.  Less well-remembered is the Reeves brothers' invention of the muffler, which made noise levels acceptable.  And most important and unsung, Charles Kettering figured out how to get the best of both technologies under one hood, by putting a lead-acid battery and electric starter in gas-powered cars.  By 1919 virtually all cars had electric starters, even cheap Model Ts — no more hand cranking.  That combined the ease and convenience of electric cars with the range, speed, and flexibility of gas cars.  Improvement of highways in the 1920s further expanded travel distances and helped bury the electric car market, as did discoveries of large oil fields that made gasoline affordable and available everywhere.

Canada's first electric fire truck was in service less than a month before it needed repairs.  Vancouver's brand-new, $1.8-million fire truck was in service for less than a month before it was sidelined for repairs.  CTV News has learned the all-electric Rosenbauer RTX has a leaky water tank.  Vancouver Fire Rescue Services spokesperson Matthew Trudeau confirms the repair work involves the vehicle's water tank, but none of the electrical or battery systems, and the cost of the work is covered by the manufacturer, Rosenbauer.  Trudeau says the vehicle was in service from Dec. 4, 2023, to Jan. 2, 2024, and has been out of service ever since.

Where did he get $45 million?
Inslee rolls out $45 million in subsidies for electric vehicles.  One strategy for state officials looking to transition Washington's transportation sector to electric vehicles is by subsidizing them with taxpayer dollars.  This week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced $45 million in subsidies through a Department of Commerce grant program for families deemed "low-income" to purchase an EV.  "Washingtonians really get it when it comes to electric vehicles," Inslee said at a Wednesday news conference in Tukwila.  The program provides up to $9,000 for families to lease an EV, or $5,000 to purchase one.  The grant program allows them to purchase either new or used EVs.  The funding would be available to those who make 300% of the federal poverty level or less.

The Editor says...
Why would anyone encourage a "low-income" car buyer to get a $50,000 (or more) electric car?  This isn't a good time to be in debt and the car will probably depreciate faster than such a buyer can pay it off.

With more than half the market share, Tesla's difficulties show the entire EV market is in trouble.  Tesla has certainly seen better days.  In 2023, Tesla sold 55% of the EVs in America, far ahead of the second-place EV seller, Ford, which sold 6% of the total EVs sold.  This makes Tesla a barometer by which much of the entire market can be measured.  Experts say that some of Tesla's difficulties are a result of how Tesla is run, but some of the problems are systemic to the industry as a whole.  On Tuesday, Tesla reported a 9% drop in revenue in the first quarter, which was the largest drop the company had seen since 2012. Net income dropped 55% to $1.13 billion from a year ago, which was an even bigger drop than was seen during the 2020 pandemic.  It was also below analysts' consensus estimates, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Ford lost $132,000 on each electric vehicle it sold in the first quarter 2024.  Ford announced Wednesday losses of $1.32 billion on its Ford Model-e sector, which represents the company's electric vehicle business.  With 10,000 units sold, the company lost $132,000 on each EV it sold.  In the fourth quarter of 2023, the company sold 34,000 units in its Model-e business, which produced $1.57 billion in losses, or roughly $46,176 on each EV sold.  "The company expects EV costs to improve going forward, but be offset by top-line pressure," the company said in a press release.  The company's other sectors, which includes its Ford Pro fleet business and Ford Blue gas-powered and hybrid vehicle business, made up for the losses on its EV lines.

10 reasons not to buy an electric car.  [#2] They're more expensive than you think.  If you're thinking about buying an electric car ... you have to look at the full costs.  The first thing you're gonna do is [ask], "What's the payment?  Oh, ok, I think I can afford that, especially with all these incentives."  [But these incentives] are now only for 12 cars, that's it.  Because they kept changing their regulations and they're gonna make them even stricter.  Right now we have 12 cars that qualify, and not all the Teslas even qualify, only the high-performance versions do. [...] The insurance is twice as much or close to twice as much [as] a regular gasoline-powered car.  The tires wear out quicker because these are heavier, they're low-rolling resistant and run-flat tires.  They're not $100 a tire, they're $400 a tire, and they wear out about every 10,000 miles.  Of course, no one talks about that ... but it's important that you look at all the true cost of owning a vehicle.

Have we passed peak electric car?  This week I got rid of my electric car.  As a car, it was a pleasure to drive.  I also enjoyed the fact that it disconcerted at least some of my liberal friends who would not naturally associate me with such a "progressive" consumer choice.  But the downsides, as increasing numbers of people are realising, began to outweigh the advantages.  The reasons are familiar.  The overclaiming by the manufacturers on range in normal traffic conditions, the problems of finding chargers outside London.  On top of all this, the favourable tax treatment of electric vehicles is gradually being withdrawn, right down to the discounts on residents' parking spaces.  At the end of last year, Germany abandoned, almost without warning, the €4,500 subsidy to electric cars.  It was therefore no surprise to read that in March the sales there fell by 29 percent compared to the same month a year ago.  More general evidence that the electric market is contracting is shown by the fact that Tesla, the biggest seller in many countries, announced that it is laying off 14,000 workers, 10 percent of its labour force.

EV News More #Sadz Than Happy.  Of course, that makes me happy, but that's neither here nor there.  I'm only happy because I love to see something being shoved down our collective throats rejected and fail so spectacularly -- worldwide, no less - that the frustration and teeth gnashing of those who would rule our every waking moment is palpable. [...] No one has forty minutes to sit while a vehicle only charges enough to go less than 100 miles. [...] Canadians, whose lunatic Prime Minister has been on a NetZero tear (besides everything else he's been doing to ruin the country), are in a state of rebellion as far as EV mandates for the Frozen Tundra of the Canadian North.  They're just saying "no" and in droves, which is driving the Green Fidelito bonkers.

The West's electric car giants now risk destroying themselves.  For an industry built on the quiet purr of its expensive technology, the sound of the electric car market screeching to a halt is too loud not to be heard.  The ensuing pile-up threatens to turn into a battle for survival — the car industry's equivalent of the Hunger Games that some of the biggest names may not walk away from.  The dynamics are very simple.  It is a classic case of supply greatly exceeding demand, in this instance brought about by politicians and regulators determined to impose arbitrary deadlines on carmakers regardless of whether they are realistic and without any consideration for the wider fallout.  It is further evidence, if any was needed, of the wrong-headed pursuit of net zero at all costs.  Almost eight in 10 new electric cars are now being sold at a discount as demand stalls — a sharp increase on just over half a year ago.  And while a similar proportion of petrol cars are experiencing price cuts, electric vehicle (EV) prices are being cut more sharply.

The EU's war on cars is destroying its economic foundations.  In a fit of self-loathing, the European Union has begun to destroy the economic engine that pays its bills.  Some of this is well known, but some is not, and it will astonish you.  Only nine of the EU's 27 member states are net budget contributors, and Germany pays the most — around €25 [billion] (£22 [billion]) in 2021.  Without the generosity of the Bundesrepublik, the European Commission would struggle to keep the lights on at the Berlaymont.  In turn, that wealth comes from its manufacturing industry.  Specifically, from strong global demand for the German vehicles which account for almost three-fifths of Europe's car exports. [...] But what is little known is how specific and vindictive the EU has become in its attack on the car.  For this is not actually a war on the combustion engine, so much as a war on personal mobility.  The EU has relaxed its dogmatic insistence on alternative hydrocarbons for maritime and aviation — but not for road vehicles.

Biden's EV mandate: a dictatorial attack on the American driver and the US grid.  The EPA has finalized new pollution standards so restrictive that in order to comply, car manufacturers will have to sell 56% EVs by 2032, plus at least 13% plug-in hybrid or other partially electric cars, as well as more fuel-efficient gasoline-powered cars.  EPA's pollution standards, which constitute a de facto mandate of >50% EVs, are a revision of earlier, even stricter standards, which would have mandated >67% EVs — but don't be fooled.  This rule is still an existential threat to driving in America and to the American grid.

Tesla In Turmoil: The EV Meltdown In 10 Charts.  In 2014, Tony Seba, an author and lecturer in "entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy" at Stanford University, declared, "By 2025, gasoline engine cars will be unable to compete with electric vehicles."  He continued, claiming that internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles "are toast."  In a 14-page presentation called "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation," that was subtitled, "How Silicon Valley is making oil, nuclear, natural gas, coal, electric utilities and conventional cars obsolete — by 2030," Seba claimed "solar, wind, electric vehicles, and autonomous (self-driving) cars will disrupt and sweep away the energy industry as we know it."  He also declared that "Transportation will never be the same again" and that "energy and transportation as we know it today will be history by 2030."  A decade later, Seba's predictions look rather, um, optimistic.

Could EVs Compete In A True Free Market?  It seems we've reached "peak EV," with sales in trouble and assembly line workers losing their jobs.  The hard truth is electric vehicle sales would have never reached the level they have if the government had not trespassed into private matters.  The EV troubles are all around.  Sales are slowing.  Unsold cars have piled up in lots.  Surveys plainly indicate that fewer Americans want them.  In response to dramatically slowing sales, Ford announced last fall that it was delaying $12 billion in EV investments.  Which should surprise no one, considering that the company lost nearly $73,000 on each EV it sold in the second quarter of 2023.  At roughly the same time, General Motors walked away from its EV strategy.  Mercedes was excited about its new EVs just a few months back but learned that customers weren't thrilled about about them.  Earlier this year Hertz decided it would dump as many as 20,000 of its EVs.  Now Tesla is laying off 10% of its global workforce, meaning around 14,000 former employees will be looking for new jobs.

Tesla Halts All Cybertruck Deliveries After Video Goes Viral Showing How Accelerator Pedal Gets Stuck At Full Throttle.  Tesla has reportedly paused all Cybertruck deliveries as customers have complained of a potentially fatal flaw with the electric vehicle's accelerator pedal.  According to mulitple reports on social media, including in the Cybertruck Owners' Club forum, customers of the once-highly coveted stainless steel Tesla truck have received messages from dealerships notifying them that their delivery appointments had been cancelled.  Many of the notices reportedly said that the latest shipments of the Cybertruck won't become available until after April 20 due to "unexpected delays," as earlier reported by the Daily Mail.  [Video clip]

More Than Two Dozen AGs Sue Biden Administration Over EV Mandate.  A coalition of 25 attorneys general led by Kentucky's Russell Coleman filed a lawsuit against an economy-commandeering Biden administration electric vehicle mandate Thursday.  In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new emissions demands for carmakers to reduce "fleetwide average carbon emissions" by 56 percent in eight years.  The regulations would require car manufacturers to sell more electric vehicles.  Daren Bakst, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center on Energy and Environment, called the new emissions rules "one of the most extreme rules ever finalized by a federal agency."

Is the global EV bubble bursting?  Elon Musk's announcement that Tesla will lay off ten percent of its workforce shocked many but it may be inline with figures that suggest the global demand for electronic vehicles is slumping across the world.  In the first quarter of 2024, the two biggest manufacturers of electronic vehicles, Tesla and its Chinese rival BYD reported dramatic sales drops compared against the same time last year.  BYD cut prices on its vehicles across China accompanied with a catchy slogan: 'Electricity is cheaper than oil,' in order to help stem the tide.

How Green Energy [and] EVs Actually Endanger America.  Consider some inescapable self-inflicted scenarios from hell that government "experts" never warned you about regarding utopian visions of carbon-free vehicles powered by friendly breezes and sunbeams.  So, imagine it's one of those warm, beautiful days when the first news breaks about a big hurricane or tropical storm heading your way.  You immediately begin thinking about stocking up on food supplies that don't require refrigeration and charging up your electric plug-in to get out of town in a hurry if necessary[,] just like, it seems, everyone else is doing.  Or maybe, with no warning, "poof," all power goes off because the grid is down for suspicious reasons no one fully understands or can inform you about.  As it turns out, a foreign adversary cyberattack precludes either of those previous options, plus an added problem.  Along with knocking out all power transformers, the malign hackers also took remote control of both autonomous and operator-controlled electric vehicles, jamming exit highways with colossal human and metal crash wreckage.  In both cases, it's already too late.

Report: Tesla to lay off 10% of its global workforce.  Tesla will lay off more than 10% of its global workforce, an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday shows, as it grapples with falling sales and an intensifying price war for electric vehicles.  The world's largest automaker by market value had 140,473 employees globally as of December 2023, its latest annual report shows.  The memo did not say how many jobs would be affected.  Some staff in California and Texas have already been notified of layoffs, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject.

Richard Hammond makes feelings clear on electric vehicles and predicts most cars will be petrol by 2050.  Richard Hammond has predicted that the majority of cars will be petrol by 2050, despite plans to massively expand electric vehicle sales in the coming years.  The former Top Gear host is one of the most well-known automotive experts and has frequently given his opinion on the future of vehicles.  [Video clip]

Even Senate Democrats Are Starting to Reject Biden's Radical Environmental Agenda.  Even some Senate Democrats are rejecting parts of Joe Biden's radical environmental agenda.  The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday voting down an important aspect of the Biden administration's efforts to force the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).  In a 53-47 vote, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Jon Tester of Montana joined Republicans in blocking a rule aimed at reducing the number of gas-powered cars on America's roads.  Independent Sen. Krysten Sinema also supported the measure.

Ford backs away from electric vehicles:  Americans just don't want EV's.  The fantasy of battery powered vehicles that also fix the weather was foisted upon the people by Big Government.  But all the regulatory wands in the world, and even billions in free gifts don't make a market appear when the product is a dog.  EV's are meant to be storming the market on their way to domination.  But in the UK the market share of EV's rose only $3.8% [sic] last month but the whole car market grew by 10% — so EV's are in danger of becoming a shrinking part of the UK car fleet.  Plug-in hybrids saw a 37 [percent] increase.  The EV experiment has gone so very wrong.  Last year Ford was the number 2 EV brand in the US, but it was hit with the $4.5 billion dollar black hole of fiscal carnage, losing $38,000 on every single EV.  Obviously, something had to change, and now months later, Ford is abandoning plans to bring in two new EV models, and retool their EV manufacturing plants.  Instead, it is shifting to hybrid vehicles — copying the Toyota plan.

Biden's Electric Vehicle 'Mandate' Might Just Be A Surprise Gift To China.  The Biden administration has put in place regulations that would require many Americans to adopt electric vehicles (EV) in the coming years despite U.S. companies struggling to produce the products, leading some experts to wonder if vehicles from China will be needed to meet current goals.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized emission standards in late March for light-duty vehicles that would effectively require 67% of new models sold to be electric or hybrid by the end of 2032 in hopes of speeding up an EV transition to reduce carbon emissions.  The regulations are in spite of sluggish American EV demand that has led to both concerning losses and slowdowns in production for automakers, with both Tesla and Rivian missing production expectations for the first quarter of 2024.

Electric vehicles.  Apart from the real and insurmountable problems all EVs have, Rivian's price structure is deadly.  The average EV price is $67,000.  The cheapest Rivian model starts at $70,000, which means a reasonably well-equipped Rivian approaches $100,000. Not many Americans, unless they're buying one for greenie street cred, and have all the conventionally powered vehicles they need, can afford that.  Rivian isn't alone:  ["]Fisker's stock plunged this week as investors worry about the company's ability to survive amid a cash crunch.  The auto company also said it would slash 15% of its workforce.["]  In its original incarnation, Fisker went bankrupt in 2013, disappearing the 529 million the Obama Administration "loaned" it, even though they knew Fisker was going under.  Fisker, in its former and current incarnations, made luxury vehicles most Americans couldn't remotely afford.  It appears Fisker is days, not months, from going under again.  General Motors has "postponed" its EV production plans, and 50% of Buick dealers have opted for buy-outs — they're going out of business — rather than invest in the equipment and training necessary to sell and service EVs.

GM Doesn't Tell the Truth About Electric Vehicles.  Dollar for dollar, subsidizing EVs for Americans is a subsidy to the rest of the world to use more fossil energy and cause more emissions, a reality that can't escape political notice forever.  Take Norway, portrayed in GM ads as EV heaven.  As a Morgan Stanley research note first observed two years ago, Norway has seen no decline in oil consumption related to EVs, though users receive thousands of dollars in annually recurring subsidies and EVs accounted at the time for 64% of new-car sales.  The reason is increased use and ownership of gas-powered cars, especially for trips that EVs aren't suited for.

About That Inevitable Transition to Electric Vehicles....  [Scroll down]  But there's a big difference between "slower growth," which is where EV sales have been for the last year or so, and "the end of the EV," which seems unlikely in the extreme.  So what is the truth?  What happens to EV sales in a market as big and as varied as the United States, with our widely different needs and wants, complicated by various federal and state mandates and incentives?  Would you believe that, even with Presidentish Joe Biden's Green New Deal Lite money and EPA mandates, EV adoption might top out at less than 30% of the new car market?  Or that it could be as low as just 13%?  The U.S Energy Information Administration published a study in 2023 looking at EV adoption rates, and maybe this chart will shock you as it did me.

Electric cars are out and petrol is in, just as it should be.  If you fancy a new petrol car, best buy it now, before it is too late.  It surely won't be long before car manufacturers start to admit that their UK sales operations are in serious trouble, leading some to start withdrawing from the UK market altogether.  Why?  Because since January car-makers have been under the zero emission vehicle mandate (ZEV), to make sure that at least 22 percent of the vehicles they sell are pure battery models — a proportion that will rise steadily until it reaches 80 percent by 2030.  If they fail to reach the target they could be fined £15,000 for every extra non-compliant vehicle they sell.  The trouble is, the proportion of sales made up by electric vehicles in March was only 15.2 percent, and it going in the wrong direction.  In March 2023, it was 16.2 percent.  It isn't hard to work out what is going to happen.  Unless there is a sudden pick up in interest in electric cars, manufacturers are going to find themselves in an impossible situation.

Behind EV Push, a Wealth Transfer From Red to Blue Regions.  President Joe Biden's new EV mandates will likely prove to be a sizable wealth transfer from rural red regions of America to urban blue sections, and to wealthy Democrats who reside in them, according to reports.  On March 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its tailpipe emissions rules for the auto industry starting in 2027.  These rules are the strictest in history and will effectively force carmakers to have one-third of new car sales be plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) by 2027 and more than two-thirds by 2032.  This represents a dramatic increase from current EV sales, which were about 8 percent of the new car market in 2023.  Climate activists cheered the EPA's move, with the Environmental Defense Fund calling it "a day to celebrate American achievement."  But critics say that the measures will be particularly punitive for huge segments of the U.S. population who don't want, can't use, or can't afford EVs.  If carmakers go along with President Biden's plan to shift their fleets to EVs, the cost of remaining gas-fired cars and trucks will likely escalate as demand dwarfs supply.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... and Trucks.  The Biden administration has announced in recent weeks new stringent emissions requirements for virtually the entire American transportation system.  The Environmental Protection Agency will mandate by the year 2035 that virtually every car made and sold in America must be an EV.  No more gas cars.  The New York Times comically declared that motorists don't have to worry because this "is not a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles."  Sure it isn't.  Today less than 2% of cars use the electric power grid for fuel.  So soon we will see 50 times more demand for electricity from autos.  Then the EPA announced new rules for trains in California to go electric — even as the Association of American Railroads has declared the mandate infeasible.  But wait.  The climate change lobby is just getting started.  There is now a new scheme to mandate that the long-haul trucking industry convert to electric battery operation from diesel fuel.  This is a technological and financial nightmare for our trucking industry.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... and Trucks.  The Biden administration has announced in recent weeks new stringent emissions requirements for virtually the entire American transportation system.  The Environmental Protection Agency will mandate by the year 2035 that virtually every car made and sold in America must be an EV.  No more gas cars.  The New York Times comically declared that motorists don't have to worry because this "is not a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles."  Sure it isn't.  Today less than 2% of cars use the electric power grid for fuel.  So soon we will see 50 times more demand for electricity from autos.  Then the EPA announced new rules for trains in California to go electric — even as the Association of American Railroads has declared the mandate infeasible.  But wait.  The climate change lobby is just getting started.  There is now a new scheme to mandate that the long-haul trucking industry convert to electric battery operation from diesel fuel.  This is a technological and financial nightmare for our trucking industry.

Tesla Stock Taking a Beating As Electric Vehicle Demand Plummets.  Tesla, Inc. stock took a hit Tuesday as the electric vehicle maker posted sales numbers showing their first year-over-year quarterly decline since 2020.  As of this writing, the stock is down five percent for the day, and it's tumbled 34 percent over the last six months.  The sales drop comes amidst increasing competition and a lowered customer appetite for EVs. [...] As Joe Biden and governors like California's Gavin Newsom try to shove electric cars down our throats, it's become increasingly clear that the general public isn't eager to jump aboard just yet.  They're expensive, can fail in cold weather, and aren't good for people who drive long distances because they need recharging.  For certain people, they're perfect for their lifestyle, but for others, they are definitely not ready for prime time.

Trump's First Job In 2025: Reverse Biden's EV Mandate.  Should Donald Trump be elected this fall, he should waste no time in reversing Joe Biden's electric vehicle mandate.  Biden not only overstepped his authority, he set the country directly on a course that will bring nothing but trouble.  Acting like the authoritarian that the Democrats and media claim that Donald Trump is, Biden, with a pen and maybe a phone, has ordered through his Environmental Protection Agency to issue a rule that will require Americans to replace their internal-combustion engine automobiles with battery-powered cars.  The rule doesn't require Americans to buy electric vehicles, nor does it directly outlaw the sale of automobiles that run on gasoline.  But in effect, it is a mandate and a ban.  Forcing the country into EVs is an egregious abuse of power by executive edict.  Biden's rule has been referred to, for good reason, as "a "crackdown on cars," a "bloodbath" for consumers, and an example of chutzpah.

Biden EPA's Electric Truck Mandate Is Truly Insane.  In their continuing quest to electrify the U.S. automotive fleet against the clear will of the American people, the zealots in the Biden administration rolled out their new requirements related to heavy trucks on Good Friday.  Amazingly, they did it in a way that will make the mandates even more expensive than the trillions of dollars their passenger car mandates will cost the American economy.  That's quite an accomplishment.  Biden's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating that 60% of urban delivery trucks and 25% of heavy rig sales become electric by 2032.  Never mind the overwhelming challenges achieving this goal faces in terms of infrastructure, manufacturing, and supply chains for equipment and critical energy minerals, the dogma of the global church of climate alarmism orders its true believers to "do something," and this is the something the EPA bureaucrats are choosing to do.

China's Abandoned, Obsolete Electric Cars Are Piling Up in Cities.  On the outskirts of the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a small dilapidated temple overlooks a graveyard of sorts: a series of fields where hundreds upon hundreds of electric cars have been abandoned among weeds and garbage.  Similar pools of unwanted battery-powered vehicles have sprouted up in at least half a dozen cities across China, though a few have been cleaned up.  In Hangzhou, some cars have been left for so long that plants are sprouting from their trunks.  Others were discarded in such a hurry that fluffy toys still sit on their dashboards.  The scenes recall the aftermath of the nation's bike-sharing crash in 2018, when tens of millions of bicycles ended up in rivers, ditches and disused parking lots after the rise and fall of startups backed by big tech such as Ofo and Mobike.

Corruption Is Treason.  When you look into it, it isn't because human activity can destroy the planet, but it does coincide quite nicely with the goals of the globalist/communists to maximize control over human activity.  The absurdity of their arguments, I thought, would keep them from achieving their goals, but I was mistaken.  The absurdity of their arguments only meant they had to enlist the governments and international organizations who rule over the people and buying off politicians and scientists is much easier to accomplish than convincing people that electric vehicles, powered by coal-fired power plants, somehow achieve zero emissions.  The one true clean energy is natural gas, but they are against that, too.  Why?  That's the question they are never able to answer.

Does this mean it's okay to mock Pete Buttigieg?
Pete Buttigieg mocks Americans who don't want electric cars.  Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg made fun of Americans who don't want to buy electric cars, claiming they're the same as people didn't want to adapt to cell phones in the 2000s.  It comes as at least eight states run by Democrats like Buttigieg are planning to ban non-electric vehicles by 2032.  Buttigieg was speaking on Fox News Tuesday afternoon when he was asked about a downturn in sales of Teslas and electric vehicles despite Biden's administration pushing them.

Pete Buttigieg Hates Your Car, but Mostly He Thinks You're an Idiot.  America's eminently mockable Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, went on national TV on Tuesday to mock Americans who find that electric cars don't suit their transportation needs.  "Sometimes, when these debates happen," the failed former mayor of South Bend, Ind. told Fox News, "I feel like it's the early 2000s and I'm talking to some people who think that we can just have landline phones forever."  Spoiler:  Nobody was saying that in the early 2000s.  Even before the iPhone came out in 2007 and changed phones forever, Americans were snapping up Nokias and Blackberries and wondering if we still needed our landlines at all.  As early as 2005, 69% of Americans already owned cell phones, which was pretty much the entire adult population.  Six percent of households had even given up their landlines.

Pete Buttigieg Given Brutal Reality Check After Using Faulty Analogy to Mock Americans.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg this week used a faulty analogy on Fox News to taunt Americans for refusing to buy overpriced, environmentally damaging electric vehicles.  But Americans on social media gave the inept and elitist Buttigieg a brutal reality check afterward.  Buttigieg was a guest on "America's Newsroom" with John Roberts and Sandra Smith when he embarrassed himself.  Roberts opened by telling Buttigieg about the collapsing Tesla sales and auto companies laying off large chunks of their workforces at electric plants.  He then pivoted to asking why the Biden regime continued to try to shove EVs down everyone's throats.  Buttigieg responded by spinning EV statistics before mocking Americans resistant to EVs being stuck in the past, comparing the situation to people who resisted the cell phone revolution in the early 2000s and wanted landline phones forever instead.

Biden's Next EV Mandate Is Out and It's Going to Break America.  Say goodbye to the trucking industry as we know it, and goodbye to the American economy, too.  You might have missed it on Good Friday — which you can be sure was no accident — when the Biden EPA released its new tailpipe rules for semi-trucks, but the new rules will destroy how we move goods around the country.  It seems like only two weeks ago that I told you about Presidentish Biden's new EPA regulations, coming into effect starting in 2027, that will force two-thirds of new car buyers into electric vehicles whether they want one or not.  The tailpipe rules will effectively outlaw most gas and diesel engines by requiring a near-impossible 52% reduction in emissions.  On the Good Friday News Dump, the EPA announced similar restrictions on semi-trucks, again starting in just three years, and the changes will require one of those "fundamental transformations" the Left is so fond of.

Everything in the name of climate change.  Years ago, Fidel Castro would often say everything we do is in the name of the revolution.  It was his way of justifying stupid decisions such as destroying the private sector, expropriating private property, and shutting down newspapers.  Everything was done in the name of the revolution.  Well, Fidel has a new disciple.  His name is Joe Biden, who apparently will do anything in the name of climate change.  The latest is electric trucks, those big machines who transport everything from coast to coast. [...] Do we have enough charging stations or batteries that can go a lot of miles?  I don't know, but shouldn't we figure that out first?  We remind you that electric trucks go about 170 miles on a charge.  They will require bigger and heavier batteries, which means they must carry lighter loads to avoid damaging roads.

The Biden Democrats are coming for your car and pickup truck.  Energy policies imposed by executive orders and burdensome regulations are on track to ruin the American economy.  In three years, Biden has driven up gasoline prices by 50%.  The Democrats plan to practically eliminate the production of gas-driven automobiles in the next ten years.  Ask any electrical engineer if our power grid can support all those EVs and you will get a quick "you got to be crazy" response.  Any auto worker in Michigan who votes for the Democrats in November is suicidal.  These are the worst economic policies since Jimmy Carter.

Biden's electric road to nowhere.  More than two years after President Joe Biden pledged to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the United States only seven are operational across four states.  The Washington Post reported Friday on the sluggish pace the allocated $7.5 billion in infrastructure funds have been put to use.  The bulk of the funds, $5 billion, are to go toward building fast chargers along major interstates — what's being called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure or NEVI program.  To satisfy the federal program's requirements, chargers must be built at least every 50 miles over major highway routes and be operational 97 percent of the time.  They also must take credit card payments and certain components must be made domestically.  Additionally, states must submit proposals to the Biden administration for approval, solicit bids for construction and then can award the funds.  So after the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was passed in November 2021, only seven charging stations are operational.

Joe Biden had $7.5 billion to spend on 500,000 EV charging stations.  He has built ... seven.  Way back in 2021, Joe Biden vowed to spend $7.5 billion of our taxpayer dollars to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.  The greenie future was just around the corner, he assured, soon everyone would be driving an electric vehicle, and the future was so bright, we'd have to wear shades.  Now that his term is ending, how's that going? [...] Seems his call to leave it to him to turn our economy green isn't working out quite like he thought it would work out.  It's like the shovel-ready jobs promised by President Obama early in his term that he eventually admitted never quite panned out like he thought it would?  Now Joe Biden has "toppped" that Obama failure with his electric vehicle charging stations scheme, making his promises even more empty than Obama's.

Biden admin cracks down on gas-powered trucks and tractors despite electric vehicle infrastructure fears.  The White House finalized new emissions standards intended to sharply reduce pollution caused by new trucks and tractors Friday — with a leading industry group warning of "the most challenging, costly and potentially disruptive heavy-duty emissions rule in history."  The Environmental Protection Agency said in its announcement that it had modified the timeline of the new mandate due to concerns about a lack of electric vehicle charging stations along the nation's highways.

The Editor says...
If you make a living as a truck driver, you are probably paid by the mile.  In that case, you earn little or no income while waiting for your electric truck to recharge.  Do you drive a thousand miles a day?  Those days will come to an end, thanks to the socialist Democrats.

Ford Slashes Electric Vehicle Jobs As Democrats' Dreams of an EV Utopia Short Circuit.  One of the most dangerous places to be is between liberals and the implementation of one of their harebrained ideas.  Whether or not it will actually work is not the point; they believe it will, and that's all that matters.  If it only affected them, no one would care, but it always affects the rest of us who don't want anything to do with it.  A perfect example of this is their love of electric vehicles (EVs) and the notion that if they can just fit this square peg in a round hole and force them on the American people, nirvana will ensue.  But for American automakers, EVs continue to be a losing proposition.  [Tweet]

Ford to trim workforce at plant that builds its F-150 Lightning as sales of electric vehicles slow.  Ford will drastically cut the number of hourly workers at its factory that builds the Ford F-150 Lightning as sales of electric vehicles slow, according to a media report.  Ford began the year by cutting production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup after weaker-than-expected electric vehicle sales growth.  While EV sales are growing in the U.S., the pace is falling well short of the industry's ambitious timetable and many consumers are turning to hybrid vehicles instead.

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Eight States Plan to Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Vehicles.  The Gateway Pundit reported last week that Joe Biden issued the most radical environmental rules in American history to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles and force customers to drive ineffective electric cars.  Now, a new report has revealed the effort to finish off the gas-powered car is well-underway in eight states.  As The Daily Mail reported Tuesday, the rules being adopted in these states specify that only zero-emission vehicles, which include electric vehicles and certain plug-in hybrids, can be sold beginning with the 2035 model year.  This is known as the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.  The eight states that have pledged to force their constituents to drive environmentally damaging electric vehicles are California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington.  The District of Columbia has also signed off.

Going electric requires electricity.  Who knew?  Lo and behold, when you push people to electrify everything in their lives — cars, cookers, heating systems — while bribing them to go all-electric with lavish government subsidies, it turns out they use more electricity.  Who would have thought?  I guess this is why we need all those brainiac experts to analyse the ultra-complicated technical details of environmental policy.  One such expert worries in the [New York] Times:  'The numbers we're seeing are pretty crazy.'  America's paper of record warns that in the past year the nation's utilities have nearly doubled their estimates of how much more power they'll need to provide in the next five years, during which an extra California's worth of demand will be dumped on the US grid.

8 states are planning to BAN the sale of gas-powered cars entirely.  At least eight states are planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in the next decade — and others are considering joining them.  Only zero-emission vehicles can be sold in participating states beginning from the 2035 model year, according to the Advanced Clean Cars II legislation.  The rule, which was first adopted by California, means that automakers and dealerships would be banned from selling new gas cars in these states from that point onwards.  Americans will not be forced to take their gas-powered cars off the road, however, and will still be able to buy used and secondhand gas vehicles.

The Electric Vehicle Bubble Bursts.  In Fact, it Explodes.  Trying to "save the planet" by buying an electric vehicle (EV) is like deciding to make a unicorn by buying a thoroughbred horse and soldering a narwhal's horn to its forehead:  a costly, even cruel way to accomplish nothing at all.  It's highly debatable whether, even if every car owner in the West could afford to switch over to EVs, it would have much impact on our climate at all — not when the hungry half of the world is unapologetically burning coal.  According to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air's 2024 report: "China approved 114 gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity in 2023, up 10% from a year earlier.  Construction started on 70 GW of new coal plants last year, up from 54 GW a year earlier."  Right there, China blotted out every arguable improvement that pricey, environmentally toxic EVs might have offered.  But at least Red China's getting rich selling us rare earth elements to make those EV batteries.

The Norwegian Illusion:  EVs Are Not More Energy Efficient.  In our last letter, we predicted that global energy demand would consistently exceed expectations for the next twenty years.  Never before have so many people been simultaneously in their period of energy-intensive economic development.  Our essay focused broadly on total energy demand and specifically avoided oil consumption.  Our choice was deliberate:  we wanted to highlight the critical drivers of total energy demand and avoid getting distracted by the debate on EV penetration.  Today's essay focuses on oil and explains why we believe demand will surprise the upside for years to come.  Our research shows that EVs will struggle to achieve widespread adoption despite massive subsidies and the growing threat of outright internal combustion engine (ICE) bans.  After carefully studying the history of energy, we have yet to find an example where a new technology with inferior energy efficiency has replaced an existing, more efficient one.  Despite claims to the contrary, our research suggests EVs are less energy efficient than internal combustion engine automobiles.  As a result, they will fail to gain widespread adoption.

Want to Rent a Lemon?  How About 100,000 of Them?  Hertz just fired its CEO for one single, awful business decision.  He is taking the fall for Hertz's decision — on his watch — to buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla, all for the American fleet.  To say the decision was a flop is putting it mildly.  Hertz has about 3,000 domestic locations, and a fleet of about 430,000 cars, SUVs, and minivans.  Each location obviously ranges widely from high volume to low, so this estimate won't be exact, but that works out to about 35 E.V.s per location.  When announced a few years ago, this decision that almost a quarter of their cars would be E.V.s looked either "bold" or "reckless," depending on your point of view.  With the advantage of hindsight, we now know "reckless" was the right call.

Here Comes the EV Bloodbath Trump Warned Us About.  Donald Trump was right.  It's going to be a bloodbath when China's BYD starts selling its "fun-to-drive" Seagull EV in this country at a price not even Tesla can match.  The five-door hatchback doesn't have the best range or fanciest amenities.  But what it does have is a top price under $14,000, good safety features, aggressive looks, and plenty of financial backing from Beijing.  BYD's specialties are batteries and high-tech manufacturing, and they're using both to aggressively expand overseas production and deliveries.  An improved version for South American markets, called the Dolphin Mini, is already on sale, starting at $21,990.  "What we've seen over time is automotive manufacturers eventually enter all the markets that matter... Ultimately the Chinese will come to the U.S.," Marin Gjaja — chief operating officer for Ford's EV unit — told CNBC in an interview last week.

The Electric Car Fiasco.  Donald Trump's anodyne if overexcited comment that the U.S. auto industry would face a "bloodbath" if he's not elected and doesn't impose 50% or 100% tariffs on cars produced predictable results.  "Don't outsmart yourself," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) posted, and Joe Biden's campaign promptly charged Trump with promising a "bloodbath" if he loses, without saying that he used a common metaphor and was talking about the auto industry.  That's a subject Team Biden is understandably touchy about, given the conspicuous fiasco of its electric vehicle policies.  It's summed up in a lengthy Wall Street Journal report on how a "dramatic societal shift to electric cars" had "overlooked an important constituency: the consumer."  Evidence is plentiful.  Manufacturers have been cutting prices as dealers' lots filled up with unsold electrics.  Ford is halving its output of electric F-150 trucks in its Dearborn, Michigan, plant.  General Motors dealers are pressing the company to reverse its strategy, cut EV production and build hybrids instead.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned of "notably lower" EV production.

Carney: Electric Vehicles Are Pushing Up Auto Insurance Prices.  The Biden administration's push for electric vehicles (EVs) is exacerbating the country's inflationary woes by driving up the price of auto insurance, Breitbart Economics Editor John Carney said in a Thursday interview with Fox Business host Larry Kudlow.  Kudlow noted that the Biden administration's new environmental rule aimed at eliminating gas-powered vehicles is "inflationary" in practice.  "You wipe out gas-powered cars and stick EVs in, that is inflationary.  You get nothing but higher prices for everything across the board," he said.

When You Can't Get the Enviro Whackos in Maine to Bite on EVs, Your Green Grift's Got Big Problems.  The New England states, particularly those wild-eyed, unpredictable Mainers, are always ripe for a good "save the world" scheme.  I know certain parties felt this was destined to be yet another.  The Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) met yesterday for a long-awaited — and highly controversial — final round of arguments and vote on a state-wide electric vehicle mandate.  The proposed regulation was modeled on California's draconian ICE to EV statute. [...] What's interesting is that the genesis of this mandate drive for the whole state was spurred by activists and a progressive governor — Janet Mills — jumping on a measly 150-person signature petition.  It made perfect sense because it provided the radical Democrat in the governor's mansion a way to circumvent the state legislature, which contains enough Republican members to be troublesome.

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The Biggest Issue With Joe Biden's EV Mandate Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With EVs.  The issue that should concern everyone is not the Joe Biden administration and their ideology around climate change, or the EPA, or even the viability of EVs themselves.  The issue that should draw the biggest concern is how the regulation originates; what is the impetus; who are the beneficiaries?  The regulation itself did not originate in the EPA, nor was it created from an origination process amid climate ideologues in the administration.  Everything starts with BlackRock positioning their assets.  From that empirical point, all political activity then takes place, which includes the regulations to support the BlackRock objective.  A massive, multinational investment firm is in control of political outcomes in the USA.  That should be the emphasis, not necessarily the regulation that flows as an outcome of that control, and certainly not the debate over whether EVs are a viable alternative to combustion engines.

Grid-Draining Electron Guzzlers And The End Of Driving.  In perfect Democratic Party form, the Biden administration has dropped another government burden on the private sector.  Two days ago, the White House rolled out "the toughest-ever" automobile emissions standards.  The objective, of course, is to force Americans to buy the cars that the ruling class wants them to drive.  There's a big problem here, though — the grid won't be up to the task of keeping tens of millions of electric vehicles charged.  The headline from a Bloomberg story last week summed up the plan: "Biden Set to Crack Down on Auto Emissions to Accelerate EV Sales."  Rules decreed by the Environmental Protection Agency are intended to "propel electric vehicle sales well beyond current levels," says Bloomberg.  "The EPA has projected that to meet proposed mandates, electric models would need to make up roughly two-thirds of car and light truck sales in 2032 — up from less than a tenth last year."

Biden administration finalizes rule expected to require significant shift to EVs.  The Biden administration finalized a rule Wednesday that's expected to make a significant amount of the new car market electric or hybrid.  Under the rule, 56 percent of the new vehicles on the market in 2032 could be battery electric, while an additional 13 percent could be plug-in hybrids.  Under this scenario, just 29 percent of cars would be gas-powered, while an additional 3 percent would be other hybrids.  Only 16 percent of new vehicle sales were electric and hybrid cars last year.  The rule is a cornerstone of the Biden administration's climate agenda; the cars and other light-duty vehicles it regulates currently make up about 17 percent of U.S. planet-warming emissions.  The rule also regulates medium-duty vehicles, including vans and pickup trucks.

New Biden regulation will make gas cars effectively illegal by 2030.  I have a friend who frequently says that, if you control CO2 outputs, you control everything.  Let me explain:  Every aspect of modern life is dependent on hydrocarbons and, when hydrocarbons are burned for energy, they produce CO2.  By demonizing CO2, you demonize hydrocarbons, which means... ta-dah!... you get to block hydrocarbons and control everything.  We're getting a glimpse of that with Joe Biden's new energy emission rules, which will effectively make it impossible to build a gas-powered car in a few years, forcing people into costly, dangerous, unreliable, and dirty electric vehicles. [...] This regulation comes just as Americans are making it increasingly clear that they do not want to buy electric vehicles.  Instead, they're turning to hybrids.  This makes perfect sense because electric vehicles are gimmicks at best and cons at worst.

EPA Rolls Out USA Auto Mandates Forcing EVs to Make Up Two-Thirds of Passenger Vehicles.  The backstory is so transparently corrupt it requires an explanation, so we'll go down the full rabbit hole and explain how China knew — to a demonstrable certainty — their multi-billion dollar investment in Mexican EV plants would be useful.  Always remember, there are trillions at stake.  First, who was installed in the Biden White House in charge of all personnel and staffing?  Catherine Russell.  Who is Catherine Russell?  She's the wife of Tom Donilon, a long-time aid and advisor to Joe Biden who served in the Obama White House.  After serving as Obama's National Security Advisor (prior to Susan Rice), Tom Donilon then went on to become "Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Institute."  His job was literally to "leverage the firm's expertise and generate proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation."  In essence, the Donilon family represented the interests of Blackrock in the White House.

[The] EV Market [is] Imploding, So Biden Is About to Mandate Them.  Story after story has come out about the implosion in the EV market.  As with many luxury goods, the market can quickly expand and just as quickly top out, as the latent market demand gets filled.  This is what happened with electric vehicles, which appeal greatly to a small cross-section of the market, but not so much to the general car buyer. [...] All you really need to know is that the market is more than saturated and the big automakers are crying uncle, having lost billions trying to fill a demand that only exists in the fevered imaginations of the environmentalists.  [Tweet]

Our Ancestors Had The Stamp Act.  Now We Have Forced EVs.  The Stamp Act of 1765 was the first time the British levied a direct tax on the colonists.  Regardless of the reason behind it, the action blatantly taxed all paper documents and created serious strain between the crown and the colonists... numerous other actions that eventually culminated in the American Revolution.  There are parallels from then to now.  The current resident of the White House has decreed that Americans must be forced to buy electric vehicles by 2032.  Forced is the operative word.  This week the EPA is expected to finalize rules on gas vehicle tailpipe emissions.  The goal is to force us all to buy electric by 2032 — only 8 years away.  The rules will push the price of EVs AND gas vehicles much higher.  It is just another Biden administration forced EVs ruling.

The Left's Love Affair With Mandates.  The hype over EV's is sinking fast, like enthusiasm for COVID jabs.  But our government is truly in love with mandates "for the public good" that don't work. [...] Now, EVs completely untested for life cycle compatibility to our transportation needs are forced onto us from both federal and state mandates, but the public's appetite is waning fast, because people are waking up to the realities of their limited range, lack of reliability in poor weather conditions, risk of fire, practicality of charging, rapid depreciation, cost of repairs, etc.  Time will tell if, like the shot mandate, the will of the people will be heard by federal and state governments and EV mandates will be rolled back or eliminated completely.  But what will be the long-term effect of the EV push that we don't know yet?  What will become of those vehicles that were enthusiastically built that can't be sold?  What of the used EVs that have no resale value?  Scrap?  Recycle?  How?  What of the massive expansion in lithium mines and poisonous leach fields scarring the earth?  Will these sites become the newest uninhabitable Chernobyls?

Hertz CEO Out After Big EV Bet Goes Bust.  CEO Stephen Scherr's barely two-year ride with Hertz came to a screeching halt on Friday.  In his wake, he leaves a company still working to recover from a big bet on electric vehicles gone bad.  It will do so under new CEO Gil West, whose previous posts include executive roles at Delta Air Lines and the Cruise unit of General Motors.  Scherr, who came on board in February 2022 after 30 years at Goldman Sachs, ushered the company through its emergence from bankruptcy.  Hertz's EV push began in the previous year, with a splashy move to order 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles.  After taking the reins of the Estero, Florida-headquartered company, Scherr doubled down on the green vision, committing to purchased another 65,000 EVs from Polestar, a Swedish company.

EVerything Not Coming Up Roses for EVs This Spring.  Regardless of whatever cash Biden and other countries throw at consumers with subsidies and incentives, people have made their choices pretty clear.  It's a small minority interested in EVs and for whom that vehicle works great.  More power to them. [...] The more people learn about EVs, the better decisions they can make about whether an electric is the car for them.  In most instances, that decision is a "no."

Accelerating the electric vehicle doom loop.  EV cheerleading never stops.  They're inevitable!  We'll have 500,000 chargers coast to coast any minute now (the federal government has built approximately two)! By 2030, 50% — or more — of all vehicles on the road will be EVs!  EVs will save the planet! [...] In real reality, Americans have rejected EVs.  GM is "postponing" EV production, Ford has cut future production in half, America soon will have about 50% fewer Buick dealers, bought out because they refused to sell EVs, and Hertz is dramatically reducing its EV fleet.  Americans wisely won't rent them.

Time to Put Team E.V. on Defense.  With pretty much every E.V. startup company not named Tesla in a death spiral, and with legacy automakers backing off of their bold electric vehicle commitments due to widespread consumer rejection that is causing multi-billion dollar losses, it seems we have won the battle against "the E.V. transition."  We haven't. [...] So, what might we do to put Team E.V. on defense?  We do to the electric vehicle marketplace what we've learned from them — we regulate, ban, fine, tax, etc. [...] In the spirit of the emissions mandates and other dictates that have been imposed on legacy auto manufacturers, I might recommend that we impose the following on electric vehicles:
  •   Mandate an end to dangerous lithium-based batteries by the year 2030.
  •   Ban E.V.s from parking garages due to the risk of runaway thermal fires.
  •   Ban E.V.s from bridges due to their weight.
  •   Assess an annual 4-figure road tax on E.V.s since they don't pay gasoline road taxes.
  •   Assess a painful "scrapping fee" on the sale of every E.V. since they have such a short life span compared to I.C.E. cars.
  •   In the spirit of cigarette warnings, mandate a giant warning label on the hood of every E.V. advising that foreign slaves and child labor were used to source the rare earth minerals in the car.
  •   Impose a state level E.V. supplemental sales tax that is exactly equal to any federal incentive amount applied to the sale of an E.V.
  •   Mandate petroleum-free tires on E.V.s to ensure the cars are truly net-zero, and that they don't release toxic emissions.

Proof Electric Cars Are A Scam And The Media Is Lying To You.  We all know the wheels are starting to fall off the electric battery car bandwagon.  Lamestream media has long said we're all going to make electric cars.  Well, guess what?  They are falling off the electric car bandwagon.  Now there's a new bandwagon called hybrid and they're all jumping on the hybrid bandwagon now Consumer Reports just picked the top 10 picks for 2024 and they were of course mainly hybrid!  With the wheels falling of of EV's the news is that we are having a new hybrid bandwagon. [...] They have got expensive batteries — especially the plug-in ones and General Repair on them is super expensive because you got a gasoline motor you got an electric motor and they've got computers that decide when to run this when to run that.  And when they break good luck finding someone who even knows how to fix the stupid things they are complex.  A lot of people have older used cars and they're going to find out well maybe hybrid wasn't such a smart move.

Do Only Suckers Buy EVs?  The latest evidence that electric vehicles are nothing more than environmental snake oil can be found in a recent Wall Street Journal article pointing out that these "clean" cars are actually more polluting than their gasoline-powered brethren.  By polluting, we mean actual pollution, not carbon dioxide emissions — which is not pollution but plant food.  The Journal was highlighting a study from 2022 that, naturally, was ignored by the mainstream press at the time.  What the study found was that "brakes and tires on EVs release 1,850 times more particle pollution compared to modern tailpipes."  Why?  Because EVs are as much as 30% heavier than gas-powered cars, which means more stress on their "regenerative" brakes and much faster tire wear.

EVs have one third less range than advertised, magazine test finds.  Electric cars have up to a third less range in reality than advertised, an investigation has found.  Official figures for how many miles an electric car can drive after one charge are based on a standardised test, done in warm conditions.  However, What Car magazine discovered that under real-world conditions, including at colder temperatures, cars perform much worse.  The magazine parked a dozen cars outside overnight to mimic how motorists use vehicles in the real world.  Testers then drove them over a 60-mile loop on a test track in Bedfordshire until their batteries ran completely flat.  Steve Huntingford, the magazine's editor, said its test schedule was a better representation of real-world EV range than official testing methods.

Driver of £80k Jaguar I-Pace reveals moment he realised electric vehicle had gone rogue.  A driver who was trapped behind the wheel of an out-of-control Jaguar I-Pace has revealed to MailOnline how he cheated death as his car accelerated up to 100mph on the busy M62 motorway without brakes.  Nathan Owen, 31, was on his way back from his first day at a new job when his 2019 electric car started malfunctioning, sparking a huge police operation to bring his car to a stop after 35 minutes of hell.  But he told how his car had also gone rogue on the motorway in December, this time reaching up to 120mph.  He claims Jaguar handed him his car back 24 hours after he had taken it in to be looked at.

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If the car was going 120 mph, there were more issues than just the brakes.  I've never driven an electric car, but isn't there an OFF switch, a STOP button, an "ignition" switch with a key in it, a fuse box, or some way to turn the car off?  If there are a dozen things that could go wrong with an electric car, there should be a dozen ways to stop it.

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Electric cars are a microcosm of a much larger problem in the world today, which is the unwarranted confidence everyone seems to have in computer-based technology, and other electronics, which can fail at any time.  Examples include
  •   The global positioning system (GPS)
  •   Computerized vote tabulation
  •   "Smart" electric meters
  •   "Smart" thermostats
  •   "Smart" appliances
  •   Anything connected to the internet
  •   The internet itself
  •   Cars without keys
  •   Digital currency
  •   Automatic bank drafts to pay monthly bills
  •   QR codes on "smart phones" instead of airline boarding passes, movie tickets, or other credentials
  •   Solar power
  •   Self-driving cars
In the event any of these utilities lets you down due to a component failure or computer malfunction, you will probably be greatly surprised, because everyone assumes (to some degree) that all these things are mature technologies and the bugs have all been driven out.  But the consumer usually pays a high price for these failures:  If you think you have $10,000 in the bank, but their computer says you have $10, your once-friendly banker will hide behind the computer and insist that you have ten bucks.  Bankers and cops believe whatever their computers say.  Digital currency depends on a lot of unrelated people agreeing on a lot of facts and presuppositions.  Electric cars apparently have dozens of ways to fail, and each failure comes as a costly surprise.

Is the Bell Tolling for EV Mania?  Electric vehicles have been all the rage among politicians at least since President Barack Obama's first term in office, but they've never really caught on among the unwashed masses, who actually want their cars to deliver them to their destinations in comfort in a timely fashion, toting everything and everyone they might want to take along, without blowing up while parked and burning down their residences in the process. [...] Electric cars predated the first gasoline- and diesel-powered private vehicles, all without government support, subsidies, or tax credits, by the way, and they couldn't compete.  They still can't compete.  Yet now, in a vain quest to manage the climate, the government is putting its thumb on the scale to mandate and incentivize them with various types of support and regulations.

More Hidden Risks of EVs.  An EV will likely not exceed five digits on the odometer because the cost to replace the battery in the typical 10-year span of a battery life will exceed the vehicle's resale value, therefore making it economically impractical.  Other authors have all cited valid facts about the impracticality of charging these things on long trips, the stress they will add to a fragile electric grid, the lack of enthusiasm in this country for adding additional reliable energy power plants, etc.  None of this has made me want to rush right out and buy an EV, but just for the sake of developing a more complete picture, let's peel another layer off the onion.  It should come as no surprise that insurance costs are also higher, not only because of their higher sticker price but because of the cost of specialty parts (including batteries), the lack of a specially-trained workforce to fix them, and the possibility that even a younger vehicle may be totaled if there was a damaged battery simply because of the cost of the battery.

Police are forced to ram [a] £80,000 electric Jaguar I-Pace to stop it as it raced down the busy M62 motorway without brakes.  Police were forced to ram an out-of-control electric car after a 'horrifying fault' left the eco-vehicle tearing down the busy M62 without any brakes.  Cop cars swarmed the motorway to save a driver after their runaway £80,000 Jaguar I-Pace suffered an 'electrical fault'.  Officers from Merseyside Police and Greater Manchester Police used specialist tactics to ram the vehicle and block it between a number of police vehicles, to eventually bring the car to a stop.

EVs Emit More Particulate Matter Than Gas-Powered Vehicles, According to Report.  Here's something the Biden administration and CA Gov. Gavin Newsom haven't talked about:  electric cars actually emit more soot and particulate matter than their gas-powered counterparts — because of their tires.  At least, that's what a Wall Street Journal opinion piece which [was published] Sunday concluded with this jaw-dropping headline: ["]Electric Cars Emit More Soot["]

Electric vehicle owners report 80% more problems than with conventional cars and trucks, Consumer Reports says.  Electric vehicles have proved far less reliable, on average, than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, according to the latest survey by Consumer Reports, which found that EVs from the 2021 through 2023 model years encountered nearly 80% more problems than did vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines.  Consumer Reports said EV owners most frequently reported troubles with battery and charging systems as well as flaws in how the vehicles' body panels and interior parts fit together.  The magazine and website noted that EV manufacturers are still learning to construct completely new power systems, and it suggested that as they do, the overall reliability of electric vehicles should improve.

Nissan EV Cars to Lose Functionality Due to 2G Switch-Off.  Charging problems and battery lifespan have already 'flattened the curve' when it comes to EV take-up in the rush to Net Zero with the 2035 ICE vehicle ban looming on the horizon.  If you're still thinking about the positives and the negatives, Nissan has inadvertently come up with a solution to help make your mind up.  When the 2G network is switched off, owners of older EV Nissans will discover that the app which helps control remote functionality will stop working on August 1st 2024.  That's because these cars use only 2G technology.

Nearly two thousand electric buses worth £800 million face urgent recall over fears they could see burst into flames.  Safety watchdogs have ordered the recall of almost 2,000 electric buses over fears they can catch fire if left unattended.  The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has warned operators who use the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 and Enviro400 single and double decker buses of the critical safety issue.  The buses are currently operational across the UK, with more than 600 in London and a further 100 in Manchester.

Southern California bus factory shuts, 425 jobs lost, latest victim of green-vehicle slump.  In an era when clean public transportation has seemingly huge support, how can the makers of low-emission buses fail?  The latest casualty is a Southern California factory where environmentally friendly buses were made.  It's being shut down by its Wisconsin-based owners.  REV Group — which makes everything from RVs to fire trucks — decided in January to exit the mass transit business, announcing the closure of its ENC bus business and its plant in Jurupa Valley.  State documents show 425 jobs will be lost after the business winds down after completing outstanding orders.  Now, you probably don't know ENC, but you've likely ridden in one of their products.  Their legacy product was the ubiquitous airport shuttle.  The manufacturer then evolved into manufacturing mass-transit buses.

Mercedes-Benz Walks Back on Huge Electric Vehicle Commitment amid Slowing Demand.  Mercedes-Benz on Thursday walked back plans to have an all-electric line-up by 2030 as consumers decline to adopt electric vehicles (EV) at the rate automakers expected.  The company has changed its expectations to have only 50% of its sales be EVs by 2030, announcing that it will be updating its current line-up featuring the internal combustion engine into the next decade, according to Mercedes-Benz in its fourth quarter report.  EV sales grew 21% year-over-year in 2023, but total car sales remained relatively the same, bucking hopes that EVs would fuel growth as the automaker pushes electric models.

Green Crime:  An Electric Car, Wind & Solar Crime Wave.  Biden's Inflation Increase Act intends to spend $7.5 billion taxpayer money to build charging stations for electric car owners.  Two years later, no EV chargers were built.  And that's good.  The modern sheen of the electric car is running into the medieval state of American cities.  Seattle began installing dozens of EV chargers only for thieves to show up and raid at least eight of the charging cables for copper requiring thousands of dollars worth of repairs.  In response, the city is planning to put the chargers high up on poles that can only be lowered by an app.  This will cost even more money and in an environment in which brazen copper thieves toppled an FM radio tower in Oklahoma, isn't likely to deter the criminals.  EV owners who suffered from copper theft while leaving their cars to be charged in public places were told by the Seattle Police Department to "stay with the vehicle if you can while it's being charged," Considering that it can take an electric car hours to charge, that's gonna be a wait.

The case for EV freedom.  EVs have generated excitement because they have some performance advantages and no tailpipe emissions.  However, EVs aren't currently cost-effective for most uses and face scalability issues with America's inadequate grid and small-scale production of key EV materials.  Good EV policy should unleash whatever potential EVs have to be a cost-effective, scalable alternative to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, but not harm consumers or the grid by imposing EVs before they are truly cost-effective and scalable.

Electric Vehicles Are a Rich Man's Dream.  [Scroll down]  Since carbon dioxide is a benefit to the planet, none of these programs makes any sense.  Electric vehicles are supposed to save the planet, but this is very unrealistic.  These vehicles are very expensive, must stop every couple of hours and be recharged, and have many technical problems.  These vehicles with batteries are much heavier than a vehicle with an internal combustion engine and are thus unsafe on the highway.  Some cars parked on the coast and covered with sea water have caught fire.

EV Bubble Popping:  US backs away from forced EV sales targets.  History shall record the ignominious boom and bust of a car genre forced on citizens so they could produce better weather.  Things are so bad, Joe Biden has even put the brakes on his aggressive EV scheme, stepping away from the 2030 deadline.  "It's just a delay" of course.  The plan would have forced car manufacturers to sell 3 EV's for every 2 cars with a combustion engine by 2030.  If customers didn't volunteer to buy enough EV's, companies would be forced to jack up prices of the cars everyone wants in order to cross-subsidize the discounted sales of the unpopular EV's.  Car dealers were appalled and said so.  EV sales growing in some places but falling in others.  The shift has been so fast the full length of the supply chain is in turmoil.  The price of lithium has fallen 90% from it's peak, nickel has halved.  Ford has sacked 1,400 people.  GM has cut its workforce by 1,000. Hertz is selling one third of it's electric fleet and cancelling $3 billion dollars worth of forward orders.  A month ago, the biggest political party in the EU decided it would rather drop the ban on petrol and diesel cars.  Meanwhile EV drivers in China are learning the same awful lessons the US learned a month ago.  EV batteries don't go as far during freezing cold weather and are extremely hard to charge.

Electric car charger pulled over fears hackers could use it to attack National Grid.  An electric vehicle charger has been pulled from sale amid warnings that foreign hackers could use it as a "weapon" to cause electricity blackouts.  The Office for Product Safety and Standards, the consumer safety regulator, has told charger company Wallbox that its Copper SB electric car charger does not comply with cyber security laws.  That means it cannot be sold because it cannot be properly secured against hackers.  Critics say continued sales of the Copper SB charger, which sells for around £500, risks letting hostile nations disrupt the UK's critical national infrastructure.  Wallbox has sold close to 40,000 electric car chargers in Britain, although it is not known how many of these are the affected model.  Copper SB chargers already installed in homes are not being recalled.  Ken Munro, of Pen Test Partners, a cyber security company, said:  "The electric vehicle charging industry has inadvertently created a weapon that hostile foreign powers and others could use to destabilise our power grid.  A lack of appropriate cyber security has left us all exposed to blackouts."

We bought an electric car, and it was a total disaster.  Recently, the Bays family took delivery of a new electric Nissan Leaf N-Connecta.  It should have been a joyous experience, but soon turned into a nightmare.  The nightmare began when we decided it would be nice to take a half-term trip to our native North East to visit friends and family.  A journey that would normally have taken five and a half hours in our old petrol car ended up taking over eight hours in the new EV.  When we left home in the morning, we had 165 miles of charge available which should have got us to Nottingham, but we ended up having to stop early at Derby.  Believe it or not, this was the least of our worries and the start of our travel nightmares.

New Mexico's Martin Heinrich Embraced a Struggling Electric Bus Industry.  Campaign Cash from Lobbyists Followed.  When Senator Martin Heinrich's chief of staff Joe Britton left his role, the New Mexico Democrat heaped praise on his former right-hand man, saying Britton would "continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone he meets."  In the years following his departure, Britton did make a difference — to Heinrich's campaign coffers.  After leaving Heinrich's office, Britton launched both a green energy lobbying shop and an electric vehicle trade association, through which he has routinely lobbied the Senate on energy policies that would benefit his clients.  Heinrich in at least one case co-sponsored a bill that Britton lobbied the upper chamber to pass, federal disclosures show.  That bill, the Bidirectional Act, would have propped up an electric bus industry that has since suffered significant setbacks.  One industry leader, Proterra, declared bankruptcy last year, while others have struggled to turn a profit.

Heavier EVs are tearing up California roadways — but paying nothing for road maintenance.  Larger electric vehicles (EVs) are causing California's roads to experience even more wear and tear — and these cars contribute little to nothing to road taxes that could fix these roads.  "Can it be true that California, in pursuit of reduced emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles, has mandated that heavier EV cars and trucks tear up the states' roads?" asked Ronald Stein, engineer and senior policy advisor on energy literacy for the Heartland Institute and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.  California has almost 400,000 miles of roadways used by the more than 31 million motor vehicles in the state.  Those roadways are heavily dependent on road taxes from fuels that contribute more than $8.8 billion annually, the same gas tax revenues that also fund many environmental programs and the high speed rail project.

Biden Pulls The Plug On EVs.  When President Joe Biden issued regulations that he and his side of the political aisle hoped would eventually lead to electric vehicles replacing automobiles that burn gasoline and diesel fuel, it was regarded as a glorious moment.  The backtracking, however, has begun, a welcome development we didn't believe was possible from the man who once irresponsibly promised "to end fossil fuel."  Unfortunately, it's being done for the wrong reasons.  The New York Times reported over the weekend that the "administration intends to relax elements of one of its most ambitious strategies to combat climate change, limits on tailpipe emissions that are designed to get Americans to switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles."  The Times calls it a "concession to automakers and labor unions."  We would have preferred a concession to science and the limits a president should have on the lives of everyday folks.  For now, though, we take what we can get:  Biden is merely giving the industry more time to meet the targets that he, not Congress through the constitutional lawmaking process, set.

Electric vehicles are so unpopular, entire mines are shutting down.  A slowdown in the growth of electric vehicle (EV) demand has led to entire mines being shut down as the supply of rare earth minerals essential for EV components exceeds demand, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Mines around the world are ceasing operations or halting construction projects in response to the falling demand, such as a $1.3 billion plant in North Carolina operated by Albemarle. which announced that it was deferring spending on the project amid the market turmoil, according to the WSJ[.]  The total market share of EVs rose from 3.1% in January 2023 to 3.6% in December 2023, while the share of U.S. vehicle inventory grew from 2.8% to 5.7% in that same time frame as demand fails to keep up with supply.  Over the last few years, global mineral producers have ramped up mining operations in an attempt to capitalize on the emerging EV market, but consumers have declined to adopt EVs at the rate producers were expecting, leading to rare minerals flooding the market and driving down prices, according to the WSJ.

Biden Quietly Scraps Key Climate Policy After Realizing How Insane It Really Is.  Joe Biden is starting to ride back his committments on forcing the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).  According to a report from The New York Times, Biden's administration is giving up on its targets for production of EVs in an apparent "concession" to automakers and labor unions.  The plan is also said to be an election ploy as Democrats fear losing the support of automakers and labor unions: [...]

The Great Reset Didn't Work:  The Case of EVs.  We are living through one of history's longest and most excruciating versions of "We told you so".  When in March 2020, the world's governments decided to "shut down" the world's economies and throttle any and all social activity, and deny kids schooling plus cancel worship services and holidays, there was no end to the warnings of the terrible collateral damage, even if most of them were censored.  Every bit of the warnings proved true.  You see it in every story in the news.  It's behind every headline.  It's in countless family tragedies.  It's in the loss of trust.  It's in the upheaval in industry and demographics.  The fingerprints of lockdowns are deeply embedded in every aspect of our lives, in ways obvious and not so much.  Actually, the results have been even worse than critics predicted, simply because the chaos lasted such a long time.

Report: Desperate Car Dealers [are] Slashing EV Prices to Try and Boost Sales.  Psssst.  Wanna' buy a new electric vehicle (EV)? No, me neither, but some people do and they're being greeted by desperate car dealers willing to slash prices by anything up to a quarter in an effort to shift stock.  This Is Money reports the average discount on a new EV in the UK has increased by 204 per cent since last January, citing market analysis by What Car? as dealerships are going to extraordinary lengths to stimulate sluggish sales.

The Great Electric Vehicle Con.  [Scroll down]  First, the empirical evidence shows that luxury E.V.s depreciate faster than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.  Second, Ford Motor Company recently revealed that it incurred a loss of $4.7 billion on its electric vehicles.  On the other hand, auto firms that have refused to embrace E.V.s have outperformed those that promote E.V.s.  This past week, for instance, Toyota, which has stressed hybrid vehicles instead of E.V.s, reported healthy profits.  At the same time, electric models sit on dealership lots.  This trend mirrors the fact that more and more European governments have begun to retreat from their "hard promises" to wean their economies off fossil fuels as green energy policies have proven to be economic and financial failures.

Another Biden Fiasco — Electric Buses.  The Biden administration continues to push electric buses despite problems showing up around the country as range, reliability and expenses are turning out to be much different than advertised idling many of them.  EV buses cost multiple times more than their diesel counterparts, and their performance is marred by expensive and frequent repairs, charging equipment costs and much lower range than existing buses.  Cities and school districts are left holding the bag, even as the Biden administration uses celebrity spokespeople like Vice President Kamala Harris and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to pitch Americans on them.

The great electric car lie is a monstrous deception against the British public.  The great electric car revolution is stalling, and the net-zero panjandrums are desperate to find somebody to blame.  It must be the fault of fake news, they intimate, or disinformation campaigns, or of nit-picking journalists and their gullible readers, or because Elon Musk has embraced Right-wing ideas:  what other possible reasons could there be for consumers refusing to do their duty?  Electric vehicles' (EVs) share of the UK market has remained stuck at 16 percent for two years, and 10 out of 11 private buyers are still opting for combustion engines.  But instead of seeking to understand the real reasons why even the environmentally conscious continue to patronise petrol-powered cars, green activists are resorting to deranged conspiracy theories.  Some — speaking to a House of Lords committee — even singled out a nuanced article by Rowan Atkinson for having harmed their cause:  the actor disclosed that he felt "duped" by electric vehicles, and questioned the claims made by advocates.  There is nothing zealots loath more than an apostate.

Bombshell decision by watchdog rules that electric cars cannot be described as 'zero emissions'.  A bombshell decision by the UK's advertising watchdog has ruled that car makers cannot describe electric vehicles as being 'zero emissions'.  Both MG and BMW have received a slap on the wrist from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the pair ran ads last year which suggested that their electric models do not produce emissions during the manufacturing process.  The ASA also ruled that the ads made it appear that the vehicles did not produce emissions when they're being charged by non-renewable electricity.  The decision has infuriated green car campaigners, including former Top Gear host Quentin Willson, who described the ruling as 'bizarre and very unhelpful'.

Ford Announces Billions of Dollars in Losses on Electric Vehicle Range — Worse Than Expected.  There is more bad news for electric vehicle manufacturers.  After declaring its annual results a success, Ford has revealed that it incurred a loss of $4.7 billion on its electric vehicle range, more than the $4.5 billion the company predicted in the middle of last year. [...] Such failures have become a common occurrence for many electric vehicle companies, despite the Biden administration providing billions in government subsidies and favorable industry regulations.  Ford's biggest rival, General Motors (GM), incurred losses of approximately $1.7 billion in its electric vehicle division during the final quarter of 2023 alone.  In October last year, GM revised its production ambitions, abandoning its target to manufacture 400,000 EVs by mid-2024 due to concerns over profitability and market demand.

Ford Lost $4.7 Billion On EVs Last Year, Or About $64,731 For Every EV It Sold.  How bad is the EV business?  Yesterday afternoon [2/6/2024], Ford Motor Company reported that the operating loss it incurred on its EV business in 2023 exceeded its total profit for the year.  That shocking fact comes directly from the company's earnings report, which carried the headline, "Ford+ Delivers Solid 2023..."  The Dearborn-based auto giant had an operating loss (also known as EBIT, or earnings before interest and taxes) of $4.7 billion on its EV business last year.  Meanwhile, the company reported net income (profit) of just $4.3 billion, on revenue of $176 billion.  The company also reported operating income, or what it called "adjusted EBIT," of $10.4 billion.  Calculating the company's per-EV operating loss requires only a bit of simple division.

The Demise of the Electric Vehicle.  The nation's recent deep freeze stranded many expensive electric vehicles (EVs) with drained batteries, often in front of charging stations equally disabled by the cold.  Warmer areas like California, where some 39% of EV car owners reside, do not abuse their batteries with the harsh seasonal winters that threaten many regions of the nation and world.  Electric vehicle sales were quite chilly even before the arctic blast, despite price drops and government subsidies.  The cold weather troubles reveal why the market for this vaunted technology may continue to cool.

Electric van maker once valued at £10 billion collapses into administration.  A British electric van maker once valued at $13 [billion] (£10 [billion]) has gone into administration after burning through $1.5 [billion] without having sold a vehicle.  Oxfordshire-based Arrival has appointed administrators at EY to find a buyer for the business, blaming "challenging market and macroeconomic conditions".  Arrival's Nasdaq flotation in 2021 was the biggest ever for a British company but shares have fallen by 99.98 [percent] as it became clear that the company was unable to service its debts.  "The group's liquidity position has been impacted by challenging market and macroeconomic conditions resulting in delays in getting the group's products to market," the administrators said.

Rowan Atkinson blamed for poor electric car sales.  Rowan Atkinson has been blamed for poor sales of electric cars in a report by the House of Lords.  Atkinson, known for Mr Bean and the Blackadder series, found himself the centre of a real-life drama on Tuesday.  The Lords' environment and climate change committee was told that the actor, 69, was partly at fault for "damaging" public perceptions of electric vehicles (EVs).  New petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned from 2035 under the Prime Minister's net zero strategy.  That ban is supposed to encourage motorists to start buying EVs, but adoption has been slower than the strategy's advocates have hoped.  "One of the most damaging articles was a comment piece written by Rowan Atkinson in the Guardian which has been roundly debunked," the Green Alliance pressure group told peers.

The High Cost of 100 Percent Electric Vehicles.  The complete electrification of Colorado's light-duty vehicle fleet, combined with total residential heating electrification and Colorado Governor Jared Polis's goal of a 100 percent renewable electricity grid by 2040, would cost Coloradans up to $695.3 billion through 2050.  The additional generation capacity needed to support total light-duty vehicle electrification alone would cost approximately $74.6 billion through 2050.  Colorado electricity customers (residential, commercial, and industrial) would see their average monthly electricity bills increase to $907 through 2050.  They would peak at an average of $1,279 in 2040.  To meet Colorado's present-day electricity demand and the additional demand created by electrifying light-duty transportation and home heating with only wind, solar, existing hydropower, and batteries, the state would need to install more than fourteen times the generation capacity currently on the grid.

Martha's Vineyard [was] Declared "Low Income" so It Can Save Money on EV Chargers.  Martha's Vineyard is a remarkable place — a quaint little island of elites where the median home price is around 1.5 million.  Barry Obama has a massive estate there, as do many well-heeled elites (despite the alleged risk of rising sea levels).  And now they are eligible for subsidies (your money, not theirs) to add EV charging infrastructure.  The handouts reduce the cost of EV charging infrastructure (public or private) in low-income or non-urban areas by about a third, including the Vineyard and Nantucket — where median home prices are a hair over 2 million).  And doesn't that make good sense?  Elite enclaves are where the EVs would be.  Few others can afford them or have the disposable income to embrace their impracticality.  Martha's Vineyard isn't large so a full charge could last long enough to virtue signal to all the neighbors.  Many of its more well-heeled inhabitants are elsewhere during the colder months when EVs lose range, not that these aren't much more than yard sculptures for many.  Parked out front (putting them in the garage is dangerous) to be observed by guests holding half-filled glasses of chardonnay and a small plate of whatever was on the last charcuterie board they passed.

The West's humiliating electric car climbdown has begun.  France's President Macron had a plan to make millions of electric vehicles a year.  Chancellor Scholz planned to put 15 million on Germany's roads by 2030.  President Biden trumped the lot with a $174 [billion] plan to make the US the world leader.  Even Boris Johnson — remember him — had a £1 [billion] plan to beef up our charging network.  Rewind only a couple of years, and almost every president or prime minister was making electric vehicles the cornerstone of an industrial strategy.  And yet, this week we have learned that Renault is abandoning plans to separately list its electric vehicle (EV) and software business, while Volvo is winding down its Polestar electric sports car subsidiary.  In reality, amid an onslaught of Chinese competition, and falling sales, the West's electric vehicle dream is quickly unravelling — and we need to relearn all the lessons in why grand, state-led industrial strategies never work.

Crash tests indicate nation's guardrail system can't handle heavy EVs.  Electric vehicles that typically weigh more than gasoline-powered cars can easily crash through steel highway guardrails that are not designed to withstand the extra force, raising concerns about the nation's roadside safety system, according to crash test data released Wednesday by the University of Nebraska.

Early testing shows EVs smash through guardrails like bulldozers.  [Scroll down]  If metal guardrails and concrete barriers "may be no match" against the force of an E.V., I don't have much hope for the flesh and bones behind my car doors.  Does anyone remember when the left went to war against soccer moms and their evil SUVs?  Heavier cars ostensibly meant more fatalities in accidents, the extra weight meant more wear and tear on the road, and they had higher CO2 emissions than sedans — they were dangerous and destructive, and had no business being on the road.  Oddly, the same left that sought to ban SUVs is silent when it comes time to E.V.s, which have the exact same attributes, only worse!

Biden classifies Martha's Vineyard, elite locales as 'low-income' for [an] absurd reason.  The Biden administration is classifying some of the country's most elite and exclusive locales as "low-income" areas, making them eligible for electric vehicle (EV) charger subsidy programs.  The administration's EV charger tax credit program — made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), President Joe Biden's signature climate bill — is specifically designed to route subsidies to "low-income" or "non-urban" areas of the country.  The "low-income" emphasis for eligibility aligns in spirit with the Biden administration's wider pursuit of so-called "environmental justice," which is effectively the combination of social justice ideology and green policy.  Numerous elite hangouts and locales — including Montauk and Fishers Island in New York, and parts of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts — are among the areas that the administration has classified as "low-income" and eligible for receipt of EV charger subsidies, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of the Department of Energy's (DOE) interactive eligibility map.

A Dim Ray of Hope Emerges for Cities Who Stupidly Invested in EV Bus Fleets.  EV bus maker Proterra was supposed to become one of the crown jewels of the Biden Green New Deal policy suite, given that it was the nation's pre-eminent manufacturer of battery electric buses purchased by dimwitted virtue-signaling local officials all over the country.  But last summer, Proterra became mired in bankruptcy proceedings, leaving these officials to try to explain to their voters why the buses they bought for as much as $1.2 million each currently sit idle and broken down in garages around their cities.  In Asheville NC, as I wrote here last week, 3 of 5 costly EV buses sit idle and in disrepair due to a variety of software and hardware issues, with no reactivation in sight since the parts and software fixes would have to be supplied by the bankrupt busmaker.

The electric vehicle fiasco has become dangerous.  When Sadiq Khan promised to clean up London's air by introducing electric buses, did he factor in the black smoke which poured out of the Number 265 as it burst into flames in Putney on Wednesday?  That followed two very similar fires in the past fortnight which consumed vehicles from the same fleet.  Paris has already had to withdraw a fleet of electric buses after a couple of fires, while in Venice-Mestre last October 21 people died after an electric bus caught fire and plunged off a flyover.  The "race to net zero", as the politicians like to describe it, isn't just expensive; it is dangerous.  It isn't only electric buses which burst into flames, of course — Ken Livingstone's infamous bendy buses also had a habit of catching fire, and they were diesel-powered.  But when electric vehicles catch fire they can be a lot harder to put out due to "thermal runaway" where one overheating cell leads to the neighbouring cell, setting off a chain reaction.

Tesla Semi trucks hauling corn chips.  Many dismiss my writing about why battery electric trucks can't replace diesel trucks because commercial electric trucks exist.  Most famously the Tesla semi trucks, which are under a trial at the PepsiCo Frito-lay plant in Modesto California.  It is hard to imagine an easier test to pass.  It would be hard to find a lighter cargo.  Lay potato chips weigh 56 kg/cubic meter (m3), lighter than rice Krispie's 90 kg/m3, corn chips 178 kg/m3 or marshmallows 210 kg/m3.  There will be no hills, central California is flatter than the Midwest.  The roads are in excellent shape and so great for rolling efficiency, and wind so calm there is little aerodynamic drag.  The 15 Semis in Modesto hauling chips can go 425 miles, but the 21 in Sacramento can go just 100 miles hauling PepsiCola (Reuters 2022).  No one knows the price, performance, maintenance, or time to recharge yet.  It's all a big secret.

Toyota Chair:  Don't Force People to Buy EVs.  "Customers — not regulations or politics — should make that decision" to buy an electric vehicle, according to the latest report on Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda.  Despite generous government subsidies for the manufacture and purchase of electric vehicles, Toyota has concentrated its research and development on other alternative power trains, like hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells.  "I have continued to say what I see as reality... if regulations are created based on ideals," Toyoda said in a similar statement last year.  "It is regular users who are the ones who suffer," like the billion Earthlings who live without electricity, as Toyoda said this week.  Despite his opposition to EV mandates, lefties and other would-be world-savers ought to love Mr. Toyoda, who sounds like a committed panicmonger when he says that "the enemy is CO2."  But then, much to the left's chagrin, he also says he favors a "multi-pathway approach" to reducing reliance on gas and diesel.

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There is no sensible reason to forfeit "reliance on gas and diesel," if the U.S. potentially has a plentiful supply of both.  Running cars on gasoline has worked quite well for at least 75 years, and a lot of influential people are relying on the system (the oil business, the refineries, the automobile business, the trucking industry, etc.) staying in place just as it is.

Wednesday's Energy Absurdity:  Another Week, Another Failed EV City Bus Fleet.  I've been chronicling these absurdities in the energy space for 18 months now and have published well over 300 pieces about them during that time.  I have honestly lost count of how many of those stories have focused on massive wastes of taxpayer dollars by virtue-signaling local officials who insist upon pouring millions of dollars into fleets of electric city or school district buses, only to see them crash and burn in complete and utter failure.  By now, such stories would have to number in the dozens.  And lo and behold (or, 'low' and behold, as one laid-off LA Times 'journalist' wrote on Twitter the other day), here's another to add to the list.

John Kerry slaps the 'disinformation' label on the real inconvenient truths of EVs.  John Kerry consistently shows how dangerous and uncaring he, and all the other people pushing the radical green agenda to move the world backwards, really are.  If all these people who go to the United Nations gabfests and Davos, Switzerland really were worried about their carbon footprint, they would just use Zoom meetings, instead of flying in their private jets to stay in five star hotels, enjoying every luxury, delicacy, and amenity the world has to offer.  Kerry recently said he really doesn't care if people don't want to switch out their gas-powered vehicles for electric ones, because they will be forced to do it anyway.  Isn't that what dictators do?  Force the people to do things against their will?  Freedom of choice seems to be a foreign concept to them.  Kerry says [...] the only reason that people don't want electric vehicles is because of "disinformation."

Monday's Energy Absurdities:  Life is Hard for EV Owners These Days, D.C. Edition.  Last Tuesday, I gave you a story out of Chicago about Tesla owners finding it [nearly] impossible to charge their car at public charging stations in the freezing, icy cold.  That story told of drivers spending hours waiting in line at charging stations only to finally find they aren't functioning in the nasty weather or broken down entirely when it was their turn at the "pump." [...] Now comes a similar story out of the leftist mecca of Washington, D.C., but this one is going to be harder for EV fans to dismiss out of hand, since it is reported by the reliable Democrat propaganda agents at the always-tiresome Axios.  The headline of this one is understated, since it carries unfortunate news for one of the left's preferred industries: "Low temperatures create problems for D.C. electric vehicle drivers," it reads.  Oh.  You don't say.

The Biden Admin's Multi-Billion Dollar EV Charging Program Has Short-Circuited.  The Biden administration has designated billions of taxpayer dollars to build electric vehicle (EV) chargers, but lagging market demand and government red tape are getting in the way, according to experts who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced Thursday that it was awarding $150 million to upgrade existing public EV chargers, just one week after announcing another $623 million in subsidies to states to bolster EV charger construction.  The grants from the FHWA are part of two EV charger programs established by the Biden administration in the November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, which were designated collectively $7.5 billion for charger construction and upgrades.

Electric Vehicles Enter the 'Total Failure' Phase of Their Existence.  As RedState reported, Ford has cut the production of its "Lightning" electric pickup truck in half.  Why?  Mainly because no one wants to buy them. [...] Who could have guessed that paying $55,000 (and that's with EV subsidies) for a stripped-down, base-level truck that overheats when you tow things and can't drive over 300 miles on a single charge wouldn't appeal to the average F-150 buyer?  Certainly, people who use their trucks for work have found little to no use for such a pointless monstrosity.  It's not just the Lightning, though.  The entire EV industry is getting hit by reality right now.  [Tweet]  There is no better example of government idiocy than the top-down push for electric vehicles, which at this point has cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.  They were a solution to a problem that didn't exist, and even then, they turned out to not be a solution at all.  It's not just about cost either.  How useful is a car that loses most of its range when it gets below freezing?

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Terrifying video shows how e-bike battery ignited an inferno in a NYC store.  A video posted by the FDNY shockingly reveals how a charging lithium-ion battery sparked a raging fire in a Queens e-bike shop this month.  The video, from King Electronic Hub in Richmond Hill, shows a charging lithium-ion battery surrounded by scooters and boxes shooting up a thick cloud of gray smoke, followed by sparks, according to a clip posted on X by FDNY.

Electric cars and heat pumps seem destined to make us freeze.  It's been a pretty cold week in the northern United States, with temperatures down to minus 18 Celsius in Chicago.  But it will have felt even colder, I dare say, if you have been standing around waiting to charge your Tesla.  One owner complained of waiting five hours in a queue to charge his vehicle as low temperatures sapped the batteries of electric cars and made it more difficult to charge them.  He said he counted 10 cars being towed away as they couldn't be charged.  In one case a motorist said he had plugged in his electric car for two days running, three hours at a stretch — and still his car was saying it had zero per cent charge.

Retired Military Officials Say Biden's Electric Vehicle Push is Putting National Security at Risk.  A group of 17 retired military officials is warning that Joe Biden's hard push for electric vehicles is putting America's national security at risk.  Among their chief concerns is that EVs increase America's reliance on China, but there are other potential problems as well.  Biden and Democrats have been actively working to destroy the fossil fuel industry since the moment Biden took office.  They are beholden to the climate change activists of their party's base who are absolutely obsessed with the issue.

Ford Slashes Electric Truck Production, Because Nobody Wants Them.  Full disclosure:  I'm a Ford guy.  I've driven Ford cars and trucks since the late '70s.  These days, most American cars and trucks are pretty good; if you drove cars made from about 1975 to 1985, you can remember what pieces of [junk] the Big Three were turning out in those days, but I kept my brand loyalty through the dark times, and still do today.  American vehicles today are all pretty comparable, quality-wise, and with a Ford, I already know the ergonomics, which knobs and buttons do which things, and so forth.  My wife and I have ignored the electric-vehicle (EV) nonsense, in large part because we live in rural Alaska, where such a vehicle would be on the wrong side of useless for much of the year — like this morning when we woke up to -7 degrees Fahrenheit. [...] The F-series is Ford's most successful property, which is why it's kind of baffling as to why they would go all-in on an EV version, which is pretty useless for most people who want a pickup for the kinds of things people use pickups for — especially if they need something reliable in winter weather.

'Climate Change' Puts Biden's EV Mandate On Thin Ice.  The polar vortex gripping the nation has exposed a fatal flaw in President Joe Biden's push to force Americans into electric cars.  EVs don't work well in the cold.  Several news stories out of Chicago this week report how EV owners have been struggling to keep their cars charged as extreme cold saps their batteries of energy, extends charging times, and forces owners to wait for hours to get an open charger.  "Several motorists told local news outlets that they had been stranded at charging stations in the cold with cars with dead batteries, while successful charging was taking far longer than usual.  They also claimed that many of the charging stations were not functioning," Newsweek reports.  One motorist reported that he'd seen "at least 10 cars being towed away after their battery died, with too much energy being expended keeping the car warm while drivers waited."

EVs [are] Unsuitable As Primary Transportation.  Sure, there are exceptions (e.g.  Florida south of roughly Orlando) and most of California.  But not most of the rest of the nation.  The reason is simple:  You cannot charge them when the battery is below 32F — that is, freezing.  The control system in the vehicle prevent it for a very good reason:  If they didn't the battery would be damaged and might catch fire down the road, so the computer prevents that from happening.  If its reasonably below 32F then the vehicle's software can use various strategies to warm the battery up some.  For example, intentionally dissipating power in the motor(s) without moving the vehicle (e.g. opposing fields) which of course generates heat and the motor's cooling system can circulate that into the pack.  Once the pack is above 32F you can charge it.  But these strategies fail when its -10F out and worse, windy besides because the heat is dissipated faster than you can generate it.

Electric Vehicles:  Running on Empty.  The widespread transition from gasoline-powered, internal combustion (or "ICE") vehicles to electric vehicles ("EVs") has been a foregone conclusion for years now, at least according to our ruling class and its obsequious media mouthpieces.  Instead, as predicted by people who instinctively resist government actions designed to "save the planet," there is a massive EV bust occurring.  Pretty much any company not named Tesla is seeing its EV future crash and burn.

2024 Promises the Expansion of the Green Energy Scam.  [Scroll down]  On this side of the pond, we have California banning the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and a wave of blue states lining up behind them.  This at the same time the state is asking existing electric car owners not to charge their cars while leaning on fossil fuels to stave off the return of rolling blackouts.  The reality is that the green energy revolution is a fiction.  Green energy is incapable of providing the energy requirements developed nations require and the green energy movement is a cult.  In fealty to that cult, Western nations are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars every year on "green energy" programs — most of which fail.

Tesla supercharging station packed in Oak Brook, dead cars line parking lot due to frigid temps.  Electric vehicles may be the way of the future, but many EV owners are having trouble dealing with Chicago's bitterly cold temperatures.  Public charging stations have turned into car graveyards over the past couple of days.  "Nothing.  No juice.  Still on zero percent," said Tyler Beard, who has been trying to recharge his Tesla at an Oak Brook Tesla supercharging station since Sunday afternoon.  "And this is like three hours being out here after being out here three hours yesterday."  Beard was among the dozens of Tesla owners trying desperately to power up their cars at the Tesla supercharging station in Oak Brook.  It was a scene mirrored with long lines and abandoned cars at scores of other charging stations around the Chicago area.  "This is crazy.  It's a disaster.  Seriously," said Tesla owner Chalis Mizelle.  [Video clip]

Public Charging Stations Turn into Electric 'Car Graveyards' in Bitter Chicago Cold.  Electric vehicle owners in the Chicago area have not been able to charge their overpriced method of transportation in the bitter cold this week, leaving scenes of dead electric cars littered across public charging stations.  It turns out buying a worthless car to virtue-signal for the environment has unintended consequences.  Fox Chicago reported Monday the charging stations have turned into electric car graveyards over the past two days as temperatures in the Windy City and its suburbs have dipped to the negative double digits.  One man, Tyler Beard, to the outlet he had been trying to recharge his Tesla at an Oak Brook Tesla supercharging station since Sunday afternoon.

The Biggest Evidence for the Folly of the EV Push May Be Happening Right Now.  Throughout the Biden presidency, there's been a constant refrain that eliminating fossil fuels will solve all our environmental problems.  A big part of that narrative is the push to encourage, cajole, and force everyone into buying electric vehicles (EVs). [...] But there's a huge flaw in the push for EVs that is playing out right now.  It's called winter.  "All cars lose efficiency in the cold weather," explains Andrew Garberson at Recurrent.  "However, drivers only really worry about it when it comes to electric cars, since the lower efficiency translates directly to lower range.  For EV owners in colder climates, like northern portions of the United States and Canada, daily driving and charging behaviors must be adjusted in winter months."

Twilight of the Democrats.  The recent revelation that Hertz is dumping about 40% of its electric vehicle fleet because people don't want to rent them and they're about twice as expensive to maintain as gas-powered vehicles — somehow got past the guardians of correct thought (a.k.a. censors).  Perched on top of this unpleasant revelation is the other current story about the record cold weather affecting the northern Midwest and Northeast.  Seldom is an NFL game ever rescheduled because of weather, but the Bills-Steelers game has been postponed due to extreme cold.  Go figure.  Concurrently, the credibility-challenged media are continuing to vomit up revelations of 2023 being the warmest year "on record."  Not mentioning at all that we've only had thermometers for 300 years.  The earth is a lot older than that.

A cold El Nino winter reveals yet another problem with electric vehicles.  We live in an insane world in which our governments are forcing us to buy EVs to "save the climate."  That's why it's important to focus on just how awful EVs are, and this winter is forcing that focus on a lot of foolish people.  Let me count the problems with EVs:
  •   The batteries require child slave labor.
  •   Mining the materials for the batteries is one of the most violent environmental acts around.  To sound like a leftist, you're almost raping the earth, and it's a burden borne by third-world countries under heavy Chinese influence.
  •   The batteries, when they die, are often too expensive to replace, killing the cars.
  •   When the batteries catch fire (and they do, often), that's it for the car.
  •   If you think ordinary batteries are terrible for landfills, EV batteries are worse, way, way worse.
  •   The electricity for EVs must come from somewhere, which usually means fossil fuels.
  •   Repair costs are incredibly high (which also drives up the overall cost of car insurance for everyone as EVs flood the roads and insurance companies have to adjust to deal with these costs).
  •   EVs are generally less reliable than traditional gas-powered cars.
And then there's the entire charging issue.  When I'm traveling, and I see that I'm low on gas, I pull into a gas station, and it takes me less than five minutes to fill my tank.  That's not how recharging an EV works.

Up To One Third Of Power Needed To Charge Up E-Car Battery Gets Lost.  Germany's online Blackout News here reports: "Charging losses for electric cars ranges from 9.8% to 38.2%, depending on the model."  That means, on some models, nearly one third of the electricity to charge a lithium-ion HV battery gets lost.  When charging, the "current flows against the internal resistance of the battery, generates heat and is lost."  Losses occur when AC current gets converted to DC, but also in the cables and connections.  "These losses have a direct impact on charging time and costs.  A 20 percent loss means a 20 percent longer charging time and 20 percent higher costs," reports Blackout News.

Life Would Get Worse if Climate Alarmists Carry Out Their US Agenda.  First, if the federal government bans gas-powered cars, individual transportation would get less reliable and more expensive.  Americans prefer gas-powered cars over the electric cars favored by climate alarmists.  In November, a coalition of nearly 4,000 auto dealers sent a letter to Biden explaining that his plan to force Americans to buy electric vehicles won't work.  The auto dealers warned that "the supply of unsold [battery electric vehicles] is surging, as they are not selling nearly as fast as they are arriving at our dealerships — even with deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives."  Despite subsidies to encourage manufacturers to make electric vehicles and tax credits for drivers to buy the cars, only 7% of new vehicle sales are electric, compared with Biden's goal of 60% in 2030 and 66% in 2032.

Hertz will sell a third of its EV fleet to buy gasoline cars instead.  Rental car company giant Hertz, which made big news in 2022 when it announced it planned to buy 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors to diversify its fleet, now says it plans to sell about a third of its global EVs this year and use the proceeds to buy gasoline powered cars instead.  In a government filing Thursday, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said it started selling about 20,000 EVs from its U.S. fleet last month.  It said it will continue the sale throughout the year, citing higher expenses on EVs related to collision and damage, as well as lower than anticipated demand for EVs, which erodes resale values, as reasons for the shift.

Electric Double Decker Bus Bursts into Flames in London Rush Hour.  An electric double decker bus burst into flames in London this morning, causing rush hour chaos as terrified witnesses reported hearing a "huge bang".

Officials probe electric double decker bus inferno after vehicle 'exploded' and burst into flames.  Officials today launched an investigation after one of Sadiq Khan's electric buses exploded during today's rush hour.  Terrified residents in Wimbledon described a massive 'bang' after a double decker burst into flames during this morning's commute, sparking chaos on the roads as black smoke filled the streets.  Astonishing video obtained by MailOnline shows the dramatic moment firefighters battled to put out the inferno.

The underbelly of electric vehicles.  While electric vehicles are essential to reducing carbon emissions, their production can exact a significant human and environmental cost.  To run, EVs require six times the mineral input, by weight, of conventional vehicles.  These minerals, including cobalt, nickel, lithium and manganese, are finite resources.  And mining and processing them can be harmful for workers, their communities and the local environment.

The Electric Car Con Explained.  The U.S. car fleet accounts for a mere 1.0% of global energy demand (5% x 19%), declining to 0.8% by 2050.  So even if the U.S. shifts 100% to electric-powered cars, the maximum climate impact in 2050 is a meaningless 0.2% (22% x 0.8%) reduction in global CO2 emissions from the current electric grid, up to a maximum of 0.5% assuming solar, wind, and hydro can, implausibly, power 60% of electric demand.  In other words, there is no factual basis to claim that the government mandate to switch to electric cars will have any material impact on global CO2 emissions. [...] Put simply, cars are not a meaningful source of global emissions and electric cars do not and cannot curtail the continued reliance on fossil fuels in electric generation.  On top of this, counting all sources, the U.S. is responsible for only 14% of all global CO2 emissions, declining to 9% by 2050 due to rest of world economic growth.

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Abbreviations corrected by The Editor.  Discussion:  Carbon dioxide is abbreviated CO2 — Capital C, capital O, 2.  Preferably with a subscript 2.  It's a chemical compound of carbon and oxygen.  The oxygen atoms outnumber the carbon by two-to-one, yet the news media habitually (and ignorantly) calls CO₂ "carbon."  The symbol "Co" stands for Cobalt, which is something else entirely.

Electric buses: another bankrupt green boondoggle.  Electric buses are just like electric passenger vehicles: they're not ready for prime time, only more so.  Proterra buses are a case in point.  Cities that wasted money on them found they had far less range then advertised.  They commonly couldn't complete even short, flat routes specifically designed for them.  The enormous weight of their batteries cracked frames, and getting parts from the factory was virtually impossible.  But to make up for their failures, they were far more expensive than reliable diesel buses.  Proterra went bankrupt in August of 2023.  President Biden gave Proterra at least $10 million, and lauded it as the future:  "when you start making a thousand buses a year, you're going to need more room for customers."  That makes as little sense as anything Biden is saying these days.

A battery-operated locomotive is never a good idea, unless you can pick it up with one hand.
Failures of Latvia's new electric trains serve as a warning for the rest of us.  For the most part, I don't care how things are done in Europe.  One exception is Latvia, [...] What is the biggest story in Latvia in the first week of 2024?  The failure of new electric trains there, replacing old electrics.  The new trains are operated by a company called Vivi. and the trains were built by Skoda Group, a Czech company. [...] And of course, I've noted before that liberals adore trains because they only go where there are rails.  In a practical way, it's beneficial in North America to see how Latvia is enduring its electric train problems.  Meanwhile, the electric trains debacle is a Latvian cultural phenomenon.

The electric vehicle doom loop.  The inevitable, planet-saving, path to universal electric vehicle (EV) ownership is becoming increasingly cratered.  Some 4000 dealers recently begged President Biden to stop pushing EVs.  They can't give them away.  About half of all Ford Dealers refuse to stock them, and more than 50% of Buick dealers recently went out of business rather than sell them.  Ford has largely bet its EV future on the F-150 Lightning pickup.  It's a sucker's bet.  Ford recently announced it was cutting its EV production plans in half. [...] It's a doom loop:  there's little demand for EVs, which average $67,000 each, and Bidenomics has driven interest rates to unaffordable heights.  Limited EV range demands millions of chargers, but because there are so few EVs there's no profit in chargers.  Finally responding to market forces rather than government coercion, manufacturers have chopped EV production and investment in Chinese battery plants.  Only Americans in the top 7% in income can afford EVs, and they already have all they want.  As if that weren't enough, EVs have an alarming tendency to spontaneously burst into unquenchable flames.

Cold kills city's electric bus fleet, mandated by 'global warming'.  Scandinavia in recent days has experienced a blast of cold weather like few in recent years.  The temperature fell to minus 40 degrees Celsius, which coincidentally is about the same minus 40 on the Fahrenheit scale, a reading not seen regularly even in cold-weather climes like Montana and North Dakota.  Turns out they could use a bit of "global warming" to keep their fleet of electric buses out of the garage.  A Substack report said officials in "the city of Skellefteå where they 'only' had -34C this morning, have been investing in electric buses, to save the climate of course!  Their goal is to replace all diesel buses with electric as soon as possible."  But the city was canceling its buses routes "because of the cold weather — the buses have to be parked indoors to warm up.  They say that the electric buses are struggling to keep warm in the cold weather."

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[#1] Minus 40 degrees is exactly the same, not just "about the same," on both the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.  [#2] One must wonder how the municipal officials didn't put two and two together before ordering electric buses:  Sweden gets cold in the winter, and electric vehicles don't like cold weather.  Everyone in the world should understand that by now.

[The] Collapse Of [the] Used EV Market Spells Doom For Biden's Electric Car Dreams.  Just as President Joe Biden starts showering hundreds of billions more of taxpayers' money to "electrify" the nation's fleet of automobiles, the bottom is falling out of the EV market.  The latest indication is the sharp drop in prices for used EVs.  A report from iSeeCars.com, a search engine for auto buyers, found that the average price for all cars declined 5% in 2023 compared with 2022.

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Five percent is a slump, not a collapse.

Why Dealers Remain Skeptical About Electric Vehicle Sales.  Electric vehicles are a crucial part of President Joe Biden's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.  The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new emissions standards that aim to have two-thirds of all new vehicle sales be electric by 2032.  However, over 4,000 dealers, including more than 300 from Texas, have signed an open letter urging Biden to reconsider these regulations due to lagging consumer demand.  Despite initial enthusiasm from early adopters, the sales of electric vehicles have slowed down, resulting in a surplus of unsold inventory at dealerships.  Despite price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and government support, electric vehicles are not selling as quickly as they are arriving.  Dealers argue that the attempted electric vehicle mandate is unrealistic based on current and projected customer demand.

Poll: Connecticut voters oppose electric vehicles sales mandates.  A majority of Connecticut voters oppose a Democrat-led push to phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the state, according to a new poll.  The poll commissioned by the Specialty Equipment Market Association — a trade association representing aftermarket auto manufacturers and retailers — found that nearly 60% of the voters surveyed opposed proposed legislation to phase out the sale of gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks over the next decade.  "Voters are primarily concerned that the state's infrastructure cannot support an influx of electric vehicles, that electric vehicles are unaffordable, and that a ban would restrict individual choice," pollsters wrote in a summary of the results.  "While Connecticut voters are concerned about climate change, a majority are unwilling to drive only electric vehicles."

Electric Vehicles, the Blood Diamonds of the Climate Cult.  Since New Year's Day one year ago, the "electric vehicle transition" has gone from being a foregone conclusion to being a rolling failure.  Auto manufacturers who bought into the hype are looking at a catastrophic financial miscalculation, and typical car drivers have gone from being curious (at best) to being generally negative about purchasing EVs.  I believe that the conservative media's pushback against EVs has had a considerable impact.  In other words, 2023 was a very good year — a year in which we turned opinion against electric vehicles.  The people who want a boutique, status-symbol EV can continue to buy Teslas.  (But can we please kill off the taxpayer subsidies for Tesla?)  For all the rest, let 2024 be the year when legacy automakers throw in the towel on the eco-communist EV experiment.

Freighter Fire Off US Coast Is Finally Extinguished After Days of Burning, Cargo at Center of Disaster.  After lithium-ion batteries burned in a large cargo ship's hold for a number of days, the U.S. Coast Guard said late Saturday that the fire was out and directed the ship to anchor near Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  The 19 crew members of the ship, Genius Star XI, were uninjured and technicians from the Salvage and Marine Firefighting team remain onboard to ensure the fire doesn't return, according to a Coast Guard press release.  "This protected anchorage ... will allow the vessel to remain stable, minimizing risk of any re-flash of the fire as we continue our response," Capt. Chris Culpepper said in the press release, which said an investigation into the fire's origins will begin once response efforts wrap up.  Genius Star XI was shipping lithium-ion batteries from Vietnam to San Diego.

Canada to mandate that only zero-emission vehicles be sold by 2035.  CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster, recently reported that the Canadian government will release final regulations mandating that all new passenger cars sold in Canada by 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles. [...] The regulations are meant to ensure that automakers produce enough affordable electric vehicles to meet the demand?!  What a crock!  That is beyond preposterous!  The demand for electric vehicles is lagging far behind what "experts" predicted — and what our elite leaders wish to see.  In a free market, automakers would always produce enough vehicles to meet demand, to maximize revenue.  The EVAS is a tool of a command economy, designed to force consumers and automakers alike to bend to government wishes, all other considerations [notwithstanding].

In Pete Buttigieg's reality, EVs dominate.  [Scroll down]  Reality provides a different perspective.  Some 4000 dealers recently begged President Biden to end his EV push.  They can't give away the EVs rusting, and sometimes combusting, on their lots.  Half of Buick dealers took a buyout rather than sell EVs.  About half of Ford dealers refuse to stock EVs.  Losing something around $5 billion on EVs in 2023, Ford has backed out of its battery plant deal with China and has halved its future EV production plans.  GM, recognizing reality, and like Ford, likely recognizing an impending stockholder revolt, is also substantially cutting back its EV dreams.  Electric Bus maker Proterra, a company Joe Biden lauded as the future, went bankrupt in 2022, going the way of Solyndra and many other Obama/Biden green fantasies, taking untold taxpayers billions with them.

Surprise: EV Chargers Will Cause Issues On Northern Power Grids.  What could possibly go wrong with lots of outside chargers in cold weather areas and power generation that is insufficient? [...] They'll be adding a ton of electricity [demand] into the grid.  Where's it going to come from?  How will the grid handle it?  How will it handle it in cold climates?  This is going to get ugly.  And that's not even accounting for that gas and diesel vehicles already have a hard time in that kind of cold.

Study forecasts challenges of electric vehicle chargers on northern power grids.  A study is revealing some of the challenges that electric vehicles will pose to northern power grids — and it'll likely be revised now that Canada has a plan for phasing out the sale of gas-powered cars and trucks.  "At no point in our studies did we consider 100 per cent electric vehicle adoption," said Michael Ross, a researcher at Yukon University who is leading the study.  Ross, an industrial chair in northern energy innovation, said his research is looking at slow to high adoption rates of electric vehicles in Dawson City and parts of Whitehorse and Yellowknife.  So far, it's showing some of the ways residential power grids will be strained if people in those neighbourhoods add Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations to their homes, he said.

Philadelphia's Fleet Of Electric Government Cars Is A Total Disaster:  Report.  Philadelphia's plan to procure electric vehicles for official city business has reportedly hit a snag:  Too many city workers are charging their work vehicles at the same time, clogging up the city's limited pool of charging stations.  Public charging locations in Philadelphia are often swamped throughout the day, with long lines of electric car users and city employees waiting to access the minimal number of stations, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported.  "It's like, man, you got to be here 40 minutes, 50 minutes, and then you got to spend another hour here to charge," Kevin Taylor, an Uber driver who has been driving an electric car for two months, told the news station.  "It would be nice, you know, for them to have a way to charge overnight in like their own facility," Abe Burger, another electric vehicle user waiting for a charge, told NBC 10 Philadelphia.

New testing finds electric vehicles fall short of EPA range estimates.  New testing shows that some popular electric vehicles fall short of their government-estimated driving ranges, underscoring anxiety Americans have about the range of electric vehicles.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency range estimates listed on electric vehicle window stickers and at fueleconomy.gov don't have separate city and highway ranges, as they do with conventional cars and hybrids.  Consumer Reports, the nonprofit research, testing, and consumer advocacy organization, put electric vehicles to the test.  To find out how much range EV models get in highway driving conditions, Consumer Reports put 22 of the most popular new EVs through a new highway-speed range test.  The test involved driving fully-charged vehicles at a steady speed of 70 mph and only stopping when each vehicle's battery was completely depleted and the vehicle was inoperable, according to the nonprofit.

Ford Slashing EV Production in Half Next Year.  By now, most of us have seen the reluctant reporting from media outlets checking in with vehicle dealerships around the United States.  Car lots are filled with electric vehicles, many with their original sales prices reduced.  Most people simply aren't interested in purchasing an EV despite any mandates being issued by state governments or the White House.  There are various reasons for this, including the high cost of these vehicles (despite generous, taxpayer-funded rebates) and the uncertainty of there being sufficient charging stations to keep them running.  Now Ford has seemingly woken up to the reality of the situation.  In 2024, they will be drastically cutting their production of their "best-selling" EV, the F-150 Lightning.  This year, they were producing 3,200 trucks per week.  Next year the figure will fall to 1,600.

Auto dealerships turning into EV boneyards?  Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published a new report, revealing this:  ["]Electric-vehicle sales growth hit a speed bump in the U.S. this year, and the impact is being felt throughout the industry.["]  The authors of the article suggest that the "relatively high prices" of E.V.s might have something to do with the people's "hesitancy" to make the switch — because apparently the average $54k for an E.V. (which is $5k more than the average gas vehicle) is only a "relatively high" cost for a car.  They also noted that because of the "speed bump" in sales, the inventory isn't moving.  Shocker.  Under Bidenomics, few have the money to dump into a vehicle that can't really be trusted.

Investors Are Turning On A Key Pillar Of Biden's Climate Agenda.  Investors are backing off of electric vehicle (EV) charging companies, a key player in the Biden administration's wider climate agenda, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday [12/26/2023].  Major companies in the industry — including ChargePoint, EVgo and Blink Charging — have seen their stock prices tumble over the past year as investors worry about their profitability, a sign of potential trouble for an industry that the White House is counting on to reach its aggressive longer-term EV targets, according to the WSJ.  The administration has set aside billions of dollars to boost the industry, which it will need to thrive in order to develop a nationwide network of charging stations.  ChargePoint's stock price is down 74% in 2023, while EVgo and Blink Charging have seen their shares lose 21% and 67% of their value, respectively, according to the WSJ.

Over 36,000 gallons of water used for electric vehicle fire on I-65.  An electric vehicle crashed and caught fire Monday night in Autauga County.  According to the Pine Level Fire Department, units were called to a traffic accident with a vehicle fire around 11:15 p.m.  At the scene, firefighters found a Tesla Model Y in flames.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was already on the scene and had closed the interstate.  The driver was uninjured and had escaped the vehicle before the fire department arrived, officials say.

Supercharged loss:  EV charger companies watch profits plummet as drivers pump the brakes.  Several electric vehicle charging companies are experiencing sharp declines in their share prices, with some projecting significant annual losses as sales for EVs level off and market leaders worry about the future of the industry and economy.  ChargePoint Holdings reported that its shares dropped 74% in 2023 and missed its initial revenue projections for the third quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Blink Charging and EVgo shares also have dropped 67% and 21%, respectively.  Many charging executives have expressed concerns that customers are wary about higher costs and delayed deliveries of electric vehicles, as well as the overall state of the economy.  Though more EV chargers are in use, buyers are not as keen to purchase the vehicles.

Transporting EVs with the ever-reliable diesel engine.  Haven't we all seen diesel-powered trucks deliver diesel-powered generators, to charge dead E.V. batteries?  How does a company get the lithium to build the battery?  Diesel earth-moving machinery of course.  What happens when freezing temperatures cause an E.V. to break down?  What kind of tow truck comes to the rescue?  When exposure to salt water causes a dangerous malfunction and the car rolls backward into a bay, what kind of vehicle pulls the car up from submersion?

Power Outages Force Maine to Delay Vote for Electric Vehicle Mandate.  Democrat Gov. Janet Mills desperately wants to adopt the standards similar to California.  The mandate would require "43 percent of new cars sold in Maine be zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs by model year 2027 and 82 percent by model year 2032."

Minnesota cities went for EVs in public transit, but the buses couldn't handle the cold.  Minnesota cities worked to shift toward clean energy in public transit, but complications from acquired electric vehicles have prompted significant overhauls and additional expenditures to keep the buses operational.  In Duluth, Minn., technicians installed diesel-powered heaters on electric buses as the city's electric fleet struggled to perform.  In 2015, the city received a $6.3 million federal grant, according to MinnPost, for seven battery-electric buses from Proterra, which were delivered in 2018.  Proterra, which went bankrupt in August, sold 550 buses.  The company enjoyed outspoken support from the Biden administration, but the buses have given transit districts across the country extensive problems.  Many of the buses, which were purchased with sizable federal grants, have broken down, and repairs have been slow going as a result of a lack of parts.  The Proterra buses in Duluth struggled to make it up steep hills and to keep riders warm in winter.

Only Half of All Ford Dealers Agree to Sell EVs Next Year.  Ford said on Thursday that half of all 1,550 Ford dealers chose to sell electric vehicles in 2024 — down from two-thirds that said this time last year that they would opt in to sell EVs for 2023.  The other half of Ford dealers will sell — and service — ICE and hybrid models.  "EV adoption rates vary across the country, and we believe our dealers know their market best," Ford spokesman Martin Günsberg told the Detroit Free Press.  The slack buy-in from Ford dealerships comes even after Ford relaxed its requirements for dealers in the EV dealer program last January that mandated fewer L2 chargers and extended installation deadlines.  Certified Ford EV dealers were once required to spend $500,000 for a single public DC fast charger, or $1 million if they wanted to be in the Elite tier of EV dealers.  The extra $500,000 was for another fast charger and demo units, among other things.  But the high price tag caused Ford dealers to balk.

Half of U.S. Buick Dealers Take Buyouts Rather Than Sell EV's.  The market for electric vehicles isn't as robust as climate cultists and their media minions would have Americans believe.  A few weeks ago, I reported that car dealerships across the country were begging Biden to use his pen-and-phone to rescind the mandate to end unrealistic EV mandates that have sprung up in blue states.  In another article, I noted Congress budgeted $7.5 billion to build tens of thousands of electric vehicle chargers across the country, and none had yet been built.  Since then, one tax-payer funded EV charging station was built.  In London, Ohio, and apparently, no one is using it.  There are even more signs that the American public is pushing back against this net-zero nonsense.  General Motors is relearning an important lesson in capitalism:  Smart businesses don't sell things customers aren't buying.

GM driving about half of its Buick dealers out of business with demand for upfront cash investment to handle electric vehicles.  The decline and fall of General Motors, which sees it heading toward liquidation from its status as arguably the most powerful corporation on earth more than half a century ago, is entering a new phase.  The federal government's mandated conversion to electric vehicles is taking another big bite out of its organization. [...] GM's pathetic condition today, as an obedient ward of the state, contrasts sharply with its heyday in the 1950s and early 60s, when it had to restrain itself to only half of all auto sales in the US lest the federal government be forced to try to break it up on antitrust grounds.  Anyone wishing to understand the tragi-comic fall of General Motors should start with the 1989 book Rude Awakening, by the brilliant Maryann Keller, a chronicle of monumental mismanagement.

Half of Buick Dealers Take Buyouts to Avoid Having to Sell GM's Electric Cars.  Almost half of Buick dealers across the United States have opted to take buyouts from General Motors (GM) to avoid having to sell Electric Vehicles (EVs) at a time when consumer reports show Americans are increasingly turned off by the cars.  According to GM, almost 1,000 of its nearly 2,000 Buick dealerships across the U.S. chose to take buyouts from the parent company rather than investing potentially millions into retooling and prepping dealers to service and sell EVs.  The buyouts mean that GM will now have just about 1,000 Buick dealerships across the nation as the automaker moves forward with adhering to President Joe Biden's green energy agenda.

Fire breaks out in GM's EV plant and executives go with the vague 'battery materials' as the culprit.  In 2021, shortly after signing the $1.2 trillion "Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal" into law, Joe Biden set off on a public relations campaign to sell the agenda contained therein, making it all the way to Detroit for the grand opening of General Motors' new E.V. assembly plant, known as Factory ZERO.

Are Electric Vehicles the Wave of the Future?  [Scroll down]  Today, electric cars are being built and sold to fight carbon dioxide.  This basic goal is simply madness.  Carbon dioxide is plant food.  One has to wonder if electric vehicles are actually reducing carbon dioxide.  In one demonstration, when a reporter asked about the power source, he was informed that they just plugged it into a socket on the side of the building.  At the same time, there was an official there from the utility company, and he pointed out that the local electricity was provided by a coal-fired power plant.  So you can see that absolutely nothing was accomplished, as the coal-fired power plant was still producing carbon dioxide.  That does not even consider that many of the components of an electric vehicle are produced in places like China, which have few pollution control requirements.  Consider that the machinery used to mine the ore is producing carbon dioxide, and then the trucks that haul the ore to the refinery, and then the carbon dioxide produced by the refinery, and finally the factory to build the batteries and such, each stage using electricity.  In China, much of the electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants.

Electric Vehicles Are Much More Costly than Commonly Claimed.  Electric Vehicles (EV) have been much in the headlines recently, from stories detailing the difficulties with charging them to losses suffered by major automakers pushing them at the behest of the Biden administration, to EV fires, the dependence on China for critical components used in EVs including their batteries, range and function issues, and beyond. [...] Recent surveys show that more important than their limited range and hauling capacity, their tendency to fail in bad weather and spontaneously combust, or any other issue, the upfront price of an EV is the factor driving automobile and truck consumers' decisions concerning whether to purchase an electric vehicle.  Car buyers enter the market knowing EVs, even with generous taxpayer-funded tax credits, carry an up-front price premium.  But it turns out the higher up-front costs are only part of the story.  In fact, a new study from the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) indicates EVs are even more expensive — much more expensive — to drivers, taxpayers, and the economy as a whole than anyone previously calculated, much less publicized.

Canada will require all new cars to be zero emissions vehicles by 2035.  All new cars in Canada will have to be zero emissions by 2035, the government will announce next week when it unveils new vehicle regulations, the Star has learned.  But rather than being a way to force new technology on consumers, it's being sold as a way to guarantee that people who want EVs will be able to get them more quickly.  The new regulations, called the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, will shorten the lengthy wait times for EVs that have been dampening consumer demand, said a senior government official whom the Star agreed not to name because they were discussing policy that hadn't been made public yet.

What Climate Zealots Don't Understand About EVs and Winter.  Here in Wisconsin, where fewer than one-tenth of 1% of vehicles are fully electric, it's rare to see an EV outside the city.  That's why the latest international climate conference, Conference of the Parties (COP28), which advocated widespread adoption of electric vehicles, should have Wisconsinites concerned.  When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, which occurs over 200 days per year in Eau Claire, electric vehicles experience a reduction in range and efficiency, with losses of up to 40% when the heating system is in use.  My visit to my local automotive shop to have the tires rotated on the family Ram truck was unaffected by the 13-degree Fahrenheit weather.  While the truck was up on the lift, Liz Fox, a service adviser at the shop, told me that while not many electric vehicles come in for repairs, when they do, repairs typically take longer and are more expensive than repairing internal-combustion engine vehicles.

States are adopting California's e-truck rules, which industry says will increase consumer costs.  Maryland has become the 10th state to adopt California's Advanced Clean Trucks rule even though 19 state attorney generals and a coalition of stakeholders are suing the Golden State to stop it.  The trucking industry warns that the mandate comes with a host of problems, many of them similar to those consumers have seen with electric vehicle mandates for passenger cars.  In 2022, according to the American Trucking Associations, 72.6% of the nation's freight moved by truck.  With large amounts of consumer goods shipped by trucks, the rules will add costs to freight, which will ultimately be passed down to the consumer, the industry warns.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted California — and only California — a waiver that allows the state to enforce regulations that will require half of all heavy-duty vehicle sales to be electric.

Half of electric cars fall short on their official range by as much as 50 miles.  Bad news for EV owners with range anxiety:  [...] half of electric cars go don't even go as far as makers claim.  A real-world test of 22 of the most popular electric cars has found that 10 fell short of their advertised range.  The biggest difference between quoted and actual ranges was observed in a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat Extended Range, which starts at around $70,000.

Biden Finally Built an Electric Vehicle Charging Station.  People Aren't Using It.  The Biden administration touted the opening of its first taxpayer-funded electric vehicle charging station as proof that "Bidenomics is delivering for Americans."  Just days after the opening, the station sat empty.  The inaugural station - which opened on Dec. 8, two years after the administration allocated $7.5 billion to build electric vehicle chargers across the country — is located in London, Ohio, a small town situated just southwest of Columbus.  The station features an Arby's, a Cinnabon, and plenty of merchandise for truckers.  It also features few to no users.  "At about 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, nobody was using the chargers," Inside Climate News reported after visiting the station.

White House tells federal workers to rent green EVS, or take the bus or train.  President Joe Biden made another move Thursday to push his electric car agenda and live up to his nickname as 'Amtrak Joe' by pressing federal employees to rent electric vehicles and take more trains.  In a directive Thursday, federal employees were told to rent EVS on official travel when costs are less or equal to comparable gas-powered vehicles and where charging is accessible.  Additionally, federal workers were instructed to take rail for trips less than 250 miles when cost-effective and feasible rather than flying.

The electric vehicle fire is extinguishing itself.  Onerous electric vehicle mandates have threatened to crash not only the economy, but our electric grid.  Joe Biden's handlers want X% of all vehicles to be electric by X year, which is always an impossibly few years in the future. [...] Until recently, American auto manufacturers were politically attuned to the Mummified Meat Puppet Administration's EV/Climate Crisis goals, but even when one is saving the planet through government mandates and deficit spending, reality inevitably catches up.  Reality in the form of 4000 dealers writing President Biden to tell him they can't sell or give away the EVs infesting their lots, so perhaps it would be a good idea to please reign in those mandates?  Another bit of reality is the current average EV sells for $67,000 dollars.  When all but a handful of Americans can't afford an EV even if they want one — and most don't — EVs aren't going to sell, which is the dealer's polite point.

Biden Finally Built an EV Charging Station but There's One Little Problem.  [Scroll down]  But this is not where Paul Harvey would tell you that you know the rest of the story.  The very first Bidencharger is located at a truck stop in London, Ohio, that features "an Arby's, a Cinnabon, and plenty of merchandise for truckers," according to the Free Beacon.  It opened on Friday, Dec. 8, just three days after I so recklessly claimed that the Green New Deal Lite hadn't built any EV charging stations.  Please, I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.  But this being a Biden boondoggle, you have to know there's going to be a catch, and here it is: "At about 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, nobody was using the chargers," Inside Climate News Admitted.  This comes as no surprise.  If I were spending my own money on EV chargers, I'd put the first one where there are plenty of EV drivers around to generate a return on my investment.  A truck stop on the outskirts of Columbus seems like an unlikely place to find a Tesla charging in the middle of the day.

They're Stacking Up.  It's nearly 2024 and there's a two-month-plus supply of cars — many of them 2023 models — waiting to be sold before they become last year's models.  Most of these waiting-to-be-sold models are electric cars that aren't selling because (drum roll, please) buyers don't want them.  Never before in the history of the car business has the cart been put before the horse — as it has when it comes to electric cars.  Government has been interceding between car buyers and car manufacturers for more than half-a-century, imposing requirements that new cars must have equipment such as seat belts and air bags and back-up cameras, irrespective of the buyer's desire to pay for them or his lack of desire to have them in his car.  It has decreed bumper-impact standards and even gone so far as to require that speedometers be dialed back to register no faster than 85 MPH.  But not until just recently did the government (feeling its oats, no doubt) go for broke and order the car manufacturers to build only one type of car — the electric car — and never mind whether people will buy them.

Is Britain facing an EV car finance bombshell?  It is the way eight out of ten motorists finance their new cars, but are Personal Contract Purchase deals good value for money[,] especially for people considering buying an electric vehicle (EV)?  In the 12 months [ending] October 2023, some £17 [billion] was loaned by financial institutions to motorists looking to purchase a new car.  Of these, one in five new cars sold in Britain is an electric vehicle.  According to the motor industry, some of these, such as the Seat Mii Electric, are losing more than half of their value within 12 months.  This collapse in value is prompting concern among financial experts.

The Church of the Climate Change Cult is losing some of its Flock.  [Scroll down]  Most individuals who keep up on the news and purchase an EV know their electricity system will need an upgrade to ensure their household will have the ability to fast charge them.  That upgrade when done by many households puts an increased demand on the grid meaning the electricity supplier must increase available capacity by adding more generation.  That issue recently surfaced in Germany due to the closing of their coal and nuclear plants while pushing EV sales and electric heat pumps for households; both of which will increase electricity demand.  Add to that the Ukraine/Russian war causing Russian to cut off the supply of natural gas to Germany and one can imagine the negative affect on reliable energy.  As a result of the foregoing the action being taken is significant as was recently reported:  "In Germany, the network regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, is now taking steps to throttle the electricity delivered to EVs and heat pumps to alleviate pressure on the grid."  The article went on to state:  "Going forward, the country's 880 local grid operators won't be able to block new heat pumps or wall-chargers for EVs in their service areas.  In exchange, they get to throttle the devices when power demand threatens "acute damage or overloading of the network".

Dem governor withdraws electric vehicle mandate in stunning blow to environmentalists.  Democrat Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is withdrawing his plan to mandate future electric vehicle (EV) purchases after the proposal received bipartisan pushback from lawmakers on a key legislative panel.  Lamont ultimately pulled the proposal just four months after unveiling it and characterizing it as "decisive action to meet our climate pollution reduction targets."  In July, Lamont unveiled the proposal, tethering Connecticut's emissions standards to those set in California, which mandates that every passenger vehicle sold is electric by 2035, the most aggressive target of its kind nationwide.  "Common sense has prevailed," Connecticut Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly said in a statement.  "The Governor's decision to withdraw the regulations is a reasoned approach to address the growing concerns raised by working and middle-class families.  Adopting California emission standards which ban the sale of gas-powered cars is a substantial policy shift which must be decided by the General Assembly."

Joe, we can't sell them.  How is that electric vehicle promotion going?  Well, the car dealers can't sell them. [...] So what's going on?  The simple answer is that they can't sell electric vehicles no matter how much the Biden administration wants you to buy one or how many commercials they run during the football games.  They can't move them, as they say in the car business.  They sit on the lot.  Like Disney, the companies are not listening to their customers.  Disney makes movies that no one wants to watch.  The car makers are making cars that no one wants to buy.

Report: Electric Vehicles Have 80% More Problems than Gas-Powered Cars.  Electric vehicles (EVs) have vastly more problems that arise than gas-powered cars, a new report of American consumers reveals.  The survey from Consumer Reports, which asked owners of about 330,000 vehicles about issues they faced over the last year, found that EVs have almost 80 percent more problems than gas-powered cars using traditional combustion engines.  Most problems consumers face with EVs, the report suggests, are long charging times, a lack of charging stations in general, issues with the lithium-ion battery, outer and interior parts not fitting precisely, and engine failures.

Car Dealers Warn Biden: 'Unrealistic' Green Agenda Must Be Abandoned, Americans Not Buying Electric Cars.  Car dealers across the United States are warning President Joe Biden that his "unrealistic" green energy agenda must be abandoned, mainly because Americans are not buying Electric Vehicles (EVs) as the administration expected.  Executives with car dealerships from Massachusetts to Alabama to Wyoming sent a letter to Biden this week, urging his administration to drop EV mandates and green energy requirements on the auto industry, citing a lack of interest among American consumers in EVs.  "... we are asking you to slow down your proposed regulations mandating battery electric vehicle (BEV) production and distribution," the car dealers tell Biden: [...]

The Editor says...
Why call it a "battery electric vehicle?"  Is there any other kind?

A Bridge Too Far:  EV Explosions?  The lies regarding EVs abound everywhere on the Internet. [...] I have found on average one truthful internet entry for every 30 or so fictitious claims affirming the value, efficiency, and safety of these problematic vehicles.  The salespeople at the dealership I patronize are at their wits' end trying to clear their lots of EVs, which, despite government incentives and tax credits, are becoming increasingly unpopular.  Inventories continue to pile up.  The reasons for their unpopularity, as detailed in part in a previous article, are glaringly obvious:
  •   What is called "range anxiety," assurances to the contrary are deceptive
  •   Inordinately long recharging periods
  •   Complete inadequacy of the electrical grid
  •   High unit price
  •   The exorbitant cost of maintenance and running costs, despite the false promises of EV promoters; the true cost of fueling an EV would equate to $17.33 per gallon of gasoline.
  •   The prohibitive cost of battery replacement
  •   Negligible resale value
  •   Child slave labor in Africa to produce the 60 pounds of cobalt, 30 pounds of lithium, 130 pounds of graphite, and nearly 500 pounds of steel, aluminum, manganese, nickel, plastic, etc. needed for a half-ton EV battery
  •   The enormous waste of scarce water resources per kilo of lithium
  •   Though routinely denied by interested sources — left-wing fact-checkers, government agencies, electric car firms, and profiteering automotive organizations — electric vehicles are indeed fire-prone and burn at tremendous heat, making [extinguishment] difficult and prolonged.  Lithium-ion batteries tend to become unstable.

Inside Britain's biggest EV hub, where electric car drivers say charging is a nightmare.  Britain's enormous new super hub for charging electric vehicles (EVs) has a major shock in store for eco-punters — it's more expensive than fuel.  Drivers claim that using the nation's largest 'Gigahub' is much more costly than charging at home and paying can be a nightmare.  The site at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has 180 charging points operated by BP Pulse UK, a subsidiary of the oil giant.  At any given time most of them are standing idle, but increasing numbers of motorists are finding their way to the hub that was proudly opened by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt earlier this year.  Sitting next to a Starbucks Drive Thru on a car park at the NEC, a two-minute detour off the M42, the hub leaves some drivers grappling with its system and struggling to pay.

Govt To Pay £350 For EV Chargers in Flats!!  [Scroll down]  So, to recap, if you live in a flat and therefore cannot charge your EV in your drive, the government will pay you £350 towards a charging point in your home!  I assume they expect you to stick your car in the lift and push it into your kitchen to charge up.  What planet are these idiots on?  We are not stupid, Government!  We know that your real objective is to force us all out of our cars, by hook or by crook.  Except, that is, for the elite who will be allowed to travel anywhere they want, anyhow they want.

You Just Won't Believe the Electric Bus Story Out of Edmonton.  The litany of cities run by virtue-signaling dimwits throwing away big dollars on electric bus fleets that don't work grew longer this week up in Canuck country, in the beautiful Canadian city of Edmonton.  There, the local newspaper, the Edmonton Journal, reports about the broken-down bus fleet in a story headlined, "More than half of Edmonton's $60-million electric bus fleet not roadworthy."  Oh, you don't say.  Even better is the subhead, which tells the reader, "Proterra, the American company the city purchased the electric buses from between 2019-2022, is in Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy protection.  Edmonton's on a list of creditors, seeking $1.3 million and fulfillment of service and warranties."  Oh.  LOL.  Hey, at least Edmonton's virtue-signaling elites didn't do what Jackson Hole, Wyoming did last year.  There, the city council made up largely of California transplants (what a surprise, right?) trashed their entire diesel-powered fleet in favor of electric buses, and more than half of those were reported to be non-operative and unable to get repairs done over the summer.

Nothing Good Comes from Biden's EV Ploy.  The biggest economic push for electric vehicles (EVs) appears to be to move them out of dealer inventory lots despite government subsidy perks.  EVs are now some of the slowest sellers on dealership lots.  In September, it took retailers over two months to sell a plug-in, compared with around a month for gas-powered vehicles and only three weeks for a gas-electric hybrid.  The slowdown is also problematic for taxpayers and car companies that are plowing billions of dollars into new battery plants and factories to build more profit-losing EVs.  These investments were made when many of those models were in high demand and had long wait lists.  One of the companies that we taxpayers generously subsidized ungraciously took the money and ran overseas. [...] Meanwhile, a once-hot market for EVs appears to be losing its charge altogether.  Ford has temporarily cut one of the production shifts for the electric pickup and has paused construction of a $3.5 billion battery plant in Michigan.

Waste of the Day:  U.S. Will Give $12 Billion To Auto Makers To Retrofit Plants For EVs.  The Biden administration is so enthusiastic to push electric and hybrid vehicles on the public that the Energy Department is offering $12 billion in grants and loans for automakers and suppliers to retrofit their plants, Reuters reported.  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently made the announcement, telling reporters "While we transition to EVs, we want to ensure that workers can transition in place, that there is no worker, no community left behind."  Granholm is the former governor of car-manufacturing state of Michigan.  The Biden administration hopes to meet its goal of having EVs represent at least half of all new car sales in the U.S. by 2030.  Besides EVs, the funding can be used for factories that make efficient hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, plug-in electric drive and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  The United Auto Workers (UAW) union just ended a six-week strike that cost automakers an estimated $10 billion, and Energy Department grants and loans to convert existing auto plants to build electric vehicles could help win them over.

The True Cost of EVs Is More Than The Sticker Price.  The goals of President Joe Biden's administration are lofty:  among them, nationwide vehicle electrification within 20 years.  To reach that goal, the administration has recently proposed new fuel economy regulations that will help ensure that 67% of new passenger cars sold are electric vehicles by 2032.  The problem is that this green dream is physically impossible to achieve in the next 10 years, and our new research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation shows how much Americans are already paying to try to achieve it.  EV advocates often claim that with the right balance of expensive subsidies and coercive regulations, we can quickly summon new battery and EV technology on a massive scale and make EVs cheaper than gas-powered cars.  What they don't admit is that these subsidies and regulatory favors, not counting the new subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act that are beginning to take effect this year, are already costing Americans at least $22 billion annually, which is almost $50,000 per EV that is sold.

Stellantis Recalls 32,000+ Hybrid Jeep Wrangler SUVs After Several Catch Fire While Parked.  Automaker Stellantis on Wednesday announced a recall of more than 32,000 of its hybrid Jeep Wrangler SUVs because they pose a potential fire risk.  As part of what the company described as a routine review of customer information, Stellantis determined that eight of the hybrid Wranglers had caught fire while they were turned off and parked.  Six of the vehicles were being charged when the fires started.  The company said it doesn't believe anyone was hurt in the fires.  The recall covers 2021-2024 models of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUVs.  All other Wrangler models have been deemed safe by Stellantis, which maintains its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

What We Can Expect Next.  It's becoming very obvious that the push — just the right word, as it's not happening freely — to "electrify" cars is getting pushback, in the form of people not buying electric cars at the rate the pushers want.  It is probably true that most of the people who wanted an electric vehicle already have one.  This amounts to about 10 percent of the people, which makes sense given the expense (and limitations) of electric vehicles.  So what about the other 90 percent?  Or even if it's "only" 70 percent?  There are lots of EVs being made.  But that's not the same as being sold.  Ask Ford.  Ask every automaker — Tesla excused — that's been pushed to make EVs before there was demand to support it.  The pushing grows more aggressive, too (via regulations such as the ones going into effect less than two years from now requiring every vehicle to average close to 50 MPG that have the effect of pushing anything with an engine off the market) even in the face of undeniable evidence that the willingness of people to buy EVs is nowhere near what the pushers want.  Which is for almost everyone — themselves excepted, of course — to be tethered to a battery powered device that is tethered to a single, centralized power source that can be metered according the whims of the pushers.

My Journey from Frustration to Outrage to Seething Anger.  [Scroll down]  However, two issues are my biggest triggers:  First, it enrages me that just by the usurpation of administrative decrees, the lie of Climate Change is now ruling our economy.  The left's one-sided imposition of "cures" for this false problem only has one purpose:  To stop the production of oil and gas while failing on purpose to consider replacements for that energy to keep us alive.  Nine states have now doubled down and said that, by 2035, only EVs can be sold within their borders — a position they hold regardless of the impossibility of building enough EVs and electric generating capacity to meet the need, even if we all agreed 100% to do it.  The real goal is forcing citizens onto public transportation, which places individual movement under governmental control.

Ford Cuts Jobs, Investment for Michigan Electric Vehicle Battery Plant Linked to Chinese Firm.  Ford Motor Company and China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) are already cutting jobs and financial investment at an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery plant set for Marshall, Michigan.  In February, Ford announced the collaboration with CATL — China's premier battery supplier — to build a $3.5 billion plant in the small community of Marshall that executives said would create 2,500 jobs.  A few months ago, Ford executives said they were putting the plant on pause though the company will now resume construction.

Ford Motor Company Pulls Back on Its Commitment to Electric Vehicles.  Seems that that since Ford Motor settled with the United Auto Workers a couple of weeks ago, their enthusiasm for switching to an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2035 has waned a bit. [...] Now I really can't blame the executives over at Ford Motor for thinking that maybe investing a ton of money and time into something that is not nearly as strong as they believed is not the route to go.  The U.S. economy continues to put up solid numbers, but the public's feeling about said economy is not very good.  Plus, electric vehicles' biggest cheerleader in the government is currently Joe Biden, and his leadership on this and in a number of other areas is not very inspiring.

Are EVs a Doomed Technology?  Electric vehicles have been around for 100 years or so.  They lost out to gasoline powered cars because gasoline powered cars are better.  Is that ever going to change? [...] Politicians are demanding that we switch to EVs while at the same time transforming our electrical grid by turning to wind and solar generation — which is impossible, and won't happen: [...] You might assume that someone has gotten out a pencil and paper and figured out how a transition to "green" energy, accompanied by a transition to EVs, can possibly be implemented.  But you would be wrong.  There is no plan, no demonstration project, no set of calculations, no plausible feasibility study.  The whole thing is a fantasy which will cause ever-increasing damage if politicians insist on pursuing it.

Submerged Tesla Model X at Florida boat ramp burns underwater.  A couple drives their Tesla Model X to the Polk Street boat ramp in Hollywood, Florida, to unload a jet ski.  The wife backs the trailer and jet ski into the water, the husband gets the jet ski into the water.  While the husband is on the water on the jet ski, the Tesla begins flashing a warning to the wife to get out of the Model X.  The car's electronically powered doors are closed, and whatever malfunction is occurring won't permit the doors to open.  Apparently, the wife didn't know about the manual release for the doors, so the husband rocks up and gets her out before the Model X ends up submerged. [...] After the SUV slides into the water, its battery catches fire, with toxic gases and flames erupting from the water's surface.  The ocean hates batteries.

The Editor says...
The ocean doesn't hate batteries;  The batteries in an electric car can't tolerate the ocean.  If you own an electric car, you should know better than to drive it anywhere near a boat ramp, especially around salt water.  Also, I thought trailer hitches were not an option on electric cars, because towing reduces the already-meager range of the car.

Tesla Quietly Deletes Clause in Cybertruck Sales Contract After Backlash on Internet.  Is Tesla rolling back its ambitious plans for its Cybertruck vehicle?  The electric vehicle manufacturer moved to enact a "no resale" clause on contracts to sell the electric truck earlier this week, according to Business Insider.  "You agree that you will not sell or otherwise attempt to sell the Vehicle within the first year following your Vehicle's delivery date," the company required in its terms and conditions.  [Tweet]  Tesla reserved the right to buy back vehicles listed for resale under the term, or impose financial penalties on those selling them.  Critics of the policy questioned its legality.

[The] Fire that killed 3 generations of NYC family [was] sparked by [a] lithium-ion battery.  A massive blaze that killed members of three generations of a Brooklyn family over the weekend stemmed from a lithium-ion battery used to power an electric scooter owned by one of the victims, FDNY officials said Monday [11/13/2023].  The ignited battery created a "wall of fire" that made it extremely difficult for residents to escape 242 Albany Ave. in Crown Heights — where the three-alarm blaze erupted shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday, killing matriarch Albertha West, 81, her son Michael West, 58 and grandson Jamiyl West, 33, the FDNY said.  "The volume of fire we see from these batteries creates untenable conditions both for residents to get out, but also for [FDNY] members to get in," Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said at a news conference announcing the cause of the inferno.

Do You Want Electrical Vehicles And Solar Panels Made By Child Slaves And Forced Laborers?  The next time Joe Biden or any politician pushes electrical vehicles or solar panels, ask them where they stand on slavery because the elements that run electrical vehicle batteries and the minerals that go into the creation of solar panels could be made off the sweat and tears of slave laborers as young as six years of age.  Everyone in the climate change world and anti-human trafficking arena knows this but the climate changers may be banking on the average person not knowing this.  When state legislators claim they are working for clean energy, it is best to ask how they are going to achieve that and how are they going to prevent an increase in slavery to achieve their clean energy goals.  Michigan is shooting to reach 100% clean energy by 2040, but now, Michigan House Republicans are proposing to stop the funding of any projects that involves child slaves and forced laborers mining for the minerals to assemble the solar panels and electrical vehicles battery parts.

Electric Vehicles Are Much More Costly than Commonly Claimed.  Electric Vehicles (EV) have been much in the headlines recently, from stories detailing the difficulties with charging them, to losses suffered by major auto makers pushing them at the behest of the Biden administration, to EV fires, the dependence on China for critical components used in EVs including their batteries, range and function issues, and beyond. [...] Recent surveys show that more important than their limited range and hauling capacity, their tendency to fail in bad weather and spontaneously combust, or any other issue, the upfront price of an EV is the factor driving automobile and truck consumers' decisions concerning whether to purchase an electric vehicle.  Car buyers enter the market knowing EVs, even with generous taxpayer-funded tax credits, carry an up-front price premium.  But it turns out the higher up-front costs are only part of the story.  In fact, a new study from the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) indicates EVs are even more expensive — much more expensive — to drivers, taxpayers, and the economy as a whole than anyone previously calculated, much less publicized.

Electric Bus Loses Power Going Up Hill, Rolls Backward and Crashes Into Line of Cars.  Electric vehicles sure do seem safe and effective.  Or am I mixing my propaganda?  According to social media user Xian Ke, a Google-operated electric bus suffered a power loss on Monday morning while attempting to scale one of San Francisco's many hills.  The out-of-control bus then rolled down the hill and crashed into nine vehicles.  Monday on X, formerly Twitter, Ke posted a 10-second clip of the crash's aftermath.

Study: EV's are Cars for People Who Don't Need to Drive (as much).  Mass adoption of electric vehicles (EV) is a key part of plans to decarbonize the United States' energy system.  As EV ownership in the U.S. increases, understanding how much EV owners are driving their cars informs everything from climate and energy models to U.S. policy and energy planning.  Thus far, the assumption among modelers and regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been that EV owners drive their cars about the same number of miles as owners of gas vehicles.  New research published in Joule, however, challenges that assumption and suggests we may be overestimating emissions savings from EVs.  In one of the largest studies on EV mileage to date, researchers at the George Washington University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examined odometer data from 12.9 million used cars and 11.9 million used SUVs between 2016 and 2022.  They found that battery electric vehicle (BEV) cars were driven almost 4,500 fewer miles annually than gas cars.

Five things the Biden administration has attempted to restrict.  [#4] Gas-powered cars:  The Biden administration has been a strong advocate of electric cars and phasing out gas-powered vehicles, with the Department of Transportation's proposed fuel efficiency rules being a recent example of this push.  The proposed rule would raise standards for fuel efficiency to 66 miles per gallon for cars and 54 mpg for trucks by 2032, something National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acting Administrator Ann Carlson has said is "good news for everyone."  "The new standards we're proposing today would advance our energy security, reduce harmful emissions, and save families and business owners money at the pump," Carlson said.  "That's good news for everyone."

The Editor says...
A gas-engine car would almost have to have a styrofoam frame and aluminum-foil doors to get that kind of gas mileage.  Such a car would only be safe at school zone speeds or less.  Who gave the Department of Transportation the authority to issue such an edict?  Who among us believes that 54-mpg cracker-box cars will "save the earth?"

Prominent car rental company reneges on promises of an EV fleet citing 'twice' the cost.  First, talk about waste — typical from the movement that claims to be all about recycling and reusing.  E.V.s are a hallmark part of the "green" cult forcing policies to save the planet... yet they push for cars that by design, are one-and-done rides when they get into an accident?  Cars that had a massively detrimental effect on the earth to mine for the minerals needed to power them?  Cars that will have another negative impact, when they take up a noticeable portion of real estate either in a dump or in an "E.V. graveyard" like we see in China?  According to recent data, there are right around 20,000 car wrecks each day in the U.S. — what happens if they're all E.V.s, like the left wishes?  These people are totally demented.  Second of all, talk about unaffordable.  The U.S. is around $33 trillion in debt, and with our status as the world reserve currency, when we're in debt, we're stealing from the rest of the globe too.  The E.V. industry is already tremendously subsidized, and the idea just isn't good enough to make it — can we just cut our losses and be done with it?

Hertz rolls back aggressive electric car plans.  US-based rental car company Hertz announced back in 2021 it was ordering 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of 2022, though in reality it's still far from this number.  As reported by CNBC, Hertz currently has only 50,000 EVs in its fleet, with 35,000 of them being Teslas.  Hertz Global CEO Stephen Scherr said during the company's recent third-quarter earnings call that "our in-fleeting of EVs will be slower than our prior expectations".  Around 11 percent of Hertz's entire global fleet comprises EVs currently, however the company won't reach the previously stated goal of 25 percent by the end of 2024.

California's EV Conundrums.  [T]he list of conundrums to California's EV mandate is growing:
  •   Lack of sufficient number of buyers, outside the elite profile of existing EV owners
  •   The Governments' lack of ethical, moral, and social responsibilities, by encouraging the social injustice of subsidies for well-off people who can afford EVs, continues exploiting the human rights of workers with yellow, brown, and black skin in the supply chain that are mining for exotic minerals and metals in poorer developing countries to support the green movement in wealthy countries.
  •   Conditions have grown so dire for the supply chain of raw materials needed for EV batteries that Washington is cracking down on EV components that have links to Chinese Uyghur slave labor that are helping to build EV's.
  •   Due to EV battery fire potentials, questionable means of transporting EV's from foreign manufacturers to the USA consumers.
  •   Concerns about occasional electricity from wind and solar being able to charge EV batteries.
  •   The limited life of the EV battery compared with conventional vehicles, the limitations of EVs during emergencies such as fires, floods, and power blackouts.
  •   China restricting exports of graphite, a key mineral used for making EV batteries.
  •   Auto makers will continue to face challenging supply chain issues to make all the parts and components of EV's as the supply of oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil will be in shorter supply.  The typical car today is made with about 260 pounds of plastics.

Another EV Home Charger Company Goes Into Receivership.  Dozens of customers waiting to have electric vehicle home chargers installed by an Irish company have been left in limbo after receivers were appointed to it[.]  Some people who paid up to €700 for an installation by Cork-based Smartzone fear they will be left out of pocket.  The company previously announced plans to put 25,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in homes across Ireland by 2025.  It had also partnered with Electric Ireland, which used the company as its recommended home charger installer, and offered customers a €100 discount if they signed up.  However, many people have reported issues with Smartzone, with some waiting months for the installation process to be complete.

The EPA's War Against Cars.  The EPA states that cars currently emit an average of 400 grams of CO2 per mile.  The proposed regulations would reduce allowable CO2 emissions to 82g/mile by 2032.  By the EPA's own calculation, the only way to meet this standard is for U.S. auto companies to sell at least 67% of the entire fleet as electric vehicles.  In sharpest contrast, electric car booster IEA forecasts that EV sales will account for a mere 20% of U.S. cars sales in 2030.  And even that estimate is looking too optimistic based on recent events.  EV sales currently account for about 8% of U.S. new car sales, or less than 5% excluding California, even with mammoth subsidies of $7,500 per car, billions in incentives and tax credits to manufacturers to support lower sticker prices.  Yet despite all, EVs are not selling as planned, as evidenced by excess inventories.  With price cuts the Big Three are losing money on EVs hand over fist.  Even Tesla, the only manufacturer other than Chinese BYD that can make sustainable profits on EVs, has seen its stock decline in the past two months by $240 billion, as investors recalibrate.  The reality that EVs are unwanted in mass numbers, too expensive and oversupplied is beginning to set in. [...] Environmentalist take note:  your clean car is majority powered by "evil" fossil fuels.

The Editor says...
The avoidance of CO2 emissions is pointless and futile.  Carbon dioxide is plant food.  It is not a pollutant.  If the U.S. government says carbon dioxide is a harmful pollutant, that is a lie.  There are many natural sources of carbon dioxide that can never be stopped by legislation, and there are several other countries in the world (within the same atmosphere) where there is no concern at all about CO2 emissions.

The DNC Con Job to Come.  Our problems are caused by policies.  These are not Biden-Harris-specific policies; they have become standard-issue, party-platform, shared official policies.  To advocate anything else would get one kicked out of the party. [...] Both our nation and the entire Western world are suffering from the intentional destruction of the auto industry, formerly a prodigious employer that raised the standard of living of hundreds of millions of people, by governments forcing the industry to switch, en masse, to the utterly impractical, geologically and economically unsustainable concept of the lithium battery-powered E.V.

Consequences of American Communism.  In typical communist fashion, the federal government's intervention into private-sector businesses by mandates for solar and wind energy along with industrial mandates to build a pre-determined amount of electric vehicles (EV) are bringing those industries to the brink of ruin.  Ford has lost billions trying to comply.  The grid cannot provide enough power to run the country as it is and demanding that solar and wind make up for the shortfall is utter stupidity.  No one wants to buy the EVs Biden declared as necessary and many insurance companies are recognizing that they can't afford to insure them at any cost, because they might spontaneously catch fire and/or explode or their $20,000 batteries might fail after a minor fender-bender.  Being forced to insure them might bring the auto insurance industry to bankruptcy.  How long before the federal government further demonstrates communistic tendencies and mandates that people buy them, either through direct orders or by outlawing gasoline-powered autos?  All unconstitutional, all illegal, but we've seen what weight that carries with an outlaw government.

Net Zero's Dirty Secret:  Child Labor in Congo's Mines.  There are many dirty little secrets of "net zero" goals, but perhaps the worst one is the massive child labor in Congo's mines.  Children are enslaved and overworked so that self-righteous leftists can drive Teslas.  The "climate crisis" is a total scam, as is "green energy," which is actually toxic for the environment.  The batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) are also very toxic to make and dispose of.  In fact, "Driving Electric" stated in 2020 that cobalt is necessary for all EV and plug-in hybrid car batteries.  "Around 60% of the world's cobalt comes from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the metal is sometimes dug out by hand in unregulated conditions, often by child labourers," the website admitted.  According to "Ethical Consumer" in 2022, the percentage is even higher:  "70% of the world's cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo."  Unfortunately, child labor is a massive problem in the Congo.

The Great 'Green Energy Transition' That Wasn't.  One of the textbook marketing flops of all time was the Ford Edsel sedan, which was heralded as the hot new car in the late 1950s.  All the automotive experts and Ford executives said it was a can't-miss.  Henry Ford (the car was named after his son) guaranteed hundreds of thousands of sales.  But one big thing went wrong:  Nobody ever bothered to ask car buyers what they thought of the new car.  As it turned out, they hated it.  So instead of sales of 400,000, Americans bought 10,000, and the model was embarrassingly discontinued.  The obvious lesson for the industry:  You can't bribe Americans to buy cars they don't want.  Given the all-in approach to electric vehicles at Ford and General Motors, it's clear that Detroit never got the message.

Texas Public Policy Foundation Unmasks the True Costs of Electric Vehicles.  With news reports showing Electric Vehicles stockpiling in car lots, unsold, all across the country, it's curious that California Governor Gavin Newsom just announced the state surpassed its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) truck sales goal two years ahead of schedule.  And how did California accomplish this?  According to the governor, "California has distributed more than $780 million to help fleet operators purchase ZEV trucks."  Newsom and the state's environmental lobby are pushing to phase out all internal combustion trucks and big rigs, as they claim that trucks account for over a quarter of the state's on-road greenhouse gas emissions.  But, people don't want what Gov. Newsom is selling — not electric trucks or electric vehicles.  And notably, the Ford Motor Company is losing over $70,000 on each EV it currently sells.

Under-Powered: New Study and Financial News Show Failing EV Market Will Only Overcharge Taxpayers.  For far too long, we have been enduring persistent lobbying from the left concerning the majesty and Eath-saving benefits of electric vehicles.  That politicians and the heft of the federal bureaucracy are pushing this on the nation is all that is needed to understand this is a costly boondoggle. [...] The collective effort to force us onto the electrical grid has been pervasive.  Automakers have been crafting EVs for decades, blue states pass laws trying to force our hands into buying overpriced battery-op cars, and pro-plug-in politicians attempt to fabricate demand by pushing out government-backed rebates like showroom coupons.  All of these examples hint at inherent problems with EVs.  Another factor with this topic is common sense.  The main reason given for moving us onto EVs is the environmental benefits, but we need to ignore that the so-called "clean" vehicles need to have batteries charged with "dirty" power.  Then you have California which wants to mandate that only EVs be sold in the coming years, a state that regularly has rolling blackouts and has requested residents refrain from charging their cars during peak periods.

Joe Biden's Green Energy Flop:  Automakers Realize Americans Are Not Buying Electric Vehicles.  After investing billions into a green energy agenda mimicking President Joe Biden's federal rules, American automakers are quickly learning that Americans are not buying electric vehicles (EVs) at the rates they expected.  A comprehensive report in the Detroit Free Press details how the latest data reveals that while the Biden administration is pushing hard for automakers to turn out EVs, car companies are unable to sell the models.  Data from Edmunds.com shows that in September 2022, for example, EVs sat on dealership lots for just 21 days before they were sold.  Today, EVs are sitting on dealership lots for 65 days.

Australia Warns Ferries about EVs.  Australia's Maritime Safety Authority has issued a domestic commercial vessel safety alert on the risks of ferrying battery powered cars (EVs), download it here.  Each ferry operator must conduct a risk assessment for their vessel to ensure that they are capable of dealing with potential EV fires.  They list the risks of carrying EVs as follows:
  •   High voltage shocks
  •   Direct jet flames
  •   Fires develop in intensity quickly and rapidly reach their maximum intensity (typically within 2-3 minutes)
  •   Toxic gases
  •   Gas explosion (if the released gas accumulates for a while before being ignited)
  •   Long lasting re-ignition risk (can ignite or re-ignite weeks, or maybe months after the provoking incident)
  •   Once established fires are difficult to stop/extinguish
  •   Thermal runaway
They go on to add that EVs are approximately 25% heavier than vehicles with internal combustion engines.  This should be considered when placing the vehicles on the ferry or ship to minimize the potential impact on vessel stability.

Electric vehicles may be worse for the environment than gasoline-powered vehicles.  Electric vehicles require enormous damage to the environment just to produce their batteries — 250 tons of mining is required for a single battery, according to Real Clear Energy.  Switching to electric cars would require a radical expansion of mining across the world, and the minerals for the car batteries will be refined mainly using the coal-powered electric grid of China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.  Yet states are starting to mandate electric vehicles.  Nine states, including California, have now decided to ban gasoline-powered cars by 2035, requiring that all cars sold be electric instead.

Ford to delay spending $12 billion on EV expansion due to slowing customer demand.  Ford announced Thursday [10/26/2023] that it will delay about $12 billion in planned spending to increase EV manufacturing capacity.  Ford CFO John Lawler made the statements in a media briefing.  The major U.S. automaker had expected electric vehicle sales to increase at a much higher pace, according to CNBC.  Persistently high interest rates are slowing the pace of demand for EVs, Reuters reported this week.  On Thursday, Ford reported an operating loss of $1.3 billion in its EV division during the third quarter.  In the statement, the auto maker said that customers are unwilling to pay the premiums for EVs over that of gas or hybrid vehicles, which combine characteristics of battery and gas power.

EV Market Is Looking [Bad].  Business is a brutal sport when you already have a product a majority of your customers want and you are only trying to lure them to choosing yours.  Where business turns into a death match is when you've bought into manufacturing a product which already had limited appeal, but, even as your competition and costs increase, it's losing what little appeal it had to begin with.  This is the conundrum now facing the electric vehicle industry.  As the buying public becomes more familiar with EVs — their manufacturing process, pluses and drawbacks — electrics seem to be losing even their shiny luster of new and cool.  As it stands now, EVs are at risk of becoming a niche market instead of dominating the roads as envisioned.

Toyota Chairman Says People Finally 'Seeing Reality' That Electric Vehicles Aren't Key To Carbon Neutrality.  Toyota Motor Chairman Akio Toyoda says because of sagging demand for electric vehicles in the U.S., the industry is beginning to recognize that EVs may not be the key to carbon neutrality.  "People are finally seeing reality," Toyoda, who stepped down this year as Toyota CEO after 14 years, told reporters this week at the Japan Mobility Show.  He also said that the automotive industry should hedge its bets by continuing to make investments in cars other than EVs.  "There are many ways to climb the mountain that is achieving carbon neutrality," Toyoda said.  He added, "I have continued to say what I see as reality," warning that "if regulations are created based on ideals, it is regular users who are the ones who suffer."  Despite EV sales continuing to grow, the rate of growth has slowed from last year, as buyer demand cools, causing inventory to pile up for certain manufacturers.

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Electric cars are extremely expensive, very heavy, easily damaged beyond repair, easily destroyed by flood water, and can't travel very far between charges.  And the power to recharge it may come from a coal-fired power plant anyway.  There is no rational reason to buy an electric car, as long as the United States is (that is, it used to be, and someday could be) a petroleum superpower.  The only reason given for the switch to electric cars is the avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  It is not something to avoid.  It is beneficial, not harmful.  Moreover, your electric car is statistically insignificant compared to the CO2 production (along with genuine air pollution) coming from China and India.  Even if somebody gave you an electric car, it would cost more to operate it than the gas-engine car you now own.  And if somebody gave me an electric car, I wouldn't dare park it in my garage, because their lithium batteries tend to spontaneously combust.

Has EV Boom Jumped The Shark?  Many people have climbed aboard the electric-vehicle bandwagon, lured by promises of pristine air and cheap, easy-to-use electricity that make EVs seem inevitable.  But now, after years of spending billions on subsidies and shaming people into buying into our inevitable all-electric future, some are slamming on the brakes — surprisingly, including many of the biggest companies in the industry.  The global companies, recipients of massive subsidies to support fossil-fuel abolition, are backing away from their support.  General Motors, faced with a strike, just abandoned its EV strategy, while the AutoBlog points out that Mercedes "is finding that customers aren't as excited about new EVs as it is."  Elon Musk's Tesla lost an estimated $28 billion in value after reporting what were called "disastrous third-quarter earnings."  Ford, faced with dramatically slowing sales, just announced it will delay $12 billion in EV investments.

What Is the Long Game for the EV Push?  There are now nine states dotting the country who intend to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035, with more expected to join.  Banning their use altogether isn't far behind, since vehicles do wear out; most statistics conclude the average life expectancy is 12 years.  This means that in less than 24 years, if you live in one of these nine states, you will not have any choice but to buy an E.V.  Too bad if you cannot afford one.  If you still have a gasoline vehicle, who knows how many gas stations will be left, since these are privately-held franchises that must make a profit or close their doors.  Therefore, the infrastructure to support unlimited E.V. travel for every resident of these nine states (and more) must be in place nationally.  Good luck with that.  I am sure rural America, currently unaffected by any state law of their own mandating E.V.s will be happy to jump all over it, and spend their tax dollars to ensure the city "greenies" can find a charging station when they need one.

True costs of EVs revealed by bombshell report out of a Texas think tank.  The electric vehicle industry is barely making it with all the cushy subsidies, grants, and backroom deals; imagine if these car companies were actually forced to manufacture a sellable and profitable product, and produce their own wealth instead of just stealing ours? [...] Yesterday, Fox News reported on a "sweeping first-of-its-kind" Texas Public Policy Foundation analysis put together by "energy experts" Jason Isaac and Brent Bennett, which revealed that the actual cost of rechargeable cars and the E.V. industry is, in reality, much higher than they're leading us to believe. [...] Now, if the energy experts in Texas are right, each car is costing almost $50,000 more than they're telling us over a ten-year period, which obviously works out to about $5,000 a year.  However, I'm not sure the report accounts for this but it's certainly a relevant point, the U.S. dollar is losing its value at an astonishing rate, so in reality, I presume that over the course of ten years, this number is actually even higher.

GM and Honda ditch plan to build cheaper electric vehicles.  A little more than a year after announcing an ambitious plan to co-develop a lineup of affordable electric vehicles, General Motors and Honda are scrapping the deal — or at least just that one aspect of the deal.  Announced in April 2022, the plan was to build a series of affordable EVs on GM's flexible EV platform with its Ultium-branded battery packs.  At the time, GM and Honda said they expected to begin production of "millions" of these affordable EVs by 2027.  "After studying this for a year, we decided that this would be difficult as a business, so at the moment, we are ending development of an affordable EV," Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe said in the interview with Bloomberg, which was the first to report the news.

American consumers aren't buying the climate change hysteria the Biden administration is selling.  You can lead an electorate to the electronic vehicle charging station, but you can't make them plug in.  That's the lesson President Biden is learning as American consumers reject the "green" future the administration has been trying to mandate through the EPA's proposed emissions standards and billions in EV subsidies and tax credits.  The American people, however, just aren't buying the climate change is "even more frightening than a nuclear war" line Biden is selling."  This week," reports the Daily Mail, "Ford said it would lay off about 700 workers at the Detroit plant that manufactures its electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and GM pushed back production of the Chevrolet Silverado EV, citing slowing demand."

Organization demanding forced transition to EVs also opposes mining practices needed to procure the minerals to build the cars.  One need only take a very quick and superficial look at the "green" movement to rightly deduce the "greenies" are a bunch of morons — they're either incapacitated with their hands glued to the road, protesting something by throwing soup all over a Vincent Van Gogh painting, or, demanding a forced transition to battery-powered vehicles, wind turbines, and solar farms... while also demanding no mining take place for the minerals needed to power such initiatives. [...] I'm thrilled that the group is dumb enough to fight their own agenda, and is waging lawfare to stop the development of land for lithium mines; what's concerning though is that I suspect, in some way or another, they're at the public trough gorging on my money, funding these lawsuits through federal grants or subsidies.

Electric cars risk becoming uninsurable.  Electric cars risk becoming effectively uninsurable as analysts struggle to put a price on battery repairs, the researcher for the car insurance industry has said.  Jonathan Hewett, chief executive of Thatcham Research, the motor insurers' automotive research centre, said a lack of "insight and understanding" about the cost of repairing damaged electric car batteries was pushing up premiums and resulting in some providers declining to provide cover altogether.  Electric cars can be particularly expensive to repair, costing around a quarter more to fix on average than a petrol or diesel vehicle.  Experts have previously warned electric vehicles are being written off after minor bumps because of the cost and complexity of fixing their batteries.  Mr Hewett said:  "The challenge is that we have no way of understanding whether the battery has been compromised or damaged in any way.

Car parking spaces will have to be bigger because of electric car fires.  Car park spaces should become wider and burning electric cars dunked in baths of water, under proposed government guidelines to prevent battery fires spreading out of control.  Ministers have been told that battery-powered vehicles pose a medley of risks in indoor car parks, which could render 1960s-era fire safety laws dangerously out of date.  Areas of concern addressed in a government-commissioned report included explosions of flammable vapour clouds emitted by electric vehicle batteries, as well as jets of fire and toxic water run-off from firefighting.  The report, from consultancy Arup, which makes a series of recommendations for changes to fire safety rules, said that there was a "high degree of uncertainty" about data on the fire risks of electric cars and that it is "not yet understood" whether their batteries become more of a fire hazard with age.

Edinburgh couple fume as they are handed £17K bill by Tesla as they 'drove in rain'.  An Edinburgh couple say they are "in shock" after claiming Tesla gave them a £17,000 bill to fix their battery that was 'damaged by the rain'.  Johnny Bacigalupo and Rob Hussey told how they have been faced with the massive bill when their £60,000 electric car stopped working when the capital was faced with extreme weather last week.  Following "frustrating" correspondence with the company, which boasts Elon Musk as its largest shareholder, the pair say they are still being asked to fork out £17,374 despite claiming no fault on their part.

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Rain is not "extreme weather."  It is not unreasonable to presume, without asking the salesman at the dealership, that an automobile should be able to withstand wet conditions on the road.

CEO of bankrupt rechargeable bus company retains post as an esteemed advisor to the Biden regime.  I'm no financial guru, but I would think that someone who steered a private company into bankruptcy, despite receiving billions of taxpayer dollars to prop it up, probably isn't the most qualified advisor on economic, fiscal, and trade issues — but Joe Biden seems to disagree.  Gareth Joyce is the CEO of Proterra, a company that manufactured rechargeable buses thanks to more than $8 billion in seed money given to it by the federal government, and one that declared bankruptcy this summer.  But apparently, Joyce still finds gainful employment on our dime, thanks to Biden's apparent mission to hire the most incompetent, unfit, and clownish cabinet in American history.  (Sam Brinton, Karine Jean-Pierre, Richard Levine, etc.)

America to Ford:  Your Electric Trucks Can Drop Dead.  Over at the Ace of Spades HQ blog, my favorite, contributor Buck Throckmorton regularly covers the ongoing disaster that is the government-imposed artificial market for EVs.  His latest post was today, and it's hilarious.  Buck notes today that with sales of the F150 Lightning tanking, Ford has now canceled all dealer stock orders for the vehicle.  Dealers are stuck with thousands of trucks they cannot sell.  As Buck puts it, dealers are "choking on a 97-day supply of Lightnings nationwide with 3,632 for sale."  Ideally, dealers stock a 60-day supply of vehicles they need to sell.  So, as noted above, Ford announced it won't be sending any more 2023 F150 Lightnings out to dealers.  They will remain at the factory for "additional quality checks."

Unintended Consequences:  The California Electric Truck Mandate.  If you own a trucking company that picks up shipments from California ports, you now have to deal with the consequences of a new law designed to reduce your carbon footprint.  Trucking is one of the vital ingredients in our infrastructure that virtually all parts of the economy rely on.  About two-fifths of all containerized imports to the US come through one of California's twelve commercial ports.  According to a recent report in National Review, beginning January 1, any trucker doing "drayage" (the technical term for transporting stuff to or from a seaport) in California can only buy zero-emission vehicles, although they can hang on to their existing diesel fleet for a while.  Trucks don't last forever, however, and evidently the court of wisdom otherwise known as the California legislature decided this was the best way to get truckers used to the additional coming mandate that in 2035, all trucks entering California seaports and intermodal rail yards (where the containers are loaded onto trains) must be zero-emission types.

Switzerland plans to ban electric cars from the roads in a bid to reduce energy consumption.  Switzerland will ban the use of electric cars for 'non-essential' journeys if the country runs out of energy this winter, the government has announced.  Emergency plans drawn up in the event the Swiss are hit by blackouts also call for shop opening hours to be reduced by up to two hours per day, heating systems in nightclubs to be turned off, and other buildings to be heated to no more than 20[°]C.  Crisis measures could see streaming services and games consoles banned, Christmas lights turned off, and all sports stadiums and leisure facilities closed.  Switzerland fears an energy shortage in the coming months because it is highly dependent on imports to get it through winter.

Shipping Company Bans EVs, Due To Their Propensity To Burst Into Flames.  Electric vehicles are so prone to spontaneously bursting into flames — which are virtually impossible to put out — that a Norwegian shipping company has banned them from its ferries, citing a ship that sank last February after the EVs it was carrying caught fire and couldn't be extinguished.

Time to Tell America's Climate Cult 'Stop!'  [Scroll down]  But we also need to maintain an economy to feed, clothe, and house hundreds of millions of people and ensure our national security.  We can't do those things if we overburden the nation's electric grid.  We can't do those things relying on "renewables" such as wind and solar power — not even with the best of those technologies that we have available today.  And we can't do that with Americans abandoning their gasoline-powered internal combustion engines in favor of electric vehicles (EVs) that most of them can't afford and that require a charge from an overburdened electrical grid.  We might be able to generate all the required electricity that the climate cult demands with nuclear energy and a massive investment in the electrical grid, but progressives abhor the former and have made no provisions at all to pay for the latter.  At an average cost of $64,000, the cost of the EVs that the climate cult would have us all adopt is now, and will likely continue to be, well beyond the financial means of most Americans.  They're also extraordinarily heavy, going from hundreds to thousands of pounds more than gasoline-powered cars.  That makes EV crashes far less survivable than their gas-powered counterparts and raises concerns about the structural integrity of roads, bridges, and vertical parking garages.  That's to say nothing of how vulnerable an "all EV" economy would make us.  First, the inputs necessary to make EVs are at risk, as they come largely from a geopolitical adversary, China.  Other EV inputs depend on mining in countries in the Third World where China is aggressively developing geostrategic advantage, but where we have no other interest except for EV inputs.  The United States simply can't rely on that supply chain.

The great electric car experiment has taken a dangerous turn.  When Alfred Sloan, the former president of General Motors, promised a "car fit for every purpose", he presumably didn't have the kidnapping of passengers in mind.  Yet a man's electric car broke down in spectacular fashion this week and began driving itself, leaving the motorist with no ability to brake.  Only by slowly, intentionally, crashing into a police van did it finally stop. [...] Road safety groups have long described electric cars as "silent killers", with research suggesting they are around 40 percent more likely to hit a pedestrian than a conventional vehicle.  Last month, firefighters were called to a car park in Sydney after a lithium battery, which had been detached from an EV, ignited a blaze.  Such incidents are not entirely uncommon.  Structural engineers have raised fears that older designs of car park building cannot cope with the weight of EVs, some of which have batteries weighing half a tonne, while councils have been told to check the weight limit on bridges to ensure they don't collapse under the strain of these new, gleaming vehicles.

Jackson's public transit service falls back on the ever-reliable diesel engine.  Underneath the foreseeable fiasco is a scandal that views like a Solyndra rerun, and a grotesquely wasteful government — and as if Solyndra-esque plotlines and a federal government taking our hard earned money to prop up both parties on either end of a business deal from which a vast majority of the country does not benefit weren't realities obscene and condemning enough, the latest act in the unfolding rechargeable vehicle drama of Jackson's START system now can add a 100% failure rate of the product to the list.  Cowboy State Daily's Kevin Killough penned an article last week covering the news: [...] What should serve as egg on the face for the dopes behind this scheme is it's not like the "100% failure rate" comment is a crafty attempt to manipulate an anti-E.V. narrative, like it would be if the "fleet" were only comprised of one bus; but this fleet is eight buses, all of which we can reasonably expect will never run again, given Proterra's recent bankruptcy.

EV Mania Spreads Across The Nation's Bluest States.  A new report from BloombergNEF reveals the ten states with electric vehicle sales at or above 10% of all new passenger car sales in the first half of 2023.  All states that meet the threshold are some of the country's bluest' states that also support aggressive 'green' policies.  In Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia, one in every ten new cars sold in the first six months of the year was electric.  As for California, 25% of new cars sold were EVs — about three times the national average.

We'll all pay the price of soaring EV insurance.  Something strange happened last week: the Guardian published an article which was worth reading.  It concerned the massive insurance costs owners of electric vehicles (EVs) are facing. [...] You might think: 'Why should I care since I don't drive an EV?'  Well, when the politicians see that high insurance costs are putting people off buying the EV which they are determined to push on us, they'll yet again attack petrol and diesel car owners.

'The quotes were £5,000 or more': electric vehicle owners face soaring insurance costs.  Driving an electric car should be a win-win, saving money and the planet.  So David* was shocked when the insurance on his Tesla Model Y came up for renewal, and Aviva refused to cover him again, while several other brands turned him away.  When David did secure a new deal, the annual cost rocketed from £1,200 to more than £5,000.  "My insurer was Aviva from July 2022 to July 2023, but when it was coming up for renewal, I received a letter stating that they would not be covering the Tesla Model Y any more," David says.  "I am a member of a Tesla UK owners forum, and lots of other people seem to be having the same issue."  In the Facebook group, members share stories of horror renewal quotes, with increases ranging from 60% (up to £1,100) to a staggering 940% (a jump from £447 to £4,661, according to a screengrab shared by one driver).

Electric car charging chaos rages on with drivers vowing to ditch EVs and 'go back to diesel'.  Electric vehicle drivers are reportedly getting into furious debates with each other because of a lack of charging points, with some even vowing to give their EVs back.  Some drivers are even claiming they need to wake up in the middle of the night to charge their vehicle when demand for chargers is at a lower rate.  Experts have been critical of the spread of electric car charging stations around the country, with London and the South East of England having almost half of all UK chargers.  Some are concerned that the North of England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, are being left behind with the charging infrastructure.

[The] Largest EV Charging Station In [the] World [is] Powered By Diesel-Powered Generators.  The Harris Ranch Tesla Supercharger station is an impressive beast.  With 98 charging bays, the facility in Coalinga, California, is the largest charging station in the world.  In 2017, Tesla CEO said that all Superchargers in the automaker's network were being converted to solar.  "Over time, almost all will disconnect from the electricity grid," Musk posted on X, formally known as Twitter.  Superchargers charge vehicles up to the 80% sweet spot in as little as 20 minutes, but to provide that kind of power for nearly 100 bays takes something solar can't provide — diesel generators.

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Even if all the diesel generators are replaced with solar panels tomorrow, what happens when you need to charge your car at night?  The diesels fire up again!

The Irony of "Green" Charging Stations:  The Harris Ranch Tesla Supercharger Station.  Touted as the world's largest charging station with a whopping 98 charging bays, one would expect this facility to be the epitome of green energy.  After all, back in 2017, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk proudly declared that all Superchargers in the automaker's network were transitioning to solar. [...] But as it turns out, the reality is quite different. [...] That's right.  Diesel generators.  The very antithesis of the clean, green energy that Tesla and other electric vehicle (EV) proponents have been preaching about.  Investigative journalist Edward Niedermeyer made the startling discovery that these diesel generators were conveniently tucked away behind a Shell station.  And when reporters from SF Gate tried to ascertain just how much of the station's electricity came from these generators, Tesla remained conspicuously silent.

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Moreover, the diesel generator(s) will have to be periodically refueled by a diesel-guzzling truck.

DOT announces $100 million EV project to prioritize 'disadvantaged' communities.  If the federal government (but especially the Joe Biden edition) is behind a project or an initiative using your neighborhood as the canvas, red flag.  As we learned from a Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles piece last week, the Department of Transportation under the Biden regime posted a new federal grant announcing an additional $100 million "to prioritize the repair and replacement of EV charging stations throughout the U.S."  From the article:  ["]The venture will 'ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from upgraded charging infrastructure,' according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), which is doling out the money.  The costly EV charger project is part of the administration's Justice40 Initiative which requires 40% of all federal government investments to flow to 'disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened with pollution.'["]  Fighting chronic underprivileged circumstances by saddling the people in these "disadvantaged communities" with more debt and hazardous installations?  Fighting pollution with more pollution?

EV Battery Factory Will Require So Much Energy It Needs A Coal Plant To Power It.  A $4 billion Panasonic electric vehicle battery factory in De Soto, Kansas, will help satisfy the Biden administration's efforts to get everyone into an EV.  It also will help extend the life of a coal-fired power plant.  Panasonic broke ground on the facility last year.  The Japanese company was slated to receive $6.8 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act, which has been pouring billions into electric vehicles and battery factories as part of its effort to transition America away from fossil fuels.  The Kansas City Star reports that the factory will require between 200 and 250 megawatts of electricity to operate.  That's roughly the amount of power needed for a small city.

Rolls-Royce to stop manufacturing gasoline cars by the end of the decade, teases electric car.  Rolls-Royce, the British manufacturer of very large and very expensive cars and SUVs powered by 12-cylinder engines, announced Wednesday that it will stop selling gasoline powered vehicles by 2030.  From then on, Rolls-Royce will be all electric.  The automaker also announced the name of the first electric Rolls-Royce, the Spectre, which will go on sale in about two years.  In an earlier era it might have seemed shocking that a Rolls-Royce would power a car with anything less than a muscular petroleum-fueled piston engine.  However, the "Architecture of Luxury," the engineering basis for all Rolls-Royce models introduced since 2017, was designed to work with electric power, as well.

Joe Biden's Words Come Back to Haunt Him as Wyoming Town's Entire Electric Bus Fleet Breaks Down.  Joe Biden boasted two years ago that the CEO of a major electric bus manufacturer was making him "look good" and federal dollars poured into the company.  Now those words have come back to haunt him as an entire town's electric bus fleet backed by the company broke down.  The Cowboy State Daily reported Tuesday that Teton County and the town of Jackson wanted a low-emission transit system for the county.  The Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system, a joint operation between Jackson and Teton County, had bought eight electric buses to complement its fleet of 31.  But the entire bus fleet broke down so the town's transit system is now solely relying on its diesel fleet.  The last of the electric buses went out of service two months ago and some of the broken buses have been awaiting parts for months.

UAW's Real Enemy Is Forced EV Conversion.  Speaking at a convention in April, United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain identified what he considered the union's "one and only true enemy — multibillion-dollar corporations and employers that refuse to give our members their fair share."  He may be attacking the wrong enemy.  The UAW is now engaged in a strike of historic proportions against America's big three auto manufacturers:  GM, Ford, and Stellantis (owner of Chrysler).  But it's the Democratic Party's climate activists who pose the most significant threat to American auto workers today — the forced transformation of the U.S. auto industry from gas to electric-powered vehicles (EVs).  As for the strike, the UAW's demands include a stunning 40% pay raise over the next four years.  According to CEO Jim Farley, that increase would put Ford "out of business."  Yet, in a response that hardly seems miserly, Ford has offered a 20% increase over the life of the contract and an immediate 10% increase.

E-Buses Bought From Now-Bankrupt Manufacturer By Blue Enclave Are Now All Out Of Commission.  A Democratic enclave in Wyoming purchased electric buses to reduce emissions, but the buses are indefinitely inoperable after their manufacturer went bankrupt earlier this summer, the Cowboy State Daily reported.  Jackson, Wyoming, and Teton County formed the Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system, which bought eight electric buses from Proterra to add to its fleet of 31 diesel buses, the Cowboy State Daily reported.  Proterra, which itself was at the center of a conflict of interest controversy including Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, went bankrupt in August, and START's eight e-buses are now out of commission given that the manufacturer can no longer readily supply the parts needed for repairs.

Can You Spot The Difference Between The Menendez And Biden Foreign Influence Scandals?  [Scroll down]  A number of astute people noted how CNN was credulous to the point of absurdity, but near as I can tell, no one has yet noted that CNN's "fact check" needs... a fact check.  "On the allegation that these dinners with Joe Biden 'resulted in cars,' [Hunter Biden business partner Devon] Archer said the businessman Rakishev wired Hunter Biden the exact amount of money that Hunter used to buy a Porsche.  This car has nothing to do with Joe Biden," notes CNN.  To start, the $142,300 wasn't used to buy a Porsche — it was used to buy a Fisker Karma, an EV sports car made by an automotive start-up that got $192 million in loans from the Department of Energy to, among other things, take over an abandoned General Motors factory in Wilmington, Delaware, which is coincidentally the Bidens' hometown.  Fisker defaulted on those massive loans, costing American taxpayers $132 million, and Hunter later traded the Karma for a Porsche.

How the game is played:  Ford pauses MI EV battery plant construction, UAW in freak-out mode.  While a shamefully pandering POTATUS shambled alongside smirking Shawn Fain, United Auto Worker president, at a picket line in Michigan this morning, one of the D-3 protagonists in this workers' melodrama was busy assessing ongoing business options and came to the conclusion one of them needed some reassessing. [...] In spite of what passes for warm fuzzies in union contract negotiations, Ford upped the ante this morning.  In a surprise move, the corporation announced it was "temporarily" halting construction on the new bazillion dollar EV battery plant it's building in Michigan with — SURPRISE! — a Chinese company.

10 Reasons Not To Own An EV.  From California to New York to Washington, Democrats are using the coercive force of government to herd Americans into electric vehicles.  Here are 10 reasons why we should resist both this egregious abuse of power as well as the social pressure that demands we all go electric:  [#1] The mandates are an egregious abuse of power.  Where do government officials, both elected and unelected, derive the authority to tell Americans what vehicles they cannot own and what vehicles they must own?  There is none.  Yes, there are laws intended to keep dangerous cars and trucks off the streets for safety reasons.  But no automobile is a threat just because it burns gasoline or diesel.  Dare we say that those who buy an EV are complicit in securing for the state a power it was never intended to have?

Ford Gets Cold Feet, Pulls Plug on Multibillion-Dollar China-Backed EV Battery Plant.  The Ford Motor Company announced Monday that it is pausing construction on a massive electric battery plant in Michigan that involved a Chinese EV battery company.  Notably, the plan had been originally considered for Virginia, but Gov. Glenn Youngkin opposed it due to China's potential influence in the plan, arguing that "CATL and the Chinese Communist Party would have full operational control over the technology."  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had no such qualms, however, and welcomed the plant with open arms as her state government pumped $1 billion into the project.  [Tweet] [...] Although Ford has thus far not given an exact reason for the shutdown, one has to ask why such a plan was considered in the first place.  The People's Republic of China is our number one competitor in the world, and should relations deteriorate further, it's not wise or strategic to put them in a position of such power in our crucial automobile industry.  Couldn't they find an American company that could do the job?

UK's Keen Grasp of Obvious: 2030 Mandate on Electric Vehicles Is Unachievable.  British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, after first announcing a mandate requiring all fossil-fueled vehicles sold in the U.K. after 2030 to be electric, succumbed to pressure from the Conservative Party and within his own government and announced Wednesday a delay until 2035.  His goal remains net zero by 2050.  Sunak's goal continues to be based on his view that "climate change" is real and can be affected by what humans do.  That remains debatable, but you wouldn't know it from watching or reading British media, which, like U.S. media, regularly refuse to present arguments from scientists who disagree.  Asked about the effect of a government mandate for electric vehicles, one cabbie said he doesn't like to turn on the air conditioner during summer for fear he will run out of electricity before his workday is done.  Another told me he has a good deal at a parking lot that includes a charging station, which he uses for an overnight top-off.  Few others have such an option.  What about lengthy road trips or emergencies when the car battery is depleted?

'Devastating' cost of EV industry takes center stage in two news stories this week.  [Scroll down]  ["]According to the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, extinguishing a burning tesla can take as much as 40,000 gallons of water.["]  40,000 gallons?  I did some quick math, and on average, a kitchen faucet pours out 1.5 gallons per minute — that means extinguishing one car fire uses as much water as your kitchen sink running nonstop for about 19 days straight.  I don't want to hear "green" politicians lecture me about waste ever again.  [Roselyne] Min only notes that the "fastest-growing fire trend" is associated with e-bikes and scooters, but it's worth stating that it's not because e-bikes and scooters are inherently more dangerous; rather they're just far cheaper than a car (meaning more regular people can purchase them), and this statistic comes from London, a city rife with traffic congestion and commuting issues.  So, we can rightfully infer that the more accurate statement is the "fastest-growing fire trend" is E.V. batteries.  (The toxic plume of hydrogen fluoride was news to me, but all the more reason to fight this agenda tooth and nail.)

No one wants an electric car.  Labour couldn't care less.  Despite the opprobrium piled on Rishi Sunak by Labour MPs, the opposition has been wrong-footed by the Prime Minister's announcement that some Net Zero targets are to be watered down.  Sunak confirmed yesterday that he intends to push back the ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 to 2035, and the ban on the sale of new oil boilers from 2026 to 2035.  For all the sound and fury from the backbenches, including some members of his own party, there's been a touch of uncertainty in Labour's response.  It's almost as if the party is no longer quite sure about the country's enthusiasm for a green economy.  On the one hand, the announcement is merely responding to consumers' concerns that they're going to be asked to pay more than they can afford to combat climate change, not to mention the suspicion that they're being asked to do a lot more than some of the largest global producers of CO2 emissions, like India and China.

How much of a con are electric cars?  In case you haven't noticed, the future is not flying cars as perpetually dreamed of, but instead involves driving household appliances around with an expression of ill-researched superiority on your face, whilst ignoring child labour, devastating environmental impact of open-cast mining in Africa, and that so-called greenhouse gas emissions during production of an electric car are nearly 70% higher than petrol cars.  It also takes about 100,000 miles of sweating about how much charge you have remaining before they become more co2 neutral than a petrol car.  SUVs may continue to take five minutes to overtake, if you can get past their body-builder width, but they now have an E in their name so everything is alright.  It's electric, so it saves the planet.

Electric car sales switch into reverse.  Hopes for the mainstream adoption of electric cars have been punctured by figures revealing a fall of more than 11 per cent in the sale of zero-emission vehicles to private buyers.  The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said that motorists are holding back from the switch because of continued uncertainty about whether a government ban on petrol and diesel cars will be enforced, the cost of electric vehicles, the cutting of financial incentives, and fears about the lack of a public recharging network.  Ministers and the industry have previously hailed rising sales of electric cars as a sign that Britain is ready to move from the "early adopter" stage of battery electric vehicle (BEV) ownership to mass market.

Why drivers are losing interest in electric cars.  In his promised review of net zero policies, Rishi Sunak has already ruled out postponing the proposed ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars [beginning in] 2030.  Indeed, from the end of the year manufacturers are going to be under a mandate to make sure that a certain proportion of their sales are electric — although the details have not yet been published.  But what chances of the car industry actually getting there?  While sales of electric cars might seem to be healthy — the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) records that 193,221 pure electric cars were sold in the first eight months of 2023, up 40 per cent on the same period in 2022, the details tell a different story.  Sales to corporate buyers are buoyant, encouraged by a favourable company car tax regime.  But sales to private buyers are faltering.  In the first half of the year, 37,000 private buyers bought an electric car, down from 41,800 a year earlier.  It is painfully clear that electric cars are not yet selling themselves on their merits.

You'd have to pay me to buy an electric car.  Who remembers those simpler, happier days when the consumer was king?  Retail outlets used to offer goods for sale and customers would just choose the stuff they liked. [...] This is how Western capitalism used to work, without often badgering or "nudging" consumers in particular, state-approved directions.  Not any more.  These days the panjandrum intermediaries are usually in the driving seat, almost literally when it comes to sales of electric vehicles (EVs).  Battery-powered vehicles have been flying out of showrooms thanks in large part to the fleet and company car sectors; parts of the market where the end users are not the folk who do the buying.  Generous tax breaks have led to middle managers and delivery men up and down the land being presented with EVs when the time has come for them to get new wheels.  But recent sales figures show that it is a different story when it comes to private buyers.  In the first half of this year just 37,000 battery-powered vehicles were sold to them, compared to 41,800 in the first half of last year.  An astonishing 75 per cent of new registrations is now made up by fleets and business owners.

Volkswagen cuts jobs as demand for EVs plunges.  Volkswagen is cutting almost 300 roles at a factory in Germany as demand for electric cars dwindles, reports The Telegraph.  The redundancies are being carried out at the car giant's plant in Zwickau, where a further 2,000 temporary workers are also at risk of losing their jobs.  Volkswagen's Zwickau factory only produces electric vehicles, which have fallen in popularity due to high inflation and faltering government support.  The job cuts, which were first reported by the German press agency DPA, come as the company prepares for an influx of cheaper electric cars from China.

Biden's Electric Vehicle Obsession Became a Major Roadblock in Auto Worker Negotiations.  Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's obsession with electric vehicles has indirectly created a significant roadblock in the ongoing labor negotiations between United Auto Workers and America's car manufacturers.  We're on the verge of an unprecedented work stoppage in Detroit that could cost billions.  The contract is set to expire at 11:59 PM tonight.  It's not just that issue, but it's one where automakers appear to be sticking to their guns.  Union workers want a 40 percent pay increase, while car manufacturers like Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis wish to use their record profits to shore up electric vehicle production.  The union has somewhat backed off on that demand, now asking for something in the mid-30s regarding salary increases.  Some new EV models are expected to be rolled out soon — a labor strike could torpedo the rollout.  Another issue is that auto workers feel abandoned by Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Pete Buttigieg Struggles to Find Reliable Electric Vehicle Charger.  United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, an ardent proponent of electric vehicles (EVs), admitted he has trouble finding reliable electric vehicle charging stations while he is traveling on the road.  Buttigieg complained to the Wall Street Journal about public EV charging stations as President Joe Biden's administration launched an effort to revamp the more than 6,000 charging stations that are "temporarily unavailable."  "We've definitely had that experience," Buttigieg said about pulling into EV charging stations, only to realize they are out of service. "Matter of fact, had it just a few days ago at a park in town."

Why your new electric car won't have a spare tire.  Ira Newlander of West Los Angeles has been thinking about replacing his 1997 Ford Explorer with a hybrid or fully electric car, but there's something bugging him about the market these days.  Like many Californians who've been waylaid by a flat tire far off the beaten path, Newlander wants his new car to come with a spare.  But the vast majority of battery-powered and hybrid cars don't have one.  Newlander expressed his frustration to Honda in a recent email, urging the company to put a full-size spare in its electrified cars.  "I have conducted an informal survey of family and friends," Newlander, a retired court reporter, wrote.  "The consensus is that saving 40 or 50 pounds for a full spare on a vehicle weighing 1.5 to 2 tons is silly.  It is immaterial compared to the risk of being caught in the middle of nowhere without a real spare.  It turns a discussion about the spare into a discussion of despair."

The 'Climate Emergency' Is a Hoax.  The Biden administration, however, appears not to be concerned about the widespread poverty and massive starvation that will be caused by the unavailability of cheap and reliable energy in underdeveloped countries, or the inflation caused by the skyrocketing prices that are crushing Americans "barely able to afford one meal a day". [...] The Biden administration also does not seem concerned that it is killing wildlife, sea life and the fishing industry by installing offshore wind turbines along the Atlantic seaboard, or that mandating electric vehicles will throw virtually the entire auto maintenance industry out of work (EVs do not need routine maintenance), or that lithium batteries not only explode but cost thousands of dollars to replace.  The administration even wants military equipment, such as tanks, to be electric, as if there were charging stations in the middle of foreign deserts in the event of a conflict.  Moreover, according to NBC News, volcanoes, unimpressed with executive orders, "Dwarf Humans for CO2 Emissions."

Nobody wants an electric car.  The petrol car is being turned into an unaffordable luxury, out of reach of most ordinary people - and given that electric vehicles won't work for many of us the era of the car may be coming to a close.  Over the last few years, the Government has thrown everything it can think of at forcing us to switch to electric vehicles.  There are big subsidies on offer, both for the car itself and for a home charging port.  There are tax breaks for company vehicles, long since phased out for the petrol equivalent.  There are exemptions from resident's parking permits, and from the increasingly bewildering array of congestion and clean air charges that now mean driving from one British city to another involves almost as much paperwork as getting a visa for North Korea.  And from next year onwards, the auto manufacturers will have to meet a target of selling 22 [percent] electric vehicles, rising to 52 [percent] by 2028, ahead of a complete ban on the sale of new petrol cars by 2030.

The inevitable EV implosion.  The electric vehicle honeymoon is over.  Don't expect the marriage itself to last much longer either.  The mass conversion from internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEs) to electric vehicles was never more than a Democrat/environmentalist hallucination anyway.  It was the most ill-conceived government policy objective in modern history.  The transition should have been a non-starter.  It's riddled with numerous deal killers.  It's like having a dozen fatal diseases all at the same time.  Any goal as massive as a total conversion from ICE vehicles to EVs requires careful planning and infrastructure preparation.  It would necessitate a rapid doubling of electricity generation and grid expansion.  In today's world that's impossible.

Granholm's EV Road Trip Turns Into an Entitlement Clown Show, Family Forced to Call Police.  What happened on the trip says everything about the Biden team's delusion and entitlement.  The trip revealed immediately that the system is not ready to handle even what they have to deal with now, much less with the number of vehicles that you would have to cope with with the complete switchover that they want. [...] There weren't enough chargers to deal with the demand, and they tried to block out other people to reserve a spot for Granholm at the faster charger.  That screams entitlement and thinking they get to do that because of their power.  When you're stealing a spot from a family with a baby, you just might be pretty scummy.  They're denying a family the very service they claim to be helping to provide because the family was in the way of their PR stunt.  And the Biden team did it with a vehicle that wasn't even electric.

Jennifer Granholm's EV antics go horribly, hilariously wrong when an angry Georgia family calls the cops.  The Bidenites can't really afford any more bad press, but trodding on the little guy for a cheap publicity stunt earns exactly that. [...] Wait, hold the phone — a "nonelectric" vehicle?  So in order to complete an EV road trip, Granholm brought along an accompanying armada of gas-powered cars?  The only possible explanation I can surmise is that she needed to ensure the success and safety of the trip, and therefore a fleet exclusively composed of EVs is out of the question; talk about a carbon footprint!  (Double, or more, in fact.)  Now this is not to say I accept the lie that carbon is a pollutant, I'm simply arguing from their position.  Although EVs don't directly produce emissions, generating the electricity required to power the car does.  Isn't this the same Granholm that wants to take my dishwasher, gas stove, and ceiling fan?  Secondly, the entitlement.  Sending the help on ahead to make sure the secretary can breeze in without having to wait in any lines?  Lines are for the little people, obviously, not the stars like Secretary Granholm.

EV drivers have the sads because of no-amenity charging stations.  I just returned from a half-day road trip.  We tanked up twice and, both times, we headed for the building attached to the gas tanks.  There, we had clean restrooms (complete with toilet paper) and, if we so desired, access to a bit of food and drink, too.  Not great food and drink but, when you're tired, hungry, and thirsty, good enough.  All those things are lacking when you're hanging out for an hour at a roadside charging station for your EV, and EV drivers are not happy.  Heh.  Autoblog reprinted the original Business Insider story, along with one of the greatest online article captions ever:  "EV owners are fed up with charging stations that lack a single amenity — I had to pee in a bush."  The story was a hoot: [...]

Bank to Stop Giving Loans [for] Fossil Fuel Cars.  We are now at the point where a major bank has announced they will stop giving loans for new petrol and diesel cars under the excuse of climate change.  [Beginning in] 2025, customers of Bank Australia will no longer [provide] funding to buy new cars that run on fossil fuels.

Tesla breaks down mid-turn and causes more than nine hours of travel chaos.  A Tesla has caused chaos for more than nine hours on an A-road after it broke down mid-turn and could not be moved.  The £60,000 electric car caused delays on the A36 near Salisbury after it failed and became stranded in the middle of the road.  A team of workmen was unable to physically move the white Tesla Model 3 Performance, which ran out of power and broke down mid-turn.  Motorists using the busy road, which connects Salisbury to Southampton, faced delays for up to nine hours as the broken down car had blocked the Lyndhurst Road junction.  The handbrakes of electric cars, and some other modern cars, are controlled electronically, unlike those of traditional petrol and diesel cars, which are mechanical.  This means that the handbrake often locks when the power fails and the car cannot be pushed or towed.

Why wind and solar power are running out of juice.  [Scroll down]  Then there are electric vehicles.  Ford, which has bet heavily on its electric Lightning pickup and Mustang and received a $9.2 billion government-subsidized loan in January, revealed that it has lost $60,000 for every EV it sold in the first half of this year.  Rivian, another EV company, managed to reduce its losses per EV to around $33,000, a big improvement over the $67,000 loss per EV in the first quarter of the year.  Proterra, a Bay Area-based manufacturer of electric buses and batteries that had a $10 million loan forgiven by the Biden Administration, just filed for bankruptcy.

Idalia exposes yet another problem with EVs.  The local ABC News outlet published [a] report that shows video footage of not one but two Teslas that burst into flames days after the flooding was over.  One of them isn't even recognizable.  [Video clip]  There is a video on the linked Weather Channel page that's really worth a look.  It offers some of the same warnings to owners of EVs.  "Anyone whose EV came into contact with salt water during Idalia should move their vehicle out of the garage immediately."  Owners were being warned to move their EVs at least fifty feet away from any structure.  That's how serious of a fireball can be created.  Authorities said that the fires don't happen immediately, but tend to break out several days or even up to two weeks later.  Apparently, as the salt water dries up it can leave behind a trail of salt that can form a "bridge" between the terminals of the EV's batteries.  And if that causes the electricity to arc across, your battery is burning and you're off to the races.

The hidden energy crisis.  America is wrestling with the worst energy crisis in its history, a period of high prices and limited supply.  According to the Brookings Institution, in 2022, the average U.S. residential retail electricity price was 15.12 cents/kWh, an 11% increase from 13.66 cents/kWh in 2021.  In the first three months of 2023, the average U.S. residential monthly electricity bill was $133, or 5% higher than for the same time in 2022.  There is confusion with savings or cost expectation of solar and wind conversion, also government decisions have impacted the natural gas and energy supply.  While electric vehicles are a much-touted solution for replacing oil, [a tank of] gasoline or diesel fuel contains 40 times the energy as a state-of-the-art battery.

The Electric Car Debacle Shows the Top-Down Economics of Net Zero Don't Add Up.  It is becoming increasingly apparent that the car industry has misjudged the scale of demand quite badly, says Ben Marlow in the Telegraph — and that is just the latest example of where the top-down economics of Net Zero are inevitably failing.

The electric car debacle shows the top-down economics of net zero don't add up.  Sadiq Khan's controversial Ultra-Low Emissions Zone scheme for London was supposed to put the rocket boosters under electric car demand.  With the Mayor pressing ahead with a highly contentious scheme that forces non-compliant petrol and diesel car drivers to pay an eye-watering £12.50 a day to drive into the capital, the expectation was that hundreds of thousands of motorists would rush out to their nearest forecourt and snap up an electric version, triggering an explosion in sales of Nissan Leafs, Teslas and other battery-powered models.  There was a spike in registrations of electric vehicles in July but otherwise the electric car boom that politicians, manufacturers, and campaigners insist is around the corner, remains something of a myth.  True, sales are steadily increasing but not in the vast numbers that proponents of electrification anticipated or would like to see.

Chinese owners of planned Michigan EV plant make staff in the Communist state pledge allegiance to the Party.  The Chinese owners of a company developing a taxpayer-subsidized $2.4 billion electric vehicle battery facility in Michigan make staff pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party and wear Red Army uniforms, reports suggest.  Gotian High-Tech the Chinese parent company of Gotion Inc took staff on several corporate retreats to CCP revolutionary memorials in Anhui Province, China in 2021, the Daily Caller reported.  During the trips workers wore Red Army outfits and pledged to 'fight for communism to the end of my life' footage posted on the Chinese battery manufacturer's website shows.

Electric vehicles plagued by logistical issues, but few mention the elephant(s) in the room.  The push to exchange gas for electric in transportation is an idea that has ironically placed the proverbial cart in front of the horse.  While the problems of an inadequate power grid, too few charging stations, short range, high costs, long recharging times, and battery fires are real, there are two gigantic issues looming that rival them all.  Current state and federal gas-tax regulations siphon off more than $53 billion a year in tax revenue; for reference, about 67 cents from every gallon of gasoline purchased in New York, and around $1.18-per-gallon in California.  Those taxes account for more than a quarter of the expense of road and highway costs around the nation.  No such system of taxation exists for electric vehicles.  For every ten-percent reduction in gas vehicles being replaced by electric, a resulting decrease of more than $5 billion in tax revenue will occur.  Add this to the long list of issues that the rush-to-electric crowd has failed to address.  But the second concern is a direct threat to our freedom, our autonomy, and our God-given right to be left alone, the abuse of which fits nicely into the leftist wish-list of control.

Biden admin mulls more intervention in the market with new overtime pay 'rules'.  [Scroll down]  President Trump reduced regulations as fast as he could, and Joe Biden is increasing regulations as fast as he can.  As soon as Biden took office he decided his mission was to reduce drilling and push the green agenda to destroy companies that use natural resources to produce reasonably priced energy, and the prices started skyrocketing.  Crude oil is used in over 6,000 products, and every business and person uses energy.  Now, not enough people are buying expensive, impractical, and inefficient electric vehicles powered by a flammable pollutant (go figure), so the Biden administration proposed another new rule, one of impossible fuel standards which will decimate gas-powered vehicles and send costs even higher.  They show every day how little they care about what people want and can afford.

How to Know There is no "Climate Crisis".  Want to know for sure — and be able to prove — there's no "climate crisis"?  Just point to the EV — the supposed cure for it.  Specifically, point out the problem.  Not the range.  Nor the time it takes to recharge one of these battery powered devices.  Those are limitations — and hassles — bought into by the people who own an EV.  The thing that gives the lie — to the idea that we must all drive an EV because of the supposedly looming "crisis" — is the fact that EVs are excessive.  None of them are designed to minimize the use of electrical energy or resources.  Think on that a moment. [...] Every single one of them is overweight and over-powered.  They all brag on how quickly they accelerate and that quickness is consumptive, is it not?  Whether you are burning gas or electricity, it burns faster when you use it to get several thousand pounds of vehicle moving quickly.  Such capability is certainly appealing.  It is fun to get to 60 in 2.9 seconds.  But if we are facing a crisis, how can designing a vehicle around an attribute as non-essential and frivolous as being able to launch itself quickly be anything other than a clue you are being lied to about the supposed "crisis"?

Europe hits roadblocks in the race to switch to electric cars.  European countries are struggling to persuade people to switch from combustion engine cars to electric ones, experts warn.  Europe sells 10 times more electric cars today than it did just six years ago, according to the International Energy Agency, but its fleet is cleaning up too slowly to meet its climate goals.  Governments across the continent are struggling with the price-tag of electric vehicles, which can cost several thousand euros more upfront than comparable ones that burn fossil fuels.  "What we have learned is that it's not enough just to incentivise electric vehicle purchase and ownership," said Julia Poliscanova, an analyst at campaign group Transport and Environment. "You also have to disincentivise the purchase of conventional cars at the same time."  The EU's move to cleaner cars is part of its promise to cut planet-heating pollution 65% from 1990 levels by the end of the decade, and hit net zero by 2045.  But even as it has slashed emissions in its power sector, putting up wind turbines and shutting down coal plants, emissions from road transport have risen steadily in the background.

No One Wants EVs and Lots Are Filling Up.  The Ford EV 150s are still having problems selling.  As a truck, it's lacking.  One dealer in New Jersey said no one wants the EVs, and lots are filling up.  In the following interview, an EV truck owner explains that he had to dump his $115,000 Ford truck on a road trip and called EVs the "Biggest scam of modern times." Dalbir Bala said first of all, the charges were much more expensive than gas, adding that it took twice as long to charge as advertised.  He left his truck at a dealership during a road trip and rode off with a rental.

I Rented A Tesla For A Week And Am Totally Sold On Gas-Powered Cars.  While planning a week-long trip to the Seattle area recently, I wondered aloud to my husband if we should rent a Tesla.  Neither of us had ever driven an electric vehicle before.  The price difference between the long-range Tesla Model 3 and a standard mid-size gas-fueled vehicle was pretty negligible.  We agreed it would be an interesting learning experience despite our objections to the eco-agenda to phase out gas-powered vehicles.  We also don't believe EVs are particularly environmentally friendly since they need batteries that require the strip-mining of rare earth minerals such as lithium and cobalt.  The World Economic Forum knows this very well and is likely looking for heavy limits on EV mobility after eliminating gas-powered vehicles.

Those EV Shortcomings Aren't Shortcomings at All.  The modern Left has a dream — that soon, very soon, every vehicle in the world will be electric, running on a heavy, cobalt-laden, lithium battery that needs to be charged up somewhere with electricity derived from an out-of-sight coal plant.  Every few trips, we old-fashioned ICE-drivers stop at a gas station for a quick fill-up.  It takes two or three minutes, maybe five or six if we need to go into the store for a soda or a coffee; then we're back on the road.  We rarely see the EVs charging up while we fill our normal cars with fuel.  It takes too long, so they don't usually do it at the gas station.  The EV's current average, we are told, is eight hours to a "full charge," whatever that means.  It might be a couple hundred miles, maybe less, maybe more.  Some chargers charge faster, some vehicles take longer.  If it's like any other kind of rechargeable battery (and they're too new to be sure, but it makes sense), then as each battery ages, it will take longer and longer to charge up, and the mileage per charge will slowly decrease.  That's just how batteries work.

China's Automakers to Skirt Tariffs, Fill U.S. Market with Electric Vehicles.  Some of China's biggest automakers are looking to skirt United States tariffs and flood the nation's auto market with cheap Electric Vehicles (EVs) — a move that would further crush American auto workers and the domestic plants where they work.  According to Automotive News, Chinese-owned Volvo Cars is hoping to use the little-known Duty Drawback Program to "recoup import duties and the 25 percent U.S. tariff assessed on the Chinese-made Volvo EX30 crossover and Polestar 2 sedan against exports of the U.S.-made Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 crossovers."

Electric vehicle fires pose significant challenge to firefighters.  Electric vehicle purchases in Colorado are soaring, with EV registrations in 2022 up by 822% since 2016. But some firefighters say they're going to need a lot more resources if these vehicles keep coming at that rate, because they still don't know the best ways to extinguish the flames if an electric vehicle catches fire.  Firefighters have had more than 100 years to perfect the art of putting out a fire involving a vehicle with a gas motor engine.  But those traditional tactics don't work on electric vehicles because they use lithium ion batteries to run instead of gas.  Lithium ion battery fires are more tricky to put out, sometimes reigniting several hours, days or even a week later.

Man's Hellish Family Trip With an Electric Truck Is a Warning to All.  We've discussed sporadically about electric cars and how they're a crock.  It's a vanity project for car manufacturers because no one wants them.  Ford only keeps production going because its gas-powered divisions make enough profits to keep this operation going.  The car company is losing billions on its push into electric vehicles.  Yet, the greenies and environmentally conscious remain gung-ho about these cars even though you must burn fossil fuels to charge them. [...] One man learned that going green is a crock the hard way.  Dalbir Bala, a resident of Winnipeg, bought an electric Ford F-150 for $85,000 and was forced to abandon it after discovering it wasn't worth the cost.  Moreover, it's not for working people who must spend an arm and a leg installing the charging station in their home.  This individual spent around $130,000 on this green initiative, with the bonus of discovering that the fast charging stations only charge his batteries up to 90 percent.  It's more expensive to recharge these vehicles than refueling a gas-powered car.

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If you can only charge the batteries up to 90 percent, that means the batteries are, effectively, only 90 percent as big as the dealership told you they were.

Is It Time to Ban Electric Vehicles?  The New York Fire Department recently reported that so far this year there have been 108 lithium-ion battery fires in New York City, which have injured 66 people and killed 13. According to FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, "There is not a small amount of fire, it (the vehicle) literally explodes."  The resulting fire is "very difficult to extinguish and so it is particularly dangerous."  Last year there were more than 200 fires from batteries from e-bikes, EVs and other devices.  A fire ignited at an e-bike shop and killed four people near midnight on the morning of June 20.  Two individuals were left in critical condition.  The fire commissioner has warned New Yorkers that such devices could be very dangerous and typically explode in such a way that renders escape impossible.

Control Is the Aim, EVs Are the Game of the Moment.  From its lowliest municipal employee through its appointed officeholders to its highest elected officials, government at every level thrives on control and that makes it all the more striking to watch what happens when things don't go the way it wants them to go.  Sometimes, it's amusing, as illustrated by the reactions of New Jersey residents who obviously haven't subscribed to the electric-vehicle madness radiating from President Joe Biden and his followers, but at the same time, there's more to it than humor.  Ford is confronting that inconvenient truth although it's not quite clear that the automaker has really learned a lesson from the experience.  In fact, it could probably pick up a pointer or two from what's happening with electric vehicles in China.  What actually happened there is less than certain — it could be the fault of the manufacturers or the rental/ridesharing industry might be to blame or it could all be a China-bashing hoax — but the question that just has to be asked is "if electric vehicles are so wonderful, then why haven't these cars been sold?"

Power Vacuum.  California Senate bill 233 [...] which has passed the Senate and is now winding its way through the Assembly — states that all new electric vehicles to be sold in California after 2030 be "bi-directional".  Because the state has decided to essentially go all electric without having the ability to actually provide enough electricity, the climate warriors have gotten a bit creative and now see the millions of EVs in the state as tiny batteries to make up for their incompetence.  Currently, not every EV can send power back to the grid (like home solar panels that ship excess power to their local utility.)  The bill — almost certain to pass because it's stupid and this is California -- would change that.  The bill, however, is only the first step in the process of being able to drain your EV as the actual technology to get the electricity back onto the grid, well, does not actually exist.  As with so many other Golden State climate-related projects, it is based on being able to do it someday... probably... maybe.

California Has Another Planet-Saving Idea.  There are two entirely foreseen (to sentient beings) consequences of the E.V. (electric vehicle) mandate.  The first is that California's electricity shortage will be getting worse — much worse.  Those E.V.s use a lot of juice to recharge, and they will all be plugged in at the same time — when people get home from work.  The second consequence is that the market for obsolete, gas-guzzling, smog-producing used cars is going to explode in California — increasing greenhouse gas emissions in the state that is trying to eliminate greenhouse gases.  Luckily, California is known for its innovators, and they've come up with a creative solution to their electricity shortage.  Just mandate that all the new E.V.s incorporate bidirectional charging — as Senate Bill 233 proposes.  This means that when the cars aren't being driven, their batteries can either be recharged from the grid or discharged into the grid.  Therefore, the stored energy in millions of parked electric cars can be used to meet the state's electricity shortfall during times of peak demand.  When my car is plugged in at night, it can be used to charge my neighbor's car.  After his car is fully charged, it can be used to charge my car.  It's genius! [...] It's the solution inventors never thought of: perpetual motion by legislation.  More energy out than energy in, by mandate.  Just require by law that electricity be pushed back and forth between batteries to come up with the power they need but don't have.  It's a little like using two credit cards to meet a budget shortfall — only done with electricity.

Man forced to ditch Ford EV truck during family road trip to Chicago.  A Canadian man is calling electric vehicles the "biggest scam of modern times" after his frustrating experience with an electric truck.  Dalbir Bala, who lives in the Winnipeg area, bought a Ford F-150 Lightning EV in January for $115,000 Canadian dollars (around $85,000 U.S. dollars), plus tax.  Ford said the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the vehicle is $77,495 U.S. dollars.  He told FOX Business he needed the vehicle for his work, but also wanted something suitable for recreational activities such as driving to his cabin or going fishing.  He also wanted an environmentally friendly vehicle as owning one is "responsible citizenship these days."  But Bala was quickly hit with the reality of owning and operating an EV soon after the purchase.  The vehicle compelled him to install two chargers — one at work and one at home — for $10,000.  To accommodate the charger, he had to upgrade his home's electric panel for $6,000.  In all, Bala spent more than $130,000 — plus tax.  Not long after the purchase, Bala got into a minor accident which, he said, required "light assembly" on the front bumper.  Bala took the vehicle to the body shop and did not get it back for six months.  He said no one from Ford answered his email or phone calls for help.

Utah and Oregon Now Require GPS Trackers on EVs in Lieu of Registration Fee, Tax Drivers by the Mile.  State governments have historically generated revenue to maintain roads, traffic lights, and the like by adding a tax at the pump.  Owing to the federal government-prodded transition to electric vehicles (EVs) to combat something called "climate change," states stand to lose out on this source of revenue as EVs obviously don't require gasoline to operate.  Utah's novel solution is to charge a "per-mile fee" for EVs with a government GPS tracker attached to monitor movement. [...] For a little added Orwellianism, the DriveSync® app also assigns a "driving score" based on how fast the slave citizen accelerates, brakes, corners turns, and drives.  The app records bad driving behavior and shows it to the slave citizen on a digital map.

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The same tracking system can also tell the government where you go, and how many times you've been there before.  In fact, that information might be the main idea, not the tax revenue.  Of course, your cell phone tells them where you are, too, because you never go anywhere without it, do you?

Joe Biden's bus to nowhere.  It's amazing how Democrats tout certain green companies to the public, pump government billions into them, buy the stock, cash out the stock ... and then watch them go bust.  It happened with Solyndra under the Obama administration.  Now it's happened with Proterra.  Seems the corrupt, impunity-laden Biden administration is no stranger to pump-and-dump stock schemes, which is what Fox News's Jesse Watters said was happening.  [Video clip]  Apparently these companies exist to benefit Democrats, to give them some of the cash stream that comes of these monster government spending bills that are done in the name of 'going green.'  Without this government money, these green vessels wouldn't get out of the harbor.

NYC fire officials probe if e-bike battery is behind latest deadly fire.  A 93-year-old New York City woman died, and another was rescued, when fire and smoke filled a building.  Firefighters said one focus of the investigation is on an e-bike battery that might have exploded into flames.  If so, it would add to the mounting number of deaths city officials blame on malfunctioning e-bike batteries.  With some 65,000 e-bikes zipping through its streets, New York City is the epicenter of battery-related fires.  There have been more than 100 such blazes so far this year, resulting in at least 14 deaths, already more than double the six fatalities last year.

Guess where California plans to get energy to 'stabilize' its power grid?  It's not fossil fuels.  It's not nuclear power.  It's not even wind or solar, although the state will undoubtedly keep expanding both.  The answer?  California's largest electric utility PG&E wants to suck the batteries of electric-vehicle owners plugged into charging stations to stabilize the grid during unstable periods.  The Ford F-150 already allows for bidirectional charging, but that was sold as a benefit to the owner as a kind of independent generator for households during blackouts.  PG&E wants to use it to commandeer all EV batteries and use their power to prevent grid collapse.

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This is close to the ultimate bait and switch:  You pull up to the charging station with the reasonable expectation that it will charge your car's battery, which it probably needs urgently, or you'd charge the car at home.  Instead it discharges your battery and contributes the juice to the grid.  For the greater good, you see.  (Will they pay you for your "contribution?"  Not a chance.)  This leaves you stuck right where you are until "they" flip the switch remotely and allow you to purchase some more electricity, including enough to replace that which was just stolen from you.  And you'd better hope that the shifty bystanders don't realize you're a sitting duck, because nobody goes to jail any more in California for assaulting rich white people, thanks to the same politicians who told you to buy an electric car and save the earth.  This tragic novel writes itself!

Electric Bus Company Proterra Backed Heavily by Biden Administration Files for Bankruptcy.  Proterra, an electric bus company that received heavy backing from President Joe Biden's administration, filed for bankruptcy on Monday [8/7/2023].  The Burlingame, California-based EV company has been a source of controversy for the Biden administration because Biden's Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm hyped the company in her official capacity despite the fact that she previously served on Proterra's board and held over a million dollars worth of stock in the company even after she was confirmed as the head of Biden's Energy Department.

EV Owners Suddenly Realize They're Being Conned.  Three California residents last week filed a lawsuit against Tesla for what they claim is false advertising over the car's range.  But why stop at Tesla?  And why just sue over false claims about range when every other claim about EVs is also a lie?  The lawsuit comes in the wake of a Reuters report contending that Tesla had been goosing the range displayed on its dashboard and created a "diversion team" to deal with all the customer complaints about faulty batteries.  The filing claims that "Had Tesla honestly advertised its electric vehicle ranges, consumers either would not have purchased Tesla model vehicles, or else would have paid substantially less for them."  But this isn't new news.  There have been several reports over the years about the wildly inflated EV range claims.

New data shows temperatures above 86 F begins a precipitous decline of EV performance.  Okay, so let me get this straight regarding the "quirks" of electric vehicles.  If you're fleeing a natural disaster, like a hurricane for instance, the nature of the design might impede efficient and safe evacuation; or they might simply explode, because exposure to salt water can link the positive and negative battery terminals, causing a short circuit.  Well, if they're just sitting there too I guess, there's still a heightened risk of spontaneous explosion with a long-burning, extra-hot, inextinguishable fire.  They don't really work in "cold" weather, and now, according to new data, "excessive heat can greatly diminish electric vehicle range" too?  Recurrent, an auto company based in Seattle has a mission to "accelerate the overall adoption" of EVs, and to do so, strives to provide "transparency and confidence" in pre-owned EV purchases.  This past Friday, the enterprise released a research report titled, "Deep Dive:  Lithium Ion Batteries and Heat" which included a hilariously absurd graphic (although undoubtedly it wasn't meant to be taken as such) that showed the "optimal temperature" range to avoid issues, and that scope was limited to between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Will Insurance Costs Derail the EV Revolution?  Four hundred ninety-eight electric vehicles (EVs) and over 3,200 other vehicles, including 350 Mercedes Benzes, were bound for Egypt on the Fremantle Highway when one or more of the EVs caught fire, costing at least one seaman his life and injuring several others.  Curiously, the Dutch coast guard had initially reported that only 25 of the vehicles were battery-electric models.  At last report, the Dutch coast guard admitted that it has been unable to put out the fire and that the ship has taken on water and is "listing" and on a trajectory toward a capsize. [...] But all in all, this was a freak accident, a one-off.  This stuff never happens.  Right?  Actually, it does.  Just a year ago, the "Felicity Ace" sank as it was being towed from the site where 13 days earlier a fire had broken out on board.  That ship, too, was transporting EVs and internal-combustion vehicles — including 15 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae supercars valued at half a million dollars apiece.  Also lost were 1,117 Porches, 1,944 Audis, 561 Volkswagens, 189 Bentleys, and 70 other Lamborghinis.  And just a month ago, two firefighters died battling flames that broke out on another roll-on, roll-off (RORO) cargo ship docked at Port Newark in New Jersey.

Electric Vehicle 'Spontaneously' Catches on Fire While at High-End Auto Dismantler.  A Tesla that had been sitting for months after a wreck "spontaneously" ignited into flames on Wednesday in California as it was being prepared to be dismantled.  The Sacramento Bee reported the fire started just after 5 p.m. in the city of Rancho Cordova at a high-end scrap yard.  Firefighters were called out to the location of the fire and discovered a black Tesla Model S lifted on a rack and in flames.

Most EVs Cost More to Drive Than Their Gas-Powered Rivals:  Study.  Most electric cars, crossovers, and trucks cost more to drive than their traditional gasoline-powered counterparts, according to a new study that highlights the wisdom of considering the real-world costs of operating a vehicle before making a buying decision.  Acquiring a vehicle is likely to be a person's biggest purchase after buying a house.  With a growing range of electric vehicles now part of the offering, consumers are spoiled for choice — that is until bans on gasoline-powered vehicles start going into effect in some states in coming years.  But while many advocates of electric vehicles (EV) claim operating cost affordability as an argument in favor of ditching internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and trucks, a new study from Anderson Economic Group (AEG) has hit the brakes on that argument.

Driver says he was 'trapped' in hot Tesla after battery died.  An Arizona man says he was trapped in his Tesla in the extreme heat after the power died and he didn't know how to escape.  Investigators at Scripps News Phoenix found dozens of drivers have filed complaints with federal auto safety regulators who are urging car owners to learn how to manually get out in an emergency.  "It's definitely a safety concern; it was one of the hotter days," said 73-year-old Rick Meggison.  He said he was stuck in his Tesla Model Y in his garage back in June.

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I might feel sorry for him, except that if you own a Tesla, you probably have a cell phone at hand 24/7.

"Green" Jobs At Ford And GM Will Cost Taxpayers As Much As $7.7 Million Each.  Thanks to the staggering amounts of money that's being doled out under the Inflation Reduction Act to incentivize the production of electric vehicles, America's biggest automakers — General Motors and Ford Motor Company — are building battery factories.  Those new factories, one in Spring Hill, Tennessee (GM) and the other in Marshall, Michigan (Ford), will create a total of about 4,200 new jobs.  But creating those jobs will cost federal and state taxpayers nearly $22 billion.  Thus, each new "green" job at the GM plant (which the company is developing with Korea's LG) will cost taxpayers $7.7 million.  Each job at the Ford plant will cost some $3.4 million.

Report: Power Companies Could Remotely Switch Off EV Chargers To Reduce Grid Stress.  Energy providers could have the option to switch off home EV charging stations remotely to reduce pressure on Queensland's electricity grid.  The proposal is part of the Australian state's Queensland Electricity Connection Manual (QECM), which provides a framework for the grid's operation.  Section 8 of the QECM proposes that EV charging equipment may be limited or switched off by operators Ergon Energy and Energex (distributed network service providers or DNSPs) if it has an output of more than 20 amps — a standard domestic single-phase EV charger uses 32 amps.  The use of such "demand management" schemes is largely unique to Queensland and is also used on residential pool cleaning machines, hot water systems, and air conditioning units under the Peaksmart program.

Queensland, Australia, Shows American EV Owners Their Future.  Electric Vehicles and COVID cures have a lot in common.  If the government endorses them, there is a long list of bad things they are not telling you or denying when anyone dares to tell the truth.  We've got hundreds of articles on Electric Vehicles and the Net Zero lie, and yet people continue to accept the plan as deployed by the State.  Eliminate affordable options, replace them with incompatible solutions, and make using them more challenging (or impossible).  But you don't have to believe me.  Just look to states like California or, in today's example, Australia.  Queensland is proposing demand management schemes monitored and implemented by electricity providers.  Translation:  when what we forced you to purchase stresses out the infrastructure that we did not first replace (or upgrade), we will turn your EV charger off to take the pressure off the system.  Assuming you can even afford to charge it.

Jeremy Clarkson Blasts Electric Cars over Safety Concerns.  In a recent critique, television star and car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson has voiced serious concerns about the safety of electric vehicles, calling them "bloody dangerous." His concern goes beyond cars to other devices powered by batteries, like electric bikes.  Clarkson writes, "People have died, and that's not surprising when you learn that a fully charged e-bike contains the same explosive energy as six hand grenades."  In a recent critique of electric vehicles published in the Sun newspaper, Jeremy Clarkson, known for his forthright opinions on automotive matters, has cited numerous incidents of electric cars and bikes catching fire, including fires on ships carrying electric vehicles.  He raises questions about the safety standards of these vehicles and the potential risks they pose to the public.

Auto carrier ship burning off Holland now reported to have had nearly 500, not 25 electric vehicles on board.  The saga of the Freemantle Highway, a special purpose auto carrier ship that has been on fire off of Holland for almost a week, killing at least one crew member, now raises even deeper suspicions about the role of lithium ion batteries, used in electric cars, as a source and aggravating factor in the blaze.  In a report published here on AT 5 days ago, we cited reporting from CBS News that as many as 25 electric vehicles may have been among the more than 3000 cars being transported from Germany to Egypt.  Now comes news that 20 times more battery powered vehicles were l board, via The Truth About Cars.

Ford set to lose $4.5 billion on electric vehicles this year, despite increased revenue.  Ford Motor Company announced it is projected to lose a whopping $4.5 billion from electric vehicles (EVs) this year, up from the previous projected loss of $3 billion.  The company released its second-quarter financial results on Thursday.  The U.S.-based automaker's EV division, called "Ford Model e," has lost $1.8 billion so far this year, according to Fortune.  The projected $4.5 billion loss is over twice as much as Model e's $2.1 billion loss in 2022.  The company recently announced that the price of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup trucks will be reduced due to cheaper raw battery materials.

Ford Is Losing $66,446 On Every EV It Sells.  In March, Ford Motor Company announced that it lost $2.1 billion on its EV business last year.  Those losses were double the losses it had on EVs in 2021.  As I noted in a video I posted on TikTok on March 23, Ford made 61,575 EVs in 2022.  Thus, the company lost about $34,000 on every EV it sold last year.  I also noted that the costs of making EVs aren't falling.  Last year, the cost of battery packs for EVs went up by 7%.  While the 2022 losses were huge, warning signs show plenty of potholes lie ahead.  Indeed, it appears Ford's 2022 losses were only a warm-up lap.  Yesterday afternoon, Ford reported a $722 million loss on its EV business over the first three months of 2023.  During that span, Ford sold 10,866 EVs, meaning it lost $66,446 for every EV it sold.

GOP Sen. Marshall:  Biden's 'Schizophrenic' Policy Pushes EVs While Allowing Chinese Chargers, Blocking Mining.  On Friday's broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Kudlow," Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) [...] said, "This is the next chapter of Joe Biden's schizophrenic policies, which all seem to enrich China.  I say schizophrenic, he wants us to go from 0 to 100 miles an hour in converting all of our cars to EVs, but he won't let us mine the lithium and copper that we need to make those batteries.  He won't let us be able to make affordable steel in this country that we need to make those cars with.  So, all of these policies basically enrich China.  Schizophrenic in the sense that he says, when they develop policies, when we set laws to spend these trillions of dollars, it's supposed to be made in America.  But guess what?  His other policies keep us from making it in America and enrich China.  Sean, sometimes I just throw my hands up and say, I don't know what this president is thinking."

Biden Admin Fires Next Regulatory Salvo In Its Push For EVs.  The Biden administration proposed a new and ambitious set of fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks Friday, its latest move to prod American consumers towards adopting electric vehicles (EVs).  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a subagency of the Department of Transportation (DOT), unveiled the updated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which would require cars and lighter trucks to improve their respective fuel efficiencies by 2% and 4% starting in 2027, according to a DOT press release announcing the proposal.  The rule would also mandate work vans and pickup trucks to increase their fuel efficiencies by 10% each year, starting in 2030, according to the DOT press release.  If manufacturers fail to meet the stipulations of the proposed CAFE standards, they will have to pay punitive fines to the government, according to the rule's text.

Electric Vehicles: Ford's Warning.  The creation of a mass market for EVs in the West was never going to be straightforward, which is why it would have been better to let one develop naturally (or even with a little government help here and there:  it's not unknown for government to play some role in the development of innovative technologies).  Instead, Western governments have embarked on a rushed transformation away from the internal-combustion engine without taking much heed of the consequences other than so far as the climate is concerned. (And switching to EVs won't make too much difference to the climate in the short term, or perhaps even longer, either, but shhhh ...)  It would be wrong to expect a smooth road ahead as the switch proceeds (carmakers have been warning that the proposed speed of the transformation may give rise to severe difficulties), but the nature of some of the bumps we are already seeing is at least worth noting.  One of those has been evidence that some EV manufacturers, their coming production quotas possibly in mind (or maybe they are looking for early-mover advantage, or both), have been overproducing.

Report: China Looks to Flood U.S. Market with Cheap Electric Vehicles.  Chinese automakers are looking to flood the United States market with cheap Electric Vehicles (EVs) as President Joe Biden's administration has made a rapid all-electric, green energy push without having first ensured domestic manufacturing capacity.  According to Axios, Chinese automakers like BYD Co.  Ltd., Li Auto, Xpeng Motors, Nio Inc., and Geely are looking to the U.S. market to sell cheap EVs to Americans as the Biden administration makes its push for an all-electric economy.

The same thing happened in February 2022 with the sinking of the Felicity Ace.
Cargo ship carrying 3,000 vehicles burns out of control in North Sea; fire 'caused by electric car'.  The race is on to prevent the sinking of a cargo ship off the Dutch coast which is carrying almost 3,000 vehicles, including 350 Mercedes-Benz, as it burns out of control with an electric car believed to be behind the deadly fire.  At least one crew member died and others were injured after fire ripped through the Fremantle Highway, a 18,500-ton car-carrying vessel.  Rescue helicopters and boats evacuated 23 crew members from the Panamanian-registered ship.  Officials have said there are 'many' wounded.  Some suffered broken bones, burns and breathing problems and were taken to hospitals in the northern Netherlands, emergency officials said.

'Out of control' fire aboard a massive car-carrier ship spotlights the calamitous consequences of electric vehicles.  Seventeen miles offshore from an island belonging to the Netherlands, a nearly 20,000-ton vessel loaded with vehicles is burning "out of control," and officials are in a race against time; Lea Versteeg, spokesperson for the Dutch coast guard, reportedly said, "we're currently working out to see how we can make sure that...the least bad situation is going to happen."  A Daily Mail article out yesterday reported that at least one crew member had died while "many" others were injured, while another outlet identified the site of the chaos as a priceless ecological gem.

If I bought a $91,000 truck, I'd have to live in it.
Ford lowers prices of F-150 Lightning electric trucks by up to $10,000 as EV sales falter.  Ford Motor has cut prices of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup trucks by up to 17 percent Monday, July 17.  This is another sign that the growing inventories and tight competition are soothing the market for electric vehicles (EVs).  The company said the cutbacks, which lowered the Lightning's starting price by nearly $10,000 to $49,995, were due to lower material costs and the company having more factory output.  Some versions will get a higher price cut than others.  Ford provides seven versions of the F-150 Lightning, including Pro, Platinum Extended Range and Lariat.  The F-150 Lightning Pro, the vehicle's cheapest version, now costs $49,995, marking a $9,979 price cut from the previous price.  The Platinum Extended Range, the most expensive version, has dropped its price by $6,079 to $91,995.  Ford shares dropped 5.9 percent Monday after the price cuts were announced.

Orwellian or Kafkaesque?  Kafka's brainchildren are recklessly coughing up tyrannic edicts while using for an excuse the artificial hysteria being generated over reasonably normal weather.  The Biden administration has recently announced that all military vehicles will run on batteries as of 2030.  Since the purpose of fighting a war is to not lose, vast quantities of diesel-powered field generators will be needed to keep the caissons rolling along.  Governor Hair Gel of California has followed along by announcing a ban on the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  The trick with this is to have enough lead time so the victims of such nonsense will have forgotten the original announcement — and will be more surprised than angry when they realize they've been screwed.  As of next January, California's already legislated ban on the sale of gas-powered gardening equipment will take effect.

Unsold electric cars are piling up on dealer lots.  The auto industry is beginning to crank out more electric vehicles (EVs) to challenge Tesla, but there's one big problem:  not enough buyers.  The growing mismatch between EV supply and demand is a sign that even though consumers are showing more interest in EVs, they're still wary about purchasing one because of price or charging concerns.  It's a "Field of Dreams" moment for automakers making big bets on electrification — they've built the cars, and now they're waiting for buyers to come, says Jonathan Gregory, senior manager of economic and industry insights at Cox Automotive.

Big Ethanol vs.  Electric Vehicles.  One of the more entertaining spectacles in Washington these days is the industrial-policy competition between the climate and ethanol lobbies.  The Biden Administration this week handed both sides a victory, yet as usual neither is satisfied.  The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized its long-awaited renewable fuel standards for 2023 to 2025.  The standards dictate how much ethanol and other so-called biofuels must be blended into the nation's fuel supply.  Refiners have to buy credits if they don't meet quotas, which raises the price of gasoline.  Corn farmers, ethanol producers and Iowa politicians are irate becausethe EPA didn't increase the mandated volume for conventional renewable fuels. "The rule is totally inconsistent with this administration's climate agenda because everybody knows that both biodiesel and ethanol is environmentally positive," Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said.

Electric Cars Are a Scam.  The left likes to treat skeptics of electrical cars as if they were Luddites.  Truth is, making an existing product less efficient but more expensive doesn't really meet the definition of innovation.  Even the purported amenities and technological advances EV makers like to brag about in their ads have been a regular feature of gas-powered vehicles going back generations.  At best, EVs, if they fulfill their promise, are a lateral technology.  This is why there is no real "emerging market" for EVs in the United States as much as there's an industrial policy in place that props up EVs with government purchases, propaganda, state subsidies, cronyism, taxpayer-backed loans, and edicts.  The green "revolution" is an elite-driven, top-down technocratic project.  And it's increasingly clear that the only reason giant rent-seeking carmakers are so heavily invested in EV development is that the government is promising to limit the production of gas-powered cars artificially.

Have We Reached Peak Virtue Signaling With EVs?  The cars that were going to save our world from the scourge of carbon-based global warming are, says one media outlet, "piling up on dealer lots" because they can't be sold.  Maybe we're finally at the point where most if not all of those who are desperate to demonstrate their green cred already have an EV and don't need another battery-powered adult toy.  Even though "the auto industry is beginning to crank out more electric vehicles (EVs) to challenge Tesla," Axios reported Monday, "there's one big problem: not enough buyers."  Two days later, Market Watch said that as "EV sales stall ... there's a 'step back from euphoria.'"  While Tesla Inc. and BYD Co., a Chinese conglomerate, have strong growth numbers, the rest in the industry, which has been incentivized to build, build, build by government mandate, can't sell their EVs.

Britain should place a big bet on the petrol engine.  Ministers should be hailing it as a major vote of confidence in the economy.  King Charles should be clearing his diary to make sure he is available for the opening ceremony.  And the broadcasters should be leading the news with it.  In normal circumstances, you might expect the announcement that two major global corporations will headquarter their new €7 billion joint venture in the UK to be greeted as a huge win for the country.  The trouble is, the Renault joint-venture with China's Geely has been designed to produce petrol and hybrid engines and not fashionable battery powered cars.  But hold on.  With the rest of the world pouring vast subsidies into electric vehicles, spending money the UK cannot hope to compete with, it is increasingly obvious that the UK should make a big bet on petrol.  It may not be popular with the green elite, but it is a lot more likely to be successful.

EV sales in the dumps.  If you are selling electric vehicles and your name isn't Tesla, good luck getting your car off the lot.  Unsold EVs are stacking up in dealerships, even once hot-selling cars like the Mustang EV (which, by the way, I think is truly ugly).  Inventories are saturated with EVs — up almost 350% this year as manufacturers respond not to market signals but to government mandates that are being pushed by the Biden Administration.  Tesla pretty much owns the electric car market at the moment, and every other manufacturer is working feverishly to catch up.  That is a tough place to be though, since fewer than 7% of cars sold these days are EVs, and the demand just isn't there for a massive expansion in sales.  Auto manufacturers though, are having to make massive investments in order to hedge their bets — if Biden gets a second term then the chances that regulations will force them to push unprofitable and, frankly, inferior EVs will be nearly 100%.

Hundreds of Thousands Voice Opposition to Biden Rule on Gas Cars.  More than 180,000 Americans sent in comments on the Biden administration's stringent emissions rule, which threatens to remove cheaper and more reliable gas cars from the market in favor of less popular electric vehicles.  A total of 15,995 Americans submitted comments opposing the new rules through a portal created by Heritage Action for America, the grassroots arm of The Heritage Foundation, representing 8.7% of all comments.

Damaged electric cars [are being] 'quarantined' over fears they will explode.  Electric cars that sustain minor bumps are being kept 15 meters apart in repair yards over fears they might explode, adding to insurance bills.  Government guidelines recommend electric vehicles with damaged batteries should be "quarantined" from other vehicles due to the risk of battery fires.  Damaged batteries pose a risk of "thermal runaway" where the energy stored in the battery releases rapidly, creating temperatures of up to 400°C.  But the practice threatens to increase costs for the insurance industry by more than £600m, costs which ultimately could be passed onto drivers in increased premiums, according to a report by automotive risk firm Thatcham Research.

This rush to electric cars is a colossal mistake.  We may soon regret the radical and absolutist embrace of electric vehicles (EVs). Governments across the world are planning to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars, and to take older, gas-guzzling vehicles off the road.  The Biden administration is proposing strict new pollution limits, as well as vast state subsidies, to accelerate the US's transition to EVs.  Replacing the massive $3 trillion global car industry is an extremely high-risk economic gamble, particularly for the West.  It could also threaten the mobility of all but the richest among us.  And all this is being risked for environmental benefits that may prove far less robust than is often claimed.  This is not to say that EVs won't help us to reduce CO2 emissions or to clean the air.  The problem is that, at least in the immediate future, they should not be the only option available to consumers.  Toyota, for instance, has argued that there are other, more affordable and quicker ways to reduce emissions than transitioning exclusively to EVs.  While Toyota is investing in electric batteries, it also hopes to continue offering hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars in the coming decades.  For stating this openly, it has come under fire from green lobbyists and politicians.

Automakers Are Calling Out Biden's EV Fantasy.  The Biden administration is getting significant pushback from auto industry representatives over its anticipated tightening of EPA rules governing tailpipe emissions.  In a draft memo leaked this week, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) refers to the proposed standards as being "neither reasonable nor achievable in the timeframe provided."  Honestly, that describes pretty much the entire energy/environment agenda of this presidency.  Specific to this latest EPA crackdown, AAI — which represents most EV makers in the U.S. other than Tesla — notes that the "proposed rules effectively assume that everything 'will go perfectly' in the transformation to EVs between now and 2032. The agency unrealistically assumes, for example, an over-abundance of battery critical mineral mines, critical mineral processing capacity and battery component, cell and pack production facilities lead to continued battery price reductions.  The recently released Q1 2023 Get Connected EV report shows how China dominates those areas."

Here's Another Reason To Hate EVs.  'As fuel taxes plummet, states weigh charging by the mile instead of the tank."  That was the headline of a recent AP story, which should scare freedom-loving citizens everywhere.  And you can place the blame squarely on government-subsidized EVs for this terrible new development.  The background is that state and federal gasoline taxes aren't raising "enough" money these days to pay for roadway construction and maintenance.  And a big reason for the growing shortfall is the increase in electric vehicles.  EVs get massive tax subsidies to convince people to buy them, but their owners don't pay gasoline taxes, for the obvious reason that they never have to fill up.  The more EVs on the road, the less revenue the gas taxes raise.  So the policy geniuses in Washington have a solution:  Impose a per-mile tax.

More about Odometer taxes.

Joe Biden Just Lost The Support Of The Largest Auto Union Over His Electric Vehicle Push.  The United Auto Workers (UAW), representing over 400,000 members, has decided to withhold its support for President Joe Biden due to his administration's aggressive promotion of electric vehicles (EVs).  The union, which is deeply rooted in the auto industry, demands concrete commitments from the Biden administration to safeguard auto industry jobs before it considers endorsing the president's re-election bid.  In an internal memo circulated within the UAW, President Shawn Fain underscored the union's stance.  Fain made it clear that the UAW expects national leadership to have the back of the auto industry before it pledges its support.

Electric Cars Are An Expensive Scam.  The left likes to treat skeptics of electrical cars as if they were Luddites.  Truth is, making an existing product less efficient but more expensive doesn't really meet the definition of innovation.  Even the purported amenities and technological advances EV-makers like to brag about in their ads have been a regular feature of gas-powered vehicles going back generations.  At best, EVs, if they fulfill their promise, are a lateral technology.  Which is why there is no real "emerging market" for EVs in the United States as much as there's an industrial policy in place that props up EVs with government purchases, propaganda, endless state subsidies, cronyism, taxpayer-backed loans, and edicts.  The green "revolution" is an elite-driven, top-down technocratic project.  And it's increasingly clear that the only reason giant rent-seeking carmakers are so heavily invested in EV development is that government is promising to artificially limit the production of gas-powered cars.

Electric cars 'cause twice as much road damage as petrol equivalents'.  Electric cars cause twice as much stress to roads as petrol equivalents, which could increase the number of potholes amid a growing crisis in Britain, according to a survey.  A study led by the University of Leeds found the average electric car puts 2.24 times more stress on roads than a similar petrol vehicle[,] and 1.95 more than a diesel.  Larger electric vehicles can cause up to 2.32 times more damage to roads.  The stress on roads causes greater movement of asphalt which can lead to small cracks and eventually potholes.

U.S. taxpayers paid millions to electric vehicle maker that just went bankrupt.  A manufacturer of electric vehicles which received millions in U.S. taxpayer funds via grants and tax breaks has filed for bankruptcy.  Ohio-based Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC) announced on Tuesday that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Inside EVs reported last week that the ex-CEO and founder of LMC, Stephen Burns, sold all of his remaining stock in the EV startup in three separate transactions between May and June.  LMC had received $4.5 million from JobsOhio, a private nonprofit that collects funds through a government-mandated monopoly on spirituous liquor sales, according to Cleveland.com.  The company also received $20 million in tax credits to be paid out over 15 years by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, according to Business Journal Daily.

Ford to Cut At Least 1,000 Jobs to Offset Cost of Shifting to Electric Vehicles.  Ford Motor Company is planning to terminate at least 1,000 salaried employees and contract workers to offset the cost of investing in electric vehicles.  Over the past year, the automaker has cut more than 3,000 jobs across the U.S., Canada, and India.  The majority of the job losses were in Michigan, where Ford's headquarters is located.  "People in certain agency positions across a few skill teams were notified by their employers that their assignments at Ford have ended," Ford spokesman T.R. Reid told the Free Press.  "The changes are consistent with the Ford+ plan — aligning capabilities and roles with product and service priorities and, in the process, reducing costs."  Ford has declined requests from multiple news agencies to provide numbers on exactly how many employees will be affected by the layoffs.

Media notices EVs [are heavy].  In the world of all things wonderful and green, the biggest push has been to hasten the demise of the internal combustion engine and the chirpiest assessments have been how EVs will save the planet.  From California to New York state to the federal government and internationally, the powers that be have been on a tear to declare the ICE deadly and obsolete, while the EV in all its incarnations is the future.  Perhaps the bloom is coming off of that overly optimistic and premature rose.  Some EV business models aren't motoring along as well as previously anticipated, even with subsidies and buyer incentives.

Democrats are really good at solving problems that nobody has, and responding to lobbyists that nobody knows.
Biden Admin. Splashing $1.7 Billion on Electric and Low-Emission Buses.  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday it is releasing some $1.7 billion in grants to fund new electric and low-emission buses across the country.  The taxpayer dollars come from the 2021 infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden, AP reports, with the money going to transit projects in 46 states and territories. [...] This is not the first time this administration has professed a love for electric buses, as Breitbart News reported, with Biden claiming back in 2021[,] "Diesel [from school buses] pollutes the air ... and causes our students to miss school."

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I challenge you to find any school official anywhere who has ever heard of a student who missed school because of diesel smoke from a school bus.  The tailpipe is in the back end of the bus for a reason.

Energy Absurdity: When Billions in Subsidies Can't Keep EV Charging Stations in Service.  Great report Saturday at WickedLocal.com, detailing how range anxiety is negatively impacting the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in Massachusetts and across the U.S. It seems that not even tens of billions of subsidy dollars can keep notoriously unreliable EV charging stations operating in good service, even on major highways like the Massachusetts Turnpike.  The story's writer details the case in which Mass. officials contracted with a company called EVgo to install and maintain a paltry 6 high-speed chargers along the Turnpike's path several years back, but those went the way of the Dodo after, as an EVgo spokesperson said, the contract "long since expired."

The Green New Deal is full of holes, with AOC leading the charge to fall into them.  When first elected AOC didn't know the three branches of government, but proved her qualifications by speaking propaganda and leading people to fall into holes.  Of what holes am I speaking?  The first three we need to examine are the size of 307, 267 and 900 football fields, respectively.  These humongous holes are located at the Bayan Obo mine in China, which is the world's biggest rare earth element (REE) mine.  REEs are used in everything from iPhones to EVs to LED lights to wind turbines.  The low abundance REEs in the earth's soil are fundamentally necessary for all "green new energy."  The waste-to-yield ratio in mining REEs is 2000:1, which is 13 times more than mining copper.  Each EV auto battery involves digging up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust.

Anybody who hauls heavy loads already knows this.
EV Range Dips Nearly 25 Percent While Carrying [a] Load: AAA.  The range of electric vehicles can fall by up to a quarter when made to carry heavy loads, according to a study conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) on Ford's EV pickup truck F-150 Lightning.  In an unloaded state, the 2022 Lightning had a driving range of 278 miles.  However, with a payload of 1,400 pounds, the driving range dropped to 210 miles, a decline of 68 miles or 24.5 percent from the unloaded range, according to the June 13 study.  Such payloads are equivalent to hauling around 20 bags of concrete mix.  AAA advised that prospective buyers of EVs who are likely to carry heavy loads regularly should "consider the impact this can have to their driving range."

Law soon requires new Illinois homes to include electric vehicle charging capabilities.  A new law in Illinois soon requires electric vehicle charging stations in the garage of new or renovated homes.  Critics say this will increase costs.  State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, filed Senate Bill 40 to keep Illinois on its path to having one million EVs on the roads by 2030.  The bill was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2024.  In 2021, Pritzker signed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act into law, which incentivizes EV production across the state.  There are also state tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.

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What's next?  Why not require every new house to have a basketball goal in the driveway, a dog house in the back, and built-in Christmas lights?  The answer is obvious:  If the home owner wants that stuff, he will buy it later.  Not everyone will buy an electric car — unless the Democrats rig every future election, which isn't out of the question.

California Can Either Charge Its EV Fleet Or Keep The Lights On.  Can California transition to a portfolio of 100% renewable energy sources and still generate enough electricity to meet the state's future needs, including the addition of millions of electric cars on the road?  Using the state's historical trends to project forward, the answer to these questions is no.  Californians will face acute electricity shortages soon if policymakers insist on implementing its current suite of policies.  California is already incapable of generating enough electricity, importing 30% of its current electricity needs from other states.  With respect to current generation sources, nearly 60% of California's in-state electricity generation is produced by natural gas and nuclear power plants.  Including conventional hydroelectric generation, which does not count as a renewable source for purposes of California's policies, nearly two-thirds of the state's current electricity comes from disfavored generation sources.  It is doubtful that California will be able to generate sufficient electricity to meet future energy needs using only the favored generation sources; and it is not even close.

Chinese Battery Plant In Michigan Gets Biden Admin Approval.  The Biden administration is permitting Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company, to move forward with the construction of a new plant in Michigan with $175 million in direct taxpayer funding, according to Fox News.  Gotion — a subsidiary of parent company Gotion High-Tech — had previously halted development of the Mecosta County battery plant earlier this year and requested a federal review, after intense criticism about the company's ties to China and concern from local residents, Fox reported.  On Tuesday, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) decided that the proposed plant was not a covered real estate purchase under the Defense Prohibition Act, which ultimately deemed the company a non-threat to national security.

California to fall far short of energy needed to power EV mandate, report says.  California will fall 20% short of generating the necessary electricity to meet the state's 100 percent electric vehicle mandates, according to a new report released by the California free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute.  "California's green energy mandates will require more energy from the electricity grid instead of fossil fuels, making it less likely that the grid can generate the necessary power," Dr. Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson, the study's authors, said in a press release.  "These policies jeopardize California's energy security and, without a miracle leap in technology, are setting us up for future energy shortages."  Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in 2020 mandating that all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in California starting in 2035 must be zero-emission vehicles.

The public opinion tide begins to turn against electric vehicles.  We have been swimming upstream for years here at American Thinker, arguing that conversion of the automobile fleet to electric vehicles is a mistake, harming the environment more than helping it, and utterly impractical for a variety of reasons, including charging time and an entirely inadequate electrical grid, already at the breaking point.  Yet the green image (and the subsidies) continue, impervious to the reality.  With the sole exception of Toyota, the auto industry has bought in to the conversion, even as losses mount for almost everyone but Tesla.  However, there are signs that the gravity of the practical problems with E.V. conversion are sinking in.

Government Grand Theft Auto.  Are you ready for the government to take away your car?  New proposed regulations on automobile emissions from the Environmental Protection Agency would require 60% of new car sales to be electric vehicles by 2030 and 67% by 2032, compared to the fewer than 6% that were on the road in 2022 — for no environmental benefit.  Those who like electric vehicles, or EVs, are in luck.  But those who prefer gasoline-powered cars will see significant increases in their costs, both for new and used cars.  Some prefer gasoline-powered cars because they are more affordable.  The electric version of the base version of the Ford F-150 pickup truck, the best-selling vehicle in America, costs an additional $26,000 over the gasoline-powered one.  Tesla's EV base prices start at $39,000 for a Model 3 and go up to almost $100,000 for a Model X — prices much higher than most families can afford.  Plus, gasoline-powered cars can be refueled in five or 10 minutes at a gas station.  Recharging an electric vehicle can take 45 minutes.  If someone is in front of you at the charging station, the wait can double.

Toyota study shows electric vehicles may be unnecessary to lower CO2 emissions.  Virtually alone among major auto manufacturers, Toyota has been a skeptic about the conversion of vehicle fleets to battery-powered electric vehicles.  For people incapable of thinking 2 or 3 steps ahead, EVs are "zero emission" and therefore "save the planet" from CO2 (presumed to control the earth's temperature despite no statistical correlation).  But this leaves out the environmental and CO2 cost of generating and transmitting electricity (mostly by burning coal in the US and many other countries), manufacturing (and recycling) the enormous batteries, and the energy and wear and tear cost of the much-heavier cars that result.  Energy losses due to resistance in power lines generates heat and costs a substantial fraction of the energy input before the consumer uses the output.  Nonetheless, rival manufacturers such as Ford and GM have leapt into the transition and are investing bullions and enduring billions in losses to convert their products to EVs.

The $200 Billion Electric School Bus Bust.  Let's do the math.  The $1 billion in rebates pledged is to help purchase 2,500 electric school buses in some 391 school districts around the nation.  But there are in fact about 500,000 school buses transporting children to and from school, to and from ball games and other events, nearly every school day.  By simple calculation, this suggests it will take a $200 billion investment just to replace existing school buses — which must be done, Kamala tells us, by the 2030 deadline or else CHILDREN WILL DIE.  Do factories, batteries, and other raw materials exist to build (or retrofit) 500,000 school buses — and every other vehicle in America today — by 2030?  By 2050?  Does that much money exist?  Does that much electricity exist?  To be sure, the demand (from mostly leftist school boards) is out there.  Nearly 2,000 school districts applied for the free money last year, pushing the demand SO HIGH "that the EPA had to double the amount of funding" from the initial pledge of $500 million."  Should Kamala keep her job in 2024, the EPA's Clean School Bus Program is committed to handing out another $4 billion over the next five years.

The Auto Industry In Jonestown.  On April 12, 2023 the EPA released its most recent proposed regulation of automobile emissions.  The document is titled "Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light- Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles."  It is 262 pages long in the standard Federal Register single-spaced three-column format, thus designed to be virtually impossible to read for anyone who is not getting paid to do it.  But the heart of the proposed new rule is that, over a period of a few years, it is to become difficult-to-impossible for automobile manufacturers to continue to sell any significant number of internal combustion engine vehicles.  Of course EPA never states that explicitly, and makes the game as difficult as possible for any layman to decipher.

Electric cars actually cost MORE to run than petrol vehicles.  They were hailed as a cheaper — and greener — alternative to petrol-run cars.  But it has now emerged that electric cars can now cost more to run than their gas-guzzling counterparts — and could plague Britain's roads with potholes.  With rising electricity prices, recharging cars at major public points can now cost almost £50 — often making them more expensive to run than a petrol alternative.

'Charge Outdoors:' Jaguar Recalls All I-Pace EVs in the US over Battery Fire Risk.  Automaker Jaguar has announced a comprehensive recall of all its I-Pace electric vehicles in the United States, citing a potential risk of battery fires.  The company is also advising customers to park outside until repairs are made and charge their vehicles outdoors so they don't burn their houses down.  Electrek reports that Jaguar has announced a broad recall of all of its I-Pace electric vehicles in the United States due to a potential risk of battery fires.  This action was taken in response to worries expressed regarding a potential battery problem resembling the one that forced a previous recall of the Chevy Bolt EV.  Jaguar is advising customers to park and charge their vehicles outside due to the fire risk until repairs are completed.

School official laments electric buses cost '5X more' and are riddled with 'performance issues'.  One Michigan school official admitted his district's move to using electric buses was less than the government has touted it to be.  Emile Lauzzana, the environmental sustainability director of Michigan's fourth-largest school district, recently told the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education that the district's electric bus fleet has had "a lot of downtime and performance issues."  "It's been a tough 2 1/2 years with this program," Lauzzana said.  "We've been learning a lot about this technology," Lauzzana also said.  "Electric buses are approximately five times more expensive than regular buses, and the electrical infrastructure, which was originally estimated to be only about $50,000, give or take, for those four buses ended up being more like $200,000."

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The numerous problems with electric vehicles have been well known for many years.  If you purchased an electric vehicle anyway, you are to blame when they exhibit "performance issues."  If it took you 2½ years to figure out that chargers are expensive, charging is slow, and performance is poor in cold or hot weather, you shouldn't be in charge of public transportation in any way.

Biden Spent $1 Billion To Get Schools Electric Buses.  This Michigan District Says Theirs Hardly Work.  Michigan's fourth-largest school district is having "significant" performance issues with its expensive electric buses, issues that come after the Biden administration spent $1 billion to "transform America's school bus fleet" with electric models.  During an April 19 presentation to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education, the district's environmental sustainability director, Emile Lauzzana, highlighted a number of issues with the district's electric bus fleet.  Those buses, Lauzzana said, have "a lot of downtime and performance issues" and aren't "fully on the road," despite the fact that they are "approximately five times more expensive than regular buses."  The infrastructure upgrades required to use the buses, meanwhile, were "originally estimated to be only about $50,000" but "ended up being more like $200,000," according to Lauzzana.  "I have a number of colleagues in different states who are facing similar challenges," the district official lamented.

Electric Trucks Are Worse than Diesel Trucks.  The purpose of trucks is to move stuff.  By just about every measure, electric trucks are worse at moving stuff than diesel trucks are.  That's the takeaway from today's newsletter by Rachel Premack for FreightWaves.  She's writing about a California regulation that will require all new drayage trucks (trucks that operate near ports) to be zero-emissions, starting next year.  The entire drayage fleet is required to be zero-emissions by 2035.  And people in the trucking industry and in the utility industry aren't quite sure how that's going to happen.

How electric car propaganda preys on the disabled.  Chicken Little, a beloved character from children's literature, was famous for his frantic warning that the sky was falling because an acorn fell and hit him on the head. [...] This story sounds an awful lot like the climate change rantings of today.  They call to rid ourselves of things like gas stoves, incandescent light bulbs, and coal-powered electric plants.  There is also a move to end the production and use of gas-powered engines, as it's supposedly "settled science" that these things are truly horrible for the environment.  There is a frantic push toward an all-electric energy future, especially one powered by unreliable solar and wind sources, to save us from the nefarious bogeyman of global warming — all while the real polluters have no intention of hamstringing their economies in the same way.  In reality, U.S. carbon emissions are dropping (we contribute 11%), while those in Asia, specifically India (6%) and China (27%), are soaring.  At the forefront of this utopian future is the electric car — deemed by some as the savior of the environment because it has zero carbon emissions and uses no fossil fuels.

Every Electric Vehicle Enriches Communist China..  President Biden's policy requiring 67 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States by 2032 to be electric vehicles (EVs) will only continue to benefit the Chinese monopoly over the market.  China has become the largest electric vehicle battery producer in the world by "figuring out how to make battery components efficiently and at lower costs," explains the New York Times.  China is, moreover, the world leader in the manufacturing of EVs by some distance.  By 2030, China will manufacture more than double the number of EVs than all other nations combined.  Most of the raw materials that support the batteries are refined by the Chinese Communist Party, such as lithium, manganese, cobalt, graphite, and nickel, compared to the United States, which has "little processing capacity" for raw materials.  The most important component in an EV is the cathode — a battery's positive terminal which is responsible for costs and range — and yet the United States manufactures one percent of them.

Electric Vehicle Illusions.  A dozen states have joined California and many countries in passing legislation to ban the sale of conventional cars and push everyone into electric vehicles (EVs), many within the decade.  Similarly, in a feat of regulatory legerdemain, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed emissions rules that would effectively require automakers to sell mostly EVs.  And of course, the ill-named Inflation Reduction Act, a.k.a. the Green New Deal, gushes subsidies across the EV ecosystem.  The rush to subsidize and mandate EVs is animated by a fatal conceit: the assumption that they will radically reduce CO2 emissions.  That assumption is embedded orthodoxy not just among green pundits and administrators of the regulatory state but also among EV critics, who take issue with a forced transition mainly on grounds of lost freedoms, costs, and market distortions.  But the truth is, because of the nature of uncertainties in global industrial ecosystems, no one really knows how much widespread adoption of EVs could reduce emissions, or whether they might even increase them.

EPA's almost bare-naked electric car mandate.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week proposed new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for model years (MYs) 2027-2032 passenger cars, light trucks, and medium-duty trucks.  The standards are de facto electric vehicle (EV) mandates.  Automakers cannot comply without rapidly phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and rapidly increasing sales of battery-powered vehicles.  Naturally, the EPA protests that, unlike California's motor vehicle program, which officially bans the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035, "the GHG program in this proposal is performance-based and not a ZEV [zero-emission vehicle] mandate" (87 FR 29255).  In fact, like the California program, the EPA program compels automakers to manufacture and sell increasing percentages of ZEVs, only at a slower pace.  It does this by establishing fleet-average GHG emission standards that automakers can meet only by squeezing ICE vehicles out of their fleets.  The EPA's program is not a bare-naked EV mandate, but almost.

If the battery is the key to an EV future, China's got a lock on it.  The race to build a better (translation: cheaper) battery for the soon-to-come wave of electric cars has barely begun.  But The New York Times has already declared a winner.  In a thoroughly researched article this week in the Times, called "Can the world make an electric car battery without China?," the reporters conclude that the Chinese have already captured the prize.  They are "so far ahead mining rare minerals, training engineers and building huge factories that the rest of the world may take decades to catch up."  Bold predictions, but reporters Keith Bradshaw and Agnes Chang take pains to back them up, by detailing China's super ambitious chain of production, from taking raw materials out of the earth to actually building the vehicles that use the lithium ion batteries.

Why would anyone believe these people can control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever?  The people who say they can control the climate forever if we are forced to buy electric cars and give up a lot of other stuff somehow can't figure out how to have AM radio stations without interference from electric vehicles. [...] Does anyone think they can solve all the economic and environmentally harmful issues related to electric vehicles? Here is some information about electric vehicles that the complicit media will not be allowed to see. This information is as censored as the stories showing Biden family corruption.
  [#1]   America's electric grid already "faces a capacity shortfall.["]
  [#2]   During electric capacity shortfalls, or blackouts, EVs can't be charged.
  [#3]   Rural areas lack charging infrastructure, causing EV advocates to refer to them as "charging deserts."
  [#4]   The large battery packs required to power EVs make them 33 percent heavier than internal combustion engine vehicles.  "I am concerned about the increased risk of severe injury and death to all road users from heavier curb weights" warns U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy.
  [#5]   "Thermal runaway" can cause intense and unpredictable battery fires in EVs, exposing first responders to both heat and electrical hazards.
  [#6]   When EV batteries burn (or combust), they are extremely difficult to extinguish.  Texas firefighters used 40 times more water to douse a burning Tesla than they would have used extinguishing a regular ICE vehicle fire.
  [#7]   Charging stations can also represent an increased fire risk unless homeowners install new, dedicated circuits as "older home wiring may not be suitable" for EV charging.
  [#8]   Battery packs on electric vehicles may not be repairable if they are damaged during an accident.
  [#9]   EV battery ranges vary but are generally inconveniently short. Actual ranges average 12.5 percent worse than listed on price stickers, while ICE vehicles averaged 4 percent better.
  [#10]   Expected travel ranges and drivability drop significantly in winter, which could leave drivers stranded in the cold.
  [#11]   Reported travel ranges are far shorter in the summer when temperatures climb above 86°F.
  [#12]   Travel range expectations drop fast if you use accessories like air conditioning, heat or the [FM only] radio.
  [#13]   EV batteries are expected to last 10-20 years in a perfect climate.  But hotter climates and fast charging can overheat the battery and can reduce life expectancy significantly.  Battery replacement costs range from $5,000 to $20,000.
  [#20]   Production of lithium for EV batteries has substantial environmental impacts.  Massive mining operations threaten sensitive high desert areas in South America where it takes over 580,000 gallons of water to produce one ton of lithium.
  [#21]   Recycling options are still limited and expensive for EV batteries.  Many of the materials in EV batteries cannot be economically recycled, which means they will be landfilled, or mandated recycling will push battery prices higher.

Charge!  Incompetence or malice?  This question is consistently posed to us by readers responding to the staggering idiocy of our political class, especially as it pertains to energy policy.  Perverse though it might sound, many would be more comfortable if the unworkable policies and unscientific nonsense emanating from our elected officials were part of some dark and purposeful criminal conspiracy. [...] In a corrupt system, leaders who achieve political power are selected for their unique combination of fervor and ignorance.  They genuinely believe that they know better, and they absolutely are that dumb.  Last week, Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm declared her candidacy for Rube of the Year before the Senate Armed Services committee:  ["]Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday that she supports efforts from the Biden administration to require the U.S. military to implement an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030, telling lawmakers that she believes 'we can get there.'  Granholm's remarks came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing following questions from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who asked the Biden administration official whether she supports the military's adoption of an 'EV fleet by 2030.'["]

Will Electric Vehicles Disappoint You?  No doubt many taxpayers have already developed a healthy skepticism if not distaste for government-subsidized electric vehicles.  But consumers may also have reason to beware, based on a recent report from automotive magazine Car and Driver.  Also in the news is one more reminder that it can be a bumpy road to the energy transition envisioned by the White House. [...] Fortunately many car shoppers seemed to be aware of the vehicle's problems long before the federal officials who kept urging them to buy.  Now there seems to be another concern that goes beyond Chevy.  Regardless of the manufacturer, taxpayers looking to get some of their money back from the feds by purchasing a subsidized e-car should be careful to restrain their expectations.

Ford Is Losing Roughly $60,000 For Every Electric Vehicle Sold.  Ford lost tens of thousands of dollars per electric vehicle sold in the first quarter of 2023, as the division remained on track for roughly $3 billion in yearly losses, according to the company's Tuesday evening earnings report.  Ford's electric vehicle division — which was separated from its traditional gas and professional-grade vehicle departments in a late March reorganization — lost $722 million in the first three months of 2023, while selling just 12,000 units, according to the company's first quarter earnings report.  This amounts to a roughly $60,167 loss for each vehicle sold, according to calculations made by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Another Democrat war on consumers.  For mobility, America in the 20th century lived through a transition from horses to fossil fuels.  Except for supplying roads, the government was hardly involved.  No coercion or subsidies were necessary.  Private enterprise, the free market, voluntary exchange, and the profit motive were enough to provide the oil, oil refineries, and filling stations.  And it all happened organically and without centralized control.  Government is far more powerful and intrusive than we would like it to be.  Nevertheless, its power has limits, especially when its policy objectives are unrealistic or impossible.  The federal and some state governments have announced a goal of eliminating fossil fuel vehicles.  The federal government is demanding that 67 percent of new vehicles sold be electric by 2032.  California regulators recently voted unanimously to ban the sale of new diesel trucks as of 2036.  Electric vehicles have been available for several years.  But so far, less than six percent of vehicles in the U.S. are electric.  The percentage of electric trucks is close to zero.

This Might Be The Worst Idea Joe Biden's Ever Had.  President Joe Biden wants all Pentagon vehicles to be electric by 2030 — in just six years and seven months.  America's fearless leader previewed this policy on Earth Day 2022.  "We're going to start the process where every vehicle in the United States military, every vehicle, is going to be climate-friendly — every vehicle," Biden said in Seattle that April 22.  "I mean it."  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm just reiterated this objective.  Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) asked Granholm at an April 26 Armed Services Committee hearing, "Do you support the military adopting that EV fleet by 2030?"  "I do, and I think we can get there," Granholm replied.

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I sure hope the Russians and the North Koreans and the Chinese and the Iranians provide plenty of charging stations on all the battlefields.  Otherwise, the U.S. will have to bring along a bunch of enormous diesel-engine generators.  But the Pentagon has already thought of this, right?

Ohio man gets $42,000 repair bill after fender bender in electric truck.  Landscaper Chris Apfelstadt of Columbus, Ohio, shared a post in a Facebook group for Rivian fans recounting how while driving his electric truck one day, he was struck from behind at a "relatively low speed."  No airbags inflated, he noted, and purported pictures of the accident show only minor damage to the rear bumper of his pickup.  "I figured the repair would be expensive but had no idea!" Apfelstadt wrote on Facebook.  He went on to say that the insurance company for the woman who rear-ended him assessed the damage, estimated the repairs would cost $1,600 and wrote him a check for that amount.  Turns out, they were more than $40,000 off the mark.

Study: Electric cars losing value twice as fast as gas vehicles.  The value of some of the most popular electric cars is depreciating at twice the rate of petrol cars, a new study has found.  When someone buys a new car, the value will naturally decrease over time given the wear and tear of the vehicle, as well as the mileage and age.  But, for some electric car owners, they could be seeing the value of their car depreciate at twice the rate of petrol cars.  According to a new study, EVs on average will lose 51 percent of their purchase value from 2020 to 2023, compared to just 37 percent for petrol vehicles.  This equates to a massive £15,220 loss for electric car owners, with petrol drivers seeing a decrease of £9,901.

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A car is a bad investment, unless you can buy it for next-to-nothing, so of course it will lose value; but in most cases an automobile is a necessary cost of doing business or maintaining employment.

Study: EVs do help air pollution, but really only benefit the wealthy.  A new study shows that electric vehicles are helping make the air cleaner in California.  But it's only benefiting the wealthy.  The study published on Wednesday was done in collaboration between the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Miami.  Researchers measured more than 400,000 rebates from 2010 to 2021 to determine how successful California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) has been in actually reducing emissions.  The study found that electric vehicles have been successful in reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, but the benefits are primarily only in wealthy communities, leaving lower-income communities in the dust.  This is due to the unequal distribution of electric cars between these groups, and if things don't change, the authors argued it will lead to more environmental, financial and social inequity.

The [British] Government's electric vehicle obsession is a war on motorists.  First the good news:  car sales are looking quite perky, in spite of the cost of living crisis.  In the first four months of the year 627,250 new cars rolled off the forecourt.  Over the same period in 2022 it was 536,727.  But now the bad news, at least for the government:  sales of electric cars are running out of juice.  The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has downgraded its sales forecast for electric vehicles.  It now expects 18.4 percent of total sales to be pure electric cars, rather than 19.7 percent as previously forecast.  And in my view, even this new projection looks optimistic.  So far this year only 15.4 percent of sales fell into this category, a smidgeon up from 14.4 percent in the same period last year.  Still the most popular by far are the pure petrol models.

How Long Before Environmentalists Start Attacking EVs?  Today, you're not allowed to say a bad word about electric cars.  They're planet savers, after all.  Environmentalists tell us so.  But there will come a day — in the not-too-distant future — when the climate change fanatics will decide that EVs are planet killers, too. [...] Turns out, only certain EVs are now acceptable to environmentalists.  "Electric vehicles are on the whole better for the planet than gas-powered vehicles, but bigger, heavier, and less efficient EV models have more environmental impacts than smaller ones," the [Los Angeles] Times editorial board sniffed.  It is now calling on regulators to not just force car buyers to give up their trusty internal combustion engines, but trade them in for "small, zero-emission cars that most people can afford to buy."  It won't be long before green mobs start slashing tires of electric trucks and SUVs.  At some point, no electric car will be good enough.  Environmentalists will "discover" that building car batteries is massively damaging to the environment.  They will be shocked to learn that EVs aren't "zero emission" at all, because the electricity used to charge them still largely comes from fossil-fuel-powered generators.  They will decry the fact that EVs are making human-right-abusing despots fabulously rich.  They will say EVs aren't doing nearly enough to stop the climate "crisis."

California to Ban Diesel Truck Sales by 2036.  California suffers from a homelessness crisis, a drug epidemic, high taxes, and affordability issues, but there's one thing the state's residents won't have to worry about in the future: diesel trucks.  That's because state regulators on Friday approved a rule that would forbid the sales of diesel vehicles by 2036 and require all trucks to be zero emissions by 2042.  The California Air Resources Board also unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Fleets rule which will require delivery and garbage trucks to be electric.

CA musing on mandating your EV be able to help power the grid.  This news is going to go in the Does California EVER Think Anything Through file, because I have seen no clear-cut proof that they do. [...] In a twisted way, this makes sense for a state that already can't keep the lights on — use all those lovely, honkin' yuge batteries in EVs sitting in driveways to take the load off the grid (vehicle-to-grid/V2G) or help consumers either keep their own electric bills down or function during an outage by powering their house with the Tesla in the driveway (vehicle-to-home/V2H).  As CA legislators think, "If it works for 5 people, we can make everyone do it."  What doesn't make sense is, again, CA can't keep the lights on.  Vicious circle.  For your car battery to be charged enough to run the house or help take the load off a failing grid, it has to be charged/juiced up to discharge.

Portland to ban gas-powered delivery vehicles from 16 blocks downtown.  Portland is about to be one of the first cities in the U.S. with blocks dedicated as a zero-emission delivery zone, thanks to a $2 million grant the city received.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced Tuesday that the money will support creating a 16-block area in downtown where all deliveries must be made using zero-emission vehicles.  These vehicles can include electric vans and trucks, cargo bikes or hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

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News bulletin:  Downtown Portland shares the atmosphere with the rest of the world.  This stunt, (much like electric cars themselves) will benefit no one in the long run.

The Staggering Scale of the EV Transition.  Take power-grid transformers.  These essential voltage-converting components are designed to cool down at night, when power consumption is typically low.  But with more people charging their EVs at home at night, the 30-year design life of a transformer will drop — to perhaps no more than three years once mass adoption of EVs takes hold.  Transformers can cost more than US $20,000 each, and they're already in short supply in many countries.

10 Most Glaring Problems With Electric Cars.  [#9] Range anxiety is among the biggest sources of hesitation for car buyers when it comes to EVs, especially if the driver intends to cross states and go to less-urbanized areas every once in a while.  As of early 2023, continuous improvements in EV battery technology have already increased the average EV driving range to over 210 miles for a single full charge.  However, to put this range in perspective, a $26,000, gas-engine Camry can travel over 600 miles on a full tank.  The $28,000 Nissan Leaf EV can go for 149 miles while the $90,000 Tesla Model S can travel 405 miles, both on a single charge.  The average American driver travels approximately 35 miles per day, so a 210-mile range can last for a full work week without charging — if all stars are aligned, of course.  Any side trips or emergencies — or even short bursts of spirited driving during the daily commute — will drain the EV battery faster and will make you plug in much earlier.

EVs Fall Short of EPA Estimates by a Much Larger Margin Than Gas Cars in Our Real-World Highway Testing.  A new paper published by SAE International uses Car and Driver's real-world highway test data to show that electric vehicles underperform on real-world efficiency and range relative to the EPA figures by a much greater margin than internal-combustion vehicles.  While the latter typically meet or exceed the EPA-estimated highway fuel economy numbers, EVs tend to fall considerably short of the range number on the window sticker.  The paper, written by Car and Driver's testing director, Dave VanderWerp, and Gregory Pannone, was presented this week at SAE International's annual WCX conference.  It points to a need for revised testing and labeling standards for EVs moving forward.  "Basically we've taken a look at how vehicles perform relative to the values on the window sticker, looking at the difference between what the label says and what we actually see in our real-world highway test," explained VanderWerp.  "We see a big difference in that gap between gas-powered vehicles and the performance of EVs.  The real question is:  When first-time customers are buying EVs, are they going to be pleasantly surprised or disappointed by the range?"

Imprisoned: Climate police want EV batteries to have less capacity so electric car owners can't travel very far.  It is not enough for people to just switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs) in order to fight global warming.  The climate brigade also wants to forcibly limit the range of people's EVs to ensure they do not drive "too much" and kill the planet.  A consortium of professors from California and members of the so-called "climate community" are pushing to make EV batteries less powerful in order to stop climate change.  They also want to make passenger cars smaller, which they claim will "makes the roads far safer because smaller cars have fewer and less severe crashes."  "Making bus routes, metros, and electric bikes faster, safer, and more convenient will disproportionately support low-income and non-white community members — who are more likely to live near high traffic areas and bear the environmental health burdens of relatively poorer air quality compared to higher-income and white counterparts," the group further said.

The many disadvantages of electric cars.  It is a myth that electric cars are green because they have no exhaust emissions.  The fact is that, depending on the region, most electric grid power stations use fossil fuels such as dirty coal, gas, and petroleum.  So, electric cars are not a green sustainable solution for now.  Under moderate temperatures most electric cars suffer from a limited average range of about 350 miles on a full charge, although some high-priced models can travel as far as 500 miles.  This makes long trips by car rather difficult, especially since there is a dearth of electric charging stations along the interstate highways and within city limits. [...] According to the AAA, during cold weather electric vehicles often lose over 12% of their mileage range but it can be a loss up to 41% with the heater on full blast.  Even worse is if you are stuck in a snowstorm on the highway your car will have to be towed and you risk the possibility of freezing when your car battery gives out.

Government Fiat Will Not Make Electric Cars Viable.  The unelected bureaucrats in the Biden administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a plan to wave their magic regulatory wand.  These obviously "woke" EPA global-warming ideologues aim to mandate new tailgate emission standards that require two-thirds of all new passenger vehicles sold in the United States by 2032 to be electric.  On April 8, 2023, the New York Times, in a story that appeared to be an obvious trial balloon, published the news that the EPA was planning to implement "the most stringent auto pollution limits in the world, designed to ensure that all-electric cars make up as much as 67 percent of the passenger vehicles sold in the country by 2032."  The source for the story was the typical unnamed "according to two people familiar with the matter."  Clearly, the Biden administration and the newspaper expected push-back, given that the New York Times article announcing the news also cited industry statistics indicating electric vehicle (EV) sales still languish under 6 percent of total passenger vehicles sold in the United States.

Heavy electric vehicles could put pressure on parking garages, experts warn.  Parking garages across the US could be at risk of collapse over the weight of heavier electric vehicles, experts warned, as one such garage fell in Lower Manhattan, killing one person and injuring five.  Chris Whapples, a structural engineer and consultant working on new regulations for multi-story garages in the UK, said officials need to understand how the rise in EVs will affect current car parks.  "I don't want to be too alarmist, but there definitely is the potential for some of the early car parks in poor condition to collapse," Whapples told The Telegraph.  "Operators need to be aware of electric vehicle weights, and get their car parks assessed from a strength point of view, and decide if they need to limit weight."

Biden's Electric Car Target Has a Problem — Many Americans Don't Want Them.  Some 41 percent of U.S. adults would not buy an electric car, according to an April 12 Gallup poll of a random sample of 1,009 people.  This, if extrapolated to the wider population, would represent around 106 million Americans who are against a key plank of Joe Biden's vision of a green economy.  While this comprises a sizeable minority, the survey, conducted between March 1-23, found that a majority of 55 percent either currently own or were considering owning an electric vehicle (EV).  Those against buying an EV tended to be older, and 71 percent of those who identified as Republican voiced their opposition compared with just 17 percent of Democrats.

A Time for Charging.  The Biden administration's effort to impose electric vehicles on the car-buying public should at least be noted.  It is taking place under power delegated to the Environmental Protection Agency by Congress under the regime of administrative law that controls so much of the way we live now. [...] Electric vehicles themselves degrade the environment.  Substituting them for cars with internal combustion vehicles will not alter "the climate" in the least.

The hidden costs of electric vehicles.  The White House has turned to strict emissions standards in order to get electric vehicles from the current 7% of new auto sales to 50% by 2032.  But as the national gas price finally dipped below $4, it's just one less incentive to consider purchasing an electric vehicle.  In the current infrastructure and economy, the real-world cost of powering an electric vehicle is still far greater than comparable internal combustion engines, and the hidden costs are many.  Remember the old saying, "Time is money?"  Well, most electric vehicle drivers need up to a full day to charge a fully depleted electric car battery.  Even rapid partial charges take five to ten times longer than it takes to fill up a gas tank.  What's more, depending on where one lives, most people won't want their car to get below about a 20% charge and risk being stranded somewhere they can't recharge, so the true usable range is much less than advertised.  While electric vehicle owners can proactively "top off" batteries daily, longer commutes throw that out the window (let alone typical family road trips).

Joe Biden's Electric Car Dream Is A Lie.  Regarding electric vehicles, President Joe Biden cannot simply use his bully pulpit to preach EVs' virtues.  Gift-wrapping them in lavish taxpayer-funded subsidies is not enough for Biden, either.  So, this dictator rules by fiat.  Rather than ask Congress to enact a pro-EV law, Emperor Biden issued a decree on Wednesday, via the Environmental Protection Agency.  By 2030, 54% of new passenger vehicles must be electric.  Just two years later, that mandate would grow by more than one-fifth, until 67% of new cars and light trucks are electric in 2032.  This edict bludgeons personal freedom, is terminally grandiose, and defies economic reality.

Robin Hood in reverse: Biden green agenda raising prices for consumers, profits for Dem donors.  President Joe Biden announced plans on Wednesday to require that two-thirds of all U.S. car sales by 2032 be electric vehicles and impose the "strongest-ever" emissions restrictions on gas cars.  Like much of the Biden green agenda, the proposals stand to raise costs for everyday Americans while swelling profits for Democrat megadonors.  A recent CNBC survey found that 58% of Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck, and 70% feel financially burdened due to inflation, rising interest rates and more.  At the same time, the average cost for an EV as of February was around $58,385, according to CarEdge.  Cars are already more expensive than ever.  Average monthly payments for new vehicles hit a record high of $730 in the first quarter of 2023, a more than 11% increase year-over-year.  As more Americans are pressured into buying EVs, increased demand will only drive those prices higher, prompting responses from Republican lawmakers on behalf of consumers.  "Electrification" is the "road to higher prices" for everybody, said Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, ranking member on the Senate Energy Committee in response to the 1,475 pages of new rules unveiled Wednesday by the EPA.

America's Coming Energy Crisis.  In 2021, Biden signed an executive order that decreed that all federal contracts for goods and services to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Some states and businesses are following Biden's lead.  California and six other states intend to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  California also wants to ban the sale of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces by 2030.  Now the Environmental Protection Agency has piled on.  The agency is proposing vehicle pollution limits for 2032 that are so strict that they will force roughly two thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric.  This may sound glorious to climate warriors, but they have no idea what they are getting us into.  Transitioning to net zero involves decarbonizing electrical generation, industry, and transportation all at the same time.  It also involves creating net-zero carbon buildings, even though none presently exists.

Progressives [are] Not Interested in the Good of the Country.  Does establishing completely illogical and unobtainable requirements for EV (electric vehicle) ownership help the country, the environment, or the economy?  No, obviously not.  Mining for the rare earth metals used in EVs is far more destructive to the earth than safe, reliable American fossil-fuel extraction.  The rare-earth materials and battery production comes from other countries, including Communist China, so it hurts our economy and makes us more vulnerable to and dependent on bad actors.  Assuming that progressives even know any of this (many are likely totally ignorant), would it matter?  No.  They think that pushing the Green agenda helps their short-term electoral power grab and that's their end game.

USPS Balks at Dem Plan to Turn Post Offices Into Electric Car Charging Stations.  The U.S. Postal Service is pushing back against a pressure campaign from Democrats to turn thousands of post offices into a network of electric car charging stations for the public, saying the plan would slow down mail operations and conflict with its mission to provide "prompt, reliable, and efficient postal services."  House Democrats want to install public electric vehicle chargers at thousands of post offices, turning USPS into a nationwide charging network — a proposal that has reportedly "excited" Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.  "We already own the property, the postal service has these vehicles and we could make them available to the public as well," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur in 2021 (D., Ohio).  The news comes as the cash-strapped and understaffed agency has faced demands from the Biden administration to increase its investment in green energy.  Last month, the USPS said it would buy over 9,000 electric vehicles for its fleet and 14,000 charging stations.

Biden's EV mandate will force Americans to drive more expensive, less capable cars.  If EVs were actually as good as their advocates say, they wouldn't require lavish subsidies — let alone Biden's mandate on top of lavish subsidies.  Forcing EVs = harming Americans[.]  Today's EVs, despite promises that they would already surpass gasoline vehicles, are not cost-effective for the vast majority of Americans.  That's why despite huge government subsidies, only 6% of us buy EVs.  Mandating EVs violates our rights and hurts the poor most of all.  EVs may become even less cost-effective in the future due to rising electricity prices and growing shortages that are occurring as reliable power plants are shut down in favor of unreliable solar and wind, as well as increasing raw material prices (due to artificial, government-created demand for batteries).  Range issues and recharge times are a logistical nightmare, even if you can afford a home recharge station.  This is why EV owners tend to use EVs in addition to gasoline cars.

Hybrid Vehicle Battery Explodes During Fire, Knocks Firefighters to Ground.  A hybrid vehicle fire caused a small explosion at a home in Erie Tuesday morning.  Mountain View Fire Rescue officials tweeted that dispatchers received a report of a structure fire on Marlowe Circle in the Morgan Hill neighborhood of Erie at 8:16 a.m. Tuesday.  Firefighters found a hybrid Jeep 4XE hybrid smoking inside a garage.  When crews put water on the vehicle, the battery caused an explosion, blowing the garage door off its track.

Joe Biden's EV Edict Isn't Just Harmful, It's Fascistic.  According to the contemporary left, it's "authoritarian" for local elected officials to curate school library collections but fine for a powerful centralized federal government to issue an edict compelling a major industry to produce a product and then force hundreds of millions of people to buy it.  President Biden is set to "transform" and "remake" the entire auto industry — "first with carrots, now with sticks" — notes the Washington Post, as if dictating the output of a major industry is within the governing purview of the executive branch.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing draconian emissions limits for vehicles, ensuring that 67 percent of all new passenger cars and trucks produced within nine years will be electric.  This is state coercion.  It is undemocratic.  We are not governed; we are managed.

Biden unveils toughest-ever car emissions rules in bid to force electric vehicle purchases.  The Biden administration unveiled the most aggressive tailpipe emissions ever crafted as part of its sweeping climate agenda and efforts to push Americans to buy electric vehicles (EV).  The vehicle pollution standards, proposed Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and announced by the White House, will impact car model years 2027 through 2032.  The White House said the regulations would "protect public health" by achieving carbon emission reductions of nearly 10 billion tons by 2055 and would save consumers an average of $12,000 over the lifetime of vehicles.  "Cars and truck manufacturers have made clear that the future of transportation is electric," the White House stated in a fact sheet.  "The market is moving."

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[#1] If gasoline-engine cars are outlawed, consumers won't buy electric cars because "the market is moving."  They will only buy electric cars because that's their only choice.  It's impossible for me to imagine that the Socialist Democrats could ever win a fair election, after they add the abolition of gas- and diesel-engine vehicles to their platform.  Who would vote for that?  Nobody.  But this is the way socialists govern:  Ideas like electric cars are mandated overnight, and the socialists hope we'll get used to the idea by the next presidential election.  [#2] The Socialist Democrats are lying, as usual, about the benefits of this edict.  Carbon dioxide is not carbon.  Reducing the amount of "carbon [dioxide] emissions" is not an achievement.  Yes, carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but it is not a pollutant, and it doesn't stay in the atmosphere forever:  It's plant food for all those rain forests the environmentalists like so much.  Crippling our economy and our freedom in order to reduce CO2 emissions is pointless, as long as China is emitting more CO2 than all other countries combined.

Say Hello To The EPA Motor Company, Say Goodbye To Freedom.  History may someday record today as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine — and of individual liberty in the U.S.  According to news reports, the EPA is scheduled to release proposed auto emissions standards today on new car sales so stringent that the only way for automakers to meet them would be to shift two-thirds of their fleet to electric.  But wait.  How can a regulatory agency do that?  Consumers aren't demanding electric cars.  Lawmakers didn't vote to force them on the public.  The Environmental Protection Agency knows better, though, and, unless it's neutered, plans to force EVs on you — for your own good.

Europe Abandons All-Electric Car Mandate.  The EU's reversal allows "the sales of new cars with combustion engines that run on synthetic fuels," which sounds very environmentally friendly.  But synthetic fuels are similar to gasoline or diesel, so the decision allows internal combustion cars to continue being produced.  While electric cars will still be produced and incentivized, there is no longer a 100% mandate by 2035.

Biden Bans 53% of Americans From Buying Cars.  The New York Times reported that the Biden administration will abuse EPA regulations to eliminate most real car sales by 2030.  The plan is to force 67% of car sales to be electric by 2032.  Most Americans won't be able to afford them, but they'll have no other options.  Even the cheapest electric cars, which are still far more expensive than their real car counterparts and are just one battery problem away from turning into mostly unusable junk, are out of the price range of the majority of Americans who need an income of $80,000 to make an EV auto loan work.  That's fine in Washington D.C. where the median income of $83,567 is the highest in the nation, but will entirely price much of the country out of the new car market.  53% of Americans earn less than $75,000.  Some of the 16% who earn from $50,000 to $75,000 may be able to make an electric vehicle purchase work if they squeeze, cut back on food and clothes for the kids, but the remaining 37% will be completely locked out.

Biden considering cracking down on gas cars after stripping EVs of tax credits.  The Biden administration is weighing an aggressive proposal to implement the tightest-ever federal regulations governing tailpipe emissions in an effort to boost electric vehicles.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce the new standards, which will impact cars manufactured between 2027-2032, next week during a ceremony in Detroit, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing officials briefed on the proposal.  In a statement, the EPA confirmed the standards are designed to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EV).

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When they say, "incentivize," they mean "force."

Tesla Models Among EVs With Worst Predicted Reliability: Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports recently published its updated reliability report pertaining to the most unreliable electric vehicles on the market today.  As has been the case in the past, the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X are both on the top 10 list.  The Hyundai Kona Electric actually got the nod as the least reliable, according to the publication.  Just behind the Hyundai electric crossover is the very similar Chevrolet Bolt EUV, followed by the Bolt EV hatchback.

IRS Says Major Changes Are Coming to Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Next Month.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Friday that it would propose rules that would make it more difficult for a number of new electric vehicles (EVs) to qualify for tax breaks, according to a news release.  Starting April 18, the IRS will enforce a domestic sourcing requirement for minerals and components used in EV batteries, the agency said.  Analysts say that a number of new EVs won't qualify for a clean vehicle tax credit of $7,500 that was implemented under the Inflation Reduction Act that was passed last year.  The act "allows a maximum credit of $7,500 per vehicle, consisting of $3,750 in the case of a vehicle that meets certain requirements relating to critical minerals and $3,750 in the case of a vehicle that meets certain requirements relating to battery components," the IRS said.  "The critical mineral and battery component requirements will apply to vehicles placed in service on or after April 18, 2023, the day after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is issued in the Federal Register."

Net zero is a Trojan horse for the total destruction of Western society.  I love my electric car, dear reader, I really do. [...] But I'm lucky.  I can easily charge it and I never drive long distances with it.  The Government's plan to impose a UK-wide ban on the sale of new, pure petrol cars in just six years and nine months' time is insanely detached from reality.  The country and the technology are nowhere near ready for a full roll-out.  Sticking with this preposterous timetable will impoverish and inconvenience millions and trigger a seismic, anti-green popular revolt.  The EU has already backtracked: after lobbying from Germany, Brussels will allow some internal combustion engines powered by e-fuels.  We must go further and scrap the deadlines altogether.  The future of driving is zero emissions, but we should trust capitalism to deliver it when the time is right.

Lucid Motors to lay off 1,300 employees in latest cost-cutting move.  Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors is battling more problems as the automaker plans to lay off part of its workforce this week.  The California-based automaker is reportedly said to be "laser-focused on cost" and an internal memo obtained by the news blog Insider says that about 18% of staff will get a pink slip.  Federal SEC filings confirmed the number of layoffs and that an email was sent to employees by Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson notifying them of the cost-cutting move.

Those EV charging stations are not performing.  More states around America are moving toward mandating the use of electric vehicles in an effort to "end fossil fuels."  But all of those vehicles have to be recharged on a regular basis.  People with the ability to do so have primarily been charging their vehicles at home with slower Level 1 or Level 2 home chargers using a household outlet.  But people living in some apartments don't have that option and people who regularly take longer trips have to rely on the availability of commercial Level 3 fast chargers.  The Boston Globe recently conducted an investigation to find out just how many such charging stations are available and how well they work.  The results were nowhere near as great as the government would have you believe.

Inside the world of electric-vehicle charger pricing.  To capture the current state of EV charging, the [Boston] Globe did an informal survey of the pricing and performance of DC (Level 3) fast chargers around Greater Boston over the past three months.  While most current EV owners charge at home overnight using slower Level 1 and 2 chargers, DC fast chargers are critical for longer trips and for people who can't charge at home.  Based on the experiences of a reporter charging four different vehicles across five charging networks, a few themes emerged.  Reliability is a major issue, with chargers going offline for weeks or months at a time.  Some stations charge by the minute rather than by the amount of electricity consumed, leading to unpredictable pricing.  Others have multiple subscription plans or charge different rates at different times of day.  Overall, there have been some significant price increases over the past few months.

EV batteries lack repairability leading some insurers to junk whole cars after even minor collisions.  A scratched or slightly damaged electric battery might be enough for some insurers to write off entire cars, as for many electric vehicles there is no way to repair battery packs after collisions.  As a result, the consumer — who likely acquired an electric vehicle wanting to reduce monthly costs — faces higher premiums and some countries are starting to see electric vehicle batteries piling up in scrapyards, according to Reuters.  Matthew Avery, research director at automotive risk intelligence company Thatcham Research, said the goal of electric vehicles was sustainability, but the inability to be repaired is creating a whole new problem.  "We're buying electric cars for sustainability reasons," Avery said, Reuters reported.  "But an EV isn't very sustainable if you've got to throw the battery away after a minor collision."

EVs are the Yugo of the 21st Century.  Way back in the mid-1980s, communist Yugoslavia exported the Yugo, a compact car that sold for around $4,000.  It was so poorly made that bumping into a pole at 5 mph could total it.  Fast forward to today, and a new class of cars has a similar problem.  A minor accident can cause a total loss, even if the car's been driven only a few miles.  The only difference is that these cars aren't cheap imports from some godforsaken socialist state.  These are state-of-art electric vehicles that come with an average sticker price of $55,000.  Why are insurance companies totaling low-mileage EVs that have been in a fender bender?  For the same reason you could total a new Yugo when backing out of a parking spot.  The cost of repair is exorbitant.

Germany Rebels Against EU Ban On Petrol Cars.  Germans want to save the climate.  They're just reluctant to take the potentially painful steps this would require.  A growing backlash over climate-friendly policies is now hitting the German Greens, putting wobbles into the country's three-party ruling coalition.  Not only has Germany been causing a ruckus at the EU level in recent weeks by mounting a last-minute blockade to a proposed ban on combustion engines, but the country is also facing a domestic political fight over phasing out gas and oil heating systems, as well as pushing forward the coal exit.  [A]ll those disputes are linked to fundamental disagreements between the Greens and their two coalition partners, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), over how the EU's climate-protection targets should be implemented and what consequences and costs this will have for industry and citizens.

Holding the right people responsible for the global energy crisis.  America's grid is in decline and about to get far worse due to policies that 1) reward unreliable electricity, 2) prematurely shut down coal plants, 3) criminalize nuclear, and 4) force electric vehicle use.  The root cause of our grid's reliability problems is simple:  America is shutting down too many reliable power plants — plants that can be controlled to produce electricity when needed in the exact quantity needed.  And it is attempting to replace them with unreliable solar and wind. [...] At a time when reliable electricity is scarce and about to become far scarcer, the Federal government and certain state governments are trying to force us to use electric vehicles — which would lead to major increases in electricity use at certain times of day.

Rivian Electric Truck Owner's 'Honeymoon Phase' Ends When It Gets Stuck in Snow.  The owner of a Rivian R1S electric SUV was overjoyed to have his dream electric vehicle after waiting for years.  But after owning the car for just days, it got stuck in the snow and immobilized by a safety feature, leading to a $2,100 bill to transport it to a repair facility.  Business Insider reports that a recent incident involving an owner of a Rivian R1S has forced the maker of the electric vehicles to examine its customer service more carefully and think about making changes to improve the user experience.  The owner of an R1S truck, Chase Merrill, encountered a difficult situation when his electric SUV got stuck in deep snow and a safety feature rendered it immobile.

Man Waits 3 Years for Dream EV - Days After Getting It, He's Hit with Brutal News.  [Chase] Merrill had driven the R1S to his family's place in the Adirondacks and decided to drive it on an unplowed, snow-covered road to the property.  When he hit a snow drift, the R1S proved it was hardly up to the task.  "I hit about 2½-feet of snow and it just stopped right there," Merrill told Insider. [...] Anyone who's been in this situation before knows what you do, even if you're just in a Volkswagen Golf.  As you're being pulled out, you sit in the driver's seat, rocking the car back and forth, trying to get some traction.  Merrill wasn't buckled in at the time, nor did he need to be:  He wasn't exactly at risk for a high-speed collision stuck in a snow bank, after all.  However, this combination of factors triggered one of the R1S' "safety features" — which bricked it, getting the SUV stuck between the neutral and drive gears, Insider reported.

Electric Vehicles Bleeding Red Ink: Ford Is Losing Billions on EVs.  Ford Motor Company says its electric vehicle (EV) unit, "Ford Model e," is losing billions of dollars, and should be viewed as a startup company.  Model e has lost $3 billion before taxes over the last two years, and is expected to lose another $3 billion this year as the company invests in the new technology, according to a report by Associated Press.  In 2021, Ford's Model e unit had pretax losses of $900 million.  And in 2022, that number was $2.1 billion.

Ford expects $3 billion in losses from electric vehicle business unit this year.  Ford Motor Company said Thursday it expects to lose $3 billion from its electric vehicle business unit this year.  However, the U.S. automaker said it nevertheless expects to have an 8% return on electric vehicles by 2026.  Ford said it was overall able to make slightly more in 2022 than the year before, with before-tax profits of $10.4 billion versus 10 billion.  Most of the profit came from the United States, where it earned $9.2 billion compared to $7.4 billion in 2021.  The company also earned roughly $400 million in South America, broke even in Europe and lost $600 million in China last year.

Man says Tesla burst into flames from the inside 10 minutes after picking it up from body shop.  In what could turn out to be an unusual case of caveat emptor, Ali Hasan of Texas found the interior of his Tesla Model 3 electric car in smoking ruins a mere 10 minutes after picking it up from a body shop to repair some exterior damage.  A couple of incidents necessitated repairs to the automobile, which lost its rear bumper, wheel covers and sustained underbody damage in deep water in August 2022.  In the previous year, the car had been involved in an accident, resulting in some damage to the front end of the vehicle.  Strike three for the Tesla seems to have been what happened after it left the body shop.  "To my eye, everything looked just fine," Hasan told Carscoops, an online magazine for auto enthusiasts.  He continued, "While I was driving down the highway, I noticed smoke coming from the right passenger seat, and it kept getting worse as I drove it half a mile to get it off the highway."  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and Hasan isn't ready to blame the body shop, although he understands the inclination to do so.

1500 Scientists Say 'There Is No Climate Emergency'.  [Scroll down]  The reality is that the climate changes naturally and slowly in its own cycle, and solar activity is the dominant factor in climate and not CO2.  We can conclude that carbon emissions or methane from livestock, such as cows, are not the dominant factors in climate change.  In essence, therefore, the incessant UN, government, and corporate-media-produced climate hysteria in relation to carbon emissions and methane from cows has no scientific basis.  Please note that I have no commercial interest in stating that climate change is not caused by CO2.  In truth I am against 'real' pollution, and the reality is that the CO2 component is not a pollutant.  Unfortunately, many misinformed environmentalists are driving around in electric cars, the battery production for which has caused vast amounts of 'real' pollution via the industrial mining and processing of rare earth metals, and the consequent pollution to land, air and water systems.  Note that the UN does not focus on the thousands of real pollutants that corporate industrial globalisation creates.

Delaware Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Gas-powered Car Ban.  Without legislative action, Delaware state agencies are reviewing banning gasoline-powered cars and trucks, and banning natural gas and propane hookups to new buildings.  Both actions are discussed in "Delaware's Climate Action Plan."  Regulatory action has already started forcing vehicle manufacturers to stock 35% of electric vehicles (EV) in Delaware in only three years, eventually allowing only EV sales.  Drivers will not be able to register a new gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle in Delaware by 2034.  A survey conducted by Ragnar Research in February 2023 found that 73% of Delaware voters opposed the gasoline and diesel-powered vehicle ban, with only 18% supporting the ban.  Follow-up questions showed 60% strongly opposed while 9% strongly supported the ban.

Electric Car Manufacturers Remove AM Radios Claiming Safety Concerns.  Some electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers are scrapping the AM radio from their cars, claiming safety concerns.  Although conservative talk radio dominates AM radio ratings, it is also considered a critical safety tool, as it is one of the primary ways that federal, state, and local officials communicate with the public during natural disasters and other emergencies.  Automakers such as Ford and Tesla have ditched the AM radio from their newer EV models, arguing that the motors on EVs interfere with AM frequencies, creating buzzing and signal fading, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.  But former emergency officials are warning that scrapping the AM radio would mean EV drivers could miss important safety alerts.

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I worked in broadcasting for 48 years, so I have some opinions.  [#1] This is exactly the kind of radio interference that the FCC was created to prevent.  [#2] If you can't listen to AM radio in your car because of all the interference, what does that do to the car behind you?  I'll have to keep my car radio tuned to an empty AM frequency, e.g., 530 kHz, to see if I can hear electric cars as they pass by.  [#3] If the AM radio is a safety issue, why isn't the FM radio a hazard, too?  Perhaps the primary "danger" of AM radio is conservative talk shows, and the EV manufacturers have found a way to censor it.  [#4] Hardly anybody listens to AM radio any more; not like they used to.  AM radio was king, until about 1974, when FM radios started appearing in cars.  Then FM really took off.  The death of AM radio was delayed for about 20 years by Rush Limbaugh, but now it's on the way out again.  In the event of a storm, anybody who's hungry for government "information" and "protection" will turn on their TV — which will probably already be on, because they never turn it off — and in the case of the storm chasers and weather nuts, they'll either listen to ham radio channels or tune to the robotic announcer of NOAA Weather Radio for an endless series of alert tones and dire warnings.  In the middle of a thunderstorm, you won't hear much on AM radio.

AM radio in Electric Vehicles.  I have been reading with interest the ongoing discussion about AM radios in Electric Vehicles.  Rather than rehash the what, I thought it would be nice to dig into why it is happening.  My first thought is that many of the electronics use PDM or PWM to control various stages of charging, converting, or discharging the storage system.  [A] quick review of a typical EV basic diagram shows that there are several systems involved[.]  Searching through various chip makers' data sheets on Li-ion battery chargers, DC voltage to voltage converters, regenerative braking systems, traction motor inverters, and so on shows that all of those systems use PWM.  Some of those PWM frequencies are right in the AM band, while others are not.  That explains why different manufacturers have different takes on AM radios in EVs.

One thought on "AM radio in Electric Vehicles".  I am firmly of the belief that this issue has nothing to do with interference.  Instead, it has everything to do with auto OEM's decision some 10 or 15 (maybe 20) years ago that the entertainment center of a car's dashboard was valuable real estate, and that anyone who wanted to be on it had to pay up.  Satellite radio was the beginning of this, where automakers wouldn't put the then-separate companies of Sirius and XM Radio's receivers into their dashboard unless the company paid them for it.  Not long after, a similar dynamic came to pass with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  From the get-go, automakers have loathed the "free ride" that AM/FM have gotten into this valuable "real estate".

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Here's a follow-up to comments I made above:  I've been listening to the hum and crackle on 530 kHz and 1710 kHz for a few days now, and I haven't heard any signals in the vicinity of the three electric cars I've seen in that time.  I don't know what your city is like, but around here, electric cars are far less than one percent of the cars on the street.  It is difficult to imagine that the affluent and left-leaning types who buy electric cars would be inclined to listen to anything on the AM radio band, i.e., country music, Spanish music, Catholic stations, and 50,000-watt "news and talk" stations that are almost non-stop commercial breaks.

Delaware Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Gas-powered Car Ban.  Without legislative action, Delaware state agencies are reviewing banning gasoline-powered cars and trucks, and banning natural gas and propane hookups to new buildings.  Both actions are discussed in "Delaware's Climate Action Plan."  Regulatory action has already started forcing vehicle manufacturers to stock 35% of electric vehicles (EV) in Delaware in only three years, eventually allowing only EV sales.  Drivers will not be able to register a new gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle in Delaware by 2034.  A survey conducted by Ragnar Research in February 2023 found that 73% of Delaware voters opposed the gasoline and diesel-powered vehicle ban, with only 18% supporting the ban.  Follow-up questions showed 60% strongly opposed while 9% strongly supported the ban.

After a Botched EV Push, General Motors Is in Deep Trouble.  General Motors vowed to surpass Tesla as the number one EV maker in the U.S., and its plans look rock solid on paper.  In reality, the carmaker is struggling to produce the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq, its Ultium-based EVs, in significant numbers.  To make matters worse, GM has announced a voluntary separation program to trim its workforce.  I once believed that GM had everything needed for a successful EV program.  The Detroit carmaker invested billions in overhauling its factories and building new ones.  Its EV plans looked rock solid, with more than a dozen EV models planned, some in the mass-market segments.  GM even started partnerships with battery makers and raw material suppliers to ensure it has everything in place for a successful execution of its EV plan.

Bertarelli-backed Volta Trucks seeks $264 million in pre-IPO round, says CEO.  Volta Trucks, the electric-truck maker backed by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, is in advanced discussions to raise as much as 250 million euros ($263.58 million), its CEO told Reuters.  The Swedish start-up, whose clients include DB Schenker and Petit Forestier, is working with advisers at Perella Weinberg Partners to secure the funds, in what it hopes will be its last equity raise before an initial public offering (IPO) as soon as next year, Chief Executive Essa Al-Saleh said.  Talks involve corporate investors and large asset managers, Al-Saleh said, adding that existing shareholders may also take part in the funding round.

Electric Vehicle Startups Running Out Of Juice As Demand Lags, Production Stalls.  Electric vehicle startups are increasingly strapped for cash and have little margin for error to ramp up production this year before their reserves are depleted, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.  Startups across the sector are facing significant shortfalls as they begin to ramp up production, the WSJ reported.  Although electric vehicle sales surged in 2022, startups generally underperformed compared to traditional automakers last year.  Californian startup Rivian Automotive — which saw significant executive turnover in 2022 — was valued at roughly $12 billion when it went public in 2021, but spent about $6.6 billion in 2022, the WSJ reported.  Despite plans to spend a further $6 billion in 2023, the company is forecasted to miss Wall Street's production estimates and its stock has plummeted 80% from its price at its initial public offering.

This is not entirely off-topic:
Massive 5-Alarm Fire Sparked by E-Bike Destroys Bronx Supermarket.  A massive 5-Alarm Fire raged through a supermarket in the Bronx this Sunday afternoon, leaving multiple people injured.  An e-bike with a lithium-ion battery was what caused the fire at Concourse Food Plaza in Fordham Heights, destroying it.  Fire started at approximately 10:40 a.m., according to the FDNY the e-bike was in the back of the supermarket, it was discovered burned and charred.

Here's the dirty, rotten truth about EVs.  EVs aren't "zero emissions" vehicles.  All an EV does is shift the emissions elsewhere — namely, over to gigantic monopoly power companies that burn natural gas, coal, garbage or, horror of horrors, employ nuclear fission.  Plus, making electric cars releases far more CO2 than is emitted in the production of conventional cars.  EV enthusiasts say these aren't problems because over its lifetime, an EV will produce fewer total CO2 emissions.  But that claim depends on a wide range of variables — such as the range of an EV, how long the batteries last, the energy source used to produce electricity, etc. — that can dramatically affect the EV's carbon-cutting picture.  One study by the University of Michigan found that EVs can emit more CO2 than conventional cars.  It said that depending on the fuel used by power plants in a given area, an EV can produce as much CO2 as a gas-powered car that gets just 29 miles per gallon.  EVs aren't cheaper to operate.  Another selling point of EVs is supposed to be that, while they are far more expensive to buy, they are cheaper to drive.  But that depends entirely on the relative cost of electricity and gasoline.

The Electric Vehicle-Blackout Connection.  [Scroll down]  What we have arriving, too soon no matter when, is a convergence of an expansion of EVs with what amounts to a powering down of electricity production due to that "mismatch" of resource retirements.  EVs are of course must-haves in California, and we don't mean that in a consumer-demand sort of way.  The peacock governor, with the support of the unelected members of the state Air Resources Board, has dictated that all new cars and light trucks sold in California starting in 2035 must be zero-emissions vehicles, or ZEVs, (which don't exist).  That's about 12.5 million battery-operated automobiles sucking power from the grid, 15 times more than there are today.  A year later, all sales of new medium- and heavy-duty trucks will have to be ZEVs, too, which narrows the options down to plug-in EVs and essentially nothing else.  While California roads are filling up with EVs, the state is transitioning to a fully emissions-free grid by 2045.  And, no, that won't include nuclear power, unless the politics of California change quickly.  Consumers will have to get along with electricity that is powered by the sun and wind ... and not much else.

US Postal Service to purchase EVs from Ford after automaker signs deal with Chinese battery firm.  The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday that to fulfill its "urgent need" for delivery vans, it plans to purchase thousands of electric vehicles from Ford, weeks after the automobile manufacturer agreed to a multibillion-dollar partnership with a Chinese battery maker.  In December 2022, the USPS and senior White House officials introduced a plan to acquire at least 66,000 electric delivery vehicles by 2028 to replace the mail company's "aging delivery fleet of over 220,000 vehicles."  After a "competitive search," the USPS locked down a contract this week to purchase 9,250 Ford E-Transit Battery Electric Vehicles, which it anticipates will be delivered in December 2023.  According to the recent announcement, the vans are "domestically sourced" and manufactured in Kansas City, Missouri.  Approximately $3 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funds will be used to cover the $9.6 billion vehicle investment.

Electric vehicle drivers get candid about charging: 'Logistical nightmare'.  YouTube personality Steve Hammes leased a Hyundai Kona Electric sport utility vehicle for his 17-year-old daughter Maddie for three reasons:  it was affordable, practical and allowed Maddie to put her cash toward college, not fuel.  Now, the upstate New York resident has a dilemma many EV owners can relate to: finding available charging stations far away from home.  "We're going through the planning process of how easily Maddie can get from Albany to Gettysburg [College] and where she can charge the car," Hammes told ABC News.  "It makes me a little nervous.  We want fast chargers that take 30 to 40 minutes — it would not make sense to sit at a Level 2 charger for hours.  There isn't a good software tool that helps EV owners plan their trips."

The False Promise of Electric Cars.  In January last year, Carlos Tavares, the CEO of Stellantis, the world's fifth-largest carmaker (it was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot), described electrification as "a technology chosen by politicians" and said it was "imposed" on the auto sector.  By contrast, the triumph of the internal-combustion engine (ICE) over a century ago was organic. [...] Bans on the sales of new ICE vehicles will be coming into force from 2035 in Europe and, with California having taken the lead, in parts of the United States.  Europe's ban will also cover hybrids, one of the better, less disruptive pathways to lower greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.  But like many of the religious cults it resembles, climate fundamentalism is characterized by a perpetual quest for purity.  Tainted by gasoline, the hybrid had to go.  Japan is taking a different course.  Its hybrids have done well, and their manufacturers argue that their technology has more to offer.  Like, for instance, the chairman of India's largest automaker, the Japanese tend to be skeptical that there is only one route to a more climate-friendly automotive future.  Toyota, for example, sells a hydrogen-fuel-cell car.

Where's the electricity?  Today, the huge dark cloud over EV projected sales is the availability of electricity to charge batteries which leads us to the quote for the foreseeable future.  Where's the electricity?  The Elephant in the EV sales room that no one wants to talk about is the limited amount of electricity available to charge the EV batteries. [...] Today, even with less than one percent of the vehicles on the roads being EVs, there is a limited amount of electricity:
  •   During a Texas heat wave in July 2022, Tesla asked its customers to avoid charging their cars at peak times.
  •   During a California heat wave in September 2022, Governor Newsom, the same guy that wants to ban the sale of gasoline cars after 2035, asked owners not to charge their EV batteries.
  •   Sweden's new government has abolished state subsidies for electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
  •   The UK is ahead of most of the world, protecting its electrical grid with Smart Chargers and setting up Separate Meters for the EV charging users to pay for a new grid!

Using Electric Vehicles as Grid Storage: Another Green Fantasy.  The push for electrification of the entire economy — electric cars and trucks, electric heat and hot water, and even electric stoves — is relentless. [...] Greens envision most of that electricity will come from wind and solar power, along with hydrogen-burning generators that don't yet exist and battery storage to meet the demand for power when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine.  Recognizing that building enough battery storage facilities will be prohibitively expensive, a new push has developed:  using electric vehicles as a source of back-up power storage to meet electricity demand.  It's called "vehicle-to-grid" (V2G) technology and means using the millions of electric vehicles that consumers and businesses will be forced to buy to supply electricity to the grid when wind and solar do not.  Proponents claim it will make the electric grid stronger and more reliable, and provide a quick path to the "net-zero" future that supposedly will save the planet.  But like other green energy fantasies, the math doesn't add up.

What's behind the push for electric vehicles?  Several studies have shown that when factoring in the production process and electricity generation needed to charge the batteries, EV conversion can be more damaging to the environment that gas vehicles.  [For example,] Rare Earth Mineral Mining Problems — The mining of rare earth minerals such as lithium and cobalt for EV batteries causes a great deal of environmental damage.  Much of this is done in foreign counties that don't have good environmental oversight.  Furthermore, to meet the international goal of two billion EVs by 2050 would require triple the amount of annual lithium currently mined for all purposes.  Disposal of spent batteries can have toxic environmental effects and mitigation of this issue hasn't been thought through or planned.  Given that some U.S.  states are mandating that new gas vehicles be completely phased out, how is the supply of lithium and other minerals going to keep up?  California has already passed a mandate that new gas vehicles cannot be sold after 2035 with states such as Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont expected to do the same.  Finally, the mining of lithium and other needed elements for EV batteries is creating a humanitarian crisis, with documented evidence of significant child slave labor involved with this mining.

Electric Vehicles Are Not the Future.  The mania for electric vehicles is a fad that is driven 100% by government regulation.  The consumer verdict on EVs has been in for a century.  Some of the earliest cars were battery-powered, but they lost out to gasoline-powered cars because gasoline-powered vehicles are better.  Those who have been paying attention understand that there is zero chance that our existing motor vehicle fleet will be converted to EVs.  Mark Tapscott sums up some of the reasons.  I want to focus on just one of his points, the fact that the lithium batteries needed to replace our current vehicle fleet would require ridiculous amounts of mining of minerals, particularly lithium, the price of which is already sky-high.  How do liberals intend to accomplish this unprecedented global mining project?  Answer: they don't.

Are Electric Vehicles About To Sweep The Country?  It seems like all the smart people have made up their minds that the future of automobiles belongs to electric vehicles.  In August 2022, California, by regulation, adopted a ban on gasoline-powered cars by 2035; and in September 2022, New York promptly followed with its own ban, also by regulation, and also set for 2035.  And at the federal level, in 2021 the Biden Administration ordered that all agencies move toward 100% procurement of electric vehicles, also by 2035.  Meanwhile, by means of a thicket of regulations — from vehicle mileage standards to pollution caps and more — the administration overtly seeks to force manufacturers to convert their lineups to EVs as fast as possible.  So, are electric vehicles about to sweep the country and become the dominant form of transportation?  I bet against it.  This is just a specific instance of the general principle that it is always wise to bet against central planning of the economy.  EVs may be a successful niche product for a small number of wealthy consumers, but the idea that they will fully replace gasoline powered cars in short order is the dream of central planners, who think they can implement their dream by coercion.

Three Huge Reasons Why Electric Vehicles Will Never Dominate American Roads.  The campaign by the Western elite in the U.S. and Europe to force everybody else to stop driving cars and trucks powered by fossil-fueled internal combustion engines and adopt EVs instead is a product of the elite's policy choices, not ours.  No matter that hundreds of millions of Americans own and depend upon their cars and trucks to earn their livings, go where they can purchase the basic necessities of life, and visit any place they choose to go to in this vast land.  President Biden has made a regulatory policy decision that half of all vehicles sold in America will be EVs by 2030.  He is spending billions of tax dollars to install half a million EV charging stations around the country to serve the anticipated explosion in demand for electric "refills."  And federal tax credits are available to help obscure the fact that EVs remain extremely costly for consumers and offer unproven maintenance and reliability records.

New Age Idols.  Call it whatever you like, but the United States today is in the grip of several manifestations of a kind of idol worship. [...] Another manifestation of the failure to heed facts and common sense is the slavish devotion to electric vehicles (EVs) as a remedy to climate change, which we have previously discussed.  The data show clearly that EVs' net lifecycle benefits with respect to emissions are very small, but the infrastructure costs — electric grid updates, urban and highway charging capability, generating capacity — are measured in the multi-trillions of dollars, even if purchase subsidies are ignored.  Add to those the mineral supply constraints for batteries, the everyday challenges — you can't walk to the fuel stop and get a can of electrons — and the industry and employment disruptions, and what results is the biggest boondoggle-in-progress in human history.

The Greens Aren't Just Coming for Your Gas-Powered Car — They're Coming for All Cars.  Late last month, Joe Biden was mocked for posting a photo of himself in an electric vehicle (a GMC Hummer) that costs $110,000 and up.  And for touting a $7,500 federal tax credit that doesn't apply to vehicles that cost over $80,000. In other words, the 46th president was ripped for confirming the stereotype that electric cars are a vanity passion for rich green liberals.  But what was less noticed, at least by the right, was that left-wing greens didn't like Biden's photo-op, either.  You see, Middle Class Joe insists that he wants to replace internal-combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV), but the hardcore greens — including those within his own administration — want to get rid of cars, period.

Couple Attempts Road Trip in Electric Car, Ends Up Needing to Recharge Twelve Times.  A 1500-mile road trip took four days and caused 'range anxiety' — which I guess is a thing now — for a couple who attempted to do a basic car thing with an electric vehicle.  I think this joint from Axios was supposed to be pro-EV, as it's meant to illustrate how road trips with an electric vehicle are perfectly, quote, "doable."  Contrary to a number of reports that EV struggle to perform basic car and truck functions as opposed to their more reliable gas-powered counterparts.  Three things stood out that, in an attempt to sell people on taking a road trip in your EV, make it sound like a miserable experience.  The first is having to drive in the freezing cold because having your heat on might drain your battery faster:  "A Kia engineer told us that the cold would put extra stress on the battery, draining it faster than normal.  So I used only the heated steering wheel and heated seats while driving — no cabin heat."

The Editor says...
Before you bought the car, did you ever wonder where the "cabin heat" comes from in an electric car?

Will our sudden appetite for electric-powered everything cause a trash crisis?  I have designed many innovative and successful products over my long engineering career, so when I started my own manufacturing company 25 years ago, it was with the premise that all products carry a lifetime warranty, no questions asked.  This forced me to think about longevity in design. [...] Now let's apply this observation to electric vehicles.  The price tag to replace batteries on most real-world experience is five digits.  This is typically far more than the value of the vehicle at 100,000 miles, so it is usually no longer economically feasible to replace.  [Another website] works hard to claim it's no big deal, that batteries will cost less in future years, and that aftermarket competition will drive price down, but it also admits they're only good for eight years or 100,000 miles.  Carfax as well as other sites claim the average vehicle depreciation rate is about 20% in the first year, and 15% per year after that, so let's do the math; A Chevy Bolt costs that costs around $28,000 new will be worth about $7,200 in 8 years, $5,200 in 10 years.  The cost to replace the battery?  $16,000.  People should be lining up for that deal, right?  Therefore, the useful life of an EV?  Pushing it... maybe 10 years.  Then it's scrap.

Illinois bills seek to require EV charging stations in new and renovated homes.  Two proposed legislation in Illinois seek to require new and renovated homes to have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, a change that could make new houses more costly.  House Bill 2206 states that the Capital Development Board shall adopt rules requiring each newly constructed residential building in the state that includes a garage "to have enough electric generating capacity in the garage to charge an electric vehicle."  Senate Bill 0040, on the other hand, requires new single-family residences or small multifamily residences to have at least one electric vehicle capable parking space for each residential unit that has dedicated parking, unless any subsequently adopted building code requires additional electric vehicle capable parking spaces or installed electric vehicle supply equipment.

By Forcing Americans Into Electric Vehicles, Leftists Ensure Road Trips' Demise.  As leftists push Americans to make the cumbersome and extremely expensive switch to electric vehicles, they forget that Americans already can go wherever they want, whenever they want, thanks to gas-powered cars.  Why would they give that up and pay more in the process?  An Axios article titled "Electric car road trips are perfectly doable — if you plan ahead" is a prime example of leftist tone-deafness.  To get more Americans to go electric, an Axios journalist went on a road trip to show readers how, erm, easy it is to embark on the great American road trip with an EV.  Yet, the globetrotter admits, the trip was "not without its challenges."  This includes dealing with "glitchy charging equipment touchscreens, billing questions and inoperable plugs" as well as "juggling route-planning apps and billing accounts with various charging companies."  Not to mention having to wait roughly an hour each time your EV has to charge, depending on the quality of the charger.  For seasoned road-trippers, for whom time is of the essence, this is an immediate turnoff.

For some electric vehicle owners, recharging now more costly than filling up.  Here's how much electricity prices have surged in parts of New England this winter: For some drivers of electric vehicles and hybrid cars, it's now more expensive to charge up than to fill up.  Power rates across the region have jumped an average of 30% since last summer, while gasoline prices have receded well below their peak in June of 2022.  Web engineer Matt Cain, who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, said he ran a price comparison when his electricity bill shot up in January and found that his overall costs for utilities had climbed a whopping 50%.  "We have a Prius Prime that we normally drive around town, and we drive most of it on electricity.  It's now 50% more expensive than fueling it with gas," he told CBS MoneyWatch.

Here's What Will Fund Electric Vehicle Charging Stations You Won't Use.  Charging at home is a favored feature of electric vehicles (EVs).  But public charging stations are needed for long trips and to maximize market penetration of EVs.  However, it's unlikely that charging fees can cover the capital and operating costs of public chargers or make money for investors.  According to Kelly Blue Book, Americans purchased more than 800,000 new electric cars last year, or about 5.8 percent of all new cars sold.  EV sales grew by 65 percent over 2022.  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 extended and expanded tax credits for EV purchases and for residential and commercial charging stations.  Some predict that electric vehicles will become more than half of the vehicles on the road by 2050.  Last week, Travel Centers of America, or TA, announced that it would open 1,000 EV charging stations in 200 locations over the next five years.  TA's announcement follows similar announcements from convenience store chains Pilot and Love's.  These new chargers will add to the more than 160,000 currently in operation in the US.

Outlawing Diesel Trucks Makes No 'Green' Sense.  A serious question that should precede such a major decision is, does it make sense to deploy electrically powered trucks on a large scale over diesels, especially for long-haul use?  Assuming the consequent increase in electric power demands are met and recharging infrastructure is built — hardly a small feat — there are still a number of other factors to consider, such as recharge time, range (on a full charge), economics (including battery replacement and cargo displacement due to battery size and weight), energy efficiency, and environmental impact.  Proponents of electric vehicles concede that impact is sensitive to the way in which electricity is generated.  Big diesel trucks can carry 300-gallon fuel tanks and have an average range of over 2,100 miles.  Refilling a diesel tank takes relatively little time compared to battery charging, which is prohibitively slow with standard electric charging.  A fundamental problem with battery charging is the state of charge approaches full charge inverse exponentially.  That means the battery achieves a partial charge quickly, but charging decreases proportionally to the state of charge, and a full charge can take many hours.  As a result, high-power fast direct current charging (DCFC) has been developed to mitigate the delay, but it is expensive and still not widely available.

5 Reasons Biden's Electric Vehicles Are A Boondoggle.  The process to manufacture electric vehicles is so environmentally toxic between the mining and assembly that it takes years of driving before emissions are reduced, according to a deep dive by RealClear Investigations in October.  "The electric car's biggest disadvantage on greenhouse gas emissions is the production of an EV battery, which requires energy-intensive mining and processing, and generates twice as much carbon emissions as the manufacture of an internal combustion engine," RealClear reported. "This means that the EV starts off with a bigger carbon footprint than a gasoline-powered car when it rolls off the assembly line and takes time to catch up to a gasoline-powered car."  Even then, the American power grid used to charge the car still relies primarily on fossil fuels.  In other words, the car runs on coal. [...] When California was faced with a record-breaking heat wave last summer, state regulators begged residents not to charge their cars to avoid breaking the power grid.  The request came days after policymakers moved to ban gas-powered cars over the following 13 years.  If residents can still charge their vehicles produced by China, they had better hope their batteries last.  Replacing an electric car battery can cost between $4,000 and $20,000. The weight of the batteries, meanwhile, wears out the tires 20 percent faster than gas-powered alternatives.

Study shows electric vehicles are a scam propped up by government.  With the exception of the COVID shots, there is perhaps nothing in the economy that has gotten more tailwind in terms of government support than electric vehicles.  Whether it's the subsidies, the mandates, the inflation of the cost of gasoline, or the construction of cumbersome electric charging infrastructure, the government has done everything it can to turn a product that is inherently costly and impractical into something accessible to the public.  Yet despite it all, a new study shows fueling these cars is more expensive than most gas-powered cars, even with record high gasoline prices, which were induced by policies from the same green energy.  Now is the time to end all subsidies and mandates on behalf of this pathetic industry.

How 'modern-day slavery' in the Congo powers the rechargeable battery economy.  Smartphones, computers and electric vehicles may be emblems of the modern world, but, says Siddharth Kara, their rechargeable batteries are frequently powered by cobalt mined by workers laboring in slave-like conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Kara, a fellow at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at the Kennedy School, has been researching modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor for two decades.  He says that although the DRC has more cobalt reserves than the rest of the planet combined, there's no such thing as a "clean" supply chain of cobalt from the country.  In his new book, Cobalt Red, Kara writes that much of the DRC's cobalt is being extracted by so-called "artisanal" miners — freelance workers who do extremely dangerous labor for the equivalent of just a few dollars a day.

Good luck qualifying for that tax break Joe Biden is touting on that EV he wants you to buy.  Just yesterday, Joe Biden's official Twitter account posted that the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified and that citizens can receive a tax credit of up to $7,500 for a new electric vehicle (EV).  Along with the message was a photo of Biden driving a GMC Hummer EV. [...] We dig deeper.  Does Biden's Hummer EV qualify for the scheme?  The $7,500 credit scheme is applicable to new vans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks that cost $80,000 or less.  The GMC Hummer EV costs between $87,000 and $110,000, hence doesn't qualify for the credits. [...] The average cost of an EV is roughly $66,000, which means few vehicles qualify for the scheme.  Some vehicles listed on the IRS website as potentially eligible for credit actually fail to qualify because they are expensive.  Another problem is that there isn't an explicit definition regarding which vehicle is subject to that $55,000 cap and which vehicle is subject to a $80,000 cap.  The IRS states the categories are based on the criteria for fuel economy for gas-powered vehicles standards, but these classifications seem arbitrary and confusing.  There were other problems with the information on the IRS website.  The plug-in hybrid Ford Escape was listed as having an $80,000 price cap for more than a week before the cap was changed to $55,000.  The Treasury Department claims the original price cap was a typo.  You would have hoped the content on the website was reviewed before publishing.

E-bikes spark garage fire, cause $250,000 damage in Vail.  Firefighters in Vail rushed to put out a garage fire on Juniper Lane early Saturday morning after the homeowner called to report an odor of burning electrical equipment.  When crews arrived, smoke was coming from the garage door.  Once inside, they discovered the fire coming from the corner where two e-bikes were located.  The fire was under control in 10 minutes.  Damage is estimated at $250,000 which includes damage to the garage, the vehicles parked inside and the e-bikes.

California's plan to power EVs has one glaring shortcoming.  You may have already heard about California Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement last year that his state will ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  Restrictions on how many non-electric vehicles can be sold will begin in just three years.  This is making all of the climate alarmists very happy, of course, but there is a significantly large fly in the ointment of this plan.  In order to charge up roughly 12.5 million EVs on a daily basis, the state will need to have a lot of electricity available on the power grid.  But nobody seems to have run through all of the numbers with the Governor.  Some people who actually did the math work with the Institute for Energy Research, and they have some bad news for Governor Newsom.  The state's plan is based on "a myriad of assumptions" about its electrical grid, and a lot of those assumptions are simply unrealistic in a very big way.

Biden: The 'Great American Road Trip Is Going to Be Fully Electrified'.  President Joe Biden on Monday promoted electric vehicles again as part of his administration's push for green energy, smiling gleefully in an EV with a mask hanging underneath his chin.  "On my watch, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified.  And now, through a tax credit, you can get up to $7,500 on a new electric vehicle," Biden said alongside an accompanying image, showing the president smiling in a Hummer EV.  The image shows Biden with a mask under his chin and an individual in the passenger seat who remained masked up.

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It is a safe bet that the "individual in the passenger seat" was a federal agent, and he was steering the car, not Mr. Biden.

The Congolese mines where kids are paid $2-a-day to dig for cobalt.  For years, big tech companies like Apple and Tesla have assured the customers of their glossy stores and showrooms that all their goods are ethically sourced and sold.  But a new series of images taken from inside mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 90 percent of the world's cobalt is mined and used to make the batteries that power our tech-led lives, raise uncomfortable questions.  Cobalt is the chemical element found in almost every tech gadget that uses a lithium-powered battery on the market today - a smartphone, tablet or laptop requires a few grams of it, while an electric vehicle requires 10kg.

California Firefighters Use 6,000 Gallons of Water to Put Out Tesla Fire on Highway 50.  A Tesla Model S burst into flames on Saturday afternoon in California while driving on Highway 50, causing two eastbound lanes to close, officials said.  The electric vehicle was traveling at "freeway speeds" when its battery compartment "spontaneously" caught fire, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said on Twitter.  The incident happened around 3:41 p.m.  Firefighters called in two fire engines, a water tender, and a ladder truck, and used approximately 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze as the battery cells "continued to combust," fire officials said.  They also used car jacks to lift the vehicle in order to put out the fire underneath it.

Electric cars: Square peg, round hole.  The big story of 2023 just might be the clash between the global elites who have imposed electric vehicle mandates and the worldwide "irredeemable deplorables" for whom an electric vehicle is not on their shopping list.  The federal government, many state governments, and much of the automobile industry — and their counterparts worldwide — have decreed that the world abandon the internal combustion engine in favor of the (often-coal-fired) electric vehicle.  Mandates for banning new sales of conventional vehicles are as plentiful as schemes to disallow further production of "evil" fossil fuels that brought a total transformation of the world economy in little more than a century.  Moreover, most automakers have pledged to end production of conventional vehicles within the next few years.  While sales of EVs "boomed" last year, the 6 million EVs still comprise less than half a percent of the world's 1.4 billion vehicles.

It's Now Cheaper to Drive 100 Miles in a Gas-Powered Car Than in an EV.  The Biden administration is always telling us that the best thing we can do is buy an electric vehicle.  In fact, various members of the administration treat it almost flippantly — it's a no-brainer that you should buy an expensive electric car or two.  Doing so will rescue the planet from certain environmental collapse and will save you loads of money, even though the average cost of an electric vehicle was $66,000 as of August of last year.  Plenty of people are falling for it, and it's easy to see why.  The siren song of the tax credit is hard to ignore, and the idea of not having to contend with rising prices at the gas pump is attractive.  But is it all true?

Electric Vehicles Are an Ideologically Driven Economic Misadventure.  As more motorists own electric vehicles (EVs) and experience problems operating them, evidence shows that the movement to abandon gas-powered vehicles is ideologically motivated and unsupported by rational economic calculation.  In January 2023, four Wyoming state senators and two representatives introduced Senate Joint Resolution No. SJ004 to ban the sale of EVs in Wyoming by 2035.  The proposed legislation stressed that "Wyoming's vast stretches of highway, coupled with a lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, make the widespread use of electric vehicles impracticable for the state."  The proposed legislation also noted that "the batteries used in electric vehicles contain critical minerals whose domestic supply is limited and at risk of disruption."  Moreover, the Senate Joint Resolution explained that "the critical minerals used in electric batteries are not easily recyclable or disposable, meaning that landfills in Wyoming and elsewhere will be required to develop practices to dispose of these minerals in a safe and responsible manner."  Finally, the legislation was premised on the reality that "the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations in Wyoming and throughout the country necessary to support more electric vehicles will require massive amounts of new power generation to sustain the misadventure of electric vehicles."

Nolte: Brits Pay More to Charge Electric Car than to Gas Up.  Per mile traveled, our British friends are now paying more to charge their electric cars than to gas them up.  [Tweets and stuff]  So, according to this hilarious story, "Topping up the e-Corsa's charge by 80pc on a slow charger at peak times results in a cost of 16.18p per mile."  But.  The "costs (of a petrol Corsa) at around 14.45 pence per mile[.]"  Question:  What's left to feel smug about after it costs more to drive your electric car than a car-car?

Enthusiasm Fading for Electric Vehicles.  The recent announcement that electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla has cut its prices by between six and 20 percent just to maintain its production goals and market share is the latest manifestation of the fading enthusiasm for electric vehicles.  In essence, the result of government meddling in the private market is now showing up in such moves.  In 2021, for example, auto executives were "very optimistic" about EVs, expecting them to capture as much as 70 percent of the total automotive market by 2030.  A year later that optimism had subsided considerably, with those same executives cutting their expectations to 40 percent.  The latest report from international accounting firm KPMG reveals that car dealers expect EVs to capture just over 20 percent of the total automotive market by 2030.

You're better off walking than relying on useless, unreliable vehicles and chargers that never work.  As I watch my family strike out on foot across the fields into driving rain and gathering darkness, my wife holding each child's hand, our new year plans in ruins, while I do what I can to make our dead car safe before abandoning it a mile short of home, full of luggage on a country lane, it occurs to me not for the first time that if we are going to save the planet we will have to find another way.  Because electric cars are not the answer.  Yes, it's the Jaguar again.  My doomed bloody £65,000 iPace that has done nothing but fail at everything it was supposed to do for more than two years now, completely dead this time, its lifeless corpse blocking the single-track road.  I can't even roll it to a safer spot because it can't be put in neutral.  For when an electric car dies, it dies hard.

14 absurdities on full public display.  [#7] The world now agrees with me that electric cars are as useless as they were when they were first introduced over 100 years ago.  No one with functioning brain tissue would buy an electric car except as an expensive joke.  Despite all the propaganda, lies and tax breaks they are more expensive to buy and run than diesel and petrol cars.  They're useless if you need to travel more than a few miles from your home.  The idea that we'll have electric lorries and electric aeroplanes is laughable.

Fire hazard: Ferry company bans electric cars.  The listed Norwegian shipping company Havila has banned electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars from its ferries.  After a risk analysis, it was concluded that the risk to the safety of the shipping fleet was too great.  If a car catches fire, the fire [cannot] be extinguished.  The shipping company travels the so-called mail ship route along the coast of northern Norway.  The tours are important for Scandinavian passenger and cargo traffic and are also very popular with holidaymakers.  The risks for ships from the transport of electric cars have been discussed since the Felicity Ace sank off the Azores last February.  E-vehicles on board had caught fire and the blaze could not be extinguished.  Finally, the huge ship sank with thousands of electric cars and vehicles [including] Porsches and Bentleys.

The Case for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles.  All-electric battery vehicles (BEVs) have become all the rage, particularly with the political class, who see them as a magical means to combat climate change. [...] In the policy push toward BEVs, little consideration has been given to the benefits of an attractive alternative: hybrid vehicles, which also deliver significantly lower CO2 emissions relative to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.  Hybrid vehicles come in two forms:  hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), such as the well-known Toyota Prius, and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), such as the Toyota Prius Prime.  In decreasing order of CO2 emissions, HEVs have lower emissions than conventional gasoline vehicles, PHEVs have lower emissions than HEVs, and finally, BEVs have zero emissions from the vehicle itself.  BEVs, however, have a high emissions footprint in the manufacturing process prior to delivery of the vehicle, and then afterward in the production of electricity to charge the vehicle (called "well-to-wheel emissions").  So BEVs are not, as often touted, "zero-emissions" vehicles.  They produce, instead, what is called a CO2 equivalent.

Man drives electric Volvo 350 miles to see REAL cost and 'numbers just didn't add up'.  The development and demand for electric cars has been growing, but there's still an ongoing debate about just how worthwhile the more environmentally-friendly vehicles are.  In an effort to find out how easy they are to drive and how the cost compares to petrol or diesel cars, Steven Smith set out on a real-world experiment to put one of the vehicles to the test. [...] Steven set off for his journey with the Volvo 100% charged, which cost approximately £20 to charge at his home — although it's not actually recommended to charge the car to 100% in order to prolong its battery life.  The Volvo has an on-paper range of 273 miles, but Steven quickly discovered that this didn't seem to be the case as he only had 180 miles showing for the actual range when he set off with a full battery.  After driving for an hour and 40 minutes, Steven made his first charging stop at Taunton Dean services on the M5, where he arrived with 25% battery and 45 miles remaining.  He waited for 40 minutes for the battery to charge to 60%, costing £19.62 for another 55 miles. [...] With a full charge at home, a fast top-up at services, a slow top-up in Bristol and a super-fast top-up on the way back, the entire [350-mile] journey cost Steven £88.07  [$109.19].

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Imagine a gas station where the price of fuel is higher if you pump it into your gas tank faster.  That's the same thing as the rapid-charge stations charging more for fast delivery of the same battery charge.

Man plugs in electric truck, learns it will take a week to charge.  A man plugged in his electric vehicle at home and learned that recharging it would not be a timely venture.  YouTuber TFLEV shared that on Sunday, while at home, he plugged in his brand-new electric Hummer truck, which has a 250 kwh battery, only to find that it would take several days for him to get a complete charge.  "Time to complete charge, Friday at 8:30 a.m.," the YouTuber said.  "And range increase is 1 mph."

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[#1] Range is measured in miles, not mph.  [#2] This story appeared on westernjournal.com over three months ago.  A link to the westernjournal story was put up on this website on October 3, 2023.

Wyoming looks to ban sale of new EVs.  I will admit that when this headline popped up in my feed, I immediately thought it was satire from the Babylon Bee or something similar.  "Wyoming is set to BAN sales of new electric vehicles by 2035 to 'ensure the stability' of its oil and gas industry."  But given the number of blue states that have already mandated the use of electric vehicles and banned the sale of gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035 (or sooner), it was probably inevitable that a red state would decide to turn the tables.  Nobody expects this to actually happen and one of the Republicans in the state legislature who is supporting the resolution described it as "entirely symbolic" and even "tongue in cheek."  But they have a point to make and this is how they're choosing to do it.

Women Expect: To Have Gas Stoves.  Women like their gas stoves — even Dr. Jill Biden — and they all think it is ridiculous to ban them.  But who knew, two weeks ago?  Okay.  So the green transition stubbed a toe on the gas stoves issue.  Trouble is that when it comes to "EVs," another vital step in the green transition, women are all in.  They tell you proudly of their "EVs" and how they are up on the jargon, such as being "iced" at a charging station by a MAGA F-350 truck occupying the charging space.  But women should be terrified by "EVs."  Suppose a nice liberal lady goes to the Seattle Symphony in her "EV" and it's a really cold night and she has to stop at a charging station on the way home in a supermarket parking lot at 11:00 p.m. and there are drug dealers about?  Of course, there are three charging stations in the basement of Symphony Hall, but good luck getting ahead of the Gold Membership patrons — or matrons, as the case may be.  But, ladies, what happens in ten years when there are 50 charging stations in the basement of Symphony Hall and one of the "EVs" has a battery fire — in a basement parking garage full of EVs with nice explodable lithium batteries?

The Coming Future Of Electric Vehicles: Something Here Does Not Add Up.  I'm carving myself out a niche as the guy who does a few simple calculations to check if the grand schemes of our central planners make any sense.  So far I've taken that approach to the question of energy storage to back up a wind/solar electricity grid, and on that one the schemes of the central planners most definitely do not add up.  But the energy storage question, although involving no math beyond basic arithmetic, does have some complexities.  How about something somewhat simpler, like: If we convert our entire automobile fleet to all-electric cars, where is the electricity going to come from?  With the big push currently on to get rid of internal combustion vehicles and replace them with electrics, surely someone has done the calculations to be sure that the electricity supply will be ample.  Actually, that does not appear to be the case.  Once again, the central planners have no idea what they are doing.

British parking association: weight of electric cars causes collapse of parking garages.  Electric cars do not have a heavy gasoline or diesel engine "under the hood," but a compact, lightweight electric motor.  But because of a hefty battery pack, EVs are often bulky.  An electric car sometimes weighs as much as 500 pounds more than a similar model with a traditional powertrain.  This can create dangerous situations, according to the British Parking Association.

South Korea fines Tesla $2.2 mln for exaggerating driving range of EVs.  South Korea's antitrust regulator said it would impose a 2.85 billion won ($2.2 million) fine on Tesla Inc for failing to tell its customers about the shorter driving range of its electric vehicles (EVs) in low temperatures.  The Korea Fair Trade Commission said that Tesla had exaggerated the "driving ranges of its cars on a single charge, their fuel cost-effectiveness compared to gasoline vehicles as well as the performance of its Superchargers" on its official local website since August 2019 until recently.

Tesla Mobile Supercharger Burns Down On New Year's Day.  Tesla owners charging their vehicles on New Year's Day at a Supercharger station in Baker, California witnessed a mobile Supercharger burn to the ground.  There's no word on what started the fire, but Electrek has reached out to the local fire department and is waiting for a response.  These mobile Supercharging stations are comprised of a mega pack on the back of a trailer with multiple Supercharging outlets attached.  Tesla often employs them at particularly busy Supercharger locations during the holidays in order to ease congestion and reduce waiting times.

We will destroy the earth in the name of "Green Energy".  [Threat reader]  MiningWatch Canada is estimating that "[Three] billion tons of mined metals and minerals will be needed to power the energy transition" — a "massive" increase especially for six critical minerals: lithium, graphite, copper, cobalt, nickel and rare earth minerals[.] [...] Mining requires the extraction of solid ores, often after removing vast amounts of overlying rock.  Then the ore must be processed, creating an enormous quantity of waste — about 100 billion tonnes a year, more than any other human-made waste stream.  Purifying a single tonne of rare earths requires using at least 200 cubic meters of water, which then becomes polluted with acids and heavy metals.  On top of that, imagine the destruction and energy required to obtain these essential metals:
  18,740 pounds of purified rock to produce 2.2 pounds of vanadium
  35,275 pounds of ore for 2.2 pounds of cerium
  110,230 pounds of rock for 2.2 pounds of gallium
  2,645,550 pounds of ore to get 2.2 pounds of lutecium
Also staggering amounts of ore are needed for other metals.  By 2035, demand is expected to double for germanium; quadruple for tantalum; and quintuple for palladium.  The scandium market could increase nine-fold, and the cobalt market by a factor of 24.

Videos of Teslas malfunctioning in below-freezing temperatures go viral.  Multiple stories of Tesla vehicles experiencing major malfunctions in freezing temperatures during the holidays have gone viral.  In a video uploaded to Twitter on Dec. 23, Canadian meteorologist Rachel Modestino demonstrates her inability to open her vehicle's driver-side door as the latch, which must be popped out of the door to use, had frozen shut.  Her video has garnered over 4.2 million views and 40,800 likes.

Man Exposes 'All the Bad Things' About His Tesla Model 3 - 'I'd Rather Own a Petrol Car Again'.  If there's ever anyone who's cut out to be an electric vehicle owner, it's not @lukeerwintv of TikTok fame.  The creator is best known for his videos of giving back to others on the social media website, but he recently got a Tesla Model 3.  To say that he's unhappy with things is an understatement.  In the first video — filmed on a sunny day inside the car and posted on Dec. 27 — the creator describes how the large glass roof makes it "boiling hot" inside the car. [...] Next up: the features you need to pay to unlock.  According to the U.S. Sun, self-driving features like Smart Summon or Full Self-Driving require additional payment to be unlocked — somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000.  (Although it's unclear whether this is in Australian or U.S. dollars.)  Then there's the issue of Tesla's Superchargers, which provide Level 3 quick-charging at designated stations — provided, of course, that you're willing to pay.  "Now if you think the Tesla Superchargers are cheap — or free — they're actually not," Luke said.  "So, to charge this car, would cost about $30 for 30 minutes to 100 percent.

EV skid row!  How LA's 'Electric Avenue' has become overrun with homeless.  A conservative commentator has warned electric vehicle drivers in Los Angeles that charging stations for their $60,000 cars are littered with homeless encampments.  Alexandra Datig shared a video of her driving in downtown LA on Wednesday, with one of the local Blink EV charging stations surrounded by trash and tents.  'When you live in Los Angeles, it's better to have a charging station at home for that $60,000 EV,' Datig wrote on Twitter.

NYC Electric Garbage Truck Plans Hit Wall After Trucks "Conked Out" Plowing Snow After Just Four Hours.  In a move that absolutely nobody could have seen coming, New York City is scrapping its brilliant idea for electric garbage trucks after finding out the truck simply "aren't powerful enough to plow snow".  The pipe dream of converting the city's 6,000 garbage trucks from gas to electric in order to try and limit carbon emissions (because [there are] no other problems that need to be dealt with in New York City right now) is "clashing with the limits of electric-powered vehicles," Gothamist wrote this week.  The city's current trucks run on diesel and can be fitted with plows in the winter.  Despite the shortcomings, the city Department of Sanitation has already ordered seven electric rear loader garbage trucks, custom-made by Mack, the report says.  Those trucks cost an astonishing $523,000 each and are to be delivered this spring.

2023 tax credits for EVs will boost their appeal.  Starting Jan. 1, many Americans will qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying an electric vehicle.  The credit, part of changes enacted in the Inflation Reduction Act, is designed to spur EV sales and reduce greenhouse emissions.  But a complex web of requirements, including where vehicles and batteries must be manufactured to qualify, is casting doubt on whether anyone can receive the full $7,500 credit next year.

A one-time journalist's Tesla rumination is ill-informed and remarkably funny.  At the L.A. Times, John Blumenthal, a "former magazine editor," has written an unintentionally funny, ill-informed, politically-correct, ludicrously pretentious op-ed entitled "I bought a Tesla to help the environment.  Now, I'm embarrassed to drive it." [...] The batteries in Teslas (and in all those electric cars greenies are demanding, sometimes by statutory fiat) are made under filthy and despicable circumstances.  The necessary cobalt for batteries comes from primarily Chinese-owned mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where workers, often children, are virtual slaves, and the environmental pollution is staggering.  There's also that whole electricity issue.  Where in the world does an "educated" journalist like Blumenthal think electricity comes from?  The Electricity Fairy?  Zeus and his lightning bolts?  Nooo.  It comes from electric plants that usually burn either coal, oil, or natural gas, all of which are fossil fuels. [...] Tesla buyers are deluded, incurious people who think they're earning points to get into green heaven when they buy one.  They are the modern equivalent of the faithful who purchased indulgences from corrupt medieval friars.

EPA cracks down on trucking industry to push an all-electric fleet.  You read that right:  in a world where cold weather prevents EVs from charging, water exposure leads to spontaneous combustion, and inefficient technology leaves people stranded, comrades in the bureaucracy want to force the entire diesel trucking industry to comply with the Green agenda measures.  For reference, a trucking industry website stated that there are "more than 15 million commercial vehicles" in the U.S., and "76% are powered by diesel engines."  Simple math would therefore show that the EPA set its sights on 11,400,000 commercial trucking vehicles that make our world go round.  An overwhelming majority of us are utterly dependent upon truckers and their diesel engines; they are the lifeblood of our First World (although rapidly deteriorating) economy... and the big government elites know this.  Forced compliance with the latest "regulations" from the EPA would see the entire fleet of the trucking industry switch to electric, and with that, the government would have unfettered control.

Used Tesla Prices Plunge As Demand Evaporates.  Readers have been well informed about the impending auto market disaste.  The latest domino to fall is the days used Teslas could demand lofty premiums, which is now in the rear-view mirror as demand falters and supply increases.  According to Reuters, citing new automotive pricing data from Edmunds, average prices for used Teslas in November were $55,754, down a whopping 17% from a July high of $67,297.  The steep decline comes as the overall used car market is only down 4% in the same period. [...] Teslas were all the rage during the pandemic and the Ukraine war.  As gasoline and diesel prices skyrocketed earlier this year, demand for Teslas spiked.  But now, since fuel prices recede, borrowing rates soar, and Tesla output increases amid a crowded EV space, the price of used Teslas is falling faster than any used car on the market.

Video: stranded in a 'bone-chilling' blizzard thanks to an electric vehicle.  Domenick Nati's debacle began in 19 degree weather (cold, but not that cold), and only ended when a gas-powered car came in and saved the day.  However, his experience highlights quite a profound yet mostly unnoticed inconsistency on the left:  if humans are causing climate change, and in turn that climate change manifests as natural disasters like hurricanes and snowstorms, then why force a transition to electric vehicles, where ultimately, people are put into perilous situations when a natural disaster inevitably hits? [...] Following the left's own "science", natural disasters are supposed to become increasingly prevalent — therefore, a shift to an electric fleet would be monstrously irresponsible.  Put everyone in a hypersensitive electric vehicle that can't function in extreme temperatures or harsh weather, just as the extreme temperatures and harsh weather conditions ramp up?

Tesla owner says [his] car would not charge in freezing weather.  A Virginia radio personality said he had to cancel Christmas plans because his Tesla S electric car would not charge during the ongoing freezing weather that has afflicted much of the United States.  Domenick Nati told Insider that he plugged his electric car into a supercharger on Friday when it was 19 degrees outside.  The car's battery level was at 40% at the time.  "Two hours went by and not much changed," Nati told the outlet.  "It was very slow and the numbers got lower as the temperature dropped.  Eventually, it stopped charging altogether."  Nati said he tried charging the car at home, but having no luck there he went to another supercharger Saturday afternoon.

Guess What: Electricity Isn't Free.  One of my favorite indicators of ignorance are the people who buy personalized license plates, or affix stickers, for their electric cars that say "Emission Free."  Even if you ignore the enormous environmental impacts associated with manufacturing an electric car (which are significantly higher than a gasoline-powered car), if you live in a state that generates a lot of its electricity from coal, you are essentially driving a coal-powered car.  The next most ignorant view is that at least you don't have to buy expensive gasoline!  People seem to forget that electricity isn't free, from whatever source.

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Electric vehicles lose efficiency in cold weather, motor club warns drivers.  With a winter storm bearing down on the Midwest, Triple A has some advice for motorists, including drivers of electric vehicles. [...] With a winter storm bearing down on the Midwest, Triple A has some advice for motorists, including drivers of electric vehicles.  "When it dips to 20 degrees and the HVAC system is being used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent," Hart says.  That means instead of getting 100 miles of combined urban and highway driving, the range at 20 degrees would be reduced to 59 miles.

Study: Diesel vehicles are more climate-friendly than electric cars.  The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is causing a stir with a study that takes away the aura of climate friendliness from electric cars.  According to this, such compact class cars consumed around 175 grams of CO2 per kilometer in the first half of 2022 due to the electricity generated and the production.  A modern diesel, on the other hand, emits 153 grams of CO2 per kilometer.  If the last three German nuclear power plants are taken offline in April 2023, the scientists predict a value of 184 grams of carbon dioxide — 20[.]3 percent more than with a diesel.

Postal Service pledges move to all-electric delivery fleet.  In a major boost for President Joe Biden's pledge to eliminate gas-powered vehicles from the sprawling federal fleet, the Postal Service said Tuesday it will sharply increase the number of electric-powered delivery trucks — and will go all-electric for new purchases starting in 2026.  The post office said it is spending nearly $10 billion to electrify its aging fleet, including installing a modern charging infrastructure at hundreds of postal facilities nationwide and purchasing at least 66,000 electric delivery trucks in the next five years.

Oregon bans sales of new gas-powered passenger cars by 2035.  Policymakers for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Monday approved a rule that prohibits the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles in Oregon by 2035.  The effort comes as Oregon plans to cut climate-warming emissions by 50% by 2035 and by 90% by 2050, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.  The transportation sector accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon.

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I thought Greta Thunberg said we would experience a worldwide climate catastrophe by 2031.  Is she also making plans for 2035?

Toyota President Admits 'Silent Majority' in Auto Industry Are Leery of Massive Electric Vehicle Push.  President Joe Biden, the radical environmental lobby and government agencies across the nation are making a heavy push for Americans to switch to electric vehicles, but it seems car industry insiders are not so sure it is all such a good idea.  On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal published comments by Toyota Motor Corp.  President Akio Toyoda who noted that the idea that everyone could so easily dump gas-powered vehicles for electric ones is simply not as feasible as the activists and government officials seem to imagine.  Toyoda warned that many insiders, who he says represent a "silent majority" in the auto industry, are quietly wondering if it is a smart move for car makers to look toward retooling exclusively for electric cars and thinking that is the future of the industry.  "People involved in the auto industry are largely a silent majority," Toyoda said. "That silent majority is wondering whether EVs are really OK to have as a single option.  But they think it's the trend so they can't speak out loudly."  Notice that last bit.  Toyoda is saying that intelligent and informed industry insiders know full well that EVs are not the only way to go for a myriad of reasons.

U.S. finalizes $2.5 billion loan to GM, LG battery joint venture.  The U.S. Energy Department said on Monday it had finalized a $2.5 billion low-cost loan to a joint venture of General Motors Co and LG Energy Solution to help pay for three new lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facilities.  Reuters first reported in July the planned loan to Ultium Cells LLC from the government's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program.  The loan will help finance construction of new lithium-ion manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan, supporting 6,000 construction jobs and 5,100 operations jobs at the three plants.

Maker of Electric Jeep Vehicles Closing Illinois Plant and Moving to Mexico.  Stellantis is a multinational automaker contracted for the electric version of the Jeep Cherokee.  Citing high costs to produce electric vehicles, on Friday Stellantis announced a decision to idle the Belvedere, Illinois plant starting on Feb. 28, 2023, and notified 1,350 workers of the layoffs.

Electric vehicles [are] futile as a solution to [the] 'climate crisis'.  Direct taxpayer subsidies for EVs have cost $10 billion to date.  The U.S. government also just approved spending an additional $7.5 billion on EV charging stations.  The subsidy math shows:  $10 billion + $7.5 billion = $17.5 billion.  Divide that into the 750 million gallons (.750 billion gallons - BG) reportedly saved based on the Argonne Lab study and we get .750 BG/$17.5 billion = $23.3 dollars per gallon.  The verdict is: thanks to government EV subsidies, we're spending $23 for each gallon of gasoline saved.

Swiss look to ban use of electric cars over the winter to save energy.  The European Union jumped on the electric vehicle craze well ahead of other parts of the world, particularly after the Paris climate accord.  But in typical socialist fashion, they weren't content with simply encouraging people to switch to EVs.  Many European countries almost immediately started making plans to ban gas-powered cars and trucks and make EVs mandatory.  Lots of Europeans wanted to get out ahead of the curve and began snapping the newer models up.  But then came the start of the war in Ukraine, cutting energy supplies just as Europe was trying to wean itself off of fossil fuels.  Now, in a rather embarrassing reversal, Switzerland is considering legislation that would ban people from driving electric vehicles except in urgent conditions over the winter because there simply might not be enough juice on the grid to recharge them.

Man Stunned When He Sees Bill for Charging Hummer EV.  There is the idea going around that electric vehicles are an efficient and inexpensive alternative to gas-powered vehicles.  With the price of gas soaring in the past year and pressure to find an "eco-friendly" alternative to gas cars, electric vehicles are promoted as the future of driving.  But one man illustrated that the reality is much more complicated when he posted a video on YouTube showing how much it costs to charge a Hummer EV.  On Nov. 10, Kyle Conner, who runs the YouTube channel Out of Spec Reviews, posted a video in which he revealed the cost of charging the Hummer EV Edition 1 from zero to 100 percent.  [Video clip]  Charging the vehicle's 200-kWh battery using the basic rack rate from Electrify America cost $96.32 — and that is without the taxes, which can bring the total price to over $100, Conner said.

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The article doesn't mention where Mr. Conner lives, but if he is in California, the $96+ cost to recharge is not much out of line with the price of a tank of gasoline for a Hummer.  An electric vehicle doesn't operate at no cost:  It's a trade-off between a battery and a gas tank.  Also between a five-minute fill-up and an overnight charge.  Also between tailpipe emissions and power plant emissions.  Also between ordinary aluminum and steel construction versus lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and lots of copper.

Ford Electric Truck Owner Hears 'Loud Pop' at Charging Station — Then His Worst Nightmare Happens.  An electric Ford F-150 Lighting owner who describes himself as "Into Electric Vehicles" had to get out of his electric vehicle when it stopped working after a public charger "fried" the vehicle, he said Sunday [11/27/2022].  "Lightning bricked today at an [Electrify America] charger," Twitter user Eric Roe wrote Sunday afternoon.  "I'm 1000 miles from home, the EA charger when [sic] black, and my Lightning won't move.  I'm screwed."

Climate Change Policy Makes Europe Too Expensive for Low-Cost EV Manufacturing.  There is money to be made by corporations within the climate change agenda, and there is money to be made by producing goods with low-cost wages and cheap materials.  Eventually, if you keep following this to its natural conclusion, the entire yellow zone becomes a service driven economy.  Multinational corporations in control of government are what the BRICS assembly foresaw when they first assembled during the Obama administration.  When multinational corporations run the policy of western government, there is going to be a problem.  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) saw President Obama sub-contracting, actually giving away, U.S. trade policy.  In the bigger picture, the BRICS assembly are essentially leaders who do not want corporations and multinational banks running their government.  BRICS leaders want their government running their government; and yes, that means whatever form of government that exists in their nation, even if it is communist.

Electric truck stops will need as much power as a small town.  Next month, Tesla plans to deliver the first of its electric Semi trucks — able to haul a full 40 ton-load some 500 miles on a single charge.  These massive batteries-on-wheels may accelerate the transition to electrified transport, but those responsible for delivering the power are starting to ask:  Are we ready for this?  Probably not, according to a sweeping new study of highway charging requirements conducted by utility company National Grid.  Researchers found that by 2030, electrifying a typical highway gas station will require as much power as a professional sports stadium — and that's mostly just for electrified passenger vehicles.  As more electric trucks hit the road, the projected power needs for a big truck stop by 2035 will equal that of a small town.  Even the authors who planned the study were caught off guard by how quickly highway power demands will change.  A connection to the grid that can handle more than 5 megawatts takes up to eight years to build, at a cost tens of millions of dollars.

EV (Electric Vehicle) Precautions.  While environmental activists have been very vocal regarding the uncertain, projected future dangers of climate change based on the outputs of unverified climate models, they have been far less vocal regarding the clear and present dangers of Lithium battery fires, both in EVs and in grid-scale storage installations.  Fortunately, there appear not to have been any fatalities in EV fires, except when the vehicle was involved in a crash.  However, there have been numerous instances of spontaneous vehicle fires, some during charging and others when the vehicle was parked.  There also appear to have been no fatalities in EV transit bus fires, which have occurred both when the buses were being charged and when they were parked waiting to begin a scheduled route.  There have been no reported battery fires in transit buses while carrying passengers.  There have so far been no reported incidents of battery fires in EV school buses.  A fire aboard the trans-Atlantic vehicle ship Felicity Ace, which was carrying approximately 4,000 vehicles including numerous EVs, destroyed the ship and its cargo.  The cause of the fire is uncertain, though it appears likely that a spontaneous EV battery fire was the cause.  EV batteries were certainly a major contributor to the fire, which the ship's crew were not able to control.  There have also been Lithium battery fires in grid-scale storage batteries.

20,000 Vehicles Under the Sea: Inside the Felicity Ace Disaster.  [Scroll down] According to Portuguese authorities, the Felicity Ace was about 100 miles from the Azores, a constellation of small islands west of the Iberian Peninsula, when the ship made a morning distress call to report a fire in the cargo hold. [...] Experts have speculated a battery fire might have brought the Ace down.  Overwhelmingly, modern EVs draw power from lithium-ion batteries — a fuel source that yields longer vehicle range at the risk of notorious chemical fragility.  Several EV makers have had to recall cars amid reports of vehicles spontaneously combusting.  Two years ago a Taycan combusted while parked in a Florida garage, damaging the building's structure and exposing parts of the vehicle's frame.  In the bowels of a car carrier, a chain reaction from such a fire could be devastating.  For years, insurers have been sounding the alarm on the risk of massive ship fires, which, along with explosions, account for a quarter of the maritime casualties for "total loss."  They say firefighting capabilities have not kept pace with the rate of freighter supersizing.

Electric Vehicle Makers Are Quietly Switching to a Battery Type That Has Even Less Driving Range.  As more car manufacturers race to try to produce electric cars, the cost of the batteries to power these cars can be prohibitive.  But many manufacturers are considering using a cheaper kind of battery in order to cut costs and enable more production.  However, though using a cheaper kind of battery would be more cost-efficient, the battery range of vehicles would decrease, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The typical batteries used in American and European EVs are lithium-ion batteries.  But these are made with very expensive materials such as cobalt, nickel and lithium, Reuters reported.

Two critical and 36 others injured after blaze on 20th floor of NYC high-rise apartment block caused by e-scooter battery.  Thirty-eight people were hurt, with two suffering life-threatening injuries, after a fire broke out inside a 37-story building in Manhattan on Saturday.  The FDNY reported that a three-alarm fire erupted from the battery of a micro-mobility device — an e-scooter or an e-bike — at around 10:30 am on the 20th floor of an apartment building at 429 East 52nd Street.  Officials said at least two dozen residents rushed to the roof while others hung out of their windows to try and escape the fire.

Saving the world with lithium?  Four times a week an e-bike battery catches fire in New York.  Six people have died in New York this year so far due to house fires started by e-bikes.

First-time EV owner shares 'cautionary tale' after it took 15 hours to drive 178 miles.  After Colorado resident Alan O'Hashi purchased his all-electric Nissan Leaf — and became a first-time electric vehicle (EV) owner — he thought he was ready to embark on the first leg of a 2,600-mile road trip across Wyoming.  But the eager traveler was faced with a harsh truth after a 178-mile route took 15 hours to complete, when normally it would clock in at two-and-a-half hours.  "I was rudely awakened when I determined that the charging wasn't as rapid as some people would lead you to believe, likely the dealers," O'Hashi said in an interview on "Varney & Co." Friday, "and I think people like myself, we go into it a bit blindly."  O'Hashi blames the road bump on a combination of part user error and part "lack of adequate infrastructure" in the car's charging capabilities.

The Electric Car Scam Summed Up Nicely In Less Than A Minute.  There aren't enough natural resources in the world to make battery-powered cars for everybody.  And that's only one of the insurmountable problems with electric car mandates.  [Video clip]

Green Boondoggle: Connecticut's Electric Bus Fleet Still Out of Service After Summer Battery Inferno.  A fleet of 11 electric buses belonging to CT Transit in Connecticut is still out of service following a massive battery fire that occurred in July, the state's Department of Transportation says.  In July, a battery fire caused an electric bus to burst into flames in Hamden, Connecticut.  Luckily, no one died in the inferno, although two transit workers and two firefighters were hospitalized as a result of the blaze, and a federal investigation was triggered.  In September, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report detailing how the electric bus operated by CT Transit became engulfed in flames while parked at a maintenance facility, according to a report by NHPR.  "The battery electric buses remain out of service while the investigations are ongoing," DOT spokesperson Josh Morgan said.

Fires from exploding e-bike batteries multiply in NYC — sometimes fatally.  Four times a week on average, an e-bike or e-scooter battery catches fire in New York City.  Sometimes, it does so on the street, but more often, it happens when the owner is recharging the lithium ion battery.  A mismatched charger won't always turn off automatically when the battery's fully charged, and keeps heating up.  Or, the highly flammable electrolyte inside the battery's cells leaks out of its casing and ignites, setting off a chain reaction.  "These bikes when they fail, they fail like a blowtorch," said Dan Flynn, the chief fire marshal at the New York Fire Department.  "We've seen incidents where people have described them as explosive — incidents where they actually have so much power, they're actually blowing walls down in between rooms and apartments."

European Union Bans Sale Of Gas Vehicles In 2035.  Citizens of individual nations in Europe: does this make you happy?  Your nation didn't ban them.  Bureaucrats in the EU did, using their unaccountable power to force you to comply.  The EU was not established for this kind of mandate on citizens lives, but, this is what happens when you give a centralized government power.  They take more and more and more[.] [...] I've perused many articles about this, and not one features a reporter asking members of commission if they are now driving an EV, and, if not, when they are going to ditch their fossil fueled vehicles and go EV.  How will they power these vehicles?  Europe is already energy poor, with big concerns about how people will heat their homes this winter.  They've cut nuclear power (even St. Greta is fine with nuclear), cut natural gas (some thanks to Biden pushing Putin to invade Ukraine), cut coal, and many citizens are having to rely on burning wood.  Where will the power come from?

Bye-bye trucks?  California air regulators to consider phasing out diesel big rigs.  California truck drivers and environmental groups presented their concerns about a proposal under consideration by state air regulators to phase out the sale of medium and heavy-duty gas-powered vehicles within the next 20 years.  The California Air Resources Board held its first public hearing this week to receive feedback from the public on the proposal, which the board will likely consider in Spring 2023.  If adopted, all new medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the Golden State will be required to be zero-emission by 2040.  Additionally, the proposal outlines a phased approach to adding zero-emission vehicles to certain fleets at the state and federal levels.  Under the proposal, half of the vehicles added to state and local government fleets must be zero-emission starting in 2024 and 100% by 2027.

'Zero Emissions' From Electric Vehicles?  Here's Why That Claim Has Zero Basis.  As California, New York, and other states move to phase out the sale of gasoline-powered cars, public officials routinely echo the Biden administration's claim that electric vehicles are a "zero emissions" solution that can significantly mitigate the effects of climate change.  Car and energy experts, however, say there is no such thing as a zero-emissions vehicle: For now and the foreseeable future, the energy required to manufacture and power electric cars will leave a sizable carbon footprint.  In some cases hybrids can be cleaner alternatives in states that depend on coal to generate electricity, and some suggest that it may be too rash to write off all internal combustion vehicles just yet.

Electric Hummers Are Selling for More Than $100,000 Over List Price as Wait List Tops 77,000.  Interested in purchasing an electric GMC Hummer?  I hope you have a quarter of a million dollars handy — or a lot of patience.  Or both.  Because, while the list price set by GMC for one such vehicle was a mere $112,595, the free market says it's worth twice that.  Maybe it's because this particular vehicle was only the fifth to roll off the production line, and the buyer saw it as a collector's item.  (He's probably right about that.)  Maybe the vehicle's near-mint condition, with only 80 miles on the odometer, contributed to the price.  Maybe there were other factors at play that we don't know about.

Electric vehicle owner learns replacing a tail light costs over $4,000.  The owner of a Hummer electric truck was shocked to learn replacing his tail lights is a rather expensive venture.  "Had a shocker today," the owner wrote in a Hummer EV Facebook group.  "A new passenger side rear light for the Hummer EV; $4,040 just to buy it."  Car review website the Drive confirmed General Motor's list price for one tail light is $3,045.  Without factoring in labor, the list price for a set of tail lights runs for nearly $6,100, a cost equaling more than 5% of the Hummer EV's MSRP.  "The taillights in the Hummer EV have small microcontrollers installed within them.  These chips control unique lighting functions in their respective lights," the Drive suggested as a reason for the high price.  "Additionally, the Hummer EV is a fairly limited-run vehicle thus far, meaning parts are generally more expensive until economies of scale kick in."

The Argument For Electric Vehicles Just Got Worse.  Across the United States, Democrats are working overtime to force virtually every American into driving an electric vehicle.  This is seen across multiple states, such as New York and California, that plan to outlaw the sales of cars that are non-electric by 2035.  Unfortunately for Democrats, their efforts to get everyone into electric vehicles don't negate all the problems stemming from these cars.  In the wake of flooding in Florida after Hurricane Ian recently hit the state, some electric vehicles are exploding.  Then, in other parts of the country, the charging stations designed for electric vehicles continue not to work, thereby leaving their owners stranded.

Electric Nightmare: EV Owner Details 15-Hour Trek to Travel 178 Miles.  An electric vehicle (EV) owner who takes road trips between Cheyenne and Casper in Wyoming has revealed that his first trip of 178 miles took a staggering 15 hours to complete in his electric Nissan Leaf.  "It was very difficult.  For example, [it took] 15 hours to get from Cheyenne to Casper," Alan O'Hashi told Cowboy State Daily, adding that this particular trip wasn't taken in the beginning of the EV era.  It was in May 2022.  One month later, O'Hashi was able to complete the road trip in about 11 hours, he said.  To put it into perspective, the trip of 178 miles should take less than two and a half hours traveling the speed limit in a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Founder of Electric Truck Company Nikola Convicted of Fraud.  Trevor Milton, the founder of electric truck maker Nikola, was convicted of fraud after being accused of bragging about nonexistent technology in an attempt to inflate his company's stock price. "Trevor Milton is a con man," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Estes said.  "He lied to investors to get their money, plain and simple."  On Friday [10/14/2022], a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan found Milton guilty of defrauding investors by lying about the supposed technical achievements of Nikola, according to a report by the New York Times.

Nearly 22,000 e-bikes are being recalled due to risk of their batteries exploding.  Nearly 22,000 e-bikes have been recalled due to the risk of exploding batteries.  The Ancheer e-bike — which is sold at major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Sears — was recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Thursday due to its lithium-ion batteries.  CPSC has warned consumers that the batteries are known to 'ignite, explode, or spark,' which poses a risk of fire, explosions, and burns.

Florida Home That Survived Hurricane Burns to the Ground from EV.  After surviving Hurricane Ian, some homes in Florida are facing a new danger: electric vehicles catching fire due to their batteries being corroded by the floods.  State Rep. Bob Rommel and state Fire Marshal Jim Patronis have been particularly vocal about the threat of EV fires in the aftermath of the hurricane.  Rommel tweeted on Monday about a house that had managed to outlast the hurricane, but couldn't survive the EV fire that later started in the garage.

South America's 'lithium fields' reveal the dark side of our electric future.  Lithium extraction fields in South America have been captured by an aerial photographer in stunning high definition.  But while the images may be breathtaking to look at, they represent the dark side of our swiftly electrifying world.  Lithium represents a route out of our reliance on fossil fuel production.  As the lightest known metal on the planet, it is now widely used in electric devices from mobile phones and laptops, to cars and aircraft.  Lithium-ion batteries are most famous for powering electric vehicles, which are set to account for up to 60 percent of new car sales by 2030.  The battery of a Tesla Model S, for example, uses around 12 kg of lithium.  These batteries are the key to lightweight, rechargeable power.  As it stands, demand for lithium is unprecedented and many say it is crucial in order to transition to renewables.

Tesla Sells 83,135 China-Made Vehicles In September, Setting A Record.  Now that Elon Musk appears to be on the hook to buy Twitter on the original terms he offered, it isn't that much of a surprise to see great Tesla news pouring in.  Just days ago, the company announced that its first semi trucks would be shipping to Pepsi in December (we'll take the 'over' on that date) and, this weekend, we found out that the company sold 83,135 China-made vehicles in September, setting a record.  The China Passenger Car Association revealed the numbers on Sunday, which mark an 8% increase from August and "outpaced the more than the 5% month-over-month growth of all wholesale electric vehicle sales in China", CNBC noted.

First new cobalt mine in decades opens in Idaho; key component in electric vehicle batteries.  A new cobalt mine, the first in decades, opened in Idaho Friday [10/7/2022] to meet the demand for a key rare-earth mineral used in electric vehicle batteries and other military and aerospace parts.  The mine, operated by Australia-based Jervois Global, is located near a defunct open-pit cobalt mine.  In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, the new mine is mostly underground and will be capped once its operations eventually cease.  Department of Energy Undersecretary for Science and Innovation Geri Richmond told the crowd gathered for the opening that "We're talking about building a world class clean energy economy, and this mine, this project ... is key to that vision," according to NPR.

Hurricane Ian reveals another problem with electric vehicles: They explode after hurricanes.  Joe Biden and all his minions have allowed gas prices to go sky high in a fanatic quest to force Americans into electric vehicles.  One problem: They tend to explode after hurricanes. [...] How many gas-powered vehicles put on that kind of a show after a hurricane?  It goes to show more of the unintended consequences on the road to green Utopia — and why it's impractical to force such changes without ever considering all the things a consumer might consider.  Being able to get out of a disaster zone in a hurry is pretty important to a lot of people who buy cars.  What's more, it's not the first surprise unintended consequence of having an electrical vehicle in a mass evacuation event.  Over in California, electric cars have ended up pretty useless things during mass evacuations during wildfires.  Electricity is shut down by local authorities to prevent electrical power lines from catching fire, and electrical cars are on their own.  What's more, out in the wilderness, where wildfires and wildfire evacuations are common, electrical cars, even fully charged, cannot hold their charges for the distance a fully charged vehicle can.

Battling fires from water-damaged EVs 'ties up resources' in Hurricane Ian recovery, Florida fire dept says.  Fire department officials across Southwest Florida are urging electric vehicle owners to take action after multiple EVs caught fire due to water damage from Hurricane Ian — a hazard costing emergency services precious time in recovery efforts.  "It's just the allocation of resources that we have to put towards these fires," North Collier Assistant Fire Chief James Hammond told FOX Business' Madison Alworth in an appearance on "Varney & Co." Friday.  "And it just ties up resources a lot longer."  A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian.

Electric vehicles are exploding from water damage after Hurricane Ian, top Florida official warns.  A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian.  EV batteries that have been waterlogged in the wake of the hurricane are at risk of corrosion, which could lead to unexpected fires, according to Jimmy Patronis, the state's top financial officer and fire marshal.  "There's a ton of EVs disabled from Ian.  As those batteries corrode, fires start," Patronis tweeted Thursday.  "That's a new challenge that our firefighters haven't faced before.  At least on this kind of scale."

Oops, Electric Vehicles Are Exploding After Water Damage from Hurricane Ian.  President Joe Biden, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg all want you to buy electric vehicles in the future, with Newsom even aiming to ban gas-powered cars by 2035. Just be prepared that your new automobile might explode if the battery gets too wet.  Jimmy Patronis, Florida's Chief Financial Officer & State Fire Marshal, tweeted Thursday:  [Tweet with video clip]  It's hard to make out exactly what people are saying in the above video, but the reporter seems to say, "So they've already put on 1,500 gallons of water on this and it's still going."  The firefighter on scene responds, "oh, and this will burn for days."  I'm sure that's environmentally friendly.  The problem stems from water getting into the lithium battery, which causes corrosion — which could then cause a fire.

The New GMC Hummer EV Takes 4 Days To Charge.  A YouTuber is claiming that the "quickest charging [electric] vehicle on the market right now" apparently takes quite a while to charge the battery from home.  The brief video suggests it could take up to four days to fully charge the new 2023 GMC Hummer, which could be an issue for consistent day-to-day activity let alone in an emergency in a worst-case scenario.  [Video clip]

Americans' support for Biden's electric car push is nearly zero.  In response to Joe Biden's insistence that the fossil fuel industry be eliminated entirely, California officials already have claimed to set in motion their plan to ban the sales of new gasoline powered vehicles in their state in a few years.  New York is moving the same direction.  But Americans aren't.  A new poll shows that only 1.4% of voters "believe eliminating gas-powered cars and moving to electric vehicles is the best solution."  The poll is from Convention of States Action, which worked with The Trafalgar Group, on the new results.

Electric Cars Are Not "Zero-Emission Vehicles".  The notion that electric vehicles are "zero-emission" is rooted in a deceptive narrative that ignores all pollutants which don't come out of a tailpipe.  Assessing the environmental impacts of energy technologies requires measuring all forms of pollution they emit over their entire lives, not a narrow slice of them. [...] Simply stated, switching to electric cars transfers pollution from urbanites in wealthy nations to poor countries that mine and manufacture their components and to communities with power plants and disposal sites.  In the words of the 2021 paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production, this "transfer of environmental burdens" causes "workers and ecosystems in third countries" to be "exposed to higher rates of toxic substances."  China dominates the global supply chains for green energy components not merely because of cheap labor but because they have lax environmental standards that tolerate the pollution these products create.  Thus, China supplies 78% of the world's solar cells, 80% of the world's lithium-ion battery chemicals, and 73% of the world's finished battery cells.

Man Plugs $80k+ Electric Truck Into His House, Finds Out It Will Take Over 4 Days to Charge.  In a viral video from a YouTube channel that specializes in electric vehicles, a man who tries to plug the Hummer into his home to charge finds it will take, at best, one day to charge — and that's with special equipment installed.  Without it, you could be there for four days.  The video begins with standard 120V charging — or Level 1 charging, to use official jargon.  This is the standard current your home already offers.  "Right now it's about 6 p.m. on Tuesday," the man says. "And it says it will be full by Saturday at 10:55 [p.m.], which is four-plus days of charging.  Wow."  To be fair, however, this won't be how most Hummer owners will be charging their vehicle.  Level 2 chargers are upgraded home stations which deliver a significantly higher amount of electricity than your regular home circuit would be able to deliver — but they require special equipment and installation.

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul's maddening electric vehicle mandate.  In an all-too-tellingly-empty stunt, Gov. Kathy Hochul last week ordered the state Department of Environmental Conservation to issue regulations banning the sale of gas-powered cars, pickups and SUVs by 2035.  It's not just that she'll be long gone by then, or that she was simply marking National Drive Electric Week by pretending to keep up with California's similarly dubious 2035 only-electric rule.  Nor that, as even The New York Times admits, electric cars are still far too expensive and impractical for all but the rich — with vast technological and industrial progress needed before they make sense even for the middle class.  Not to mention building hundreds of thousands of charging stations (New York now has just over 10,000) to make mass EV use remotely practical.  No: It's that Hochul's policies are already making electricity much more expensive, and the pain's only begun.

New York Will Ban Gas Car Sales by 2035, Copying California.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said Thursday that New York will follow California's lead by banning the sale of gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 2035.  All passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs sold in the state will have to be classified as "zero-emissions vehicles" by no later than 2035, according to a press release.  Hochul directed the state's Department of Environmental Conservation to begin implementing the new rules that will also require 35% of state vehicle sales to consist of electric cars by 2026, rising to 68% by 2030.

Electric vehicles and the evacuation of Florida.  Large swaths of Florida's heavily populated Gulf Coast have been ordered evacuated.  The map below, prepared by the Florida Department of Emergency Management, shows the mandatory areas in reddish colors.  The actual evacuation order from the state is found here.  At least 300,000 people from the Tampa Bay Area must leave.  It is fortunate that as of the current moment, electric vehicles constitute only about 100,000, out of nearly 8 million vehicles registered to drive on Florida's roads.  What if they all were electric, the (impractical) dream dream of greenies?  Depending on how heavily loaded they were, even assuming everyone had a full battery charge, cars from southern Florida would start running out of juice after 100 [to] 250 miles.

Running America on Imaginary Technology.  [Scroll down] The electric vehicle (EV) craze has struck the minds of progressives as the solution to all of our climate problems.  Reason and rationality are defenestrated.  You cannot tell progressive politicians that the technology for EV's is still in its infancy.  You cannot convince them that the current state of technology makes them completely impractical and unworkable on a national scale.  We are at the same point in technological history as we were in 1896, when we transitioned from "horseless carriages" powered by steam and electric motors to gasoline engines.  What we see on the EV road today will in no way resemble what the technology ultimately comes up with.  If you examine the facts, you see this is true.  Current technology extrapolated into a nation of more than 250 million registered vehicles on the road will result in EV chaos.  The current electric grid will need to be strengthened by the development of hundreds of new nuclear power plants.  There is no political will in this country to do that, especially among those promoting EVs the hardest.  Hundreds of new windmill and solar farms aren't going to cut it and will negatively impact the environment and wildlife much more than nuclear.

We don't need no stinkin' electric cars.  California seems to fancy itself a bellwether for the rest of the country.  Not content to ban all gasoline-powered cars by 2035, California's Air Resources Board upped the ante last week by decreeing that no new natural gas space and waters heaters were to be sold after 2030, and also "proposed that all big rig trucks must go electric [!]"  Not to be outdone, John Deere wants farmers to switch to electric tractors and combines. [...] Once the phase-out of the internal combustion engine is too far underway to be easily reversed, we will inevitably be told that we must learn to live with less — fewer cars, boats, ATVs, appliances, snowmobiles, heat, AC, lawns, food, water — you name it.  The only rational conclusion is that the goal is not to get us into electric cars, but to get us out of our own cars as much as possible, and into public transportation, bicycles, scooters, walking shoes, and high-density urban housing.

'What a Joke': Man Tries to Tow with His Electric Truck — Shows How It Was a 'Total Disaster'.  While EV trucks may lessen your "environmental impact," some most definitely fail to perform what should be one of a truck's most basic functions — towing over long distances.  Take the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, for example.  Automobile savant and commentator Tyler "Hoovie" Hoover decided to test the Lightning's towing capacity in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on Friday.  The experiment didn't go so well, to say the least.  Hoover's goal was to drive the truck 32 miles with only an empty trailer in tow, load up his recently purchased 1930 Ford Model A pickup truck and then tow it back the same 32 miles.  The automotive aficionado was originally going to make the trip a second time, so he could load up something heavier to test the Ford's maximum tow capacity.  After the first trip ended in "total disaster," however, Hoover determined it wouldn't even be worth trying.

The hidden truths about your electric car.  [Scroll down] A typical E.V. battery weighs one thousand pounds and is about the size of a car trunk.  It contains 25 pounds of lithium; 60 pounds of nickel; 44 pounds of manganese; 30 pounds of cobalt; 200 pounds of copper; and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic.  This type of battery contains over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.  The majority of these materials are derived from mining operations worldwide.  To manufacture each E.V. auto battery, the following material must be processed: 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper.  All told, suppliers must dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust for just one battery.  Sixty-eight percent of the world's cobalt, a significant part of an E.V. battery, comes from the Congo, where they have no pollution controls and minimal regulation, and they employ children, who die from handling this toxic material.  There are no emissions directly from an E.V. itself.  However, there are many from mining operations.  These facts are not generally publicized.  E.V.s can and should be part of the solution, but doing away with fossil fuels is not a viable alternative.

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[#1] The battery components listed add up to 759 pounds, not 1,000 pounds.  [#2] The writer says, "E.V.s can and should be part of the solution," which sounds very nice, but then one must then ask, "They are the solution to what problem?"  Carbon dioxide is completely harmless; in fact, it is essential.  Global warming isn't happening; and even if it is, we can't stop it; and even if we could, it's not worth wrecking the world economy to do so.

Bosch Warns Electric Vehicle Industry over Reliance on Battery Cells.  The head of mobility services for German electronics giant Robert Bosch GmbH has warned the electric vehicle industry of the reliance on battery cells and possible shortages in the future.  Bloomberg reports that Markus Heyn, the head of mobility services for Bosch, has warned the electric vehicle industry over its overreliance on a single fuel source — battery cells — as Europe's energy crisis worsens.  Heyn, who's also a board member of the auto parts giant, told the Monday [9/19/2022] edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung:  "We're currently seeing the consequences of the gas shortage for Germany and Europe because we prepared too few alternatives.  In the automotive industry, we should use this occasion to ask ourselves what we can do if there should ever be too few battery cells."

Here's why you may find yourself priced out of the EV market.  This year likely will be the first that electric-vehicle battery costs will go up, rather than continuing the steady decline that they've been on for more than a decade.  And EV buyers are seeing the result:  several auto makers, from newcomers such as Rivian Automotive Inc. to established players such as Tesla Inc. have raised their EV prices.  The move has affected all models, from mass-market electric sedans to coveted muscle cars with deep order books and even Ford Motor Co.'s EV version of the F-150 pickup truck, the vehicle that has reigned supreme as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for decades.

Regulators Overlooked This Crucial Detail About Electric Cars and It Could Have Lethal Results.  [O]verall electric cars aren't all that green.  Electronic waste is an underreported issue, and what do you think creates the energy at the recharging stations?  It's not wizards — it's fossil fuels, specifically coal.  It's one of the luxury items coveted by liberal America.  California will ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, though they're also telling their residents with electric cars to avoid charging them to prevent overloading the grid.  It's the seat of irony.  The green future the Left is waterboarding us to accept is quite dystopian and dark, as they can't keep the lights on.  Does our cleaner future look like a Venezuelan rolling blackout because it's shaping to be that way?  Fossil fuels being the recharged fuel for electric vehicles is a dirty secret, but another deadly peculiarity exists.  They're more deadly on the roads.  The batteries that give these cars the 300 or so mile range before recharge are understandably massive and quite heavy, adding a fatality factor should a crash occur.  It's something that regulators glossed over during the research and development stages.  When you increase the weight of these vehicles due to the battery traveling at highway speed, how do you think things will end if there's a crash?  Rotational inertia spells death in so many ways with this situation[.]

The Extreme Weight Of Large Electric Vehicles Is Going To Be A Very Dangerous Problem.  The United States is already a global leader in traffic-related fatalities, with a thirty-percent jump in the last decade.  That's in contrast to every other developed country, which saw a decline.  With that as backdrop, there's some growing concerns about not just the safety of undercooked autonomous driving, but the extreme weight of larger electric vehicles.  The electric Ford Lightning, for example, is a whopping 6,500 pounds.  The Hummer EV is even heavier, clocking in at 9,000 pounds.  It's battery alone weighs more than a Honda Civic.  Combine that incredible weight with amazing acceleration in a country with soaring traffic fatalities and fairly feckless regulatory oversight and you've got a bit of an obvious problem.

Down With Electric Vehicles!  Are people finally starting to catch on to the fact that electric vehicles are a terrible idea?  I hope so.  Bjorn Lomborg makes the case in accessible form in the Wall Street Journal.  To begin with, EVs don't even save much on CO2 emissions:  ["]Over its lifetime, an electric car does emit less CO2 than a gasoline car, but the difference can range considerably depending on how the electricity is generated.  Making batteries for electric cars also requires a massive amount of energy, mostly from burning coal in China.  Add it all up and the International Energy Agency estimates that an electric car emits a little less than half as much CO2 as a gasoline-powered one.["]  What does that up to, in terms of climate?  ["]If every country achieved its stated ambitious electric-vehicle targets by 2030, the world would save 231 million tons of CO2 emissions.  Plugging these savings into the standard United Nations Climate Panel model, that comes to a reduction of 0.0002 degree Fahrenheit by the end of the century.["]  On that basis alone, the left's mania to make us all drive electric vehicles is insane.

Tesla's Texas Gigafactory is Huge.  This may fall into the "old news is so exciting" category for many of you.  I knew that Tesla was building it's Gigafactory east of Austin, and that it was large, but since I almost never travel to that part of town, until this video popped up in my YouTube feed, I had no idea how large.  [Video clip]

California Residents Forced to Prepare for Rolling Blackouts as State Leadership Pushes 'Green' Initiatives.  The operator of California's power grid is advising state residents to prepare for rolling outages because of a heatwave.  Governor Gavin Newsom constantly brags about the state's commitment to green energy, but he can't even keep the power on.  How will they power all the electric cars once they ban gas-powered vehicles if they can't keep the power on?

Should CA's Ban on New Gas Cars Be a 'Model' For US? Granholm Responds.  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praised California's ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and said it could serve as a model for the rest of the country.  During an interview that aired Friday with FOX 11 Los Angeles, host Elex Michaelson first asked whether she liked the regulation approved by the California Air Resources Board to reduce carbon emissions.  "Yeah, I do.  I think California really is leaning in," she replied.  "And of course, the federal government has a goal of — the president has announced — by 2030 that half of the vehicles in the U.S., the new ones sold would be electric."

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The government wants you to drive an electric car because the government does not want you to travel very far, very fast, or very much.  The government would prefer that you ride the train or the bus, and go only to the places served by mass transit.

West Virginia coal miners help tourists push their dead electric car.  An electric vehicle broke down in West Virginia on Friday, but a group of coal miners were quick to help out.  The EV broke down along Corridor H in Tucker County as the driver was headed to Davis for a weekend getaway.  Photographs shared on Facebook by Tucker County Republican state Sen. Randy Smith shows the car broken down in front of the Mettiki Coal access road on U.S. 48.  "Someone called one of our foreman and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road," Smith said in his post.  Since the plastic underside of the vehicle prevented it from being towed, the miners decided to push it to the coal mine to charge up.

You must drive electric cars — but please do not charge them.
California Extends 'Flex Alert,' Warns Drivers Not to Charge Electric Cars.  Authorities in California extended a "Flex Alert" telling residents to conserve energy, including not charging their electric vehicles, on Sunday afternoon and evening.  The alert has been in effect for several days in the midst of a heat wave that is slated to last through Labor Day.  The California Independent System Operator, the manager of the state's power grid, issued the statewide Flex Alert from 4 to 9 p.m.  Residents are urged to set their thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, avoid using major appliances, avoid charging electric vehicles, and turning off unnecessary lights. "Additional Flex Alerts will likely be called as heat will only intensify through Tuesday, with little relief from triple-digit temperatures seen over the next several days," the operator wrote.  "Daytime high temperatures are forecast at 10-20 degrees above normal in much of the state through the Labor Day weekend and into next week, and record-breaking heat is projected in some parts of California."

Buick to offer buyouts to U.S. dealers as brand prepares for all-electric future.  General Motors Co. will offer buyouts to Buick dealers in the U.S. who decide not to opt in to the brand's plans to be all-electric by 2030, the company confirmed Friday.  The news first was reported by the Wall Street Journal ahead of a Buick dealer meeting on Friday.  The buyout program would be open to all of the brand's 2,000 U.S. dealers, according to spokeswoman Michelle Malcho.  Dealers who accept the buyout still would be able to sell other GM brands, as the program applies only to the Buick franchise.

Dealership Quotes $30,000 to Replace Battery in a $10,000 Chevrolet Volt.  A Chevrolet Volt owner in Florida was shocked to receive a $30,000 quote for a replacement battery from a dealership, reports CarScoops.  The quote in question comes from Roger Dean Chevrolet in Florida, and regards a battery replacement for a 2012 Chevrolet Bolt.  The cost of the new battery itself comes in at $26,853.99.  Further charges include $33.98 for coolant and $1,200 in labor.  Add tax and the total bill comes to $30,842.15.  It's a steep price, particularly when a brand-new Chevrolet Bolt with a far larger battery can be had for a base price of $26,595.  The enormous figure raised questions when the quote was posted online, with commenters on Reddit and beyond raising questions as to its authenticity.  However, fact-checking website Snopes was able to confirm with the dealership that the quote was indeed legitimate.

Californians [are being] Told Not to Charge Electric Vehicles Days After State Banned Gas-Powered Sales by 2035.  The California ISO warns that excessive heat could stress the energy grid, leading to blackouts. [...] Knowing that California deals with blackouts, some California leaders, led by Gavin Newsom, thought it would be a smart idea to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.  Now, they are urging residents not to charge their electric vehicles due to concerns about the power grid and blackouts.

10 Facts Electric Vehicle Advocates Don't Want You to Know.  There are a host of reasons why the Left is absolutely determined to force Americans out of their privately owned, gasoline-powered cars and trucks and into unreliable public transportation and costly Electric Vehicles (EVs), none of which have to do with "saving the environment."  The central reason the Left loves EVs is that the process of forcing Americans to convert to electric-powered transportation will destroy forever the incredible freedom and prosperity associated with privately owned gas-powered vehicles.  The future will instead be centrally controlled by rich elitists and their corrupt politicians, power-hungry bureaucrats, and ideologically driven "experts."

Spike in U.K. energy prices push cost of running EVs above gas-powered cars.  Charging electric vehicles in Britain soon will be more expensive than filling up gasoline-powered cars thanks to soaring electricity costs — an economic switcheroo that could be a harbinger of shrinking financial benefits for Americans who go green.  British energy regulators told electricity consumers to expect to pay 80% more beginning Oct. 1.  The national price cap on residential electricity will send the average bill from about $190 per month to an estimated $343 per month, or more than $4,000 per year.  The shocking price hike stems from the nation's limited reserves and Russia's cutoff of one of the region's major sources of electricity generation: natural gas.  British energy prices eclipsed those of many other Europeans because the nation lacks domestic energy storage and production of natural gas, nuclear and renewables, making it more reliant on imports.

Unelected Bureaucrats Unilaterally Impose the Green New Deal.  Last week, a bank in Australia announced that it would no longer lend money for the purchase of gasoline powered cars.  From now on, Bank Australia will lend money only to buyers of electric cars.  Bank Australia is not one of the big four Australian banks that control 80% of the Australian market, but the publicity from this move is expected to rally the faithful.  There is no public consensus in the West in favor of electric cars.  They have limited range.  They are expensive.  Recharging the battery is extremely time consuming and costly.  The batteries often need to be replaced at a cost that equals or exceeds the price of a new car.  The cars constitute a fire hazard which requires tremendous amounts of time and water to extinguish, often placing garages and general traffic at risk.  Electric cars and their batteries cause greater environmental damage than the gasoline cars they are intended to replace.  Constant promises that improved technology is just around the corner have never been fulfilled.  The public has generally not shown a willingness to accept these risks, costs, and harms.  Without any consensus, activists seek to impose this drastic change on all of us through the back door.  There has been no vote on the electric car.  There is no mandate.  Yet, they can push the agenda anyway.

California has weaponized transportation against its own population.  Starting in 2035, it will be illegal to sell new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in the state, with the exception of a small percentage of hybrid models.  But electric vehicles are quite expensive.  And so this policy, which would be burdensome even in a relatively car-free place like New York City, will be crushing in a state whose entire geography and culture center on the automobile.  This new price might make certain legislators feel good about themselves, but it will price many low-income Californians, already stressed by high housing prices, out of their commutes as well.

Cash is king for EV makers as soaring battery prices drive up vehicle production costs.  In the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric, the fuel every automaker is after these days is cold hard cash.  Established automakers and startups alike are rolling out new battery-powered models in an effort to meet growing demand.  Ramping up production of a new model was already a fraught and expensive process, but rising material costs and tricky regulations for federal incentives are squeezing coffers even further.  Prices of the raw materials used in many electric-vehicle batteries — lithium, nickel and cobalt — have soared over the last two years as demand has skyrocketed, and it may be several years before miners are able to meaningfully increase supply.  Complicating the situation further, new U.S. rules governing EV buyer incentives will require automakers to source more of those materials in North America over time if they want their vehicles to qualify.  The result:  new cost pressures for what was already an expensive process.

Gov Glenn Youngkin Vows to Block CA's 'Ridiculous' Gas-Powered Vehicle Ban Slated to Be Imposed in VA.  On Thursday, California Air Resources Board approved a regulation banning new sales of gas-powered vehicles, as my RedState colleague reported.  The regulations require all new cars, trucks, and SUVs to be powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2035, with one-fifth permitted to be plug-in hybrid vehicles.  The plan stems from CA Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order signed nearly two years ago.  But, the newly approved plan doesn't just impact the Golden State, it puts 17 other states including Virginia on a path to adopt the regulations.

Youngkin vows to untie Virginia from California's 'out of touch' electric vehicle shift.  Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) vowed to block all efforts to ban gas-powered vehicles in Virginia.  His declaration comes after California's Air Resources Board voted Thursday to implement an executive order by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) that phases out gas-powered vehicles and bans the sale of them beginning in 2035.  Virginia passed a law in 2021 that set the Commonwealth on a path to adopt California's emissions standards.  "In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws," Youngkin wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.  "Now, under that pact, Virginians will be forced to adopt the California law that prohibits the sale of gas and diesel-fueled vehicles.  I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians.  California's out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth."

California's Ban of Gas-Powered Vehicles Likely Illegal, Unrealistic.  California plans to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.  In 2021, California required 12 percent of total new vehicle sales to be powered by batteries or hydrogen.  By 2026, their goal is to reach 35 percent.  By 2030, 68 percent.  And in 2035, 100 percent powered by batteries or hydrogen. [...] According to the Independent Women's Forum, banning gas-powered cars is likely unconstitutional.  Mandy Gunasekara states:  "First, it could violate the Commerce Clause as it creates unreasonable burdens on interstate commerce, i.e. the manufacture and sale of vehicles.  The Supreme Court has long held that the Commerce Clause has been a "self-executing limitation" on the power of States to enact laws which restrict interstate commerce.  Second, under the Clean Air Act, California is required to receive a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in order to set its own, more stringent, emissions standards."

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If all cars are "powered by batteries or hydrogen," that won't really fix anything.  What's the power source for charging all those batteries?  How much power would be needed to produce enough hydrogen to run an automobile for a month?  Is there a Permian Basin of hydrogen somewhere?  In a state that already has occasional power blackouts, where is all that newly-demanded power going to come from?

Mandating EVs in U.S. would require '18 times current global production of cobalt.  In 2018, about 5.1 million EVs were in use around the globe.  That means that cutting domestic gasoline demand by a third would require the U.S. to deploy roughly 20 times as many EVs as are now being used around the world. [...] The U.S. has about 276 million registered motor vehicles, or roughly nine times as many vehicles as the U.K.  Thus, if Herrington's numbers are right, electrifying all of U.S. motor vehicles would require roughly 18 times the world's current cobalt production, about nine times global neodymium output, nearly seven times global lithium production, and about four times world copper production.

Ford Increases Price for Electric Mustang Mach-E by as Much as $8,000.  Ford is reportedly raising the price of the 2023 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle by as much as $8,000 just a few weeks after increasing the price of its planned electric pickup truck the F-150 Lightning.  Although the company blames inflation, supply chain problems, and "rapidly evolving market conditions," the price hikes come just after Joe Biden's climate and spending bill passed including electric vehicle rebates eerily similar to Ford's price increases.  The Verge reports that Ford is raising the price of the 2023 Mustang Mach-E just a few weeks after increasing the price of its electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning.  The automaker stated that it was reopening the order banks for the electric SUV with an adjusted MSRP due to "significant material cost increases, continued strain on key supply chains, and rapidly evolving market conditions."

Two More States Follow California's Decision To Ban Gas Car Sales By 2035.  It's only a day since we reported on California's intention to outlaw sales of new combustion-engined vehicles from 2035, and already the ripples are being felt across the nation.  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) that governs motor vehicle emissions for the state adopted new rules that will require 35% of the new cars sold in the state are electric or plug-in hybrids by 2026, with that percentage rising to 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.  California has a waiver from the federal government to set its own air quality rules, and other states are allowed to opt into its regulations, which are typically more stringent than the national standards.

California to unveil plan tomorrow that will see sale of new gas cars banned by 2035.  California is set to roll out its long-awaited ban on new gasoline cars on Thursday, which is part of its rule to have all new cars sold by 2035 to be electric only in an effort to fight climate change.  Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the ban in 2020 as a means to reduce the amount of smog-induced pollution in the air, which will improve the state's air quality that is the worst in the US.  The move will also make California the first in the world to mandate zero-emission vehicles on its roads — but many other states and countries have joined the movement, but have not yet began the ban.

California moves toward banning new cars running only on gas by 2035.  California is set to move closer to banning the sale of new cars running only on gasoline by 2035, a major step in the car-loving state's fight against climate change.  The expected embrace of the policy by the state's Air Resources Board during a meeting scheduled for Thursday comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) set a target in 2020 for cleaning up California's auto fleet.  The proposed regulation would set strict deadlines for meeting that goal, forcing automakers to step up production of cleaner vehicles considerably, starting in 2026.  The requirements would only speed forward from there, until only zero-emission passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs as well as a limited number of plug-in hybrids are allowed to be sold in the state by 2035.

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[#1] No legislation will ever control the weather, or keep the climate from changing.  [#2] If California is the only state taking action to reduce the CO2 content of the atmosphere, what good will it do if the other 49 states don't take the same action?  What good will it do if China and India keep pumping out CO2?  [#3] If it is still legal to drive a gas-engine car in California after 2026, what's to prevent someone from buying such a car in a neighboring state? [#4] California already deals with power outages every year.  When everybody is driving electric cars, what will happen to the power grid?

Report: Ford [will] Cut About 3K Jobs amid Transition to Electric Vehicles.  Ford Motor Company will lay off approximately 3,000 workers to cut costs while transitioning to electric vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday [8/22/2022].  The company's internal email to employees said it would begin notifying the affected salaried and agency workers in the next few days, according to the newspaper which reviewed the email.

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I suspect that's a bloc of 3,000 voters (not counting their spouses) who don't care if electric cars save the planet — especially if they never believed it before.

A Common Situation Where EVs Fail Miserably.  Here in the Upper Midwest, our interstates are fast and our winters are cold.  Speeds north of 70 miles per hour combined with near-zero (F) temperatures wreak havoc on an electric vehicle's range.  While a typical internal combustion engine (ICE) car might suffer only a 10-15% reduction in highway driving range under these conditions, a typical EV currently on the market will have its range dip 30-50 percent! Elevated power output from the motor coupled with electric heating for the cabin increase energy draw from a cold — and thus reduced-capacity — lithium battery.  This means that a 274-mile rated Kia EV6 might mange just 160 miles of range in bone-chilling cold, a 278-mile rated Mustang Mach-E might get 180, and a Tesla Model Y could optimistically go about 200.  If you're thinking about a winter road trip, maybe to visit relatives for Christmas or Thanksgiving, in a shorter-range EV like a Kona, Bolt, Leaf, or Niro, forget about it.  Compounding the problem of drastically reduced driving range is the generally inept charging infrastructure along highways in the Upper Midwest.  DC fast chargers are few and far between and when you get to one there's a decent chance it won't be working.

The 'Electric Vehicles Will Save The Planet' Farce Is Unraveling Quickly.  An auto club in Germany that claims 21 million members ran some controlled charging test electric vehicles to see how efficient that process was.  The results put another nail in the value coffin.  Not only are they expensive to buy and own, but the average charge also wastes up to 13% of the electricity.  Put another way, the consumer is charged for all the electricity required to fully charge the battery, which is as much as 13% more than the battery can hold.  So, imagine pouring two gallons of gasoline on the ground every time you filled a 20-gallon tank.  People would lose their collective minds.  But that will be standard for every charge of every vehicle in the utopian electric fleet of the future.

GM, Ford say electric vehicle price increases have nothing to do with Dem spending bill.  General Motors (GM) and Ford, two of the largest U.S. automakers, pushed back on reports Tuesday that recent electric vehicle (EV) price hikes were related the Inflation Reduction Act.  The two companies told FOX Business that recent price increases impacting certain EV models were influenced by inflation and supply chain issues and were announced before Democrats unveiled the legislation.  Multiple conservative outlets reported this week that GM and Ford had raised the prices of certain electric models by between $6,000 and $8,500, roughly matching the $7,500 tax credit introduced under the inflation bill.

Electric Vehicles in a Hurricane?  Electric cars could be a nightmare during a massive evacuation.  Studies have been done showing a cascading failure of the power grid if huge numbers of Florida residents simultaneously charged their cars in preparation for a major storm.  EV owners would fare even worse if they stayed behind and were without power for days or weeks.  Anyone else remember Hurricane Isabel in 2003?  That storm came ashore in Virginia as a strong Category 1 storm.  Yet some of us were without electricity for almost three weeks.  In a 2021 article headlined, "Electric Vehicles Powerless During Hurricanes," Forbes Magazine claimed that electric vehicles would compound the problems of natural disaster, such as Hurricane Ida that had just wiped out much of Louisiana's electric power.

BMW Issues Warning:  Park These EVs Outside, Don't Drive or Charge Them as They Could Catch Fire.  Germany luxury carmaker BMW has issued a recall notice for a number of electric vehicles the automobile manufacturer built between 2021 and 2022.  The notice was posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall campaign database on July 27.  The voluntary recall was in response to battery defects in a number of BMW manufactured electric vehicles built between November 22, 2021, and June 30, 2022, the notice said.

Ford Raises Electric Truck Price By Up To $8,500 After Democrats Pass $7,500 EV Tax Credit.  Ford raised the base price of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck Aug. 9 following the passing of a bill by Senate Democrats that included a $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit.  The base model of the 2023 F-150 Lightning pickup will now cost $47,000, up from it's original price of $40,000, according to CNN.  More expensive models, such as the XLT High/Extended Range and the Lariat Extended Range have increased in price by $8,500, while other F-150 Lightning designs vary between $6,000 to $7,000 in price increases, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Basic Math Problem that Undoes Global Warming Hysteria.  If someone proposes a solution to an "existential problem" that has no chance of success, should we be forced to take the problem seriously?  If the climate alarmists truly believe there is a climate emergency, then they should be able to answer the first basic question about "the plan."  Are the numbers in the plan even remotely achievable?  Remember:  based on their screeching, we have only twelve years before we all die from "man-made climate change."  To answer that question, let's break part of the plan into the most basic math problem:  can we replace 25%, 50%, or 75% of the cars on the road in ten years? [...] The automobile situation in the U.S. alone cannot be resolved in twenty years, let alone in ten years.  Here is where the math gets a little more fun:  If we are currently producing 1 million electric vehicles a year, and we are struggling to attain the materials to hit that number, what is the maximum number of electric vehicles we can produce without a "magic wand"?

Electric Vehicles May Present Major Problem During Natural Disaster Evacuations:  Experts.  A report from Transportation Research published in ScienceDirect headlined "Can we evacuate from hurricanes with electric vehicles?" found that Florida — which often bears the force of hurricanes — may not have enough power to cope during an evacuation.  "If the majority of the evacuating vehicles were EVs, Florida would face a serious challenge in power supply," the report said.  It added that could affect six out of the nine main power authorities, especially those in mid-Florida, and "could induce cascading failure of the entire power network" throughout the state.  In California, the two main natural disasters are earthquakes and wildfires.  Both are short-notice events that have the potential to knock out the power grid with no warning, making it especially difficult, if not impossible, to charge a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)," a case study from California Polytechnic State University found.

Myanmar bears cost of green energy.  The birds no longer sing, and the herbs no longer grow.  The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown.  The animals do not roam, and the cows are sometimes found dead.  The people in this northern Myanmar forest have lost a way of life that goes back generations.  But if they complain, they, too, face the threat of death.  This forest is the source of several key metallic elements known as rare earths, often called the vitamins of the modern world.  Rare earths now reach into the lives of almost everyone on the planet, turning up in everything from hard drives and cellphones to elevators and trains.  They are especially vital to the fast-growing field of green energy, feeding wind turbines and electric car engines.  And they end up in the supply chains of some of the most prominent companies in the world, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Tesla and Apple.

South America's 'lithium fields' reveal the dark side of our electric future.  Lithium extraction fields in South America have been captured by an aerial photographer in stunning high definition.  But while the images may be breathtaking to look at, they represent the dark side of our swiftly electrifying world.  Lithium represents a route out of our reliance on fossil fuel production.  As the lightest known metal on the planet, it is now widely used in electric devices from mobile phones and laptops, to cars and aircraft.  Lithium-ion batteries are most famous for powering electric vehicles, which are set to account for up to 60 percent of new car sales by 2030. The battery of a Tesla Model S, for example, uses around 12 kg of lithium.  These batteries are the key to lightweight, rechargeable power.  As it stands, demand for lithium is unprecedented and many say it is crucial in order to transition to renewables.  However, this doesn't come without a cost — mining the chemical element can be harmful to the environment.

The inconvenient truth of electric vehicles.  [Scroll down]  Second, currently, the materials used to manufacture E.V. batteries are typically mined in Africa by child labor under the harshest conditions imaginable.  Children are typically forced to sift through piles of material in an effort to secure the scarce materials (cobalt, lithium, and nickel) required for battery production.  Children as young as two years old transport, wash, and crush minerals to earn half a dollar a day.  The problem of child labor used to source E.V. battery materials has been known for several years, yet we look the other way.  In addition, the mining process in not environmentally friendly and in itself contributes to global warming.  Third, all E.V. batteries have a limited service life, at the end of which they must be disposed of in our landfills, as the recycling options, unlike with my petroleum-powered vehicle, are extremely limited.  Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade.  What happens to them?  How do batteries not end up in a mountain of waste and further contaminate the environment?

Gasoline, Electricity, and Biden's Fuel for the Inflation Fire.  [W]ind turbines and solar panels may be the magic beans of the green agenda, but they can't produce anything close to energy output with the reliability of fossil fuels.  So, electricity is in low supply, and not only is the demand so high that prices are spiking, but electric companies cannot even meet the current demand for it.  The Biden administration's "solution" to this is to incentivize the purchase and use of electric vehicles, which, for the average family, would consume four times as much electricity as the average home consumes for air conditioning.  Science writer Stan Cox is among the many left-wing opponents of air conditioning who argue that all the electricity used to power Americans' air conditioning is "helping push the fast-forward button on global warming." That's bad for the planet, we're incessantly told.  But even if you cut out air conditioning your home altogether to offset the electricity cost of your fancy new electric vehicles, you're still consuming three times as much incremental electricity as you did before.  Somehow, that's not "helping push the fast-forward button on global warming," but it's good for the planet.

Electric Vehicles Cost More Than You Think.  The true cost to fuel EVs is opaque to most consumers, because:  First, E.V. drivers must consider the cost of the energy consumed from both home and commercial charging.  This requires decomposing energy consumption by charging source while accounting for complicated tariffs and fees.  Second, consumers must add the cost of the charger and its installation if they intend to charge at home.  Third, electric vehicle owners avoid paying the federal road taxes charged on fuel.  However, half of all U.S. states now require a special E.V. tax in lieu of the state road taxes included in the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel.  Fourth, drivers must travel to and from E.V. charging stations, especially when traveling away from their home area.  Because these are far less ubiquitous than gas stations, the additional miles required cost both time and money.  Fifth, many E.V. users consider their charging "free" because some commercial charging is subsidized by government agencies, utilities, and businesses.  However, electricity and charging equipment are clearly not "free," and consumers need to understand how they pay for this service.

Journalists Hook RV Up to $93K Electric Truck, Found It Wouldn't Even Make 100 Miles Before Needing a Recharge.  Democrats have touted electric vehicles as the way of the future, but they have failed to address the setbacks of the still-developing technology.  A new experiment has once again highlighted the problems leftists have failed to address.  Journalists from MotorTrend set out to test the towing capacity of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck, and their findings were less than inspiring.  From the start, journalist Eric Tingwall was less than confident in the truck's towing abilities.  [Video clip]

Electric Police Cars [are] 'Running Out of Juice' on [the] Way to Rural Emergencies.  A British police force that has embraced the use of electric vehicles says they have operational limits when a charging station is nowhere in sight.  The revelation came from Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson, according to the Daily Mail.  The issue comes into play the most often when officers are in rural areas, he said.

GM joint venture gets $2.5 billion government loan to help build EV battery cell plants.  General Motors' joint venture with LG Energy Solution is on track to receive a multibillion-dollar loan from the U.S. government to build battery cell plants for electric vehicles, including one going up in Lansing.  On Monday [7/25/2022], the Department of Energy announced "a conditional commitment" for $2.5 billion to GM and LG's 50-50 joint venture called Ultium Cells LLC.  "While this conditional commitment demonstrates the Department's intent to finance the project, several steps remain, and certain conditions must be satisfied before the Department issues a final loan," the DOE said in a blog posted Monday.

WEF Calls for an End to Private Car Ownership.  The World Economic Forum (WEF) is calling for the end of private car ownership in the name of saving the world from climate change by reducing the need for green tech resources.  "We need a clean energy revolution, and we need it now," the WEF begins its article.  According to the WEF, critical metals, such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel — all of which are used in "clean energy technologies" — are in short supply.  And while the WEF says recycling old tech that uses these metals could lessen the impact of shortages, it's simply not enough.

The Editor says...
Wait a minute.  They were going to save the world from global warming by switching to "green tech resources," and now they want to save the world from global warming by "reducing the need for green tech resources."  Here's how to reduce the demand for "green tech resources:"  Go back to gasoline!  Then deal with global warming when it becomes a tangible problem — which will never happen.

Another Electric Bus Bursts Into Flames.  Liberal social engineers adore both electric vehicles and public transportation.  Meanwhile, as we have seen before, an electric bus just burst into flames:  ["]An electric CTtransit bus caught on fire at the bus depot in Hamden [Connecticut] on Saturday morning [7/23/2022].["]  Although it is not known for sure what caused the fire...  ["]...fire officials said it's typically difficult to put out fires caused by lithium-ion batteries 'due to the thermal chemical process that produces great heat and continually reignites.'["]

Army tests electric Humvee for future battlefield use.  The Army picked General Motors to provide them with a GMC Hummer EV for a test drive as the service looks to fill a requirement for a light- to heavy-duty battery electric vehicle to reduce the military's reliance on fossil fuels in garrison and in the field.  GM's all-electric pickup-model Hummer features 1,000 horsepower with a 24-module, double-stacked Ultium battery pack.  It offers almost 330 miles of combined driving range with its first edition and can go from 0-to-60 mph in as little as 3 seconds, according to the company.

The Editor says...
[#1] Zero-to-60 in three seconds isn't very useful in Army work, is it?  Let's hear about the range of the truck between charges.  How many times can the truck make a zero-to-60 start before the battery dies?  [#2] Let's hope there are plenty of diesel-powered charging stations on the battlefield.  [#3] I wouldn't want to be a sitting-duck soldier waiting for the truck to recharge.  [#4] Nobody seems to have any questions about how much this will cost, and what problem is being solved by making this change.  [#5] The battlefield is no place to experiment with white elephant technology.  The fellas at Fort Hood will figure out how useless electric vehicles are, and all the research and development money will go down the drain.

US Postal Service Set to Make 40 Percent of New Mail Trucks Electric.  The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced plans to make at least 40 percent of its new delivery fleet electric.  Back in February, the USPS had already said that it would procure 165,000 New Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) trucks from Oshkosh Defense, of which 10 percent would be electric.  But in a July 20 news release, the organization announced a new plan to buy 84,500 vehicles, of which 40 percent are estimated to be battery electric vehicles (BEVs).  The 84,500 vehicles will include 50,000 NGDVs and 34,500 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles.  Of the 50,000 NGDVs, the minimum BEV percent is set to rise to 50 percent, up from 10 percent.  The 34,500 COTS vehicles will be purchased over a two-year period.

Rumor: Ford Canning 8,000 Workers.  Can You Guess Why?  Word on the mean streets of Detroit is that the Ford Motor Company is planning on axing 8,000 salaried workers in order to boost profits to help fund future electric vehicles (EV).

Buttigieg Whines About Americans Not Wanting Electric Cars.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made an appearance on CNBC Wednesday morning and whined about Americans not wanting to give up their gas fueled vehicles for electric alternatives.  [Tweet]  Worse, when asked about the dire consequences of the Biden administration's war on oil and gas, Buttigieg justified the potential for deaths as simply part of the transition to alternative energy.  [Tweet]  Meanwhile, electric vehicle owners are being warned not to charge their batteries during certain hours for fear of blackouts.

EVs Are Not the Future.  Have you noticed that when it comes to EVs, the smartest guys in the room — the ones who study energy/technology trends, run successful energy-tech investment firms, and more importantly, the guys who actually build the things — are uniformly dubious about their future?

Florida family drives into electric car problem: a replacement battery costs more than [the] vehicle itself.  A family in Florida drove into a major problem after buying a used electric vehicle: the replacement battery for their dead car wound up costing more than the used car was purchased for.  Avery Siwinski is a 17-year-old whose parents spent $11,000 on a used Ford Focus Electric car, which is a 2014 model and had about 60,000 miles when it was bought, according to KVUE.  The teenager had the car for six months before it began giving her issues and the dashboard was flashing symbols.  "It was fine at first," Siwinski said.  "I loved it so much.  It was small and quiet and cute.  And all the sudden it stopped working."

Don't Fall For It (EVs).  Let's start with home charging.  You know, where you park most of the time.  If you own a house then you're in for an electrician to come by.  If you're lucky your electrical panel is in the garage in a reasonable and convenient location to where the car is parked most of the time and you have a spare double-breaker slot in the panel.  If either is not true then the cost of installing a 240V outlet where you can charge said car is wildly expensive; if the panel is full, for example, you will need a subpanel to be installed which is going to run a couple thousand for the electrician to do so and, if the existing panel is in finished space the wall has to be ripped up as well.  Ditto on ripping up walls if the location is inconvenient; properly securing the wiring requires accessing the studs.  If there's drywall in the way then it has to be ripped out and then replaced.  Incidentally if you live in an apartment, or anywhere without actual owned garage space — not deeded, owned — forget it.

The End of Private Car Ownership.  Biden is trying to bring back Obama's mileage standards that were estimated to raise car prices by 20%.  The goal is to "nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade's end."  Will 40% of Americans be able to afford electric cars that cost an average of $54,000 by 2030?  Not likely.  Nor are they meant to.  Biden's radical 'green' government, which includes Tracy Stone-Manning, the former spokeswoman for an ecoterrorist group as the head of the Bureau of Land Management, isn't looking to nudge drivers into another type of cars, but out of cars.  Gas prices are a way to price Americans out of car ownership under the guise of pushing EVs.

Biggest Reason Why People Aren't Buying Electric Cars Revealed in New Survey.  A survey discovered that charging logistics is the primary reason why Americans aren't buying electric vehicles.  Consumer Reports, which said it surveyed around 8,000 Americans, found that 61 percent said they wouldn't seek to own an electric vehicle because of charging logistics while 55 percent cited the number of miles a vehicle can go per charge. [...] "We found that 14 percent of American drivers say they would 'definitely' buy or lease an electric-only vehicle if they were to buy a vehicle today," said Consumer Reports.  "That's up markedly from the 4 percent who said the same in a 2020 nationally representative survey from CR of 3,392 licensed U.S. drivers."  According to recent figures from Kelly Blue Book, the average price of a new electric vehicle hovered at roughly $56,000.  In contrast, the average price of a new compact was about $25,000 at about the same time.  The average price of a new, non-electric SUV was $34,000, while the electric version was nearly $45,000.  Meanwhile, a recent report from data analysis and advisory firm J.D. Power, however, found that electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may have more problems than internal combustion engines.

Rivian Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Planning Layoffs.  Two things about this report showing Rivian is planning layoffs for its workforce.  First, the larger 'layoff' issue is going to be more prevalent as the economy contracts and consumer demand declines.  There is almost no expanded investment going into any Main Street business that sells non-essential goods.  The economic contraction, the drop in consumer demand that indicates a recession, is very real and now very easy to spot.  Second, Rivian is backed by the financing of Ford and Amazon and operates in California, Michigan and Illinois (three deep blue states).  Rivian is also the supplier for Amazon electric delivery vehicles having previously announced (in 2019) a deal to purchase 100,000 vehicles from Rivian.  Additionally, Rivian has lost 69% of its market value this year.

Fatal Electric Car Crash with a Parked Semi So Horrific a Special Crash Investigation Unit Has Been Assigned.  Another fatal accident involving an electric vehicle left two Lompoc, California, natives dead last week near Gainesville, Florida.  A 66-year-old female and 67-year-old male inside a 2015 Tesla Model S exited Interstate 75 and entered a rest stop on Wednesday, Fox Business reported.  The vehicle proceeded to crash into the back of a parked 18-wheeler, and both people in the Tesla died.  Both a local law enforcement agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating the tragic event, but neither has confirmed whether any of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were engaged when the crash occurred. [...] If investigators determine ADAS were involved in the Wednesday crash, it would be the 38th crash involving ADAS to be investigated by the NHTSA since 2016.

Studies Show the Electric Vehicles Democrats Insist You Buy are Worse for the Environment and Lower Quality.  Many people believe electric vehicles are higher quality than gas-powered vehicles and are emissions-free, which makes them much better for the environment.  But two recent studies have shown that electric cars have more quality issues than gas-powered ones and are not better for the environment.  J.D. Power has produced the annual U.S. Initial Quality Study for 36 years, which measures the quality of new vehicles based on feedback from owners.  The most recent study, which included Tesla in its industry calculation for the first time, found that battery-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles have more quality issues than gas-powered ones.  According to J.D. Power, owners of electric or hybrid vehicles cite more problems than do owners of gas-powered vehicles.

E-Vehicles Are Like Covid Vaccines:  Sold to the Public Based on Wildly Unrealistic Exaggerations.  Breitbart [presented] a report on Youtubers who compared an electric Ford F-150 pickup and a gasoline engine GMC Denali Ultimate Edition to see how far each could tow a trailer.  The results of the electric Ford pickup remind me of the promises made by the COVID vaccine manufacturers: wildly exaggerated and probably more harmful than beneficial.  As the video shows: you'd have to be a moron to buy either knowing what we know today.

Auto Expert Uncovers Hidden Truth About EV Range Claims — Owners Should Be Seething.  President Joe Biden's administration wants the United States to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 — and a big part of that plan involves a switchover to electric vehicles.  EVs, we're told, are the way of the future.  Gone are worries about "range anxiety," we're told.  These vehicles can put in some serious miles on a single charge — and the government's building more charging infrastructure along the highways every day.  Neil Winton, however, says that's a load of hooey.  Winton is an auto industry analyst and senior contributor to Forbes.  He says that while EVs may look ideal if you're just going by the manufacturer's spec sheet, the real-world performance of these cars is very different than what's promised when it comes to range.

NHTSA opens the 37th Tesla crash probe.  Safety officials have opened a 37th probe into a Tesla crash after a couple's car slammed into the back of a Walmart truck, shearing its roof off.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the wreck, which happened at the Paynes Prairie Rest Stop just south of Gainesville, Florida, on Wednesday.  Its female driver, aged 66, and her 67 year-old male passenger were killed.  The pair were visiting from Lompoc in California, and neither their age nor their relationship to one another has been disclosed, in accordance with Florida state laws.

Watch: YouTubers Claim Experiment with Electric Truck Ends After Mere 85 Miles.  A group of YouTubers called Fast Lane Truck tested electric and gas-powered trucks to see how far they could haul a trailer, and the results seemed to speak for themselves.  The test was between an electric Ford F-150 pickup and a GMC Denali Ultimate Edition featuring a gas engine, the Independent Journal Review reported Thursday. [...] Fifty miles into the journey, the electric pickup reportedly could not reach Colorado Springs, so the driver later headed toward Castle Rock.  But the gas pickup's computer apparently said it had 129 miles of range, which was enough to get back to Longmont.

Journalists Tow Camper Behind Electric Truck, End in Stunning Failure When They Only Make it 85 Miles.  [Scroll down]  The F150 charged up and the GMC filled up before taking to the road.  The electric truck's computer estimated 160 miles of range, which included calculating for the size and weight of the trailer.  The gas-powered GMC's computer, also taking the trailer into account, estimated 264 miles of range.  Off they went, with the goal of the F150 getting 147 miles down the road to a fast-charging station in Pueblo, Colorado.  But that estimate was optimistic.  The electric truck had only traveled 6 miles when the computer recalculated range from 160 to 150 miles, cutting things very close if it was to reach Pueblo.  That called for a change of plans — the new charging stop was Colorado Springs, about 45 miles closer.  After going 50 miles, the electric truck recalculated its range to indicate it couldn't even make Colorado Springs.

Dark clouds on the horizon for electric vehicles.  The first dark cloud is the supply chain for lithium to build EV batteries:  Lithium's pivotal role in electric vehicles makes it an important commodity in meeting global targets to cut carbon emissions, and it was added to the EU's list of critical raw materials in 2020.  However, the European Commission is currently assessing a proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to classify lithium carbonate, chloride, and hydroxide as dangerous for human health.  The EU proposal doesn't ban lithium imports, from developing countries where the same lithium carbonate, chloride and hydroxide are currently NOT categorized as dangerous for human health.  But if legislated will add to costs for processors from more stringent rules controlling processing, packaging, and storage.  The decision is expected to be reached by early next year[.]

Some Countries Are Having Second Thoughts About Electric Car Mandates.  As part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, over 190 nations pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050.  To achieve this, some have enacted target dates by which all new cars must be zero-emission.  But many of those same countries are now having second thoughts.  Yesterday [6/28/2022], the European Union (E.U.) approved a plan to end all sales of vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2035.  The rule would apply to both gasoline and diesel and is intended as a step toward achieving complete carbon neutrality by 2050.  But according to Reuters, five smaller E.U. member nations privately advocated for postponing the ban.  The countries in question — Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania — advocated putting off the total ban to 2040, with slightly more modest bans on specific types of vehicles in the interim.  The letter cited concerns over the feasibility of hitting target dates, specifically that "adequate and tailored transition periods need to be established." One Bulgarian official stressed "significant differences" in what smaller E.U. nations can accomplish.

Look At The Line To Charge Your Tesla.  If you think the pain at the pump is hard to deal with, just take a look at the leftist Utopia where everyone drives a Tesla and how long the lines are at a charging station.  Remember, to get an 80% charge for your Tesla, it takes 40 minutes of plug power at a typical charging station, so these poor saps have a long wait.  [Video clip]

Own an Electric Car?  Thank a Slave.  California wants to replace of all of its gas and diesel powered vehicles with E-cars.  But the state's electrical grid can't even handle the present load.  California anticipates blackouts and brownouts at least through 2025.  Adding a million E-cars to the mix is an epic George Jetson and flying cars fiction and will, inevitably result in larger and longer blackouts and brownouts.  The other part of the fiction about E cars is that batteries are made with a massive amount of raw material, mined by diesel-driven equipment, and slave labor.  Notwithstanding the dream that E-Cars are produced in Santa's magic workshop, they are not.  All of the raw minerals and elements needed for EV batteries are strip-mined.  Liberals happily drive their E cars while scolding truck drivers, almost certainly never consider the environmental and human cost of the battery powered "clean vehicles."  Almost all of the known deposits of cobalt are found in the Congo.  Slaves/Child laborers harvest those raw materials.  The conditions for miners range from horrid to barely humane.

Questions the Climate Police Won't Answer.  How come nobody talks about how electric cars can explode, cause fires that can't be put out, and can electrocute you?  Isn't this the same Left that sued the tobacco industry for hiding all the bad news about smoking causing lung cancer not so long ago?

A lot of Americans are getting fooled all of the time.  [Scroll down]  Looking back over the years, Granddaddy would be flabbergasted about the huge number of people who can be fooled into thinking that an electric automobile creates no impact on the environment.  I guess that folks don't mind if one electric runabout results in a gaping hole in the earth halfway around the world?  Do the owners of these swank autos realize that child labor is employed in many of the mineral mining operations that make those car batteries possible?  Evidently, they couldn't care less, just as long as they are able to virtue signal to their friends and neighbors that they are environmentalists and guardians of the planet?

Tesla Locks Driver Inside Before Bursting in Flames, Driver Kicked Window to Escape.  A Vancouver-area driver claims he kicked the window of his almost brand-new Tesla Model Y to escape a dangerous vehicle fire after the car lost power and trapped him inside.  In a 12-minute video that has since gone viral, Jamil Jutha, the driver of the Tesla, said that the electric vehicle's (EV) battery suddenly "died," noting that he wasn't sure what happened.  "All of a sudden my car just shut down, it just said 'error error error,' and then all of a sudden the battery started smoking," Jutha said in the video, as flames are seen in the interior of the vehicle.  Jutha was driving towards Mountain Highway in North Vancouver, Canada, on May 20 when the Model Y that he bought about eight months ago suddenly shut down, Vancouver-based CTV News reported.

Thousands of Electric Vehicles Recalled in US Over 'No Start Condition'.  Ford announced it is recalling nearly 50,000 electric vehicles in response to a defect with the cars' batteries, which could lead to a loss of power while driving.  The automotive firm instructed dealers to stop selling Mustang Mach-Es produced between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2022, that do not have the proper repairs.  Ford said it is working to develop a fix for the 48,924 cars that have experienced a loss of power, overheating, and startup problems.  "In the affected vehicles, it is possible that the high voltage battery main contactors may overheat, which can result in an open contactor or welding condition.  Should the contactors weld closed while driving, a powertrain malfunction warning light will be illuminated on the next drive cycle, along with a no start condition," the company said in a letter.  According to Ford, the issue stems from a battery main contactor that can overheat and may remain stuck open or become welded.

The Editor says...
Maybe you could just push it down a hill and slap it into second gear.  That's what I used to do back in the 70's.

Ford Recalls EV Model, Warns of Serious Danger to Drivers.  Ford is recalling its flagship Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle.  Again.  This time, the recall affects roughly half of the nearly 100,000 Mustang Mach-Es sold, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The company announced the move in a letter to dealers on Monday.  Vehicles manufactured between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2022 — 48,924 cars manufactured over two years — are being recalled because it's possible the cars could overheat and lose power or fail to start.

Six Major Problems With "Green" Transition.  German economist Hans Werner Sinn identifies six major problems with Europe's fanciful plan to transition to wind and solar energy: [...] Problem No. 5: E-cars are not clean[.]  One problem today already, using Germany's current electric energy supply mix, electric cars are emitting far more CO2 over their lifetimes than conventional combustion engine vehicles.  Yet, governments are aiming to force citizens to drive e-cars.  In many countries, this will lead to more CO2 emissions, and not less.

Team of Fools:  Biden's Cabinet Picks Prove He is Unfit to Lead.  I have written extensively about Biden's shortcomings.  Nothing exceeds his capacity for choosing the wrong people. [...] Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, for example.  "Granholm's credentials for the job appear to be that she has swallowed Biden's climate agenda hook, line, and sinker, and especially his affection for electric vehicles," says Liz Peek.  "It certainly wasn't her deep understanding of U.S. energy markets.  She apparently knows nothing about U.S. oil production or how world energy markets work." She believes that climate is the nation's number one challenge.

Is it immoral to drive an electric vehicle?  Of all the crazy policies we see implemented around us, from decriminalizing theft to teaching children to change their "gender," perhaps the craziest is government's determination to force us to drive electric vehicles.  EVs like the Tesla are perfectly fine cars, or would be if they weren't subsidized or mandated.  But they are terrible for the environment, and the conditions under which their materials are mined raise serious ethical questions. [...] Fossil fuels are vastly cleaner, in part because they are so efficient.  And electric vehicles, once the mining and attendant environmental degradation are complete, run overwhelmingly on fossil fuels and nuclear power: [...] The extraordinary amounts of mining needed to produce electric vehicles are not only environmentally disastrous, they also carry large human costs.  The cobalt that is needed for every electric vehicle comes mostly from the Congo and is produced largely by child labor.

Is it ethical to purchase a lithium battery powered EV?  [Scroll down]  Today, a typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds.  It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminium, steel, and plastic.  Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.  It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining.  For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper.  All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust for just one battery.

Democrat senator says it doesn't matter — to her — how high gas prices are.  If you want to know just how ignorant, aloof, and removed your rulers are from the everyday life you lead, look no farther than Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). [p...] Talk about tone-deaf!  Does she know who her constituents are?  Does she care?  The poor gal had to wait "a long time" to "finally" get her expensive new electric vehicle (and drive it to her brownstone in a tony Georgetown neighborhood... or to wherever she lives in the Capital City).  But when she did [...], it "didn't matter" to her how expensive gasoline had become.  She added, "And so I'm looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren't going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets."  The "opportunity" for us to move to expensive vehicles whose batteries cost around $10,000 and that may take hours to recharge?  Vehicles that aren't "dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets"?  You can't be more ignorant or disingenuous than that.

Let them buy Teslas:  Electric car owner Stabenow says gas prices don't matter.  Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said it "doesn't matter" how high gas prices go because she drives an electric vehicle, sparking backlash as gas prices in the United States climb to record highs with no short-term relief in sight.  Stabenow's remarks came during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday to discuss Biden's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  When the subject turned to record-high fuel costs in the U.S., Stabenow chimed in:  "I do have to say, just on the issue of gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station, and it didn't matter how high it was," the Michigan Democrat said.

Neither the price of electricity nor the price of gas matters to her, because she makes $174,000 a year.
Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow brags that it doesn't 'matter' to her how high gas prices are because she drives an electric vehicle.  Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said that record-high gas prices 'don't matter' to her because she has an electric vehicle as she urged Americans to by eco-friendly vehicles and decrease reliability on greedy oil companies.  Her comments came on the day the average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a new high of $4.92.  In Michigan the average sits higher at $5.17 per gallon, according to AAA's tracker.  'On the issue of gas prices — after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle — I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every gas station and it didn't matter how high it was,' the Michigan senator said.

Reporter Asks General Motors CEO Where The Charging Electricity Comes From For Their New Chevy Volt - Her Answer Is Hilarious.  Okay, so she did try to whitewash her accidental admission by switching it to "natural gas" — which is not much different, according to the climate mafia — at the last second.  Still, General Motors (GM) spokesperson Kristin Zimmerman has become something of an internet sensation for letting the cat out of the bag that their new "electric" car is charged by a power plant that runs on coal, so basically, their new car at the moment would actually run on about 95 percent coal.  During an unveiling of the new Chevy Volt, Zimmerman demonstrated for the media how the supposedly "green" vehicle is simply plugged into a power source for energy.  And this power source, at least in Michigan, is mostly burned coal.  [Video clip]  If you watch the video closely, you can see the precise moment when Zimmerman realized she had walked right into a trap.  She thought about it for a second and came to the realization that her company's supposedly "green" vehicles are worse polluters than their gas-powered counterparts.  "For those of you who didn't put it all together:  Electric cars run off electricity, electricity provided by a power plant, a plant that runs primarily off coal, which actually is a worse pollutant than a gas-powered engine.  This has been known for years, as a paper that came out back in 2015 revealed that most electric cars throughout the country are powered by electricity that comes from coal.

WSJ Electric Vehicle Road Trip [was] a Disaster.  The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend on a four-day road trip from New Orleans to Chicago and back in an electric vehicle (EV) that ended up as a disaster — one that left the author grateful for her ordinary car, even at today's high gas price.  The Journal article, by Rachel Wolfe, was titled:  "I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip.  I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping."  In it, the author described planning the journey, using the PlugShare app to map charging stations and estimate charging times, based on the relative strength of each public charging station.  She noted that more charging stations should, in theory, be available in future, thanks to the federal government's new infrastructure bill.

I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip.  I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping.  I'd made long road trips before, surviving popped tires, blown headlights and shredded wheel-well liners in my 2008 Volkswagen Jetta.  I figured driving the brand-new Kia EV6 I'd rented would be a piece of cake.  If, that is, the public-charging infrastructure cooperated.  We wouldn't be the first to test it.  Sales of pure and hybrid plug-ins doubled in the U.S. last year to 656,866 — over 4% of the total market, according to database EV-volumes.  More than half of car buyers say they want their next car to be an EV, according to recent Ernst & Young Global Ltd. data.  Oh — and we aimed to make the 2,000-mile trip in just under four days so Mack could make her Thursday-afternoon shift as a restaurant server.  Given our battery range of up to 310 miles, I plotted a meticulous route, splitting our days into four chunks of roughly 7½-hours each.  We'd need to charge once or twice each day and plug in near our hotel overnight.

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[#1] Driving 2,000 miles for no reason doesn't sound like fun — in any car.  [#2] Charging the car at hotel every night does not leave an accurate indication of what it's like to own an electric car and charge it at home, and pay the electric bill yourself.  [#3] If everybody (other than me) drives electric cars, and the hotels offer "complimentary" charging stations, what's that going to do to the cost of a hotel room?  [#4]  Three charge-and-discharge cycles per day is too many.  That battery can only be charged a limited number of times before it has to be replaced.  [#5] Try this same trip in the winter and see how far you get.

Green Energy Chickens Coming Home to Roost.  Take the obsession with electric vehicles.  Their batteries require rare-earth elements like cobalt and lithium that have to be mined, processed, and transported using diesel-powered machinery, bulldozers, and trucks, which of course spew more CO2 into the atmosphere.  The great majority of these rare-earth elements are mined and processed outside the West, especially in China and Congo.  This creates a dangerous dependency on geopolitical rivals and enemies.  Next, for electric cars to advance beyond a taxpayer subsidized novelty and replace gas- or diesel-powered vehicles, electric grids will have to be enlarged substantially, and charging stations will have to multiply.  Available, reliable electricity supplies will have to grow by orders of magnitude presently unattainable.  And batteries with much more storage capability will need to be developed.  Worse, our current most reliable energy sources — nuclear and natural gas — which could help us reach those goals are being proscribed and replaced with unreliable wind and solar energy, which produce energy less than 20% of the time.

Tesla Owner Exposes Dark Secret About Electric Cars.  Economists have long understood that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but perhaps it's time for electric-car enthusiasts to learn that lesson as well.  While tree-huggers and leftists alike tout Teslas and other such vehicles as a panacea for the ills of fossil fuels, they ignore the devastating environmental wreckage the manufacture and use of these vehicles leave in their wake — even when it comes to something as simple as their tires.  Brad Templeton, a senior contributor at Forbes, recounted his own eye-opening experience with his electric car's habit of chewing through expensive treads at breakneck speed.  After boasting about the many ways electric vehicles are superior to traditional internal combustion-powered vehicles, Templeton noted that the need for new tires at short intervals was an undeniable drawback.

Unsafe At Any Speed?  Electric Cars Keep Catching Fire.  In Vancouver, Canada, in late May, a Tesla Model Y burst into flames while the driver was waiting for a light at an intersection.  He had to kick out a window to escape.  Around the same time, a new Tesla burst into flames in Brooklyn, Illinois, and a week before that a Model 3 caught fire in California City, California, while it was parked in a driveway.  In April, a deadly lithium-ion battery fire occurred in a Tesla car crash in Houston.  Last year, a Tesla caught fire while charging overnight in a garage, which the Washington Post described as "one in a string of recent examples showing what can happen when electric cars are left parked in garages to charge overnight" and which promoted electric vehicle (EV) makers to warn "owners not to leave the cars charging unattended in certain circumstances, or sitting fully charged in garages."

Electric cars cause 'more pollution' than petrol and diesel.  Alastair Lewis, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York, argued that particulate matter emitted from electric car tyres is a massive risk to public health.  He argued that it posed a larger problem than CO2 emissions coming from petrol and diesel cars.  Mr Lewis added:  "PM 2.5 is considered to cause the largest amount of damage to public health...  Nitrogen dioxide [from diesel fumes] comes second.  "When everybody owns a low emissions vehicle, low emission zones become a toothless control lever to try to manage air pollution.  "London in the future when we have a largely electrified fleet of vehicles," he told the Telegraph.

The World Bank's Impractical Electric Car Claptrap.  The UK Government insists that combustion engine vehicles will be banned from production, importing, and sale by 2030.  But a global semiconductor shortage has produced a projected nine percent slump in electric vehicle sales in the UK.  Motorists are modelled to save £700 on fuel for making the switch to EVs.  However, road pricing and tolls have been proposed to replace Treasury revenue once fuel duty becomes obsolete.  Therefore, the gap between petrol and electric car running costs may close.  Electricity costs could even eclipse fuel prices, should the renewables generating electricity fail.  There are also infrastructure impediments to overcome.  The ban would require 400,000 charging points to be installed across the UK by 2030, up from the only 35,000 that were in place as of last year.  Many rural areas remain 'charging blackspots', inaccessible for EVs on long journeys.  Annual installation must increase ten-fold to meet the Department for Transport's promise that 'drivers will never be further than thirty miles from a rapid charging station'.

Green Energy Industry Is In For A Rude Awakening.  Leading renewable energy groups, large solar and wind companies and politicians have supported lavish subsidies and credits for green tech.  In the U.S., Democrats have pushed for an additional $100 billion in renewable energy subsidies over the next decade as part of the Build Back Better Act.  "The whole thing has been sort of a government created industry, from the get go," Dan Kish, a senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research, told the DCNF in an interview. [...] "The media hasn't covered the cost of nickel, cobalt, aluminum, manganese or lithium," Kish told the DCNF.  "Lithium batteries, for example — if you want to call gasoline the fuel of internal combustion engines, lithium is the fuel of electric vehicles." [...] "Put very simply, all the world's cell production combined represents well under 10% of what we will need in 10 years," RJ Scaringe, Rivian's CEO, told reporters in April, according to the WSJ.  "Meaning, 90% to 95% of the supply chain does not exist."  Kish noted that the price of lithium has risen 1,000% over the last two years.

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Tesla Bursts Into Flames at Stoplight, Driver Forced to Kick Out Window to Escape Electric Car Fire.  One minute, Jamil Jutha was driving his 2021 Tesla Model Y through North Vancouver.  The next, he was battling to escape its smoke-filled interior.  The incident took place Friday when the eight-month-old vehicle suddenly shut down, cutting power to all of its electronic parts, according to CTV News.  "The doors wouldn't open.  The windows wouldn't go down," Jutha said.  Smoke began to fill the interior.  Although Teslas have a mechanical release for emergencies, Jutha said it was not easy to use, particularly amid the panic of a potentially life-threatening incident.

Ford Reports Devastating Losses Thanks to Electric Vehicle Gamble.  Major U.S. automaker Ford blamed its sizable investment in electric vehicle (EV) company Rivian for its dramatic revenue decline in the first quarter of 2022.  Ford reported revenue of $34.5 billion between January and March, a 5% decline relative to the same period in 2021, and a net loss of $3.1 billion, according to the company's earnings report released Wednesday.  The Detroit automaker said its large investment in Rivian accounted for $5.4 billion in losses during the first quarter.

CO2 Added to the Environment - Electric Car Versus Gasoline Car.  Two cars of approximately the same size are driven, measurements are made, and conclusions are drawn.

California's electrical grid has an EV problem.  California energy officials issued a sobering warning this month, telling residents to brace for potential blackouts as the state's energy grid faces capacity constraints heading into the summer months.  And since the state has committed to phase out all new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 — well ahead of federal targets — the additional load from electric vehicle (EV) charging could add more strain to the electric grid.  "Let's say we were to have a substantial number of [electric] vehicles charging at home as everybody dreams," Ram Rajagopal, an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, who authored a recent study looking at the strain electric vehicle adoption is expected to place on the power grid, told Yahoo Finance.  "Today's grid may not be able to support it.  It all boils down to:  Are you charging during the time solar power is on?"

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Here's the bottom line, if you haven't figured it out already:  If you rely on solar panels, you can't drive an electric car in the winter, when the days are short.  If you rely on windmills, you can't charge an electric car at night, when the wind all but ceases.  You can't charge your electric car at the same time that you and everybody else in town wants to use electric appliances; that is, right after you get home from work.  At last, when the time is right, you'll need a few hours to get the car fully charged.  Compare this to the time it takes to fill up the gas tank on a gas engine automobile.  "Renewable energy" and electric cars are incompatible.

Kamala Harris, EPA unveil $500 million to ditch diesel school buses for electric models.  The Biden administration is making $500 million available to school districts to transition the nation's gas-guzzling diesel school bus fleets to zero-emission electric busses.  The bucket of money is part of a broader tranche of $5 billion set aside in last year's infrastructure spending for low- and zero-emission school buses over the next five years.  This is the first time that the administration has tapped into those funds to help schools go green.

Newsom's electric car nirvana collides with reality.  Gavin Newsom is bi-polar.  He wants to get us into all electric homes and cars.  At the same time he is limiting and destroying energy sources — causing brownouts and blackouts.  If we had 8 million more EV cars and 2 million all electric homes, we would have to ration electricity to a few hours a days and maybe one charge of your EV each week.  Newsom is providing the foundation of the collapse of the California economy. [...] This year's increase in electric car sales was, no doubt, spurred in part by a steep hike in gasoline prices, as well as subsidies — which poses an interesting dichotomy.  Newsom has decried those fuel price spikes and wants the state to offset them with payments to motorists, which would reduce some of their motivation to buy electric cars."  Not only would there be a severe limit on the energy you can use, but the cost of available energy will skyrocket.

Electric Car Fail:  Over 25% of Charging Stations in Deep Blue Region Do Not Work.  President Joe Biden and his administration have attempted to convince Americans that electric vehicles will solve all of our problems, but a new study found one leftist city was vastly unprepared for a complete switch to electric vehicles.  The study was led by retired University of California, Berkeley, bioengineering professor David Rempel working with volunteers from the nonprofit organization Cool the Earth, according to Fox Business.  It took place between Feb. 12 and March 7.  Researchers cited multiple complaints from electric vehicle owners about charging stations in the area as the motivation for the study.  It assessed 657 electric vehicle charging plugs at 181 public stations in nine counties around the deep-blue, Democrat-dominated San Francisco Bay Area.

Electric utopia takes a deadly U-turn.  Electric vehicles have been pushed hard as a solution to the world's faux climate emergency, but in India they have turned into killing machines.  Many EV bikes and scooters have been bursting into flames across the country.  The frequency of such incidents has increased considerably since spring 2022.  In my home state of Tamil Nadu, a man and his daughter were killed when their EV scooter caught fire.  You might think it as a one-off incident, but that is not the case.  In March, an EV bike (from the brand Ola) parked in a busy commercial area caught fire.  A Twitter user shared a video where the vehicle can be seen consumed by the fire from its lithium-ion battery and circuits.  Another video from Chennai (formerly known as Madras), shows an EV scooter of the same brand going up in flames, the fourth such incident in the city in as many days.  A stern warning of penalties has been issued by the government.

Two Electric Buses Spontaneously Explode, Entire Fleet Taken Off the Road.  A state-owned public transport operator in Paris, France, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, has pulled out 149 electric buses from its fleet after two of them spontaneously exploded within the same month.  The RATP decided to temporarily retire the electric vehicles after the second explosion occurred around 9 a.m. on April 29 near the François Mitterrand Library, according to reporting from the local newspaper Le Parisien and a RATP news release.  Footage of the bus engulfed in flames in Paris's 13th arrondissement was widely circulated on social media.

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Elon Musk's Tesla to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Out-of-State Abortions.  Elon Musk's Tesla is covering travel costs for employees who get out-of-state abortions, joining the ranks of several other companies that have introduced similar reimbursement policies in the wake of multiple states passing pro-life legislation.  Since 2021, Tesla has expanded its "Safety Net" program and health insurance offering to include "travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state," according to the company's "Impact Report," released Friday [5/6/2022].

Electric Bus In Paris Spontaneously Explodes.  Readers have heard of Teslas spontaneously exploding over the years (read: here) but never an electric bus until now.  Last Friday, a video surfaced online of French public transport operator RATP's bus bursting into flames within seconds in Paris.  The fire illustrates the dangers of EVs.  Luckily the bus wasn't crowded, and passengers were able to exit quickly.

Renters can find no place to plug in electric vehicles.  All Hillary Schubach wanted to do is something good for the environment.  But after switching to driving a plug-in electric sedan, she quickly realized a new complication of apartment living:  access to a charging station.  Schubach's hardly alone.  Even as it appears electric car sales are hitting a tipping point, those living in apartments and condominiums around the nation can find it difficult, expensive or outright impossible to find a way to plug in when they're at home.

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Fake news alert:  How many people have enough money to buy an electric car, but cannot afford to buy a house?  How many people buy an electric car without thinking about where they will plug it in?  When your neighbor buys a $50,000 electric car and only then discovers that she has no place to charge it, are you more likely to commiserate or laugh?

Tesla Model 3 Blows Up ... Twice ... on Busy Highway.  This past weekend, a Russian man named Alexey Tretyakov and his two children collided with a parked tow truck while driving down a highway in Moscow.  Luckily, no lives were lost — Tretyakov reportedly is suffering from a broken leg — but the car wasn't so lucky.  Not long after the collision, Tretyakov's Model 3 exploded.  Twice.  [Video clip]  Teslarati reports that the driver "was using a 'driver-assist' feature and a 'trimmed' version of Autopilot," so this likely limited the Model 3 semi-autonomous abilities to lane-keeping and little else.  While there have been several fires involving Tesla vehicles, this is the first reported fire involving the latest Model 3.

Prepping the Mind.  [Scroll down]  The electric car and green energy, the "solutions" to problems that don't exist are so devoid of reason, they can't be for the purposes their proponents claim.  The electric car alone represents devastating environmental problems, millions of cars with immense batteries all over the Western world (the only societies wealthy enough and stupid enough to buy them) rotting when the price of a new battery for the old car is recognized in 5-10 years.  There they sit, leaking toxic chemicals mined all over the world and put into these distribution units called cars.  They leak into the earth their proponents are theoretically trying to save.  The electric car and green energy (like solar and wind) represent weapons of cultural destruction, absorbing all of the power on one hand and failing to produce enough on the other a combination of which can turn places like Phoenix into ovens unfit for human life.

GM reportedly stops providing battery pack replacements for the Chevy Spark EV.  General Motors will reportedly no longer provide battery replacements for the all-electric version of the Chevy Spark, according to a report from EV-Resource (via InsideEVs). The Chevy Spark electric vehicle (EV) was first released in 2013, and GM continued to make new models until 2016.  A GM district executive confirmed to EV-Resource that the company is "no longer going to supply that [the Spark EV's] battery."  GM's inventory of Spark EV battery packs has reportedly run out as well, and the company doesn't plan on making any more.

MARTA unveils electric buses for Earth Day.  MARTA celebrated Earth Day by unveiling its first electric buses.  The agency unveiled the buses Friday [4/22/2022] at a ceremony at its Edgewood/Candler Park station.  It showed off three electric buses, which will be put into service May 1 on Routes 2 and 102 out of its North Avenue station.  In 2019, MARTA received a $2.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant to buy six electric buses and the infrastructure to charge them.  They replace 2005 diesel buses and will reduce MARTA's emissions of greenhouse gases and fine particle matter, which has been linked to a variety of health issues.

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[#1] Okay, but the electricity to charge the buses has to come from somewhere.  [#2] Can an electric bus run around the city all day (often completely empty) without recharging?  [#3] How many hours does it take to recharge a bus?

'Green Energy'? Let's Do the Math.  Rather than argue climate politics and ideology, let's look at math, the language of the universe.  Americans own approximately 270 million private gasoline vehicles (GVs) and drive 3.2 trillion miles per year, consuming 123 billion gallons of gasoline.  Why?  Because we want to.  Because we (still) are free to do what and go as and where we want.  Democrats don't like this.  They prefer that we little people live in little boxes wedged-in with a hundred other little boxes, next to the (subsidized) light rail and the (un-air-conditioned) workplace and the (un-air-conditioned) grocery store selling bugs instead of food.  President Brandon read from his teleprompter that he wants to build 500,000 EV charging stations.  By comparison, our 279 million GVs require only 115,000 "charging" (gas) stations.  "Charging" a GV for the next 400 miles takes about 10 minutes.  Absent fast chargers, charging an EV for the next 400 miles can take up to eight hours.  Spending less time per person charging requires having more stations — about four times more.  How much CO2 will be expelled into the atmosphere to build this costly infrastructure?  As with windmills, arguably more than using them will reduce.

Electric Cars [are] not Ready for Showtime.  All said and done, it should become clear to various parties that the newer generation of electric vehicles is no better, environmentally speaking, than late-model automobiles powered by the much-maligned internal combustion engine.  The goal of saving the Earth from ungrounded fears of "climate disruption" attending CO2 emissions pales in contrast to the massive disruptions by a transportation system whose dependence on EVs that will trigger dreaded brownouts.

Mines, Minerals, and "Green" Energy: A Reality Check.  Among the material realities of green energy:
  •   Building wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity, as well as batteries to fuel electric vehicles, requires, on average, more than 10 times the quantity of materials, compared with building machines using hydrocarbons to deliver the same amount of energy to society.
  •   A single electric car contains more cobalt than 1,000 smartphone batteries; the blades on a single wind turbine have more plastic than 5 million smartphones; and a solar array that can power one data center uses more glass than 50 million phones.
  •   Replacing hydrocarbons with green machines under current plans — never mind aspirations for far greater expansion — will vastly increase the mining of various critical minerals around the world.  For example, a single electric car battery weighing 1,000 pounds requires extracting and processing some 500,000 pounds of materials. Averaged over a battery's life, each mile of driving an electric car "consumes" five pounds of earth.  Using an internal combustion engine consumes about 0.2 pounds of liquids per mile.

Is it Time for an Electric Car?  Based on their advertising, it seems that every automotive manufacturer has decided that I need to drive a battery-powered vehicle.  This is at a time when internal combustion engines have become much more efficient and refined, with pollution almost eliminated.  I grant you we are going through a time of expensive fuel.  There is, however, plenty of supply and eventually, prices will come down.  We just need the will to extract it from the ground which can be done with less impact on the environment than for instance, mining rare earth elements needed for car battery production.  There is also the issue of the electrical grid.  Places like California already have rolling blackouts.  Remember the huge power outages in Texas after a winter storm several years ago.  At least those affected could still drive.  I also understand that at least currently (no pun intended) most neighborhoods lack the electrical infrastructure to handle multiple fast chargers in each home.

Washington State Plans to Outlaw Most New Gas-Powered Cars.  SB 5974, which was recently signed by Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, establishes that "all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles" and creates an "interagency electric vehicle coordinating council."  During the bill signing this week, Inslee said that the measure is climate-related and will "move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of."  Reports indicate that electric vehicles are cost-prohibitive for many Americans, with an average price for an electric car hovering around $50,000. According to local media, just 1.3 percent of cars on the road in Washington state are battery-powered.

Washington State Looks to Ban New Gas Cars.  The Democrats' war on the internal combustion engine isn't just solely an obsession with the radical Left and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).  It's being exported to the state legislatures now.  It's also not shocking that most left-wing states are adopting such measures that are Green New Deal-influenced.  In Washington, there could be a ban on new gas cars. [...] [N]ot everyone has $50 [to] 60,000 lying around to blow on these uber-liberal luxuries.  Second, it's not green.  How do we dispense the spent electric car batteries?  Also, what charges them?  It's not like there are energy genies in the charging ports.  Burning fossil fuels is what keeps electric cars going.

Electric Vehicle Batteries.  For those of you excited about electric cars and a green revolution, I want you to take a closer look at batteries and also windmills and solar panels.  A typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds, about the size of a travel trunk.  It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic.  Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.  To manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper.  All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust for one battery."

Study: Electric Cars Can Actually Do More Damage to Environment Than Diesel Engines.  Another study has called into question the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, citing the amount of carbon pollution emitted when making lithium ion batteries.  Depending on where it is manufactured, an electric vehicle can emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than an efficient conventional car, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Berylls Strategy Advisors.  The problem centers around the development of lithium-ion batteries, which largely power electric vehicles.

EV race ignores Russian, Chinese mineral speed traps.  U.S. and European electric vehicle (EV) companies are racing to cash in on markets driven by dependence upon government subsidies which, in turn, rely on scarce and costly materials needed for batteries controlled by foreign adversaries.  Mining required for those EV batteries will soon dominate the world production of many critical minerals, and already accounts for about 40% and 25%, respectively, of all global lithium and cobalt.  Take nickel, for example, of which Russia produces about 7% of the global supply and 20% of the world's class 1 (98% pure quality) used both for advanced electric vehicle batteries and stainless steel production.  In March, after prices soared 66% to more than $100,000 a metric ton, the London Metal Exchange suspended nickel trading after a three-month contract price more than doubled.

Pelosi's Husband Buys $2M in Tesla Stock as Dems Push Green Handouts.  Nancy and Paul Pelosi are making a killing on the Hill.  If there's a dime to be made on an inside trade, that's where you'll find Nancy and her husband Paul.  Their corrupt trading practices have been well documented here on the DD and elsewhere — but here's a reminder:  "The Pelosis participated in at least 10 IPOs," GAI President Peter Schweizer told Jesse Watters on Fox News.  "The fact that a politician's family is allowed to participate in an investment that when it goes public generally doubles in value is a real indicator that there's a problem."  Most recently, and crazy enough not for the first time, Paul Pelosi "rolled the dice" on some Tesla stock.  Since Pelosi's purchase, Tesla's share prices have increased nearly 19% to over $1,036 a share.  Is he just that good?  Or could there be something else at play.  It's something else.

In this case, TN stands for Tamil Nadu, India.
Father, daughter killed in TN as e-bike on charge explodes.  An electric bike plugged in for charging overnight exploded early on Saturday in Vellore resulting in the death of a man and his daughter.  They were found lifeless in the bathroom of the house where they had shut themselves in to escape the smoke and fire.  Police said photographer Durai Varma, 49, had bought the bike a couple of days ago and on Friday night plugged it in for charging in front of his house on the outskirts of Vellore city.  It was parked next to his petrol bike.  He and his daughter Preethi, 13, then retired for the night.  Police said that around 2 am on Saturday, the electric bike exploded leading to a fire.  The fire fed on the petrol in the bike next to it and soon spread inside the house.Thick smoke engulfed the small house that did not have proper ventilation.  Police suspect the father and daughter panicked because of poor visibility in the thick smoke and took refuge in their bathroom.

The Democrats Are Trying to Hide a Very Dirty Secret About Electric Cars.  The Left views electric cars like the Rings of Power.  It's predictable but also pathetic.  Driving electric cars saves the environment, says the left-wing drone.  It emits next to nothing regarding carbon emissions, except that it does.  Do liberals think we don't know that this whole fad is a con game?  Where do you think the energy that powers the batteries comes from?  Fairies?  Electric cars aren't as efficient as gas-powered vehicles, but you pay more because... of feelings. [Forget] that.  Green energy is a backdoor to communism from greenies who talk more about controlling the means of production than saving Mother Earth.  Clean energy is a grift and political crony project aimed at giving fat cat donors tax breaks.  Solyndra forever ruined this industry.  I don't care what anyone says, it's all a long miserable exercise in subsidizing sub-par products.  Coal is what powers your electric car.  Do liberals even know that?

With Push For Electric Vehicles, Democrats Pursue The Paris Hilton Strategy On Energy.  At record-breaking gas prices slapping families with a projected $2,000 in additional transportation costs this year, the switch to an electric vehicle may sound tempting — were it not for the nearly $60,000 price tag.  This plus the illogic of destroying U.S. energy independence from the most reliable an inexpensive sources makes Democrats' lack of concern about gas prices a version of Paris Hilton's famous Photoshopped T-shirt meme, "Stop being poor."

Democrats Don't Want You To Know How Much Fossil Fuel It Takes To Power Electric Cars.  Amid inflationary U.S. federal spending, restrictions on domestic oil production, and the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, millions of Americans are suffering the consequences of the Biden administration's dysfunction at the gas pump.  Instead of investing in American energy, Democrats are actively suppressing the American energy industry and then telling Americans to spend their savings on overpriced electric cars to solve their problems.  But the left isn't being honest about the environmental and financial costs of those trendy electric vehicles.  Last Thursday [3/10/2022], Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky took to Twitter to remind Americans that these cars are not as environmentally friendly as Democrats insist they are.  [Tweet]  To advance their climate agenda and deflect backlash about rising gas prices, Democrats are telling Americans that driving electric cars is for the greater good of the environment, fully knowing the charging stations for these cars are not fossil fuel free.  In reality, one of Tesla's Supercharger stations was reported to get 13 percent of their energy from natural gas and 27 percent from coal.  Power plants burn coal to generate electricity to power electric cars and emit a higher fossil fuel footprint than the left would care to admit.

Leftist comedy: 'Punching down' to mock the misery of Biden's inflation.  [Scroll down]  According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual mean wage for a full-time wage or salary worker in the United States is $53,490 per year.  The average cost of an electric car is $55,000.  The price of an electric car is around $19,000 higher than that of a regular gas-powered vehicle.  A Tesla car costs around $75,000.  For average Americans, the price of a Tesla is more than their annual in-hand salary.  The increasing expenditure owing the Biden's inflation makes saving almost impossible.  Hence owning a Tesla is an impossibility.

Biden's America:  The inmates are running the asylum.  How does one sanely describe what has happened to the United States since Joe Biden was inaugurated?  The nation has been effectively ruined by the policies of Biden's band of incompetents; every Cabinet member is a disaster, promoted for his previous record of failure.  Not one of them is qualified for the jobs they've been given. [...] Consider Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary.  She is inexplicably ignorant about energy, where it comes from, and what it costs.  Buttigieg as transportation secretary, the failed mayor of South Bend, has not a clue about transportation beyond telling all Americans to buy electric cars.  Chances are he has no idea about the costs and downsides of E.V.s.  Considering the problem of disposal of the batteries when they die, electric vehicles do far more damage to the environment than fossil fuels.  Biden's ridiculous promise to end American dependence on fossil fuel is a stupid pipe dream.  Fossil fuel is the engine of democracy, of civilization.  To suggest we can live without it is pure sophistry.

Let Them Drive Teslas.  When [Vice President Kamala] Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete get together, it's Platitudicon.  As it was this week, when, as the reality of imminent historic gas price spikes was hitting Americans, the duo spent the day promoting electric cars, the Green New Deal and the Environmental Protection Agency's soon-to-be-tightened emissions standards.  When it comes to energy, the Democrats adopt a bizarre elitist disconnect:  Propelled by theological belief in end-of-days climate alarmism, they assume that Americans will join them in losing all sense of perspective and proportionality.  Despite the perpetual championing of electric vehicles, less than 1% of cars, SUVs and light trucks on the road in the United States are electric.  The average cost of an electric car is $55,000.  Even with layers of subsidies that artificially bring it that low, the average price of an electric car is around $19,000 higher than the price of an average gas-powered vehicle.  The average Tesla goes for around $75,000.

WH Gets Nailed Big Time for Biden's Hypocrisy on Electric Vehicles.  Joe Biden has been pushing the virtue of everyone having an electric vehicle.  As we previously reported, he even argued that loosening the restrictions on oil production wasn't the solution to rising gas prices or oil volatility from the Russian war on Ukraine, but people getting electric vehicles was.  [Tweet]  That comment was of course delusional — that it's not possible to change — and for everyone to suddenly just to get electric vehicles, when so many are strapped just keeping up with Biden's rising prices for everything, and electric vehicle are dependent on coal and fossil fuels.  [Tweet]  Fox's Peter Doocy had a great question for White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when he was grilling her about Biden's spin on inflation and gas prices.  He asked how long did she think "temporary" inflation was going to last?

Even as Gas Prices Surge, Charging an Electric Vehicle Can Still Be Way More Expensive Than Gassing Up a Car.  Those trying to sell us on buying electric vehicles often claim that drivers can save money by not having to buy gas, but is that really the case?  In many regards, some analysts have their doubts.  As the average cost per gallon of gas has soared past $4.20, and with no end in sight, many of our leaders — including Joe Biden — are pushing EVs as a cost-effective replacement for gas-powered cars.  As Fox Business recently noted, a one-to-one comparison of the cost of charging an EV versus filling a regular auto with gas showed that EV charging appeared cheaper.  But many other factors need to be included in the math to make a true analysis — factors that many EV advocates are desperate to ignore.

Biden shares tone-deaf plan to ensure 'no one will have to worry about gas prices'.  President Joe Biden ridiculously promoted his green agenda and advised Americans to purchase massively expensive electric cars so they will unrealistically no longer have to worry about buying gas while deterring "tyrants like Putin" from using fossil fuels as a weapon.  "Loosening environmental regulations won't lower prices.  But transforming our economy to run on electric vehicles, powered by clean energy, will mean that no one will have to worry about gas prices.  It will mean tyrants like Putin won't be able to use fossil fuels as a weapon," the president tweeted.  "It should motivate us to accelerate the transition to clean energy," Biden declared according to The Driven.

Buttigieg Says the Solution to High Gas Prices Is Simple:  Just Buy an EV.  Our Democrat party overlords know what's best for us, and all we have to do is simply follow their suggestions.  After all, their solutions are so simple.  Take high gas prices for example.  So many of us peons worry about the skyrocketing price of gas at the pump, but America's brilliant Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has a fix for gas prices that's so easy it's almost ridiculous.  Why, you just need to buy an electric vehicle, you silly goose.  "Clean transportation can bring significant cost savings for the American people as well," Buttigieg said in a speech.  "Last month, we announced a $5 billion investment to build out a nationwide electric vehicle charging network so that people from rural to suburban to urban communities can all benefit from the gas savings of driving an EV."

Elon Musk Hits Joe Biden Hard After State Of The Union.  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blasted President Joe Biden following his State of the Union address, noting his decision to ignore Tesla in favor of Ford and GM's new electric vehicle ventures.  During his speech on Tuesday evening [3/1/2022], President Biden nodded to Ford and its manufacturing in the United States.  While the White House has frequently lauded the efforts of Ford and GM, Tesla — the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer — has often been omitted.  The snubbing may lie in the fact that Tesla is not unionized, as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hinted last year when she was asked why Tesla was not invited to an electric vehicle summit in which Ford and GM participated.  On Twitter, Musk again pointed out the White House's willingness to ignore Tesla's role in promoting electric vehicles.

NC Governor Caught in Flagrant 'Rules for Thee' Moment During Electric Vehicle Promo Event.  [Scroll down]  But this week's example is a little different, and comes courtesy of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.  Cooper, who will be up for re-election in 2024, has made it a priority of his administration to fight so-called "climate change."  In January, Cooper issued an executive order that, among other things, set "a goal of getting 1.25 million zero-emissions electric vehicles on state roads by 2030." [...] But unless one had actually heard Cooper previously speak of his supposed commitment to a "cleaner climate," they wouldn't know it based on how he got to the event in the first place — via a gas-guzzling motorcade:  [Tweet]

Postal Service to Biden:  We'll pass on the electric vehicles, thanks.  Last summer, the Biden administration announced more details regarding the President's plan to promote a massive increase in electric vehicle use in the United States, replacing internal combustion engine cars with all of their climate-wrecking carbon emissions.  In December, they unveiled an ambitious plan to have charging stations in place around the country to keep the electric vehicles running.  And, of course, Biden instructed all federal agencies to immediately start replacing their gas-powered vehicles with electric replacements.  That was supposed to include the United States Postal Service, which operates one of the largest fleets of government vehicles in the world.  Unfortunately for Uncle Joe, somebody at the USPS either didn't get the memo or simply ignored it because this week they announced that the Postal Service is moving forward with its original plan to replace 90% of the fleet with gas-powered vehicles.

USPS rejects Biden's plea to buy more electric mail trucks.  The United States Postal Service authorized the replacement of its mail truck fleet with nearly all gasoline-powered vehicles, rejecting a plea from President Joe Biden to include more electric vehicles in its purchase.  The move, which was announced Wednesday, signals the independent agency's decision to move forward with a controversial plan to purchase 165,000 next-generation mail trucks, only 10 percent of which will be battery-electric vehicles (BEV).  The USPS determined there was no legal reason to delay its plans.  In a statement, Postmaster Louis DeJoy said the agency would consider adding more EVs to its fleet sometime in the future.  "[W]e will continue to pursue the acquisition of additional BEV as additional funding — from either internal or congressional sources — becomes available," DeJoy said.  "But the process needs to keep moving forward."

Biden to outline plans to extract lithium, other minerals needed for greener economy.  President Biden will announce Tuesday [2/22/2022] a series of public and private-sector investments to extract minerals such as cobalt, lithium and graphite that are needed for electric vehicles and other aspects of the global shift toward a "clean energy economy," the White House said.  The administration expects demand for these minerals to spike 400-600% generally and demand for minerals used in electric vehicles to jump 6,000% over the next several decades.  Mr. Biden is fearful the U.S. is too dependent on China so he will trumpet new investments after ordering a review of the supply chain a year ago.  "Critical minerals provide the building blocks for many modern technologies and are essential to our national security and economic prosperity," the White House said in a fact sheet.

The Editor says...
This sounds a lot like "pump and dump" to me.

'We are afraid': Erin Brockovich pollutant linked to global electric car boom.  A Guardian investigation into nickel mining and the electric vehicle industry has found evidence that a source of drinking water close to one of Indonesia's largest nickel mines is contaminated with unsafe levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr6), the cancer-causing chemical more widely known for its role in the Erin Brockovich story and film.  The investigation also found evidence suggesting elevated levels of lung infections among people living close to the mine.  Recent years have seen a race between mining companies to gain control of the world's largest nickel reserves in Indonesia.  Nickel, an essential component in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, could bring transformational wealth to a country where Covid has pushed the number of people in poverty up to 10.19%.

The electric vehicle plot.  The Democrats have set in motion a plan to spend $5 billion over the next five years to build electric vehicle ("EV") charging stations across America.  One of the goals behind that plan is to herd everyone into the cities where EV works best and where people can be more easily controlled.  Indeed, you can see from the funding that rural states with wide-open spaces receive much less of the funding.  The second purpose of EVs is to pump electric utility investment.  Several years ago, the electric utilities and the greens got together in a smokeless room and made a deal.  The greens pledged to support more electric utility investment if the utilities would support the green agenda.  (Some utilities drag their feet a bit, but the vast majority are fully on board.)  That included EV, solar, wind, energy efficiency, gasless stovetop cooking, electric heating, meatless burgers, and you name it.

Biden issues a completely tone-deaf announcement about electric cars.  It's a certainty that Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake," when she heard about France's peasants starving for lack of bread.  However, it's the absolute truth that, even as 82% of Americans are paying above sticker price for cars, while the last year has seen them struggle with rising fuel prices, Biden chose to announce that he's going to buy a whole new fleet of cars for federal workers — 600,000 cars, to be precise — all of them electric.  The past year has been a tough one for Americans.  Inflation has rocketed, with three primary causes:  the government's non-stop money-printing presses; rising fuel prices that boost the price of everything and hugely increase the cost of driving; and the supply chain shortages, including chips and other car parts from China.  It's no surprise, then, that Edmunds, the market research firm, says that 82% of Americans who bought a car from a dealership in the past 12 months paid above the sticker price.

Pete Buttigieg unveils Biden's $5 Billion plan to put charging stations every 50 miles on interstates by 2030.  The Biden administration is putting out new details on its effort to create 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations — with new efforts to push out funds to have them line interstates at 50-mile intervals.  The administration is awarding $5 billion over five years to states to have them build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations.  Another $2.5 billion will go out in grants to be decided later.  It all comes from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan that was enacted late last year and that the administration continues to sell, amid the collapse of Biden's Build Back Better plan.

Automotive industry sounds alarm over expansion of e-charging stations.  Germany has fallen far behind its targets for expanding e-car infrastructure and will likely miss its 2030 e-mobility target, according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).  An ambitious e-mobility target was a key part of the coalition agreement laid down by the new German government in late 2021.  Part of the vision includes 15 million e-cars rolling onto German roads by 2030 as the EU plans to ban the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles [beginning in] 2035.  The problem is that the reality on the ground does not match the targets set by the government.  The VDA has cautioned that instead of installing 2000 e-car charging points per week — the amount necessary to meet the 2030 target — Germany is only managing 250.

Electric cars generate polluting particles just like petrol vehicles.  Do you remember Britain's 'dash for diesel'? [...] I was reminded of this by the recent warning from the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, on the 'polluting particles' produced by battery-powered vehicles.  Not from exhaust emissions, but from brake linings, tyres and road surfaces, because such vehicles are much heavier owing to the presence of the battery.  No doubt others experienced a similar sense of deja vu.  For in an effort to signal climate leadership, No 10 is racing to end the dominance of petrol and diesel-powered cars.  Indeed, it is banning the sale of new fossil-fuel vehicles from 2030.  Just as it once extolled the benefits of diesel, we are told now that electric cars are the future — and a crucial fix for climate change.  What it fails to tell us, however, is that electric cars are not the answer for many people, for a host of practical reasons.  These include their upfront cost, limited range, the time it takes to charge batteries, the new infrastructure needed for charging points and the extra power required to supply them.

The Editor says...
Nobody is ever going to "fix" climate change.  There's nothing wrong with the climate changing gradually, and no way to stop it from changing.

The Inconvenient Truth About Electric Vehicles.  America may be headed for a new type of energy crisis.  While fracking technology still gives us relative energy independence, there is a distinct possibility that an electricity energy crisis awaits us.  What if the demand for electricity significantly exceeds the supply over the next decade?  We'd have soaring prices and rolling brownouts.  That crisis could easily be triggered by the electric vehicles (EVs) Biden's administration is pushing.  By his Executive Order and an associated Action Plan, Biden's administration calls for 50% of all new vehicles sold in America by 2030 to be EVs.  That means an additional 50 million new EVs on the road in the next nine years, all in an effort to lower Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, namely CO2.

I wouldn't exactly call Biden's oil and gas policies treason.  [Scroll down]  Biden's administration is doing everything possible to spur on the use of battery-operated electric cars and trucks, as well as solar panels in the United States.
  A. China — the largest lithium battery manufacturer in the world (and lithium batteries are the lynchpin in the New Green Energy) — benefits immensely.
  B. The largest rare-earth mining nations benefit, too.  Included in this list are China and Afghanistan.  You remember Afghanistan.  Biden literally gave away that country, both to the Taliban and to China, just as he was able to use the American government to put Green insanity into high gear.
  C. Americans now will be intensively dependent on the electrical grid for transportation — an entity that all of our adversaries have in their crosshairs.

650 km Wintertime Trip With VW E-Car Took 13 Hours, 3 Recharges And Lots Of Warm Clothes.  When it comes to performance parameters like fuel consumption, car manufacturers' brochures often boast figures that in reality are only possible under really ideal conditions.  But rarely are such conditions the case in real life.  The result: disappointed consumers.  Electric cars are notorious for their limited range and need of constant recharging — factors that are often overestimated by buyers.  Recently German auto reporter Lisa Brack put her brand new electric car through a long distance, wintertime test.  The result was hardly thrilling.  "The result is sobering — she saves time by consistently freezing," reported the German kreiszeitung.de, on Ms. Brack's test.

Do Electric Cars Pencil Out?  [Scroll down]  Interestingly, the piston-engined car also travels farther as it consumes the liquid energy it carries, because it carries around less weight as it burns up its fuel supply.  The electric car, on the other hand, is just as heavy when it is fully charged as it is when it is fully discharged.  There is also no "energy penalty" for storing liquid energy.  So long as the tank isn't leaking, there won't be less energy available when the piston-engined car's owner wishes to drive somewhere — even if he left the car sitting for a month after having pumped in those 10 gallons.  They do not evaporate or become less energy-dense.  The tank requires no energy to preserve the energy it contains.  Electric car batteries, on the other hand, consume energy even when their energy isn't being used ... to power the car.  But it is necessary to power the heater that maintains the temperature of the battery, which must be kept above a certain threshold in order to avoid damaging it and to maintain its capacity to receive a charge.  Which it will require, after sitting for a month — unless it was hooked up to a charger, using energy that way.  More so, if it's very cold out.

Foreseeable electric car catastrophes.  Imagine:  It is September 4, 2035 in Miami and a large Cat. 5 hurricane is offshore headed straight for Miami.  Roughly 7 million persons are in the general area where the hurricane will come ashore in 24 hours.  The governor orders an evacuation of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area of Florida.  All of the cars start heading north on I-95.  All lanes a re cleared to head northbound.  With Congress and President Cortez having mandated that all cars built after 2030 must be electric (no hybrids) everyone heads north, but now they are caught up in a terrible traffic jam.  Electric cars are starting to stall out on the I-95 as well as the A1A and the Turnpike as they run out of power.  There are simply not enough charging stations to charge the cars and police monitoring the available chargers are limiting drivers to 15 minutes.  Chargers are shutting down as water shorts out the charging heads on the cars.  The electric cars are turning off their air conditioners to preserve their remaining charge.  You are stuck in the traffic jam all night with the storm headed right at you.  No battery, no A/C/ no windshield wipers, no GPS.  All that you can do is call 911 and hope for help, but they can't because all of the roads are blocked with stalled electric vehicles.

Virginia traffic jam provides [a] reminder of [the] limitations of electric cars.  Scott has already mentioned the 48-mile traffic backup that occurred in Northern Virginia yesterday.  Reportedly, cars were stopped on I-95 for more than 24 hours in freezing temperatures.  It must have been awful, but it could have been worse.  And, as Charles Lane explains, it would have been much worse if there had been many more electric vehicles (EVs) in the traffic jam.

Imagine Virginia's icy traffic catastrophe — but with only electric vehicles.  It is a scientific fact that batteries of all kinds lose capacity more rapidly in cold weather, and that includes the sophisticated lithium-ion ones used by Teslas and other EVs.  Carmakers can, and do, mitigate cold-weather "range anxiety" through various technologies; Tesla is touting a new "heat pump" to extend winter range.  Drivers can save battery power by, say, turning off the heat.  The issue cannot be eliminated, however, as Tesla acknowledges on its corporate website.  It's a hassle in ordinary winter situations but potentially much worse than that on a night like Monday.  Any EV driver stuck on I-95 was right to be anxious — not only about a rapidly dying battery but also about recharging it.  Cold would make that process much more time-consuming, assuming there was a charging station nearby, and that the electric power system hadn't gone out (as it did in parts of Virginia on Monday).

With Its Power Grid Under Pressure, California Asks Residents to Avoid Charging Electric Vehicles.  Amid a West Coast heat wave that includes triple-digit temperatures, California's power grid operators have called on residents to not use as much electricity so as to put less strain on the state's beleaguered grid.  In the past week, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) told residents several times to voluntarily conserve energy, including asking them on social media to stop charging their electric vehicles (EVs) during peak usage times.  The operator also warned users to "[avoid] use of large appliances and turning off extra lights."  "This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances," wrote the ISO. And on June 18, the California Flex Alert Twitter page wrote that "now is the perfect time to do a load of laundry," and urged residents to "remember to use major appliances, charge cars and devices before #FlexAlert begins at 6 p.m. today."

The Editor says...
[#1] Relatively few people drive an electric car, even in California.  What happens when everybody has an electric car?  [#2]  When there is an insufficient supply of electricity, conservation is not a long-term solution.  The only long-term solution is an increase in generating capacity, which means the combustion of coal or natural gas, or the use of nuclear energy.  Please make your selection soon.

Nope, No EV For Me.  I've never been a big fan of electric vehicles.  Oh, I know everybody says they are "the future" but studies now show the yearly cost of operating an EV versus a gas-powered cars is roughly the same.  The people I know who drive EVs say they love them.  A huge battery plant is opening in Chattanooga and the auto industry is tripped over itself in a quest to build the biggest and brightest but, nope, not me.  I am a gasoline guy.  Earlier this week I received a compelling, make-sense story about battery power and normally I would not read such a thing.  This time I am glad I did because it makes "going green" sound more like a sham.

Man Dynamites His Tesla After Learning He Needs To Pay 23k Dollars For A New Battery.  The cost of a new Tesla Model S is about $95,000, but the experience of blowing one up is priceless.  Finnish man Tuomas Katainen bought his Tesla in 2013, and it rode like a dream — for about the first 930 miles.  "It was an excellent car," he said.  "Then the error codes hit."  After a month in the shop, mechanics said he'd need the "whole battery cell" replaced, at a price of 20,000 euros, or about $23,900.  [Video clip]

Are Electric Vehicles A Scam?  Electric vehicles (EV) continue to represent a greater share of new car purchases, but their cost, range and charge rate may hinder many consumers from making the transition.  While EV's have grown in popularity over the last decade, gas-powered vehicles still account for the vast majority of cars on the road and new car sales, according to Pew Research survey published in June.  In addition, a 2020 AAA poll determined that nearly 80% of households with an EV also own a traditional vehicle, suggesting that just a sliver of Americans are making a complete transition.  "One reason to be suspicious of electric cars overall, is that we haven't solved any of the real problems that we've always thought they had," said Michael Shellenberger, a climate expert who founded the group Environmental Progress.

Lithium Shortage May Stall The Electric Car Revolution, Another Biden Blunder.  The electric car revolution will stall in the West if supplies of crucial battery elements like lithium fail to keep up with the forecast huge increase in demand.  As with most manufacturing and industry, China currently dominates the battery processing market too, and it is responsible for about 80% of global battery chemical refining capacity.  A possibly overlooked supply problem by the Biden administration especially considering President Biden just outlined a plan for 50% of new car purchases to be zero-emissions by 2030.  Lithium is a mineral that is key for electric car batteries.  The pricing for it continues to rise in price, which is jeopardizing the ongoing transition to renewable energy outlined by Western governments.  The cost has skyrocketed more than 250% over the last 12 months, hitting its highest level ever, according to an industry index from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.

Elon Musk offloaded more Tesla shares for $884 million as the stock slid, bringing his selling spree to $14 billion.  Elon Musk offloaded more Tesla shares on Thursday worth $884.1 million, bringing sales by the electric-vehicle maker's CEO to a total of nearly $14 billion since early November.  In his second round of sales this week, the billionaire disposed of 934,091 Tesla shares, regulatory filings showed.  That's the same amount Musk sold on Monday, pulling in $906 million — about $22 million more than the haul four days later.  Tesla's stock has tumbled in recent weeks, and on Thursday, it slid alongside high-growth tech stocks, as investors weighed the Federal Reserve speeding up cutbacks in stimulus and its potential three interest-rate hikes in 2022.  Musk has been on a stock-selling spree since November 8, after polling his Twitter fans about whether to dump 10% of his Tesla holding.  He got an overwhelming "yes" in response.

Kamala Harris Doesn't Understand how Electric Cars work, Despite Pushing them.  In what can only be described as yet more proof that Kamala Harris is a complete moron; today she attempted to plug in an electric car at a charging station while asking the question you've probably never heard when it comes to plugging something into a socket, 'how do I know it's working'.  Despite there being gauges right in front of her saying it is working, the moron still blurts out the ridiculous question.  "There's no sound or fume," Kamala Harris remarks at an event highlighting the Biden administration's obsession with electric vehicles.  "So... how do I know it's actually working?"  [Video clip]

WaPo warns:  Come and see the systemic racism of electric vehicles.  Get ready for some new and woke vernacular in the EV era.  Now we have to worry about "charging deserts": [...] Why might charging stations be more prevalent in "well to do" neighborhoods, regardless of ethnic diversity?  For one thing, it's because EVs are more expensive.  At the moment, the gap between an average EV and an average traditional car is over $19,000.  The Biden administration wants to close that gap by creating more point-of-sale tax credits for EVs, but the up front costs will still be onerous for working- and middle-class Americans regardless of ethnicity.  There are other cost disincentives beyond the price tag too, especially regarding reliability.  When one vehicle might make the difference between earning a living and unemployment.  How many people who don't live in well-to-do neighborhoods can afford to run out of juice in their car?

New Report Shows Push for Electric Cars Is Actually Killing Rainforests.  It was buried during the Thanksgiving weekend, but CNN managed to commit a random act of journalism, detailing some new climate data that was found to show that the Earth warming actually began many decades earlier than stated.  This revelation manages to both throw off climate modeling, as well as make the claim that mankind's technology was the root cause of... well, everything going wrong.  Joining in the fray now is NBC News, which has also surprised by delivering another inconvenient truth.  A new report shows that the need for more raw nickel ore — driven by the explosive market for lithium batteries — is causing the eradication of pristine rainforests in the Philippines.  This is not a gradual loss of acreage.  Massive swaths of the forests are being shredded as nickel mines are expanding at a rate far greater than the rise in global temperatures.

Electric-Car Maker Lucid Plunges After Receiving SEC Subpoena.  Lucid Group Inc shares plunged premarket after it released a filing that revealed it received a subpoena last week from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about documents related to its blank-check deal.  The Luxury electric-car maker released an 8-K filing Monday morning indicating it "received a subpoena" from the SEC related to an investigation.

Lithium Prices Shoot Up, Disrupting Plans for Electric Car Manufacturers.  Car manufacturers are finding it increasingly pricier to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) as the costs of procuring lithium, one of the main components found in every commercial EV battery, has shot up almost 280 percent since the start of the year.  The demand for electric vehicles has pushed up demand for the metal, and supply has not been able to keep pace.  Lithium is a vital ingredient for rechargeable batteries.  The price hike will not only impact vehicles but also mobile phones and laptops.  Carmakers are also struggling to get their hands on raw materials including lithium, semiconductor chips, copper, and aluminum.  Experts claim that lithium will be harder to obtain and investments are needed for mining and producing the requisite amounts.  Automobile manufacturers have been enthusiastic about the move to electric, with many companies proclaiming a complete shift from fossil-based engines to electric tech as early as 2040 or even 2030.

Death by Politics.  The next fatal move by Biden is beginning the destruction of our power grid.  Under the guise of the Green New Deal and climate change, the president has already begun his war on fossil fuels.  You are witnessing a monumental increase in cost for gas, oil, propane, and natural gas.  We will be competing with all the electric cars that he wants for power.  Our electric grid cannot sustain our demand for heat and air-conditioning while servicing the enormous need to charge electric vehicles.

The sinister nature of electric cars.  The Democrats are doing everything they can to get Americans into electric cars.  However, those cars come with the risk of a serious loss of power — not just for the car, but for those who buy those cars.  We have to begin with asking, why is the governing pushing electric vehicles?  And it's not just cars; it's also trucks.  Why are they ignoring hybrid vehicles?  If something happens to the electric guts of a properly designed hybrid car, the vehicle can limp along with its smaller gas engine until it reaches safety.  What happens to a fully electric vehicle if its electrical system fails?  Nothing, of course!  You're stuck.  All you have is a hunk of metal and plastic.  And if you run out of electricity while driving, you can't just get a gallon gas can to fill the tank until you get to the nearest service station.  Again, you're stuck.  The next question is, "Are electric cars cheaper than gas cars?"  No, they cannot be cheaper, and that's even if you run them on renewables.

Buttigieg Tries to Make Families Feel Better About Gas Prices By Offering an Unaffordable Alternative.  As the Biden Administration continues to push American families into alternative energy sources by maintaining pain at the pump, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is attempting to explain away high gas prices.  During an interview with MSNBC over the weekend, Buttigieg reassured Americans they won't have to worry about an increase in gas prices ever again, so long as they buy an electric vehicle.  "Families who own that vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again," Buttigieg said.  "The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the most distances to drive, who burn the most gas, and underserved urban residents in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower income." [...] Rural residents who need to drive long distances are the worst candidates for electric vehicles, which only charge for a certain number of miles.  Outside of major cities, electric charging stations don't exist.  According to Cox Automotive, the average electric vehicle costs at least $55,000.

Buttigieg Blasted for Urging Americans to Buy Electric Cars to Save on Fuel Costs.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg raised eyebrows across the country this week when he urged Americans struggling to cope with higher fuel prices to simply buy electric vehicles.  [Tweet]  "The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV [electric vehicle] are often rural residents who have the most distances to drive, who burn the most gas, and underserved urban residents in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower income," Buttigieg said.  "They would gain the most by having that vehicle," he added.  "These are the very residents who have not always been connected to electric vehicles that are viewed as kind of a luxury item."  "Everyone can probably afford electric cars in the world that Pete Buttigieg lives in," tweeted Trump White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp.  "Average Americans struggling with record high gas prices?  Not so much."

How cobalt-free batteries will bring down the cost of EVs.  Battery manufactures like Samsung and Panasonic and car manufactures like Tesla and Volkswagen, along with a number of startups, are working to eliminate cobalt from batteries.  Cobalt is one of the most expensive materials found in lithium-ion batteries and cobalt extraction is largely concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is linked to human rights abuses and child labor.

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Buttigieg says once families own electric cars, they will 'never have to worry about gas prices again'.  Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said that once families embrace electric cars, they will "never have to worry about gas prices again."  Buttigieg explained to MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Sunday that the Biden administration's Build Back Better legislation includes incentives for families to switch to electric vehicles.  "Most of the physical infrastructure work was contemplated in the bill that was just signed, but there is more envisioned in the Build Back Better law," Buttigieg explained.  "I'll give you one example:  It contains incentives to make it more affordable to buy an electric vehicle, up to a $12,500 discount in effect for families thinking about getting an EV."

The Build Back Better Bill Will Give You $12,000 for Buying an Electric Car.  Unless It's a Tesla.  On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden's signature legislation.  Despite being much smaller than it was when initially proposed, the bill is still stuffed with Democratic wish list items, including policies on climate change, child care, family leave, and immigration.  The bill is expected to face opposition, and likely some pruning, when it reaches the Senate.  One proposal jumps out as an obvious contender for the chopping block.  As part of Biden's plan to rein in carbon emissions, the bill contains a provision which would provide a $7,500 tax rebate to any consumer who purchases an electric vehicle (EV), including both all-electric and plug-in hybrids.  However, that amount increases by $4,500 if the car was manufactured in a unionized U.S. factory, as well as by an additional $500 if the vehicle contains a U.S.-made battery.

Biden's BBB Bill Will Give You $12.5K if You Buy an Electric Car — Unless It's a Tesla.  In yet another example that powerful teachers unions and labor unions enjoy joint custody of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party, the ridiculously named socialist monstrosity "Build Back Better" Act contains a provision that provides a tax credit of up to $12,500 to purchasers of electric vehicles — other than Teslas.  Why not Teslas?  Three words:  United Autoworkers Union.  That's right, America, as reported by CBS News, only electric vehicles made in unionized U.S. factories qualify for the full $12,500.  However, if Tesla it must be, your tax credit would be capped at $7,500.

Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock.  President Biden's Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in.  She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden's administration.  Breitbart reports Granholm, "who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden's infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination."

Global warming scare-mongers refuted as Arctic ice growing, on track to be the most ice in 2 decades.  The scariest scenario of the global warming doomsayers has been the idea that the melting Arctic ice cap would put coastal cities underwater. [...] Joe Biden and the climate grifters don't care about the data.  They want to spend trillions of dollars converting the motor vehicle fleet to battery-powered electric cars whose power source will be... something.  Not quite sure what.  Windmills and solar panels won't work, and the greenies hate nuclear power.  It's all a scam.

Joe Biden Addresses High Gas Prices:  Americans Can Save Money if They Buy Electric Cars.  President Joe Biden promoted his efforts to lower gas prices on Tuesday, but he reminded Americans they would save more money on gas if they owned electric cars.  "For the hundreds of thousands of folks who bought one of those electric cars, they're going to save $800 to $1000 in fuel costs this year," Biden said, referring to the $112,595 electric Hummer pickup he test drove at a General Motors factory in Detroit earlier this month.

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Brilliant!  Save $800 on fuel costs when you spend $112,000.  But you'll spend much more than $800 per year on electricity if you drive your new electric car as much as you would drive a gas-engine model.  You will also spend a lot of time charging your car (during which time the car can't move), as opposed to the five minutes a week that you'd spend at a gas station.

EV batteries forecast to threaten world with 'toxic chemicals,' 'landfill fires'.  It's one of the biggest unanswered questions as electric vehicles (EVs) rapidly proliferate:  What will happen to all of the degraded lithium-ion batteries once the vehicles reach the end of their lives?  "Recycling" is the optimistic solution offered by EV advocates and supporters of green technology, but will battery recycling actually make economic and environmental sense?  According to the International Energy Agency, a predicted 23 million EVs sold worldwide in 2030 could lead to 5,750,000 tonnes of retired batteries by 2040, and this waste will keep piling up as EVs replace internal combustion engine vehicles.  The prospect is of pressing interest to a team of scientists and engineers in the UK, which recently published a paper on the "financial viability of electric vehicle lithium-ion battery recycling" in the journal iScience.  "If recycling remains unprofitable, battery waste mountains could build up, which, if uncontrolled, bear a significant environmental and safety risk, as toxic chemicals could leak into the environment and landfill fires might occur," the researchers warned.

Tesla ranks almost dead-last on Consumer Reports reliability list.  Following a tumultuous year for Tesla including a company relocation helmed by CEO Elon Musk, viral reports of cars on fire and other self-admitted quality control issues, Tesla has plummeted on Consumer Reports' annual list of most-reliable carmakers.  The electric car manufacturer now ranks 27th out of 28 car brands on Consumer Reports' list, above only Ford-owned legacy luxury brand Lincoln.  Much of it has to do with the overall instability of electric vehicles in general — especially SUVs — which Consumer Reports' Jake Fisher said during a presentation are the "absolute bottom in terms of reliability," according to Reuters.  But considering that, at one point, the Tesla Model S excelled so much in Consumer Reports' own analyses that the organization itself said it was "breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system" due to its excellence, the low rank is tough criticism for Tesla and its legions of enthusiasts.

Tesla Stock Price Target Hiked To Street High As House Passes New EV Credits.  Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives raised his price target for Tesla stock to $1,400 from $1,000 in a note to clients late Thursday, as the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday [11/19/2021] passed a reconciliation bill that includes EV credits for Tesla and other EV makers.  Tesla stock and other EV stocks rose on Friday.  Wedbush's price target is the highest on Wall Street, along with the top end of Jefferies' outlook.  Ives says the linchpin to the overall bull thesis on Tesla remains China.  Wedbush estimates China will represent 40% of Tesla's deliveries in 2022.

Rivian, the Government Unicorn:  The EV truck maker is worth $120.5 billion.  It has sold 156 vehicles.  We live in the age of free money and endless government subsidy, which is the only way to explain the $100 billion public stock offering by Rivian this week.  The electric truck maker has delivered a mere 156 vehicles, but investors are betting government won't let it fail.  Twelve-year-old Rivian is being hailed as the next Tesla.  Yet when Tesla went public in 2010 it reported $93 million in revenue and was valued at $1.7 billion.  Rivian's sales are almost all to its own employees and it projected at most $1 million in revenue in the third quarter.  On Wednesday it nonetheless raised nearly $12 billion.  Shares later surged as euphoric investors rushed in, and at $120.5 billion Rivian is the fifth largest auto maker in the world by market value.  Ponder that one.

New Study Finds Electric Cars Cost More To Refuel Than Gasoline Powered Cars.  The Anderson study noted that Electronic Vehicles (EVs) are, "often presumed to be less expensive to fuel than their ICE counterparts.  There is a rationale in physics for this:  due to greater thermal efficiency, electric motors convert energy more efficiently than combustion engines.  However, this cost is only one of five."  For a complete picture, Anderson notes that we consumers must consider:
  [#1]   Commercial and residential electric power/fuel costs.
  [#2]   Registration taxes.
  [#3]   Equipment (e.g., chargers) and installation costs.
  [#4]   Deadhead miles incurred driving to a charger or fueling station.
  [#5]   The cost of time spent refueling
The study found:
  •   There are four additional costs to powering EVs beyond electricity: cost of a home charger, commercial charging, the EV tax and "deadhead" miles.
  •   For now, EVs cost more to power than gasoline costs to fuel an internal combustion car that gets reasonable gas mileage.
  •   Charging costs vary more widely than gasoline prices.
  •   There are significant time costs to finding reliable public chargers — even then a charger could take 30 minutes to go from 20% to an 80% charge.

Something Big is Coming.  [Scroll down]  Ostensibly to chat with the Pope about such theological issues as climate change — apparently the latest religious belief superseding what most people consider Catholicism — President Biden (who reportedly took 800 staffers with him to the Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland) cruised through Rome in an 85-vehicle motorcade.  What more could you ask to show how seriously Biden takes the issue of greenhouse gases and fossil fuels?  Speaking of "serious," how can you not laugh at a president so stupid that he said, "When you buy an electric vehicle, you can go across America on a single tank of gas figuratively speaking.  It's not gas.  You plug it in."  Sure, you do, and you have to plug it in every few hundred miles and wait for hours for it to charge unless somewhere someone has invented some very very long and sturdy extension cords.  And, of course, plugging it in requires electric power from somewhere, and there's a substantial shortage of it because of the same loony energy policies that are now forcing up gas and electric power prices around the country and the world.

Biden Tries to Explain Driving Cross-Country in an Electric Car, It Goes Horribly Wrong.  As gas prices soar across the country, President Joe Biden attempted to explain the benefits of electric cars.  Predictably, his explanation was more confusing than it was helpful.  Biden was giving a speech Thursday [10/28/2021] describing his two massive spending sprees, also known as the Build Back Better plan and infrastructure bill.  According to a White House transcript, Biden was describing the need to replace buses and cars with electric alternatives like rail and electric cars.  "When you buy an electric vehicle, you can go across America on a single tank of gas, figuratively speaking," Biden said.  "It's not gas.  You plug it in."  [Video clip]

Biden electric vehicle plan creates environmental danger with discarded batteries, ex-EPA boss says.  President Biden's climate change plan for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources will harm the environment, warns Andrew Wheeler, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under former President Trump.  "[W]e don't know what we're going to do with the disposal of these windmills or solar panels," the latter of which "in particular, have hazardous materials in them," Wheeler told the John Solomon Reports podcast Thursday [10/28/2021].  While he said he's all for using renewable energy technologies such as windmills, solar power, and electric vehicles, the issue is that there's not yet a sustainable plan for the waste they produce.  "Every single energy source has positives and negatives, and nobody ever looks at the negatives of renewable energy, and we have to have as a country if we're going to push what Joe Biden wants to do," Wheeler said. "[H]e wants to have 50% electric vehicles by 2030."

COP-26 is a global energy embarrassment.  For 26 futile years, the net-zero maniacs have wasted fuel, energy, and taxpayers' money to bite the hands that provide their food, energy, welfare, and public-sector jobs.  Led by E.U. and AUKUS dreamers, they destroy reliable energy from coal, oil, nuclear, gas, and hydro while forcing us to subsidize net-negative dreams like solar, wind, wave-power, CCUS, hot rocks, pumped hydro, and hydrogen.  All such speculative ventures should be funded by speculators, not taxpayers.  COP-Out-26 illustrates to the realists of China, Russia, India, and Brazil that the West has lost its marbles and is in terminal decline.  For Scott Morrison to surrender Australia to these green wolves betrays an army of miners, farmers, truckies, and workers in primary, secondary, and tertiary industries that support him and his Canberra pack.  The fakery of COP-Out-26 is well illustrated by the provision of diesel generators to recharge the batteries of 26 electric cars provided for show in Glasgow.  But that's OK "because the diesels are run on recycled chip fat."

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[#1] Why didn't they just provide 26 diesel trucks powered by "recycled chip fat"?  At least that would have reduced the consumption of lithium.  [#2] Did anyone "trust but verify," and actually check the fuel?  [#3] Why couldn't they bring in generators powered by natural gas?  The pencil-pushing bureaucrats could easily afford it.

Which is more expensive:  Charging an electric vehicle or fueling a car with gas?  Last year, Patrick Anderson went electric:  He got a Porsche Taycan EV in dark blue.  Anderson, who is CEO of East Lansing-based economic consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, loves the zippy acceleration and "exciting" features the car offers.  He also gets satisfaction in knowing that driving an EV benefits the environment, he said.  But Anderson's joy comes with a dark side.  "They are a wonderful driving experience.  But at the same time, they're an enormous burden in time and in energy in finding chargers and getting them charged," Anderson said.  "And you're not really saving much in terms of charging costs ... you may be paying more."

8 Ridiculous 'Green New Deal' Programs in Democrats' Bloated Spending Bill.  [#3]  Huge Handouts for the Rich to Buy Fancy Electric Vehicles:  The "Green Energy" subtitle, starting on page 1695, would throw $279 billion in tax subsidies at a range of predictable things:  unreliable wind and solar energy projects, cost-ineffective biofuels like ethanol, and an "environmental justice" bonus depending on where things are built.  The most galling aspect of this massive exercise in corporate welfare and economic micromanagement is Section 136401, which provides tax credits toward the purchase of electric vehicles.  While much of the rhetoric surrounding the bill revolves around socialist notions of "economic justice," the details in this section show that Democrats have no problem cutting checks to the wealthy.  Existing tax credits for these vehicles go overwhelmingly to households making over $100,000 per year.  Working-class families are unlikely to purchase a $55,000 sedan or a $74,000 truck.  Yet vehicles costing that much are eligible for the tax credit.  Similarly, households earning up to $800,000 qualify for the credit.

Tesla zooms past $1 trillion market cap on bet that the EV future is now.  Tesla Inc surpassed $1 trillion in market value on Monday [10/25/2021] after landing its biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, a deal that reinforced the electric car leader's ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.  Tesla shares surged as much as 14.9% to $1,045.02, making it the world's most valuable automaker according to Reuters calculations based on its latest filing.  Even Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk expressed surprise at the velocity of the surge.  "Strange that moved valuation, as Tesla is very much a production ramp problem, not a demand problem," Musk tweeted in reply to a comment by Ross Gerber, co-founder of the investment fund Gerber Kawasaki and a Tesla shareholder.

Net zero greenhouse emissions is an impossible goal.  Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are not zero emission.  Battery manufacture is both energy intensive and greenhouse gas intensive.  On a lifecycle basis, including vehicle manufacture, use and disposal, BEVs with large batteries could have worse emissions than comparable conventional vehicles, although smaller BEVs in areas with low-carbon electricity supplies will have lower but non-zero emissions than comparable conventional cars.  The very serious health issues associated with mining for met-als are simply exported away from where the BEV is used.  Particulate emissions can be almost eliminated in modern engines.  That being the case, tyre wear will soon become the dominant source of particulates, and will be much higher for BEVs because of their greater weight. [...] If enough people do not buy BEVs because of high up-front costs and charging anxiety, the UK automotive industry will be destroyed.  To replace just cars and vans with BEVs will require total battery capacity to increase by a factor of well over 200.

Forget Silver, Nevada Is Now The Lithium State.  Lithium is one of the most in-demand commodities in the world today.  With the ongoing shift to electric vehicles (EVs) and clean energy technologies, governments and EV manufacturers are rushing to secure their supply chains as demand for lithium soars.  But, as Visual Capitalist notes, while the US is lagging behind in the global lithium race, it is only now starting to realize the need to catch up to China's strong foothold.

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The demand for lithium could easily collapse, if the U.S. government is taken over by sensible people someday, and the electric vehicle mandates and subsidies disappear.  On the other hand, what are the chances of that happening?

Life in Centrifugal USA.  [Scroll down]  The President claimed that this tsunami of dollars (parceled out to favored supporters and interests) would not cost taxpayers one dollar.  It wouldn't if you are dumb enough to consider the stupidest wastes of money "investments."  Things like these can serve as examples: [...] [#3] $175 Billion in Subsidies for Electric Vehicles.  Electric vehicles:  A technological novelty so good it won't catch on without hundreds of billions in subsidies.  At least, that's apparently what the Biden administration thinks, as its infrastructure proposal earmarks a "$174 billion investment to win the electric vehicle market."  The spending will take the form of manufacturing subsidies and consumer tax credits, which historically have benefitted wealthy families most.  For comparison, the proposal carves out more for green energy goodies than it does on the total $115 billion to "modernize the bridges, highways, roads, and main streets that are in most critical need of repair."

Are Electric Vehicles A Joke?  No, not necessarily.  Electric vehicles may be fine cars; Teslas certainly are (while Chevy Volts evidently are not).  But the idea that our hundreds of millions of gasoline-powered cars are going to be replaced by EVs within the next century is ridiculous.  Where will the electricity come from?  There is no sane answer to that question, especially since the only plausible solution — an enormous amount of nuclear power — is off the table.  And of course, greatly expanding the electrical grid to accommodate EVs, mining the lithium necessary for batteries that vastly exceed anything that now exists, and developing an infrastructure of charging stations adequate to service hundreds of millions of EVs — these are practical matters to which little intelligent thought has been given.  So the current mania for electric vehicles is eminently deserving of ridicule.

EV Battery Fires Won't Keep Pols from Putting You in Them.  Recent news about EV battery fires does not bode well for California Governor Newsom's executive order to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.  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.  General Motors announced in August 2021 that they were recalling 73,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV's in addition to the 70,000 Bolts that were made between 2017 and 2019.  Fixing all 143,000 of the Bolts being recalled for fire risk to replace new battery modules could, as Morningstar analyst David Whiston told the Detroit Free Press, cost GM some $1.8 billion.

The Major Problem With EVs No One Is Talking About.  When GM earlier this year started recalling Bolts, it issued a warning to owners of the EV: don't charge your car battery to 100 percent.  Normally, this would be easy enough to do.  But what if your charger got hacked?  Last year, researchers from the Southwest Research Institute in Texas successfully hacked the most popular charging system used in North America.  The hack limited the charging rate, then blocked charging, and then overcharged the battery.  The reason for the hack:  "This was an initiative designed to identify potential threats in common charging hardware as we prepare for widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the coming decade," according to lead researcher Austin Dodson.  Mission accomplished.

Democrats are again planning to pay rich people to buy expensive cars.  As part of their appalling, budget-busting $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill, Democrats are insisting upon a vast transfer of wealth from less affluent taxpayers to the very rich.  The form that this transfer is taking is a plan to increase the already outrageous $7,500 taxpayer-funded credit for electric car purchases to a $12,500 credit. [...] Putting aside the fact that electric cars aren't as green as promised, given their filthy batteries created using materials associated with brutal child labor* and the fact that they often just transfer pollution from the gas tank to the fossil-fuel-burning electric plant, the incentives are nothing more than money for rich people.

New York outlaws selling new gas-powered new vehicles by 2035.  A bill signed into law last week by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul effectively outlaws the sale of new gas-powered vehicles in less than 14 years.  The law, Senate Bill S2758 and Assembly Bill A4302, sets a goal that 100% of all passenger cars, trucks and off-road vehicles will be zero-emission.  The goal is 2045 for larger vehicles, such as medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses.  As A4302 sponsor Assemblymember Steve Englebright, D-Setauket, said on the Assembly floor before the 110-40 April 20 vote passing the bill:  "Zero emissions means that we will see electric vehicles instead of internal combustion engine-driven vehicles on our roads."  It also, though, will allow hydrogen-powered vehicles as those produce water vapors instead of a carbon-based emission.

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[#1] Water vapor has far more influence in the "greenhouse effect" than carbon dioxide.  [#2] Where will all that hydrogen come from?  Is there a hydrogen pump at the 7-11?  [#3]  What happens to your job if you work at a New York car dealership, and nobody wants an expensive electric car?  [#4] What's to prevent a New York resident from buying a gas-engine car in another nearby state, of which there are many?

Biden's climate commitment tested as greens fight Nevada lithium mine.  President Biden is calling for an electric vehicle revolution, but a major mining project proposed for remote western Nevada could soon show whether his administration intends to walk the talk.  All the Australian company ioneer Ltd. needs is final Interior Department clearance to start work on the Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project after announcing Thursday a joint venture with the international mining firm Sibanye-Stillwater.  "We are shovel ready with the approval of this administration," said James Calaway, ioneer executive chairman, in a Thursday press call.

Elon Musk upset over proposed Democratic subsidies for unionized electric car companies.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk is criticizing House Democrats and the Biden administration for providing tax incentives for union-made electric cars that won't help his company or others that are not unionized.  Musk and other automakers say the tax benefit will unfairly boost the business of car companies such as GM, Ford, and Chrysler, which are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

Biden Has Completed the Most Lucrative and Devastating Treason In World History.  America has been sold to the Chinese.  This explains stolen elections and the disaster in Afghanistan.  The treason of Biden is unparalleled.  Follow this story as you will see how America has been sold out to Chinese interests.  This connects most of the dots.  On the industrial/economic front, lithium is the new oil.  The most important use of lithium is in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and electric vehicles. [...] We are all aware that the Biden administration announced, immediately after stealing the 2020 election and assuming power announced that Americans would soon have to give up their "gas-guzzling" cars in favor of electric cars and now we are just beginning to understand how this climate change principle provides cover for the economic takeover of what will prove to be the most important mineral of the face of earth.  The demand for lithium is projected by most economists to increase at least by a 40-fold level above 2020 levels by 2040.

Your electric car runs on lithium batteries.  Where does lithium come from?
What makes the world go around?  [Thread reader]  While the media keeps you fixated on J6, Covid, and how it's always Trump's fault, you might want to ask about these things.  The Biden admin is run by all the same people as the Obama admin. [...] In order to understand what happened in the span of 1 week, when Biden pulled out of Afghanistan & Pelosi rammed through the $3.5 [trillion] budget which is the Green New Deal, you have to look back in time.  Remember the GND, forces the US on EV's which run on lithium batteries.  In 2011, then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, worked on the Silk Road Initiative.  It connects China to many countries & helps them become #1 super power through trade.  It also grows the economies of Afghanistan, Pakistan & more enemies to the US. [...] While the US military was involved in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, our gov (US taxpayers) also paid for the geological surveys of in Afghanistan and found over $1 [trillion] in rare earth minerals, including lithium, which is needed to make batteries that are needed for EV's.

GM 'not confident' LG Chem will build defect-free Bolt batteries.  General Motors will keep its Orion Assembly plant idled and not start repairs on the nearly 141,000 recalled Chevrolet Bolts EVs and EUVs until it is confident its supplier can make a defect-free EV battery that does not pose a potential fire risk.  And right now, GM does not believe its battery-maker, LG Chem, can do that.  GM and LG Chem have "hundreds of people" working around the clock, seven days a week, to find the cause of the defective battery modules connected to some Bolts catching fire without impact, said GM spokesman Dan Flores.

The World Will Run Out Of EV Batteries By 2025.  While you can cut down your carbon footprint by a massive margin by switching over to an EV, you just can't get away from using finite resources completely.  EV batteries contain a litany of expensive and finite rare earth metals and minerals, most notably cobalt and lithium, which cause tricky negotiations with global supply chains and which are not without their negative environmental externalities thanks to sometimes messy mining operations.  The energy revolution's dependence on rare earth metals, which is only set to intensify, has inadvertently put a huge amount of control into the hands of China, which controls around 90% of the market for some of these resources, and has shown that it is not afraid to use that power to sway international politics and diplomacy.  In fact, it has been posited that China's dominance of these supply chains, and other countries' reticence of that dominance, could potentially lead to a new clean energy resource war if world powers don't tread lightly.

GM recalls every Chevy Bolt ever made, blames LG for faulty batteries.  GM has announced that it is recalling every Chevrolet Bolt made to date, including new electric utility vehicle models, over concerns that a manufacturing defect in the cars' LG-made batteries could cause a fire.  The Bolt was first recalled in November after five cars that hadn't been in crashes caught fire.  After investigating the problem further, Chevy recalled a second batch in July.  The problem was traced to two manufacturing defects that could occur simultaneously.  The defects — a torn anode tab and folded separator — created conditions that could lead to a short in affected cells.  So far, the company has identified 10 fires that involve faulty batteries, according to an AP report.

GM to spend $1 billion to expand Chevy Bolt EV recall due to fires.  General Motors on Friday [8/20/2021] said it is expanding its recent recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to newer models of the electric car due to potential fire risk.  The recall expansion is expected to cost the automaker an additional $1 billion, bringing the recall's total to $1.8 billion to replace potentially defective battery modules in the vehicles.  GM said about 73,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada are being added to the recall from the 2019-2022 model years, including a recently launched larger version of the car called the Bolt EUV.  The former recall involved about 69,000 of the cars globally from the 2017-2019 model years, including nearly 51,000 in the U.S.  The expanded recall now includes all Bolt EV models ever produced, casting a shadow over GM's first mainstream electric vehicle, as it attempts to transition to exclusively sell EVs by 2035.

What You Need to Know About Biden's Ill-Conceived Executive Order on Electric Vehicles.  President Joe Biden issued an executive order Aug. 5 calling for half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030.  A president can't exactly force Americans to buy an electric vehicle, and Biden largely meant his executive order as a messaging tool to fuel enthusiasm for his climate agenda.  But it threatens to ignore customers along the way.  Electric and alternative fuel vehicles arrived on the scene in the past two decades, yet only accounted for 2% of car sales in 2019 despite generous federal and state subsidies.  So far, electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles have generally been the lifestyle choice of well-off Americans and urbanites.  Studies from the Congressional Research Service and the University of California at Berkeley show the vast majority of tax credits for buying an electric vehicle have gone to corporations and to Americans in top income brackets.  Buying an electric vehicle is a perfectly acceptable choice, but we shouldn't pretend that electric vehicles, such as they are now, are the "all-American vehicle."

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[#1] Electric cars are "zero-emission vehicles" only if the electricity they use is generated without any emissions.  Otherwise, the emissions still occur at the central power plant.  [#2] The avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions is futile, as long as China and India are making no such effort.

Strong Demand for Gas Vehicles Drives Detroit Production Plans, Clouds Biden's 2030 Goal for EVs.  Automakers in North America plan to build more pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles than electric vehicles well into the late 2020s, with strong consumer demand for gasoline-powered vehicles charting sales trends that run counter to the Biden administration's goal of boosting electric vehicles (EVs) to half the market by 2030, according to internal production forecasts reported on by Reuters.  President Joe Biden signed an executive order earlier in August establishing the goal of making half of all new vehicles sold in the United States either hybrid or fully electric by 2030.  Biden's order also set a new schedule for the development of new long-term fuel efficiency and emissions standards to tackle pollution and other objectives.  General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler-parent Stellantis have endorsed Biden's zero-emissions sales target, saying in a joint statement on Aug. 5 that they aspired "to achieve sales of 40-50 percent of annual U.S. volumes of electric vehicles ... by 2030," adding that the goal can only be met with more government investment in charging stations and other infrastructure.  Biden's 50 percent goal and the automakers' 40 to 50 percent aspiration includes battery electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles that also have gasoline engines.

America's Automotive Future.  Joe Biden, emulating trendsetting blue state governors like California's Gavin Newsom and New York's Andrew Cuomo, recently has declared that by 2030, new car sales must be 50 percent zero-emission electric vehicles.  The problem with this decree is that it violates the proverbial rule against the government picking winners and losers.  It's one thing for the government to subsidize energy research, or, for that matter, any pure research.  Libertarian purists might object to that, but sometimes these public-private research partnerships can accelerate innovation and help keep American manufacturers competitive.  It's quite another thing, however, for the government to restrict what sort of technology powers our vehicles, because there's no way we can predict how technology will evolve between now and 2030.

Biden's Electric Vehicle Plan Without Mining Expansion Is A Big Win For Beijing.  President Joe Biden announced plans Thursday [7/5/2021] to push auto sales to be 50 percent electric by 2030 with new regulations, as part of the administration's effort to promote cleaner energy.  "There [is] a vision of the future that is now beginning to happen," Biden said at the White House.  "A future of the automobile industry that is electric.  Battery electric, plug-in, hybrid electric, fuel cell electric, it's electric and there's no turning back."  That future however, may also feature swelling American reliance on one of its greatest overseas adversaries:  China.  Less than five percent of all new cars on the U.S. market were purely electric vehicles and less than four percent were plug-in hybrids as of June, according to the Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory.  Not only will the government-manufactured shift to up that number by 12 times require massive state subsidies for a slow-growing industry, as Biden promised, but it will exacerbate American dependence on Chinese mineral production to make the car batteries needed.

Automakers Team Up With Biden To Force Electric Cars On Consumers.  In eight years, half of American car buyers will be forced to purchase overpriced, underperforming electric cars they don't want, courtesy of the federal government and a compliant auto industry.  That, at least, is what President Joe Biden announced at the White House on Thursday [8/5/2021], and it's just as we predicted in this space three months ago.  With a wave of his pen, Biden ordered that 50% of new cars and trucks sold by 2030 are to be electric.  Since the auto companies already have their 2022 model year cars in production, that means they have less than eight years to figure out how to comply with the most massive, disruptive, and anti-consumer mandate ever to come out of Washington.  The automakers have only themselves to blame for that.  As we noted in early May, they'd already caved to the green police and announced ambitious plans to electrify their fleets, even though consumers have little interest in buying battery-powered cars.

Biden to Push for Dirty Electric Cars Our Power Grids Aren't Ready to Support.  Joe Biden can't go a single day without issuing some edict on behalf of his leftist supporters.  The man who ran as a moderate Democrat will reportedly push for about half of all U.S. cars to be electric just nine years from now. [...] Toyota may remain notably quiet about this.  The world's largest automaker has repeatedly warned that our power grids aren't ready to power billions of EVs.  Elon Musk has said the same, and he's atop the world's largest EV automaker, Tesla.  Neither Toyota nor Tesla oppose EVs.  Neither do I, for that matter.  They just don't think our grids are ready to power them without very significant investment and overhauls.  Who is going to pay for that?  Biden's bloated infrastructure bill doesn't address it.

1 in 5 electric vehicle owners in California switched back to gas because charging their cars is a hassle, research shows.  In roughly three minutes, you can fill the gas tank of a Ford Mustang and have enough range to go about 300 miles with its V8 engine.  But on a recent 200-mile trip from Boston to New York in the Mustang's electric Mach-E variant, Axios' Dan Primack said he felt "panic" as his battery level dipped below 23% while searching for a compatible charger to complete his trip.  "I was assured that this might be one of the country's easiest EV routes," Primack wrote.  "Those assurances were misplaced."  For Bloomberg automotive analyst Kevin Tynan, an hour plugged into his household outlet gave the Mach-E just three miles of range.  "Overnight, we're looking at 36 miles of range," he told Insider.  "Before I gave it back to Ford, because I wanted to give it back full, I drove it to the office and plugged in at the charger we have there." [...] Roughly one in five plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners switched back to owning gas-powered cars, in large part because charging the batteries was a pain in the... trunk, the researchers found.

Proterra Lurches Into Damage-Control Mode in [the] Wake of [Washington] Free Beacon Reports.  A slump in stock price and reports about Proterra's costly electric buses underperforming across the country have sent the Biden administration's favorite electric battery company into damage-control mode, retaining a top-flight defamation lawyer and inveighing against "partisan blogs" like the Washington Free Beacon and the taxpayer-funded NPR.  Proterra, the electric bus company linked to several Biden administration officials and top Democrats, has retained the services of high-profile attorney Erik Connolly, the company said.  A Proterra spokesman said Connolly was hired to "address some recent false and defamatory publications about the company."  Proterra also published a statement Monday night that sought to set the "record straight about mischaracterizations about our Company in recent partisan news blogs that are opposed to the widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles."

LA Times:  Maybe we shouldn't follow California's example on electric cars.  Two months ago, the New York Times and CNN raised warning flags on the environmental costs of transitioning to electric cars.  Last week, the Los Angeles Times followed suit, although in this case it's the California dog that doesn't bark that should be of greatest interest to that question.  Even without the obvious questions about energy for recharging, however, the LAT raises a series of environmental issues with the necessary mining to sustain production of EVs.

With China Producing Half the World's New Energy Vehicles, Retired Batteries May Bring 'Explosive Pollution'.  As China's new energy vehicle production grows rapidly, with half of global production now coming from China, the huge amount of retired batteries could bring "disastrous" environmental problems and "explosive pollution," says state-owned media Xinhua.  According to Xinhua, the cumulative retired batteries in China will had reached 200,000 tons (about 25 GWh) in 2020 and will grow to 780,000 tons (about 116 GWh) by 2025.  However, more than half of the retired batteries are not recycled via proper channels, but are "snapped up" by unqualified small factories that don't invest much in environmental protection, the report says.

California City Bought Into Electric Bus Company Promoted by White House, Now Considering Scrapping Expensive Fleet After Nonstop Disasters.  One Southern California city's test run of the Proterra electric buses touted by the Biden administration has backfired.  These buses were the "future of mass transportation," according to Biden officials, so we can only ask:  Is this the future we want?  According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Foothill Transit agency, which serves valley areas outside of Los Angeles, reported that not only are the buses' transmission failures too expensive to repair, but the buses themselves have also melted in the sweltering California heat and one even caught fire in a "thermal event" in January.

Philadelphia's electric bus fleet has disappeared.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the deep-blue cities that's been priding itself in leading the charge against climate change for years now.  Back in 2016, they decided to establish a position as an early adopter of electric vehicle technology on a large scale to reduce their carbon footprint.  The city purchased 25 electric buses from a company called Protera at a staggering price tag of nearly one million dollars apiece and put them into operation.  But barely four years later, every one of the buses had been pulled from service and is deemed unusable.  What went so horribly wrong to produce such a result?  As the Free Beacon reports this week, just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

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Hotair.com has this article partially hidden behind a paywall.  But the whole point of the article was to report about (and quote extensively from) an article at Freebeacon.com, which in turn was reporting about a WHYY investigation.  This is what's known as the media echo chamber.

Report: Philadelphia's Proterra Fleet in Complete Shambles.  More than two dozen electric Proterra buses first unveiled by the city of Philadelphia in 2016 are already out of operation, according to a WHYY investigation.  The entire fleet of Proterra buses was removed from the roads by SEPTA, the city's transit authority, in February 2020 due to both structural and logistical problems — the weight of the powerful battery was cracking the vehicles' chassis, and the battery life was insufficient for the city's bus routes.  The city raised the issues with Proterra, which failed to adequately address the city's concerns.  The city paid $24 million for the 25 new Proterra buses, subsidized in part by a $2.6 million federal grant.  Philadelphia defended the investment with claims that the electric buses would require less maintenance than standard combustion engine counterparts. [...] Over the past five days, Proterra's stock price has fallen over 25 percent.

Magic Bus.  Speaking of electric vehicles... Possibly the dumbest thing any country could do from an energy standpoint is to promote widespread use of electric vehicles, while simultaneously mandating reliance on wind and solar energy, which work less than half the time.  Moreover, governments' politically-motivated reliance on electric vehicles like buses has been a disaster.  This is a typical "green" fiasco: [...] There is no sane reason for any government to buy, let alone subsidize, these vehicles.  It is crony corruption, pure and simple. [...] By rights, companies like Proterra should be subject to massive consumer and securities fraud lawsuits, and maybe they will be.  But political muscle goes a long way, and Proterra and its ilk are darlings of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party in general.

King County to require electric vehicle charging stations at new developments.  Drivers in unincorporated King County could start seeing more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations thanks to new legislation approved by King County Council Tuesday [7/13/2021].  Under the new legislation, new developments like apartment buildings and single-family townhomes or substantially remodeled developments must have 10% of their parking spots to have EV charging stations and 25% of spaces to be ready to install charging stations in the near future.

Now is the Time to Get Serious About Nuclear Energy.  California is obsessed with so-called "zero-emissions" transportation, i.e., electric vehicles.  The state passed numerous laws, regulations, and subsidies in pursuit of that objective.  But EVs are not currently free of carbon emissions.  Fossil fuels (coal and natural gas) generate most of the electricity needed to charge their batteries.  If nuclear energy generated that same electricity we could honestly say that EVs generate "zero-emissions."  Even Elon Musk admits that there is not enough electricity generating capacity to allow widespread conversion to EVs.  The only way there could be enough capacity is by resorting to nuclear power.  The last remaining nuclear plant in California is at Diablo Canyon and has been operating since 1985.  It is the single largest power station in the state, generating ten percent of California's electricity.  Because of the state's hostility toward nuclear power, it is scheduled to close in 2025.  No one knows what will replace that generating capacity.

U.S. urges 50,000 Chevy Bolt owners to park outside because of fire risks.  U.S. auto safety regulators on Wednesday [7/14/2021] urged about 50,000 owners of General Motors electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that were recalled last year to park outside and away from homes and other structures after charging because of fire risks.  Earlier on Wednesday, GM made the same recommendation and added owners should not leave vehicles charging overnight.  The recommendation was prompted after the largest U.S. automaker said it was investigating reports of two recent fires in vehicles that were recalled in November for fire risks.

Rodents chow down on Teslas, causing thousands in damage.  Elon Musk may have a rat problem.  Fans of the South African billionaire's electric cars say rats, mice and rodents are chomping down on their Teslas.  And despite having dropped tens of thousands of dollars to buy the pricey vehicles, Tesla refuses to cover the damage[.]  Sarah Williams, a 41-year-old physician who lives in Manhattan and uses her Tesla to commute to work in the Bronx, told the Post of an alarming incident when she took her 2018 Model 3 into Tesla's Paramus, NJ, dealership in mid-May after her air conditioner had stopped working.  "They opened the glove compartment and a rodent fell out," she said.  "It's crazy."

Tesla Reportedly Asked Chinese Government To Help Censor Social Media Posts Critical Of The Company.  Readers of Zero Hedge know that we have been tracking Elon Musk's fading relationship with the Chinese Communist Party for the better part of the last 18 months.  And while we can barely guess what the temperature of the ever-changing relationship is today, one thing seems to be certain:  Musk and the Chinese government are growing closer.  And for proof of that, look no further than a new Bloomberg Businessweek article profiling Elon Musk's struggles in China.  While the content of the article isn't entirely new [...] one portion of the report was stunning:  Musk, in true CCP form, reportedly asked the Chinese government to censor the company's critics.

When Do EVs Become Cleaner Than Gas-Powered Cars?  Most people don't know it, but EVs are not as clean as gasoline cars right off the bat.  In fact, due to the impact of mining many materials used in EV batteries, it takes quite a bit of driving before you are doing less harm to the environment than gas cars.  This was the topic of a new Reuters analysis piece by Paul Lienert, which sought to point out exactly how long you have to own and drive an EV in order to reach parity with a gas vehicle.  The analysis was performed using "data from a model that calculates the lifetime emissions of vehicles" developed by the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.  The necessity for the analysis is obvious, because "...making EVs generates more carbon than combustion engine cars, mainly due to the extraction and processing of minerals in EV batteries and production of the power cells," said Jarod Cory Kelly, principal energy systems analyst at Argonne.

Tesla Delivers 201,250 Cars In Q2, Missing Estimates.  Tesla stock is mostly flat in the pre-market session after the company announced it delivered over 200,000 vehicles in Q2, the company said in a press release Friday morning.  Its exact deliveries for the quarter came in at 201,250.  The company produced 204,081 and delivered 199,360 Model 3/Y vehicles, the company said.  It produced just 2,340 Model S and Model X vehicles and delivered just 1,890 of them.

New Tesla model caught fire while driving: lawyer.  [Video clip only.]

Dem Transport Bill Boosts China's Green Energy Sector.  House Democrats are ramming a bill through Congress that could be a boon to China's green energy sector.  The INVEST in America Act, a bill sponsored by House Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.), could kick millions of dollars to Chinese industry by promoting "green" technologies, a rapidly developing sector of China's economy.  The act gives incentives to businesses that move away from gas-powered engines and includes measures to implement a nationwide network of electric-charging materials, but it lacks provisions that those materials will not be made with Chinese slave labor.  Committee Democrats gutted those safeguards, which would have ensured that electric vehicle material procurement would occur in the United States.  China possesses the largest stockpile of rare earth minerals used in electric car batteries in the world.

$2.8M federal grant to fund Iowa electric buses.  The Iowa Department of Transportation will use a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration to replace nine gasoline or diesel public transit vehicles with battery-electric paratransit buses, the department announced June 28.  The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (CorridorRides), Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency, and Southeast Iowa Bus will operate the buses and charging infrastructure the grant secures, the release said.  Iowa DOT Modal Transportation Bureau Transit Programs Administrator Brent Paulsen said in the USDOT release that, while some Iowa cities have battery-electric buses, the nine grant-funded buses are the first of their kind to be deployed in rural Iowa.

Time for Enviros to Take Their Lithium.  Lithium has long been used as a treatment for bipolar mental illness, and perhaps there is a connection to the environmental mania for electric cars that depend on huge lithium-ion batteries.

Batteries exploding in burning abandoned Illinois building.  Lithium batteries exploded loudly overnight inside a burning former paper mill in northern Illinois that officials had believed was long abandoned, and fire officials have decided to let the blaze burn out because they fear trying to extinguish it could trigger more explosions.  The fire that started in Morris Tuesday prompted city officials to order the evacuation of 3,000-4,000 people in some 950 nearby homes, a school, church and small businesses.  On Wednesday [6/30/2021], as thick, black smoke continued to billow from the building, Police Chief Alicia Steffes said the evacuation order would remain in place until at least 9 p.m. and "might be extended."

Electric Vehicles On Collision Course With Reality.  From the congressional testimony of Robert Bryce:
  •   I'm pro-electricity, but I am adamantly opposed to the notion that we should "electrify everything" including transportation.
  •   EVs are cool.  They are not new.  The history of EVs is a century of failure tailgating failure.  In 1911, the New York Times said that the electric car "has long been recognized as the ideal solution."  In 1990, the California Air Resources Board mandated 10% of car sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2003.  Today, 31 years later, only about 6% of the cars in California have an electric plug.
  •   The average household income for EV buyers is about $140,000.  That's roughly two times the U.S. average.  And yet, federal EV tax credits force low- and middle-income taxpayers to subsidize the Benz and Beemer crowd.
  •   Lower-income Americans are facing huge electric rate increases for grid upgrades to accommodate EVs even though they will probably never own one.

Psaki: Rural, Disadvantaged Communities To Be 'Focus' of 500,000 Charging Stations for $56K Electric Cars.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Joe Biden is looking to build out half a million electric vehicle charging stations — focusing on "rural and disadvantaged communities" — as part of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  It should be noted that the average electric car costs around $55,600, and they are best utilized in cities.  It is not clear how disadvantaged communities could afford them or why rural residents would be interested in purchasing them.

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I don't own an electric car, but I can confidently assure you that you don't want to be stuck in a "disadvantaged community," — in other words, a slum in a bad neighborhood full of bad people — tethered to a charging station, while your car is obviously unable to leave.  Especially when your electric car costs far more than the average onlooker's  annual  lifetime total non-government income, and anyone driving such a car probably has a lot of nice things in the center console and the trunk.

Biden's EV goals maybe fantasy, but the profits the swamp is making are real.  The Biden administration lives in an electric car fantasyland, but the profits they're making off the industry are real.  Most hardworking Americans, many living in rural America, cannot afford an electric vehicle, nor do they want one.  Currently, just under 5.4 million hybrid electric cars have sold in the U.S. as of 2019, comprising only 1.6% of all new light-duty vehicle sales between 1999 and 2019.  A Tesla that can drive more than 520 miles without needing a new charge has a starting sticker price of $141,190 — far beyond the reach of most Americans.  Yet, the Biden administration has made it their mission to push these electric cars on U.S. consumers.  They've proposed $174 billion in taxpayer monies to subsidize the industry and aim to build 500,000 charging stations around the country — an investment, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said — that would help "rural and disadvantaged communities."

California: Try not to recharge your electric cars, folks.  California is on track to ban the sale of non-electric vehicles in an effort to "go green" as fast as possible.  They're even banning the construction of new gas stations in the next decade.  But a slight hitch may have shown up in that plan, caused by a stretch of high temperatures this summer.  How are the two related?  Well, their power grid is being increasingly driven by renewable energy, specifically wind and solar power.  But that leaves the grid teetering precariously on the edge of collapse after the sun goes down.  And that's when a lot of people come home and start turning on their lights and their air conditioners.  And they also plug in their electric cars to recharge.  That has the people running electrical power distribution asking everyone to unplug those cars to avoid a blackout.

California Asks Residents to Avoid Charging Electric Cars Amid Power Grid Strain.  California's power grid operators have asked the state's residents to conserve electricity in order to put less strain on the power grid amid a major heat wave.  The Epoch Times reported that the California Independent System Operator (ISO) told residents numerous times in the past week to voluntarily conserve energy, even asking them on social media to avoid charging electric vehicles during peak usage times.  The ISO also said residents should avoid "use of large appliances and turning off extra lights," and wrote that "[T]his usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances."

With Its Power Grid Under Pressure, California Asks Residents to Avoid Charging Electric Vehicles.  Amid a West Coast heat wave that includes triple-digit temperatures, California's power grid operators have called on residents to not use as much electricity so as to put less strain on the state's beleaguered grid.  In the past week, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) told residents several times to voluntarily conserve energy, including asking them on social media to stop charging their electric vehicles (EVs) during peak usage times.  The operator also warned users to "[avoid] use of large appliances and turning off extra lights."

VW will stop selling combustion engine cars in Europe by 2035.  Volkswagen is clearly a fan of electric vehicles when it's trotting out machines like the ID.4, but it now has a better sense of just when it will leave fossil fuels behind.  As Reuters reports, VW board member Klaus Zellmer told Münchner Merkur in an interview that the automaker will stop selling combustion engine cars in Europe between 2033 and 2035. [...] VW's plans put it slightly behind Ford and GM, both of which plan to drop combustion from key regional lineups by 2030.  However, the goals still make it clear that combustion engines don't have much more than a decade left on the market in some parts of the world.  It may be just be a question of whether or not the charging infrastructure can keep up.

Federal regulators warn of risks to firefighters from electrical vehicle fires.  It's the kind of blaze that veteran Chief Palmer Buck of The Woodlands Township Fire Department in suburban Houston compared to "a trick birthday candle." On April 17, when firefighters responded to a 911 call at around 9:30 p.m., they came upon a Tesla Model S that had crashed, killing two people, and was now on fire.  They extinguished it, but then a small flare shot out of the bottom of the charred hulk.  Firefighters quickly put out those flames.  Not long after, the car reignited for a third time.  "[...] How do we make this stop?'" Buck asked his team.  They quickly consulted Tesla's first responder guide and realized that it would take far more personnel and water than they could have imagined.  Eight firefighters ultimately spent seven hours putting out the fire.  They also used up 28,000 gallons of water — an amount the department normally uses in a month.  That same volume of water serves an average American home for nearly two years.

Tesla apologizes after [a] man in S[outh] China [was] locked in his car due to [a] power failure.  Tesla apologized on Thursday after a man in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province was locked in a Tesla Model 3 for 15 minutes on Sunday while charging the car and had to call someone to break the window to escape.  Tesla responded to reports of the incident stating that the cause was a power failure and it has been actively communicating with the customer to solve vehicle maintenance issues.  "We are very concerned about what happened to the customer.  We once again want to express our sincere apologies for not being able to be at the scene to provide assistance," read a statement issued by Tesla on its official Sina Weibo account on Thursday [6/3/2021].

Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors warns it may go out of business.  Lordstown Motors, the startup electric truck maker, warned Tuesday [6/8/2021] it is close to running out of cash and may be forced out of business in the next year.  The news, which sent Lordstown shares down nearly 8% in after-hours trading, is a blow to not only the company but also to the gritty industrial town from which it gets its name.  For 53 years, Lordstown, Ohio, was home to a massive General Motors plant, which GM closed in 2019.  It sold the 6.2 million square foot factory, nearly twice the size of the Pentagon, to start-up Lordstown Motors later that year, which promised to pay union-level wages to workers to build its Endurance pickup truck.  It is due to start production of that truck in September.

Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to U.S. miners.  U.S. President Joe Biden will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, part of a strategy designed to placate environmentalists, two administration officials with direct knowledge told Reuters.  The plans will be a blow to U.S. miners who had hoped Biden would rely primarily on domestically sourced metals, as his campaign had signalled last autumn, to help fulfill his ambitions for a less carbon-intensive economy.

A viable alternative to Chinese minerals hegemony.  Prompted by a worldwide chip shortage already impacting automobile production, President Biden in February signed an executive order directing a 100-day broad review of supply chains for critical materials for semiconductors and large-capacity batteries, including rare-earth elements.  It builds on analyses, reports and executive orders initiated several years ago by the Trump Administration.  The stark truth that this review should highlight is that the U.S. and its Western allies have been left behind at the starting gate in a race only China seems to have realized was taking place.  The Chinese began building their now-dominant supply chain decades ago.  The U.S. has been 100% net import reliant on rare-earth elements, with 80 percent of those imports sourced from China.

EPA says it will declare a desert flower an 'endangered species' that could halt a mine necessary for electric vehicle batteries.  The idiotic and expensive plans to force electric vehicles down the throats of drivers has run into an obstacle created by an law that environmentalists demanded.  You can't have electric vehicles without lithium ion batteries, and you can't build all those car batteries without a supply of lithium, which some warn will be inadequate soon. [...] Lithium is far from the only problem that makes electruc vehicle conversion plans a total fantasy.  Electricity production would have to vastly increase, and solar or wind just can't provide that kind of power.  Burn more coal?  Natural gas?  Nuclear power?  How about those new factories to build those cars and batteries?

Universal Electric Car Myth Debunked.  In one smoldering Tweet, a guy follows the math to debunk the idea that the electric car will replace the internal combustion engine.  The environmentalist's electric vehicle Utopian future is entirely reliant on the one thing environmentalists refuse to accept — wide-spread nuclear power generation.

White House Denies Report That Biden Looks Overseas for Electric Vehicle Metals.  The White House reacted to a published report that stated President Joe Biden, to please environmentalists, is planning to import most of the metals needed for electric vehicle production instead of sourcing from U.S. miners.  Reuters reported on May 25 that the United States would source metals for electric cars from ally countries such as Canada, Australia, and Brazil, citing two administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.  This was contrary to what the Biden campaign promised before the election.  "The plans will be a blow to U.S. miners who had hoped Biden would rely primarily on domestically sourced metals," the report stated.  The plan also conflicts with the executive order signed last year by former President Donald Trump to expand and strengthen domestic mining of rare earth minerals and other critical materials.  Trump also allowed the Pentagon to fund private-sector efforts to build a domestic refinement capability for rare earths.

The huge, destructive green lie.  [Another article from 2020] tries to spin E.V. travel positively, but it's so contorted as to be laughable.  It also notes that batteries degrade "over time" so that the "great" 100-mile charge now could be less later.  I can testify to that, for I bought a hybrid in '09, and my mileage has diminished by a third even though I have fewer than 50,000 miles on the car.  Once that battery is dead, it makes for more problems, too.  First, the car's worthless, no matter its low mileage.  Second, the battery must be recycled, a near impossible feat.  The difficulty of recycling batteries, once they're no longer useable, is a huge problem.  We are creating slag heaps of toxic garbage.  My chemist friend tells me they're working hard to produce sulfur batteries, which apparently don't need the rare earth components and are easier to dismantle and recycle.  They're not yet commercially viable.

Those Dirty Electric Vehicles And A Bolt Of Green Hypocrisy.  There is much more to the electric vehicle story than the "EVs good, gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles bad" narrative we've been fed.  Truth in advertising would require electric cars to be shown surrounded by the Pig Pen-esque dirty cloud that they kick up.  The birthplace of most electric cars is the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country where the diamond trade has helped finance civil war.  There, reports the Deseret News, "slave labor" is feeding "big tech's quest for cobalt," an element used in the batteries that drive EVs.  "Our children are dying like dogs," a Congolese mother whose son and cousin died while working in the Congo's cobalt mines, says the Deseret News.  She and others have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court that "insists companies are simply turning a blind eye to the egregious abuses that include children killed in tunnel collapses or losing limbs or suffering from other horrific injuries caused by mining accidents."  The United Nations says that "nearly 50% of world cobalt reserves" are found in the Congo.  The Deseret News says the figure is more than 60%.

Tesla is stuck with over 10,000 cars on factory hold, resulting in a logistical nightmare.  Tesla has over 10,000 electric cars that came out of Fremont Factory on a "containment hold" and can't deliver them to customers, according to sources familiar with the matter.  It is likely going to lead to a logistical nightmare at the end of the quarter.  Since Tesla owns its entire distribution network and doesn't sell to third-party dealers, the automaker has been known to have difficult end-of-quarters where it is trying to deliver as many vehicles from the factory to customers in order to keep its inventory low.  It leads to fairly intense end-of-quarter pushes, but things had finally stabilized during the last two quarters.  Now, Tesla employees are again expecting a crazy end-of-quarter, but this time, it's due to a supply chain issue.

The African slavery behind the leftists' green dreams.  One of Joe Biden's initiatives is to get Americans into electric cars.  In his first week in the White House, he announced that he wants every car that the federal government owns to be electric.  Moreover, his $2-trillion "infrastructure" plan calls for giving taxpayer-funded rebates to electric car buyers and to increase the number of charging stations (although without also increasing the amount of available electricity).  What Biden and other Green Deal proponents are ignoring is that the lithium that is an essential ingredient in electric car batteries comes from slave labor in Africa.

Ford boosts EV spending, aims to have 40% of volume all-electric by 2030.  Ford Motor Co on Wednesday [5/26/2021] outlined plans to boost spending on its electrification efforts by more than a third and said it aims to have 40% of its global volume be all electric by 2030, sending shares up 6.5% to a near five-year high.  Under a plan dubbed "Ford+" meant to have investors value it more like a technology company, the No. 2 U.S. automaker said it now expects to spend more than $30 billion on electrification, including battery development, by 2030, up from its prior target of $22 billion.  It has launched the all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover, and plans to introduce electric versions of the Transit van and F-150 pickup.  "This is our biggest opportunity for growth and value creation since Henry Ford started to scale the Model T," Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley said in a statement.

Ford's electric pickup truck isn't ready for the heartland.  Ford's launch of its new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck received a serious boost when President Joe Biden became the unwitting spokesperson for the new "green" vehicle [last] week.  The ethics of a sitting president providing free advertising for one company over its competition is a serious question, but there are other issues with the new brand that Ford will need to address.  Pickup trucks remain popular in America, even among people who rarely do anything that would require that sort of carrying capacity.  But the trucks doing the real work tend to be located in rural, agricultural areas.  How well will the F-150 lightning perform out on a ranch?  It sounds like they can haul heavy loads well enough, but many in the target market aren't so sure that the restrictions imposed by the vehicle's recharging requirements will make the practical.

Tesla opts for gasoline-powered vehicles for roadside service for its cars in Australia.  When you absolutely, positively have to get there (and back) way out in the outback...  They've got a lot of wide-open space Down Under, places where you can drive a long, long way before you encounter much in the way of human settlement, including electricity supplies.  That may be why Tesla in Australia is using gasoline-powered pickup trucks to go out and rescue Tesla-owners stranded on the road.  Tim Blair of The Telegraph spotted the concession to the reality of needing a driving range greater than can be handled by an electric truck such as the electric Ford F 150 Lightning, recently driven by President Biden, that gets as little as 100 miles on a charge when towing.

We Bet F-150 Lightning's Range Is under 100 Miles when Towing at the Max.  Range typically occupies an outsized chunk of the conversation on any new EV.  But, in the case of the F-150 Lightning, which has the bestselling pickup's usual healthy scoop of towing and hauling capabilities, things get more complicated.  Ford is claiming that the range figures for its electric pickup will come in at 230 miles and 300 miles, depending on whether the standard-range (which we estimate can hold 115.0 kWh) or extended-range battery pack (150.0 kWh, same caveat) is beneath the bed.  Those are EPA predictions, specifically EPA combined figures, in lightly loaded conditions.  Although the Lightning is aided by the aerodynamic effects of its flat underbody, when running at real highway speeds there's no tricking the air molecules, and a bluff truck is going to suffer.  In our highway range testing, which we conduct at a steady 75 mph, we typically see a range number that's about 20 percent below the EPA figure.

Economics, not climate, is the main driver behind automakers' embrace of electric vehicles.  Major automakers see vehicles with electric powertrains as a new moneymaker in the United States, market analysts say.  It's a strategic shift driven less by climate change and more by a desire to compete economically.  The newfound electric enthusiasm from automakers could help President Joe Biden curb emissions from transportation, the highest-emitting sector in the U.S.  Biden wants to put many more electric cars on the roads, pledging to provide point-of-sale rebates for consumers, investing heavily in building out charging infrastructure, and encouraging domestic manufacturing of the cars and their batteries.  His infrastructure proposal would spend at least $174 billion on vehicle electrification.

Schumer on electric cars: 'All vehicles on the road should be clean' by 2040.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says every vehicle on the road should be fully electric by 2040.  "There is no way the United States can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without looking at how Americans drive," Schumer said on Tuesday.  "So I have put forward an ambitious, comprehensive proposal to accelerate our country's transition to zero-emission vehicles.  We've called it Clean Cars for America.  "The goal of that plan is that by 2040, all vehicles should be clean.  All vehicles on the road should be clean.  The International Energy Agency, by the way, recommends the world reach that target by 2050, so we beat them by 10 years, if this proposal goes into effect."

The Editor says...
I'm not sure who the International Energy Agency is, but I do know they're not elected representatives of US citizens, and we didn't approve of their agenda in any kind of referendum.  Their recommendations carry no legal weight, but the serve as a fig leaf for the Democrats' power grab.  And the power grab is based on groundless hysteria about global warming — or whatever they call it now.

Electric Ford F-150 Lightning's Battery Weighs Over 1,800 Pounds By Itself.  The electric Ford F-150 Lightning is being revealed in full tomorrow after years of hype, even though it made a surprise appearance today [5/18/2021].  The battery-powered pickup will be one of the automaker's most important models ever, and it signals the brand's commitment to EVs by completely transforming the country's best-selling vehicle, full stop.  U.S. President Joe Biden toured Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle plant on Tuesday to get a better understanding of the company's approach to zero-emission cars and trucks, unmasking the F-150 Lightning in the process.

Biden in Michigan Ignores Record Allowing China to Buy Up American Electric Vehicle Industry.  President Joe Biden, while touting his $174 billion electric vehicle (EV) plan, ignored his record of allowing Chinese investors with ties to the Chinese Communist Party to buy up key parts of the American EV industry.  During a speech at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, Biden touted his record as vice president to former President Barack Obama in relation to the nation's battery-powered EVs.  "Our own Department of Energy pioneered and transformed the battery industry when Barack and I were in office.  And through the Recovery Act's grants and loans, battery prices dropped 80 percent because we were looking forward," Biden said.

The Editor says...
Grants and loans don't make battery prices drop.  The manufacturer gets paid in part by the government and partly by the consumer, but the overall selling price isn't reduced.  If you find $100 in the grocery store parking lot, and then you use it to buy groceries, that doesn't lower the price of groceries.

Biden to pitch his $174 billion electric vehicle plan in Michigan.  President Joe Biden made the case for his $174 billion electric vehicle plan on Tuesday [5/18/2021], calling for government grants for new battery production facilities during a visit to a Ford Motor electric-vehicle plant in Michigan.  "We're going to set a new pace for electric vehicles," Biden said, vowing to reverse what he called the Trump administration's "short-sighted" rollback of vehicle emissions standards while pushing for passage of his ambitious $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill.  Biden argues the United States is falling behind China, which is selling more EVs.

The Editor says...
[#1]  Beware of one-dimensional statistics.  The population of China is 4.34 times the population of the U.S.  If the sales of electric cars (or anything else) in China exceeds the sales in the U.S., it should come as no surprise.  In addition, the government of China may have imposed "incentives" not seen in the U.S., such as, you must buy an electric car or no car at all.  [#2] Whenever a politician expresses concern about the U.S. "falling behind" some other country, a red flag should pop up in your head.  When the issue at hand is extravagant spending on a program with little or no obvious benefit, that's two red flags.

Batteries are fossil fuel, too!
The Hidden Risks of Batteries.  The meteoric rise of lithium-ion batteries in the transport and IT sectors has been spurred by demand for technologies that reduce carbon emissions and decrease energy use.  While this sounds like a win for everyone, there's a darker side that could alter the perceptions of ethically minded consumers and create significant risks for brands.  If you look at the production of cobalt and lithium used in these batteries, a stark picture emerges of an industry exposed to issues such as child labor, modern slavery, and the undermining of land and water rights.  Demand for these raw materials is set to grow significantly.

Tesla Suspends Bitcoin Payments Over "Concerns About Environmental Impact".  After announcing plans to accept payment for Tesla's cars in bitcoin back in February, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just announced via tweet that the company will suspend bitcoin payments over concerns about the environment.  As perhaps the biggest booster of bitcoin in corporate America, Tesla announced during its Q1 earnings report released last month that it made a $272 million profit selling some of the bitcoin it had purchased on the company's balance sheet.  Earlier this week, Musk joked about the possibility that the firm might accept Doge for payment.  In a note published on Twitter, Musk wrote that while he is still personally a believer in the crypto currency, Tesla has become concerned about the role of fossil fuels in bitcoin mining, a common criticism made by environmentalists against bitcoin.

The Editor says...
Bitcoin mining uses lots of electricity.  So what?  Electric cars do, too.  Does only one of them have an environmental impact?  Does either of them have an environmental impact?

NYT: Will electric cars become an environmental catastrophe?  Answer:  Of course they will, with mining being among the many other issues in pushing to eliminate internal-combustion engines in favor of an all-electric fleet.  No one who has studied the composition of the energy-storage systems in electric cars could possibly miss the environmental dangers of such a transformation.  The most interesting point of this brief review of one potential environmental catastrophe is the media outlet raising the issue.  Even if it got buried over the weekend, the fact that the New York Times raises the mining issues is significant.

Automakers Cave To Biden's Electric Car Dreams, And Ignore Their Own Customers.  When President Joe Biden declared that he wants all cars sold to be "zero-emission" by 2035, carmakers didn't raise a peep of protest.  Worse, they are starting to fall in line with promises to go all-electric, even though the vast majority of consumers don't want these cars.  General Motors made a big splash earlier this year when it promised to sell only electric cars by 2035.  "General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world," CEO Mary Barra said days after Biden was sworn in.  "We encourage others to follow suit."  Honda later announced plans to make only battery-powered cars by 2040.  Volvo said it will go all-electric by 2030.  Ford said in February that it would invest at least $22 billion worldwide in the next few years to build electric vehicles.

Social cost of 'green': A loss of fast cars and freedom.  Henry Ford's Model T at the beginning of the 20th century brought a new level of freedom to "the great multitude".  Mass produced, affordable and all shades of black.  By mid-century, men of my father's generation routinely conversed under hoods of their cars examining carburetors, spark plugs and valve covers.  In the early 21st century, Rascal Flatts sang "Fast Cars and Freedom."  Well, the proletariat can say goodbye to all that if the Green New Dealers have their way, according to Helen Thompson, professor of political economy at Cambridge University.  You see, the electric vehicles promoted by climate cultists are likely to be too expensive for working stiffs.  Even today's government-subsidized Teslas are purchased largely by those with more disposable income than most.  Ms. Thompson notes that the energy transition being advanced by elite thinkers (using the term loosely) is unique in that efficient fossil-based energy sources would be traded for inefficient sources — wind, solar, and in the case of cars, sorely limited battery technology.  Inefficiency costs more than efficiency.  Sorry, it just does.

The Dawn Of The E-Vehicle Battery Eco-Disaster.  Now it's beginning to dawn on the greens:  They've got a colossal environmental problem in the works — a problem they were warned about long ago and one they've refused to believe was real because it clashed with their vision of a green utopia.  At the moment they are playing it down, insisting solutions to avert the lithium-ion battery's environmental problem will be found in time.

Elon Musk's racket.  The big automotive news is that Elon Musk's Tesla reported record earnings of $438 million for the past quarter.  This translates to 93 cents per share on $10.39 billion in revenue.  Tesla did this despite a semiconductor chip shortage that is hobbling other car companies like Ford, which had to slash vehicle production at seven plants in North America.  Some see this as proving investors right to give Tesla stock a nosebleed price-to-earnings ratio of nearly 1,700, and thus making Musk the second richest person alive if not the richest.  Our betters also preach that the stock market portends the future.  So it follows that electric vehicles (EVs) are the coming thing, and Musk must be a genius.  Right?  Wrong.  There's much skepticism about EVs.  It's not adequately reported in the news, but they have serious technical, environmental, and electrical infrastructure problems to solve before they can seriously challenge internal combustion vehicles on America's roadways.

1 in 5 electric vehicle owners in California switched back to gas because charging their cars is a hassle, new research shows.  In roughly three minutes, you can fill the gas tank of a Ford Mustang and have enough range to go about 300 miles with its V8 engine.  But for the electric Mustang Mach-E, an hour plugged into a household outlet gave Bloomberg automotive analyst Kevin Tynan just three miles of range.  "Overnight, we're looking at 36 miles of range," he told Insider.  "Before I gave it back to Ford, because I wanted to give it back full, I drove it to the office and plugged in at the charger we have there." [...] Roughly one in five plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners switched back to owning gas-powered cars, in large part because charging the batteries was a pain in the... trunk, the researchers found.  Of those who switched, over 70% lacked access to Level 2 charging at home, and slightly fewer than that lacked Level 2 connections at their workplace.

The Feds Are Funding Fantasy EV Charging Stations.  President Joe Biden wants the Federal Government to build 500,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, at an estimated cost of around $178 billion (not including the probable need to upgrade existing local and community electrical systems, to handle the extra loads).  How might that work? [...] One possibility is the utilities that sell the juice.  After all, a big part of the cost, perhaps the biggest, will be paying the utilities to upgrade their distribution systems, so that these charging stations can work.  This will be especially true in rural areas, such as along the 50,000 miles of interstate highways and hundreds of thousands of miles of other major highways.  But even urban and suburban neighborhoods will need major upgrades.  Or how about having the gasoline companies do it?  They already blanket the country with gas stations.  In fact the charging stations could be at the gas stations, where cars already go.

Lordstown Motors' "Endurance" All-Electric Pickup Fails To Endure Baja Race.  Lordstown Motors' electric pickup truck, Endurance, did not endure too long in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday [4/17/2021].  [Tweet]  The electric vehicle startup hyped its entry into the Baja, Mexico event for weeks, only completed less than 40 miles of the 280-mile course before withdrawing.

Electric Car Drives Across United States — In Only 18 Days.  [Even] the Pony Express was able to get mail from Missouri to Sacramento in only 10 days.  In 1860.  On horseback.  But Volkswagen is very excited about their electric cars.  With 21st Century technology they are able to make what was once a 4-day drive with quick and easily-available refueling, into a multi-week ordeal where you must obsess about fuel availability.

Congress is Rolling Out its $1.9 trillion Infrastructure Bill, and Two-thirds of it Has Nothing to do With Infrastructure.  For as much as liberals complain about large corporate subsidies, they cheer on proposals like these that ultimately (and disproportionately) benefit the very people they resent because:  SURPRISE!  Electric vehicles are made by large corporations.  Large corporations that reportedly strip the earth for lithium, have huge injury claims, and supposedly pay pennies a day to their third-world miners/minors.  The EXACT same folks that they claim to hate.  Congratulations, you just got played.  The funds will go toward manufacturing subsidies and customer tax credits.  But here's the most laughable part:  they've allocated more toward subsidizing electric cars than the total $115 billion to "modernize the bridges, highways, roads, and main streets that are in most critical need of repair."

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars.  Washington state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday [4/15/2021] setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California.  The target is not a firm mandate and is contingent on the state adopting a tax on vehicle miles traveled, a measure to help pay for new transportation infrastructure, according to the text of the bill.  The move by the Pacific Northwest state comes as efforts to boost adoption of electric vehicles are accelerating over concerns about fossil fuels' contribution to climate change.

US Green Impossibilities.  As of 2019, the US was using 4,400 terawatt-hours of electricity per year.  There is also a big push to go to electric vehicles, and that will require more electricity.  The current US generating capacity is about 1,000 gigawatts (GW), of which about 675 gigawatts (GW) is fossil-fueled.  By 2040, the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) estimates we'll need about 1500 GW of generating capacity.  This means we'll need another 500 GW of new generating capacity to get to 1,500 GW, plus 675 GW more to replace existing fossil capacity.  That's 1,175 GW of new generating capacity needed by 2040.  As Texas has just proven beyond doubt, no matter if we supply part of this with wind or solar, we'll need 100% backup.  Nuclear is not ideal for this, but the new generation of reactors are said to be able to respond quickly enough to balance out the load when wind and solar fail.

Biden's Electric Cars Will Have To Run on Chinese Batteries.  With blissful abandon, President Joe Biden is proposing a massive expansion in electric cars, funding 500,000 charging stations for their batteries around the country.  There's only one problem:  China controls 80 percent of the globe's essential raw materials — called rare earth minerals — necessary for the manufacture of car batteries.  Meanwhile, the United States has to import 80 percent of these minerals it uses, mainly from Beijing[.]  So, in switching from gas-powered cars to electric cars, we would be switching from energy self-sufficiency to total dependence on China.  Instead of Arab sheiks controlling our destiny, Chinese communist apparatchiks would.

Biden's 'Made in America' electric vehicle push to benefit China.  President Biden's push to fill the nation's roads with electric vehicles would be a boon for China and would increase America's dependence on the communist power, which dominates the globe in advanced battery production and the mining of rare minerals needed to make those batteries.  The White House is working with congressional Democrats to ensure its infrastructure package includes at least $174 billion for "made in America" electric vehicles.  At least $40 billion would be used to install 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country.

The Editor says...
Wow.  Charging stations cost $80,000 apiece, even if you buy half a million of them at a time.  Was that the low bidder?

Are You Ready For Biden's Ban On Gas-Powered Cars?  In the next couple of months, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue new fuel economy standards that could be impossible for carmakers to meet — without going electric.  That, at least, is what President Joe Biden's EPA Administrator Michael Regan is indicating.  In an interview with Bloomberg last week, Regan talked about imposing rules that meet "the urgency of the climate crisis," and "did not rule out future emissions requirements that create a de facto ban on new conventional, gasoline-powered automobiles, like an explicit phase-out ordered by California Gov. Gavin Newsom." [...] anyone.  As we noted last year, Biden promised voters he would do just this — impose regulations on automakers that they could only meet by selling electric cars.  As a matter of fact, he promised that on his first day in office, he'd develop "rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emissions."

9 Things You Need to Know About Biden's 'Infrastructure' Spending Plan.  [#9] $174 billion in subsidies for electric vehicles.  Last but not least, the request for enormous subsidies for electric vehicle purchases and charging stations represents yet another way the plan plays favorites.  Electric vehicle ownership is concentrated among the wealthy.  Increasing the use of electric cars would have a negligible effect on total carbon emissions or cause a measurable change to global climate.

California's senators ask Biden to ban sale of gas-powered cars.  California's two Senators are pushing the Biden Administration to set a date after which automakers would no longer be allowed to sell gasoline-powered cars anywhere in the United States.  The letter sent Monday [3/22/2021] by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Alex Padilla to President Joseph Biden urges him to "follow California's lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles."  California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

The Editor says...
[#1] Electric cars are prohibitively expensive.  The only way to sell electric cars is to outlaw all others.  [#2] As the winter storm in February demonstrated, the electricity supply in the U.S. is barely able to keep up with the demand as it is.  The addition of millions of electric car chargers will bring down the grid.  If all this really is coming down the road, you'd better buy a generator now, before those are outlawed, too.

Toyota Warns (Again) About Electrifying All Autos.  Is Anyone Listening?  Depending on how and when you count, Japan's Toyota is the world's largest automaker. [...] Toyota has grown by building reliable cars for decades.  When Toyota offers an opinion on the car market, it's probably worth listening to.  This week, Toyota reiterated an opinion it has offered before.  That opinion is straightforward:  The world is not yet ready to support a fully electric auto fleet.

Ford Cancels Ohio Investment and Shifts to Electric Vehicle Production in Mexico.  The United Auto Workers are angered about a decision by Ford to move production of a new electric vehicle from Avon Lake, Ohio, into Mexico.  Ford previously agreed to spend $900 million on a new product line for the Ohio plant; however, according to the UAW the location has shifted.  One way of looking at this change in direction from Ford relates to the cost of producing electric vehicles.  First, it is far less expensive in Mexico (labor, environmental regulation, energy costs, etc); secondly, an outlook the new Biden administration will not strongly enforce USMCA compliance measures against U.S. multinational firms.  The UAW supported Joe Biden, but his policies will likely undermine their workers.  Unfortunately, this was all too predictable.  Partly because Biden-Harris owe Wall Street too much, and the multinationals are once again in control over the U.S. economy.

Volvo's first EV is stuck at cargo ports waiting for a software update.  Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUVs are currently being held at US ports because the company is waiting to ship a crucial software update before releasing them to customers and dealers, The Verge has learned.  The problem appears to be that these XC40 Recharge SUVs — which is Volvo's first all-electric vehicle — left the company's factory without the Volvo On Call software activated.  Volvo On Call is a subscription service that connects Volvo cars to an owner's smartphone, allowing them to remotely turn the vehicle on and off, lock or unlock the doors, and access diagnostic information.  One customer, who was supposed to take delivery of his XC40 Recharge at the end of February, tells The Verge his dealer's best guess is that his SUV may not make it out of the port in Newark, New Jersey until mid-April.

Electric Vehicle Fantasies.  A 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range can go 412 miles on a multi-hour charge; its MSRP is $80,000.  A Model 3 costs around $42,000; the Model Y all-wheel-drive $58,000.  Similar sticker-shock prices apply to other EV makes and models, putting them out of reach for most families.  "Long range" models achieve that status by loading them down with expensive, heavy batteries and long charging times.  Most electric vehicle ranges are far shorter. [...] Politicians are being pressured to retain the $7,500 per car federal tax credit (and hefty state tax rebates) now scheduled to lapse once a manufacturer's cumulative vehicle sales since 2009 reach 200,000.  EV drivers also want other incentives perpetuated:  free charging stations, access to HOV lanes for plug-ins with only the driver, and not having to pay gasoline taxes that finance the construction, maintenance, and repair of highways they drive on.

How do you Extinguish a Lithium Battery Fire?  A few weeks ago I asked a fire fighter friend how they extinguish electric vehicle battery fires.  He said "Oh you mean like a Tesla or something?  The answer is you can't.  You cordon off the area, and spray a fine mist of water on the fire to try to keep the temperature down until it finishes burning.  Takes a few days until it is safe".  The problem is, besides being highly flammable, lithium is literally the lightest metal.  At atomic number 3, it is the first element in the periodic table which is a solid. [...] The fumes from a burning lithium fire are highly toxic, capable of causing death or long term dementia like brain injuries — so you need to keep members of the public at a safe distance.  Fire fighters need to wear respirators if they approach the flame.  There are chemical extinguishers, but my fire station friend didn't seem to think much of them, at least not for large lithium fires.

USPS unveils new sleek looking mail trucks.  The US Postal Service on Tuesday unveiled a modern replacement for the iconic Grumman LLV mail truck that has been in use since the late 1980s.  The new design consists of a waste-high [sic] front hood that resembles the front beak of a duck in front of an extra-high windshield.  Oshkosh Defense has been contracted to build between 50,000 and 165,000 of the new trucks over the next 10 years — replacing vehicles that have been in service for as long as three decades, USPS said in a statement.  Oshkosh's design is not completely finalized, USPS said.  The initial order of trucks will cost $482 million, with the first vehicles expected to hit the roads in 2023.

Post Office Purchase of Gasoline [Powered] Trucks Seems to Defy Biden Order.  The U.S. Postal Service currently plans for only 10% of its new truck fleet to be electric, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Wednesday [2/24/2021], angering environmentalists who say the move flies in the face of a White House executive order to electrify the government's vehicles.  DeJoy's revelation in a hearing before a House panel comes the day after the Postal Service announced that Wisconsin-based maker of military trucks, Oshkosh Corp., had won a long-delayed $6 billion contract to replace the service's fleet of gas-guzzling postal trucks.

The Editor says...
This is good news.  I hope it means Joe Biden's unilateral edicts are being ignored.

Texas Freeze Raises Cost Of Charging A Tesla To $900.  The electricity shortage in Texas amid the cold snap has sent spot electricity prices soaring so much that the surge in power prices equals a cost of $900 for charging a Tesla.  The typical full charge of a Tesla costs around $18 using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger at home, according to estimates from The Drive.  This estimate is based on an average price of $0.14 per kWh of power.  However, the extreme winter weather this week has sent Texas spot electricity prices soaring, as the wind turbines froze in the ice storms and reduced the wind power generating capacity in the Lone Star State by half.  Spot electricity prices at the West hub have soared above the grid's $9,000 per megawatt-hour cap, compared to a 'normal' price of $25 per megawatt-hour, FOX Business notes.

Autoworkers face uncertain future in an era of electric cars.  When General Motors boldly announced its goal last month to make only battery-powered vehicles by 2035, it didn't just mark a break with more than a century of making internal combustion engines.  It also clouded the future for 50,000 GM workers whose skills — and jobs — could become obsolete far sooner than they knew.  The message was clear:  As a greener U.S. economy edges closer into view, GM wants a factory workforce that eventually will build only zero-emissions vehicles.  It won't happen overnight.  But the likelihood is growing that legions of autoworkers who trained and worked for decades to build machines that run on petroleum will need to do rather different work in the next decade — or they might not have jobs.

The 'battery fairy' and other delusions in the demand to replace gasoline powered vehicles with electric cars and trucks.  I continue to be amazed that serious people think that gasoline powered vehicles can be completely replaced by electric vehicles in a decade-and-a-half, and that this would be a good thing, even if possible.  Under threat of government action, however, the world's major auto manufacturers are falling in line boosting production of plug-in models, and upstart Tesla Motors is now the world's most valuable auto manufacture, based on the value of its capital stock issued and in the public's hands.  Mary T. Barra, CEO of General Motors, has pledged to sell only zero emission vehicles by 2035.  That would meet the deadline imposed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed an executive order banning the sale of internal combustion vehicles in the nation's largest car market by 2035.

Pelosi's big Tesla stock buy raises ethics questions.  A watchdog group called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a very profitable Tesla stock deal shortly before the Biden administration released plans to make the federal automobile fleet electric.  Last month, Paul Pelosi, a wealthy venture capitalist and husband of the California Democrat, bought up to $1 million of Tesla stock when the price was roughly $640.34 a share.  The price had shot up to $838 a share by Thursday [1/28/2021] on the NASDAQ exchange.  Tesla stock has been a darling of Wall Street for years, and the company stands to reap huge profits if the federal government moves to an all-electric fleet.

Nancy Pelosi's Recent Stock Purchase Raises Ethical and Legal Questions.  Nancy Pelosi's latest financial disclosures, revealed over the weekend, show that she purchased 25 Tesla call options with a $500 strike price and an expiration date of 3/12/2022 on December 22, 2020, paying between $500,000 and $1 million for the option.  There were other purchases of AllianceBernstein Holdings, Apple, and Walt Disney on the disclosure, but the Tesla purchase is raising eyebrows, as Chris Katje of Yahoo!  Finance noted, "as arguments could be made that the companies stand to benefit from new President Joe Biden's agenda."  On Monday [1/25/2021], Joe Biden announced his "Buy American" executive order that includes a plan to replace the U.S. government's fleet of cars and trucks with U.S.-assembled electric vehicles.  Tesla, General Motors, and Nissan all produce electric vehicles in the United States.

General Motors plans to exclusively offer electric vehicles by 2035.  General Motors wants to end production of all diesel- and gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs by 2035 and shift its entire new fleet to electric vehicles as part of a broader plan to become carbon neutral by 2040, the company said Thursday [1/28/2021].  The company plans to use 100% renewable energy to power its U.S. facilities by 2030 and global facilities by 2035 — five years ahead of a previously announced goal.  GM's announcement comes a day after President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders that prioritize climate change across all levels of government and put the U.S. on track to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.

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Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it a pollutant, nor is it a source of heat.  The sun is the primary source of warmth for the earth.

Biden's plan to replace government fleet with electric vehicles won't be so easy.  President Biden's plan to replace the government's fleet of 650,000 cars and trucks with electric vehicles assembled in the U.S. by union workers is easier said than done.  The populist "Buy American" message sounds good, but the vehicles Biden wants are still several years away and his purchase criteria would require an expensive overhaul of automakers' manufacturing strategies, not to mention a reversal of fortune for labor organizers long stymied by Tesla and other non-union companies.

Joe Biden Signs Executive Order to Make All Federal Vehicles Electric.  President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to phase out the federal government's use of vehicles that run on gas and replace them with ones that run on electricity.  The process is part of Biden's "Made in America" executive order, which the president claims will create one million additional jobs in the auto industry in America.

I'm sure this is completely unrelated:
Nancy Pelosi's husband has plowed up to $1 million into bullish bets on Tesla stock.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband has placed up to $1 million worth of bullish bets on Tesla stock, the politician revealed in a financial disclosure form last week.  Paul Pelosi, who runs an investment firm, bought 25 call options on Tesla stock with a strike price of $500 and an expiration date of March 18, 2022.  He spent between $500,001 and $1 million on them on December 22.

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Nancy Pelosi:  Inside Trader.  If you wonder which businesses Democrats intend to favor, one easy answer is to look at what companies Nancy Pelosi is investing in: [...]

Electric Vehicles Don't Save Money.  Electric vehicles are being sold, in part, on how much they'll save people in terms of maintenance costs.  That's a total con.  EVs are not no-maintenance or even low-maintenance relative to non-electric cars.  They are different maintenance.  And they're not cheaper to maintain.  Instead of oil and filter changes, you change the battery pack.  Which do you suppose will end up costing you more over the life of the vehicle?  That will shortly become clear.

US Regulators Ask Tesla to Recall 158,000 Cars.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Tesla to recall over 150,000 Model-S and Model-X vehicles over concerns about the cars' touch screens.  U.S. regulators demanded Tesla recall 158,000 of its electric cars over safety concerns on Wednesday.  Regulators found that the cars' media control units could fail after years of use, leading to touch screens not working.  This would affect safety functions such as defogging, back-up cameras, and the driver assistance system.

Americans Supposedly Just Voted For Only Electric Vehicles.  President-elect Biden has promised his $2-trillion "climate change" plan will include "rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring that 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs)."  VP-elect Harris has called for beginning this ban by 2035, perhaps even sooner, if they can maintain their momentum for fundamentally transforming America.  Once the sale of new gasoline engine vehicles is banned, the only question remaining is, How long before driving such vehicles is also outlawed?  Harris has promised that, under "my plan, by 2045 we will have basically zero emission vehicles only.  100% by 2045."  Of course, that means zero emissions in the USA, assuming all electricity generation is also zero-emission for charging batteries — despite enormous emission increases in places where battery minerals are mined and processed, and batteries are manufactured (which likely won't be in America).

NTSB: Electric vehicle battery fires a threat to first responders.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Wednesday [1/13/2021] said that electric vehicle fires pose a threat to first responders and that vehicle manufacturers have distributed inadequate guidance to mitigate safety risks.  In an 80-page report based on an investigation on four electric vehicle fires, the NTSB found that the vehicles' high-voltage lithium-ion batteries "pose the risk of electric shock to emergency responders from exposure to the high-voltage components of a damaged lithium-ion battery."  The government agency added that its investigation found that damaged battery cells can experience uncontrolled spikes in temperatures and pressure.

Electric car driver discovers fast charge costs more than gas.  [Scroll down]  Fast chargers will bring the battery only to an 80% total charge due to the limitations of lithium batteries.  Charging above 80% will damage the battery.  Since I arrived at the charging station with ten percent capacity remaining, I received an additional 70% charge, which gave me about 190 miles total range.  It required one hour and ten minutes.  The cost was $21.07, or 43 cents per kW.  The cost would be about 34 cents per kW if I joined Electrify America for four dollars per month.  Filling my gasoline vehicle for the same range would cost less — about $13.  Charging an EV at a fast charger costs more per mile of range than filling up a gasoline-powered vehicle.

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I find it interesting that "Charging above 80% will damage the battery."  Is there no such thing as a fully charged lithium battery?  Would anyone buy a car with a 10-gallon gas tank that could be damaged by putting in more than 8 gallons?

There's A Caveat With Electric Vehicles.  It's certain that the EV era is coming.  A shift from internal-combustion cars and trucks to electric cars and trucks is a necessary step on the path to a more sustainable transportation ecosystem.  But there's a catch — always is — and a recent report from Undark, a digital science magazine, offers great insight into one of the often-overlooked costs of EV production.  EVs need lithium for their batteries, and heavy lithium mining could be very harmful to regions such as the Atacama Salt Flat, where mining companies are ramping up activity to meet demand.  Promises to ban purely gas-burning cars are being made by governments worldwide, from California and Massachusetts to the UK and Japan.  If these plans are enacted, it will mean a drastic increase in the demand for lithium.  So, what happens when the demand for lithium hits a peak?  The report cites local experts who claim that the mining has begun to decrease the groundwater supply.

Cadillac dealers are jumping ship rather than upgrade for EV sales, report says.  As Cadillac gears up to become a manufacturer of electric vehicles, it's reached a point where it needs to start preparing its dealer network for the change.  This means lots of costly and mandatory upgrades to their facilities for franchised dealers unless GM gives them a way out of their franchise agreements.  According to a report published Friday by the Wall Street Journal, that's precisely what GM is doing.  Specifically, GM is giving Cadillac dealers a choice between giving up their ability to sell any Cadillac and taking a buyout or investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into an uncertain future.

Electric Vehicles Will Drive Us to Serf City.  Without question, the automotive industry is rapidly shifting to electric vehicle production.  Yes, EVs rely on fossil fuel to generate the electricity used to manufacture them and to charge their batteries.  Hence they are not the 'green' vehicles that the enviros tout.  In fact, EVs are net polluters when you consider the tremendous environmental damage that is done to mine the lithium and rare earth elements needed in their manufacture and transport.  And recycling and/or disposal of Li-batteries is another problem waiting a solution.  Furthermore a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the assembly of a midsize EV would produce about 15 percent more emissions than the process of building a similar-sized gasoline powered vehicle.  None of that matters.  The big money, media, and government are solidly behind electric vehicles.  As Bob Dylan sang, "You don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." This is rather amazing considering America didn't vote for EVs nor did the car market demand them.  If the projections persist, EVs will be the norm due to manipulations by global elite and their allies in big business and government.

Mean and Unclean:  Electric Cars Powered by Child Labor in Africa.  The makers of wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and other supposedly environment-friendly technologies — as well as the green activists, politicians and bureaucrats who promote and support them with our tax dollars — continually claim that these technologies are 'green,' 'clean' and 'just.'  Is that true?  In this premier edition of our new series "Mean and Unclean," JunkScience.com explores the African child labor cruelly exploited to make electric cars go. [...] This video shows people washing the cobalt ore in a river.  This crude processing technique would be unthinkable and incredibly illegal in the United States.  [Video clip]

Tesla's "Gigafactory" In Berlin Just Had The Water Shut Off For Not Paying The Bill.  While Elon Musk was busy making high school style "420" and "69" jokes on Twitter, the water at his $400 billion company's latest project — the construction of a Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany — was being turned off for non-payment.  It's likely a wonderful glance into what the priority structure looks like at Tesla.  There are multiple reports coming out of Germany that Tesla had to stop their construction as a result of the water being turned off, according to electrek.

Autos, Engine Bans, and the New Socialism.  One reason EVs are money losers is that consumers don't want them.  Battery-powered chariots make up just 1 percent of the U.S. market.  Yet automakers are overhauling their business models to make EVs.  Why?  Because for the first time, governments are mandating how automakers power their vehicles.  Just as unelected bureaucrats are outlawing coal power, so are they outlawing the gasoline engine.  Welcome to the new socialism.  The government rush to dictate auto powertrains drives against market demand, forcing car companies to make two classes of cars:  one for customers and one for their government masters.

A New Abnormal of Rolling Blackouts Under Biden Energy Plan.  In concert with the aspirational Green New Deal co-sponsored by his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Biden's plan calls for humongous expenditures in renewable energy, including installing 500 million solar panels and manufacturing 60,000 wind turbines.  Add to this that Biden proposes to have taxpayers finance a half-million electric car chargers across America — along with funding to help car makers convert their factories to electric vehicle (EV) production.  Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newson has now ordered his state to ban new gas vehicles by 2035 in order to weaponize its gigantic car market as a hammer to force automakers to concentrate on EVs.  All of this, of course, will shift even greater energy demand from petroleum to the electrical power sector.  Producing and recharging those EVs will require that energy sufficiency is constantly available.  That wasn't the case when that August heatwave left millions of perspiring Californians in the dark as power demand outstripped supplies.

Electric Cars: A Hill to Die On?  Electric cars are quickly attaining a status in American culture previously reserved for mothers, Marvel movies, and apple pie:  Everyone likes them.  As the first presidential debate showed, Donald Trump and Joe Biden agree on hardly anything, but they set aside partisanship when it comes to electric vehicles.  Tesla's stock has skyrocketed 400 percent this year, and Wall Street is showering even obscure brands with money.  But danger lurks beneath the glowing headlines.  China's industrial policy prioritizes electric autos, and many Americans fear that the United States will lose out in this sector. [...] Total car sales have already peaked in the European Union, Japan, and the United States, and the new bout of protectionism may combine with stringent emissions standards to reduce car sales worldwide.  China is now the world's biggest car market and it holds the lead in adopting electric vehicles, which many industry analysts see as the way of the future.  It's not entirely clear that future is desirable for the U.S., though.

Gavin Newsom:  If You Like Your Car, You Can Keep Your Car.  When Barack Obama told the country that under Obamacare "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it," he was dinged for telling the PolitiFact Lie of the Year.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a similar promise when he signed last week an executive order that will outlaw the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by 2035.  "You can still keep your internal-combustion engine car," he said.  "You can still have a market for used cars.  You can still trade and transfer those cars — we're not taking anything away."  Obama knew better, or at least he should have, than to make his promise about health care plans.  But Newsom is likely telling the truth, as far as he knows.  Outside of an override by the Legislature on possible future legislation that would contradict him, he has the authority to keep his promise as long as he's governor.  But he has no control of what happens after he leaves office.

Mandating electric vehicles without a plan will be devastating to California's economy.  Before sky diving, you need to plan ahead by having a parachute before you jump.  California Governor Newsom's recent suicidal jump onto the EV train has a minimum of eight (8) lack-of-a-plan ramifications from his recent Executive order to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 that will be devastating to the state's economy and environment.

EPA chief to Newsom:  You don't have the power to ban gas-powered vehicles.  EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler rebuked California governor Gavin Newsom yesterday [9/28/2020] for his executive order barring sales of gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035.  California no longer has the authority to impose such regulations, Wheeler reminded Newsom, and it also lacks the power, literally:

California ban on gas cars a preview of what liberals want nationally.  Who can fail to be attracted to the Tesla?  That sleek, silent-running electric vehicle seems more common on the road every day.  The introduction of the Model 3 has put this fascinating, tech-heavy brand of car into the same price category as the more expensive nonluxury conventional vehicles.  As a result, Tesla can barely build them fast enough to keep up with demand.  Nor is Tesla the only make of electric car generating broad interest.  Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, and other automakers are all expected to come out with new fully electric models in the next year or two.  Even so, there are limits to this revolution.  Electric vehicles are still very expensive for the low-income consumer who can't do without wheels.  Even for consumers willing to pay more for added range, they are less suitable than conventional cars for certain long-range uses.

Nikola:  How to Parlay An Ocean of Lies Into a Partnership With the Largest Auto OEM in America.  The underlying narrative for the electric vehicle market in 2020 has undoubtedly been Tesla's relentless rally, which recently culminated in the company being valued with a market cap of over $400 billion at its peak — more than time-tested names like GM, Ford, Daimler and Fiat — combined.  Unlike Nikola, Tesla develops extensive proprietary technology, which cuts many traditional automakers and suppliers out of its picture.  The astronomical rise in Tesla's valuation has pressured other auto companies, like General Motors, to unlock similar value from the ongoing EV wave.

Despite Funding Cuts, LAPD Stuck With $10M Electric BMW Pilot Program.  The "Defund The Police" movement has prompted the city to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget.  But what about those expensive electric BMWs that were exposed in several David Goldstein investigations?  David first reported on these LAPD BMWs back in 2017 — a $10 million pilot program that the department is still stuck with years later and for years to come despite calls to cut costs.  Last year we found an LAPD employee using one of the department's fleet of electric BMWs to commute to and from work.  Another one in 2017 using the car to get a manicure.  And we found hundreds of others vehicles rarely used.

Biden and Democrats look to 'Cash for Clunkers'-style program to boost electric vehicles.  Democrats eyeing full control of the government in 2021 are rallying around the idea of providing consumers rebates to swap old gas guzzlers with zero-emission vehicles, seeking to improve upon the Obama "Cash for Clunkers" program.  In recent weeks, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, along with a special climate change committee created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has endorsed a plan by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to take more than 63 million gas vehicles off the road over a decade, replacing them with cleaner ones.

Tesla Austin Factory Now Official.  The long rumored and threatened (if you're California) Austin-area Telsa Gigafactory is now official: [...] The site is evidently going to be out at SH-130 and Harold Green Road northeast of the airport, at the site previously owned by Martin Marietta.

Tesla picks Texas for its largest auto assembly plant.  Tesla has picked Texas as the site for its largest auto assembly plant where it has vowed to employ at least 5,000 workers and will get more than $60million in tax breaks from Travis County and a local school district over the next decade.  Work on the plant, which will be over 4 million square feet, is already underway, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the company's second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday evening [7/22/2020].

The Green New Deal in Action.  Electrical automobile batteries embrace vital quantities of cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, manganese and uncommon earth components.  In line with the modification, the highest producer of cobalt is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which UNICEF and Amnesty Worldwide estimate employs 40,000 youngsters in mines for as much as 12 hours a day at wages of lower than $2 a day.  Some minerals are additionally mined in international locations that exploit youngster labor like Zambia and Zimbabwe.  This is without doubt one of the soiled little secrets and techniques of fresh vitality.  Democrats and unions have demanded that companies, particularly textile producers, certify that their provide chains don't supply supplies produced with youngster labor.  But now they oppose requiring the federal authorities to do the identical when funding renewable vitality.

9 Radical Ideas in the Biden-Sanders 'Unity' Platform.  Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released the policy recommendations of their "unity task force" on Wednesday [7/8/2020]. [...] Here are nine of the most radical proposals in the "unity" document: [...] [#2] Shift the entire "fleet of 500,000 school buses to American-made, zero-emission alternatives" in five years.  This is among the more wild-eyed proposals in the platform's climate change section.  It is not clear who will produce these buses (presumably to run on battery power), or what is to be done with half a million currently functional buses that run on ordinary fuel, and how local school districts are meant to afford the cost.  The platform provides no further details.

Electric vehicle charging burst in flames.  [Video clip]

The mad rush to electric vehicles.  Americans have expressed great displeasure over subsidizing EVs for the wealthy, a recent American Energy Alliance poll found.  Only one in five voters would trust the federal government to make decisions about what kinds of cars should be subsidized — or mandated.  Many do not even like, or cannot afford, the innovations already introduced for internal combustion vehicles, as evidenced by data showing that the average age of the U.S. vehicle fleet has increased in recent years.  Who can blame them for being angry?  Wealthy EV buyers can get $7500 federal and up to $2500 state tax credits (not just deductions), free or low-cost charging at stations installed at taxpayer and electricity consumer cost, and access to HOV lanes even with no passengers.  EV drivers pay no gasoline tax, and thus pay nothing for road construction, repair and maintenance.

Like Electric Cars? You Probably Helped Pay for Them.  The EV tax credit was first enacted in 2008 and provides a $7,500 tax credit for individuals or businesses who purchase an EV.  The size of the credit depends on a vehicle's battery capacity, which means more money to those with larger batteries.  For individuals the credit is non-refundable and can only be used to offset an individual's tax liability if the liability is less than the credit.  Businesses are able to carry the credit back one year or forward up to 20 years.  Though the credit is claimed by individuals and businesses purchasing the vehicles, manufacturers are limited as to the number of vehicles they can make that would qualify for the tax credit.  Per the authorization, each manufacturer can sell 200,000 vehicles that qualify for the credit.  After that cap is reached, the value of the credit phases down over a year, at which point the credit is eliminated for that manufacturer.

Plug-in hybrid cars 'emit three times more carbon dioxide than official figures suggest'.  Plug-in hybrid cars can emit up to three times more carbon dioxide than advertised as real-world tests show some are more polluting than lighter petrol vehicles.  Hybrid cars make use of a battery-powered electric motor to support their internal combustion engine and are often touted as a green choice.  However, aseries of studies have revealed that the fuel consumption rates of the hybrid vehicles are far greater in the real world than in testing conditions.  The reason for this is that hybrids — which contain an extra electric motor and battery — tend to be heavier than their petrol counterparts.

Tesla dumped by Saudis costing kingdom billions in gains.  Saudi Arabia dumped the majority of its Tesla stock missing out on monstrous gains in just the past few weeks.  The kingdom's Public Investment Fund sold 8.2 million shares of the electric-vehicle maker at the end of 2019, according to a regulatory filing released on Tuesday.  Those shares would be worth $7.3 billion at Tuesday's closing price of $887.06 as Tesla's stock has soared 86.5 percent this year.  Saudi Arabia still owns 39,151 shares worth $34.7 million.

General Motors Announces $2.3 Billion Ohio Electric Vehicle Battery Plant.  General Motors on Thursday [1/9/2020] announced plans for a new factory in Ohio that will produce battery cells for electric vehicles.  The Detroit automaker will own 50% of a joint venture with long-time partner battery partner LG Chem; the new company expects to invest $2.3 billion at a new manufacturing site in Lordstown, Ohio.  The factory is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs in the city near Youngstown, which was formerly home to a GM assembly plant with a workforce of about 4,500.

Electric Vehicle Startup Begins $300 Million Facility Project in Arizona.  Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors this week held a groundbreaking ceremony for the $300 million first phase of construction at the site of its planned factory in southern Arizona.  The Silicon Valley company selected Casa Grande, Arizona — about 40 miles south of Phoenix — for its assembly plant in 2016, with an original goal of beginning production in 2018.  Lucid secured a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund last year to help fund the construction of the factory.

Tesla Is Now the Most Valuable U.S. Car Maker of All Time.  Tesla Inc. shares have surged to start 2020, helping the electric-car maker become the most valuable U.S. auto maker ever.  The company closed Monday [1/6/2020] with a market value of $81.39 billion, surpassing Ford Motor Co.'s peak of $80.81 billion set in 1999.

A rough road ahead for electric cars.  We have all watched the apparent increase in the acceptance of electric cars (EVs) thought to be a major portion of our automotive future.  Tesla's $95,000 upscale vehicles get featured almost weekly in the Wall Street Journal as their finances, good and bad, rotate their favor with the investors who keep the stock as elevated as bitcoin in recent years with no underpinning of real value based on price/earnings ratio.  Wolf Richter, a San Francisco. based entrepreneur, calculated that if the company ever earned a $billion dollars with an average stock market P/E ratio of 12, the company's stock should sell for $65, yet it regularly hovers around $400 having made no profit.  Its highly touted $35,000 car for the masses never materialized, remaining in a price range of more than $10,000 over an equivalent gasoline powered vehicle.

Police Wasted £1.5 Million on Electric Cars That Can't Chase Criminals.  Police forces in the United Kingdom have squandered over a million pounds on electric cars that are incapable of chasing criminals or performing emergency services because the eco-friendly vehicles are too slow and take too long to charge.  A freedom of information request found that police in the UK have spent £1.49 million on 448 green cars and vans.  However, the actual cost of the eco-police fleets is likely much higher as many districts have not reported their purchases.

Volkswagen — Smoke, Mirrors and Electric Cars.  VW produced 10,830,000 vehicles in 2018, edging out Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi as the world's largest manufacturer.  Very close to 2.5 million, or 23 percent, were SUVs. [...] But 19 percent of the company's output will be additional SUVs, which have higher fuel consumption than the fleet average vehicle they will replace.  When you do the math, making conservative assumptions about the real emissions of the fleet, VW's plan is still slightly positive with regard to carbon-dioxide emissions.  But what about those 600,000 EVs that are to be sold (and powered) in China?  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration around 72 percent of China's electricity in 2015 came from the combustion of coal, with a few more percent from natural gas.  In other words, a lot of the energy powering those 600,000 "zero emission" vehicles will in fact come from the combustion of fossil fuels, with coal producing more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity than any other source.

Congress must stop subsidizing wealthy car buyers.  Why are Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi teaming together to lobby for a tax bill that would provide about 80 percent of the benefits to Americans who make more than $100,000 a year?  Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi are the ones who for the last two years have been railing against income inequality and "tax cuts for the rich," but now they are head cheerleaders for a bill that would extend and even expand tax favors padding the pockets of mostly wealthy Americans who can afford to buy pricey Tesla and GM electric vehicles.  The price tag for taxpayers could reach $16 billion for this bill.

Electric Cars Are the future.  Cars lined up waiting to be recharged.  [Video clip]

10 questions to ask your climate alarmist friends.  [#4] If we replace all our cars with electric vehicles, how do you think the electricity will be generated?  Electric vehicles don't magically stop CO2 emissions because they have to get their electricity from somewhere.  In fact, some electric vehicles actually emit more carbon dioxide over their lifetime than traditional cars, depending on the electricity sources where they're driven and manufactured.

Green Delusion Persists: Tesla Crash Victim Can't Find Anyone To Recycle His Wrecked Car.  It was just over a month ago that we reported on a Tesla accident in Austria that resulted in firefighters needing to use a special container to transport the remains of the vehicle and the battery at the scene of the accident.  Now, the owner of the vehicle is having trouble finding someone who will properly recycle his wrecked car and its battery.  It's been sitting in one place since the accident and Tyrol reports that "nobody wants to burn their fingers to dispose of the car with its unpredictable 600 kg lithium-ion battery."  The owner, Dominik Freymuth, says he feels "abandoned by the manufacturer."

Tesla already received 146,000 Cybertruck pre-orders worth over $8 billion.  Elon Musk announced that Tesla already received 146,000 Cybertruck pre-orders just over a day after they unveiled the electric pickup truck to mixed reviews.  The Tesla Cybertruck has been polarizing, to say the least.

Elon Musk explains Tesla Cybertruck window fail, says 200K have been ordered already.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spent the past few days tweeting explanations for the embarrassing rollout of the company's new Cybertruck pickup last Thursday [11/21/2019].  During a demonstration of the triangular truck's allegedly superstrong "Armor" windows, Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen threw a metal ball at the front door window causing it to shatter, and did it again with the rear door window with the same result.

Tesla Stock Drops As Cybertruck's Shattering Debut Delights And Confuses.  Tesla stock dropped Friday [11/22/2019] after the electric-car maker unveiled its high-tech "Cybertruck" — an event that cheered the company's fans but caused some head-scratching among analysts wary of its bizarre design.

Tesla debuts futuristic new electric pickup Cybertruck to applause and derision.  It looks a little like a Mars rover, or a stainless steel triangle on wheels.  But it is definitely like no other pickup truck you've seen before.  And it lit up social media late Thursday during its unveiling with some deriding it as ugly — and others loving its futuristic style.  Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck, the company's new pickup, at a typically grand event and is already letting consumers sign up to buy and put down deposits on it even though the Cybertruck won't be on the road until late 2021.

San Diego's Green New Deal Showcase Unwittingly Reveals an Expensive Future.  [Scroll down]  My colleague's son has a Tesla and commutes 80 kilometers to work in Denmark.  He has had his EV for five years.  He needs to change the battery pack next year.  A new battery pack will cost from one-third to half of the new car cost.  EV bus manufacturers state that they can have a battery life of 15 years.  This seems dubious today but technology continues to improve.  However, components in discarded battery packs are very lethal to the environment and require special care.

Tesla Discloses US Revenues Collapsed 39%. Americans Sour on its Cars, Pent-Up Demand Exhausted.  This morning [10/29/2019], Tesla filed its Form 10-Q quarterly earnings report with the SEC, a moment when no one was supposed to pay attention after the surprise quarterly profit that had caused such a hullabaloo last week.  The 10-Q provides a pile of additional detail that Tesla is not required to disclose in its promo-laden earnings report that was primarily designed to downplay its first year-over-year revenue decline since the Financial Crisis.  But that revenue decline is a lot more nerve-wracking than what it looks like on the surface.

The Electric Car Fantasy.  It takes energy — the equivalent of 80 to 300 barrels of oil — to fabricate a battery that can hold energy equal to one barrel.  Thus, energy used to make batteries brings a carbon "debt" to EVs which, depending on where the factories are located, greatly diminishes, or even cancels out, emissions saved by not burning oil.  None of this changes the fact that, for the first time in a century, EVs are exciting options for niche markets.  Credit for that goes to the three scientists who received the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for inventing the lithium battery — and to Elon Musk.  If Teslas weren't well-designed and appealing, even subsidies wouldn't have enticed well-heeled buyers.  Nor would every automaker be trying to compete.  But for perspective on sales adoption in niche markets:  even Tesla's impressive cumulative total of over 500,000 sold in the six years after its introduction was eclipsed by the Ford Mustang, selling 2.5 million in its first six years.

Electric Cars Hardly Guaranteed To Beat Oil.  Indeed, released just a few weeks ago, J.D. Power's Mobility Confidence Index shows that Americans are still not exactly in love with the machines that we are supposed to just assume will end oil's century of dominance in transport.  Consumers are not as optimistic about the future of plug-in cars and self-driving vehicles as analysts and the media are portraying.  Among other concerns, electric cars are too expensive, rely on a precarious supply chain (some immorally using child labor), lack a significant used car market, and have worrying short-range issues.

24 Things Wrong With Electric Cars Millennials Choose To Ignore.  Without a doubt, there are a number of strong reasons that can compel anyone to choose to drive an electric car.  However, it must also be noted that electric cars come with their own set of issues and problems.  Just to give you a better idea, here are 24 things wrong with electric cars that today's millennials are simply ignoring.

Tesla's Fatal Strategy.  On October 21, 2019, President Trump praised ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and China.  Still, as negotiators work towards a deal that would alleviate tensions and reduce tariffs amongst the countries, the trade war persists.  And that fact could spell disaster for Elon Musk's Tesla — a company banking hard on generous financial assistance from both the United States and Chinese governments.  Last year, Musk faced bad news: the United States would be scaling back its subsidies for electric vehicles, known as EV credits.  Without the additional support from the federal government, Tesla had to search for a new revenue stream — and the company found it within China's regime.

Tesla's "Futuristic" Door-Handles Blamed For Killing 48-Year-Old Man Trapped In Burning Wreck.  The door handles on the Tesla Model S are being blamed for the death of a 48 year old man who was involved in a fiery crash earlier this year, according to Bloomberg.  A police officer was unable to pull the man to safety from his burning vehicle.  Oman Awan was driving his leased Tesla in February when he lost control of the vehicle on a South Florida parkway and slammed into a palm tree.  A police officer who responded to the scene was unable to open the doors to free Awan because the handles were retracted and bystanders were forced to watch "helplessly" as the car filled with smoke and flames, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in state court in Broward County.

Electric vehicle charging in the hallway catches on fire.  On October 20, 2019, a video of an electric car caught fire in the circle of friends.  In 2 minutes and 18 seconds, the ring flashed several times and the sparks splashed.  According to China Fire, the video took place in a rental house in Chenghai District, Shantou.  The electric vehicle charged by the wall suddenly exploded.  [Video clip]

Proving a Negative.  The Democrats' affection for the ill-conceived, fantastical Green New Deal is an example of unintellectual wishful thinking pushing aside factual reality.  So-called "sustainable, renewable" fuels are simply not economically viable in today's energy market without heavy government subsidies.  It's just too expensive.  For example, electric cars still only represent a 2% share of the U.S. auto market, despite all the frenzied attention, government subsidies and publicity they've received.  Battery technology remains too expensive and too short-lived for electric vehicles to be affordable for the mass market and for drivers to have a reliable, confidence-inspiring range of over 400 miles.  A comprehensive, country-wide recharging infrastructure still doesn't exist, so regardless of their range or the affordability of the purchase price, without the assurance of being able to "refuel" anywhere away from home, electric cars are sentenced to only really being suitable for around-town/recharge-at-home use.

Dyson Becomes Latest Sign That Electric-Car Bubble Is Bursting.  Dyson Ltd.'s sudden decision to scrap its $2.5 billion electric-vehicle ambitions is the latest reality check creeping into the once soaring EV industry.  The famed maker of vacuum cleaners and hair dryers couldn't find a way of making the project commercially viable, billionaire James Dyson said in a letter to staff Thursday [10/10/2019].  The announcement came about two years after the company first disclosed its plans to jump into car manufacturing.

Electric-Car Owners Shocked by California Blackouts.  Everybody knows that electric cars are going to save the planet from climate change or something.  Unlike regular cars, which run on gasoline and make all the polar bears cry as they sink into the sea, electric cars are powered by... um... magic?  Mjólnir, the hammer of Thor?  That must be how it works, or else owning an electric car would impose some sort of cost to the environment.  And that can't be, or those guys wouldn't be so insufferably smug.  You know those intentional blackouts they're having in California to reduce the risk of wildfires?  Well, guess what happens now?

Electric-Car Owners Hard Hit by Massive California Power Shutdown.  Nature built California to burn.  And there's only so much Elon Musk, Pacific Gas & Electric, or anyone else can do to diminish that.  "All Tesla Supercharger stations in regions affected by California power outages will have Tesla Powerpacks within next few weeks," Elon Musk tweeted this morning in response to PG&E's shutoff of power to several California regions in order to minimize the risk of wildfire from high winds.  "Just waiting on permits."  "Waiting on permits" may as well be California's state motto.  And there's never any guarantee they'll actually come.

The Editor says...
I had to resort to my favorite non-Google search engine and ask, "What is a Tesla Powerpack?"  Apparently is it an enormous battery-and-inverter box, much like the UPS you should have on your home computer, to keep the computer happy if the power quits for a few minutes.  But the Powerpack doesn't generate electricity.  It still gets power (when available!) from the local utility, which is most likely burning hydrocarbons to make electricity.  And even if you manage to get a Tesla Powerpack (and the permits) delivered tomorrow morning, and the utility power is still out, there is no way to charge it.  You'd still need one of these:  [1] [2] [3] [4]

NASCAR may switch to hybrids in 2022, series executive says.  NASCAR has an all-new car coming in 2021, but a bigger change may happen the following year.  "Nothing is fully confirmed until it hits the race track.  That said, hybrid tech could certainly be in our cars by 2022, if all plans stay on track," NASCAR's senior vice president for racing development, John Probst, told Tech Crunch this week.  Probst said the plan is still very much in development, and that the powertrains would be focused more on improving performance than fuel efficiency.

Tesla Advises Customers Hit By California Blackout to Charge Up.  Before PG&E Corp.'s massive blackout swept across Northern California, Tesla Inc. issued a politely worded but urgent message to its many area customers: charge up your car, now.  Customers tweeted photos Wednesday of the notice popping up on the touch screens of their electric cars, advising them to top off their batteries while they still could.  Utility owner PG&E began shutting off electricity to parts of the region early Wednesday [10/9/2019] to prevent its power lines from sparking fires during an expected windstorm.

The EV Free Lunch is coming to an end.  For years electric vehicle owners benefited from federal subsidies (financed by the working class).  They also enjoy exemptions from the fuel taxes that pay for road and bridge maintenance as they use no "fuel" as it relates to powering a combustion engine.  Things are changing and rather quickly.  With subsidies beginning to end, states are also hitting electric vehicle owners with high fees in an effort to put all vehicles equally accountable for financing repairs and maintenance of our highway infrastructure.  The average household income of electric vehicle (EV) purchasers is upwards of $200,000.  This subsidy is a burden on American families and disproportionately impacts low-income consumers, who can't afford to purchase EVs, but are forced to pay for supporting infrastructure while EV owners who enjoy the benefits of that same infrastructure are given a free pass.

Tesla cop car
Cop's Tesla runs out of battery power during high-speed chase.  A police officer's Tesla ran out of battery power in the middle of a high-speed chase in California last week, reports said Wednesday [9/25/2019].  The cop from the Fremont Police Department was pursuing a suspect in a department-issued Tesla Model S car last Friday when he suddenly noticed he was running low, the Mercury News reported.  As the officer and the suspect hit speeds of 120 miles per hour, the cop radioed that he would have to drop the pursuit.  "I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec," the cop said on the radio, according to the report.

The Editor says...
Yes, and for every second he talks on the radio, he has a little less juice in the battery.

A 1971 Plymouth Satellite
Calif. Police Officer Loses High Speed Chase when Battery of His Electric Cruiser Dies.  A California police officer lost a suspect in traffic after the battery in his electric patrol car conked out before he was able to nab the crook he was chasing in a high-speed chase.  A recording of police radio calls shows that a Fremont, California, officer was chasing a suspect at speeds of upwards to 120 miles per hour.  But the chase did not go well for the police, according to the Mercury News.

The Editor says...
A criminal — probably guilty of a violent crime — got away.  But at least the police car didn't wreck the earth by emitting carbon dioxide, and that's what California considers a top priority.  If it's not a priority, why are the cops driving electric cars?

[Photo:  A 1971 Plymouth Satellite, perhaps with a 440-cubic-inch V8.]

Biden: 'We Can Take Millions of Vehicles Off the Road...'.  [Scroll down]  Host Anderson Cooper asked Biden, "Will there be a point, or would you like there to be a point — and if so, when — that everybody drives an electric car or has to drive an electric car?"  Biden responded, "Well, I think, look — that's going to be based upon whether or not we can make it economically feasible.  And it is economically feasible, because guess what?  Everybody knows where the world is going.  "You're not — just like, you know — we set out the rules for what kind of plant, you know, coal-burning plants.  No one is going to build another coal-burning — we've got to shut down the ones down we have, but no one is going to build a new one.  Guess what?  They're not efficient relative to what else is available to be done. [...]"

The Editor says...
When was the last time you heard a statement so replete with fillers, crutch words, self-interrupted rhetoric, and verbal tics that add nothing of substance?  Not since the last time Obama's teleprompter quit working.

How Elon Musk Fooled Investors, Bilked Taxpayers, and Gambled Tesla to Save Solarcity.  [Scroll down]  In public, Musk doesn't talk much about Tesla's factory in Buffalo — a place he once, in better times, dubbed Gigafactory 2.  Gigafactory 1, of course, is Tesla's much-hyped futuristic electric car plant outside Reno.  Gigafactory 2, which is shrouded in silence and secrets, was a controversial side venture:  a high-stakes move to dominate America's growing market for solar energy.  Tesla bought the factory's main tenant, SolarCity, for almost $5 billion in 2016.  The plan, in true Muskian hyperbole, was to turn the plant in Buffalo into what was billed as the largest manufacturing facility of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.  SolarCity would build 10,000 solar panels per day and install them on homes and businesses across the country.

VW Bets Future on Electric People's Car.  Volkswagen AG lifted the curtain on the first of a new generation of vehicles it is betting will take the electric car out of its tiny market niche and make it the new car for the masses.  [8/22/2019]

Walmart sues Tesla over solar panels it says caused multiple fires.  Walmart has sued Tesla, saying solar panels supplied by the electric carmaker were responsible for fires at about seven of its stores.  The fires destroyed significant amounts of store merchandise and required substantial repairs, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket losses, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York court on Tuesday [8/20/2019].  As of November 2018, no fewer than seven Walmart stores, including those in Denton, Maryland, and Beavercreek, Ohio, had experienced fires due to Tesla's solar systems, according to the lawsuit.

Diesel powered electric car charger
The diesel generator behind the electric car charging point.  It's becoming a joke all around the world — the EVs in Australia powered by dirty diesel.  But what's the difference?  Most EV's in Australia are running on fossil fuel — the generators are just hidden behind longer extension cords.  (Ones that carry 240,000V) [sic].  EV's on our grid are running on 80% fossil fuels every day.

The Electric Obamaphone.  Elon just admitted something that is getting very little coverage — and no explanation.  He announced that Tesla will no longer be selling the "affordable" $35,000 Model 3 he promised would be Tesla's first mass-market electric car.  Like so many of Elon's promises, that one's out the window, too. [...] Elon is admitting that electric cars aren't mass-market cars.  That after all the glitzy assurances, after all these years, in the end, they are what they have always been:  Specialty cars for people with the disposable income to indulge other-than-economic considerations such as "technology" and — as Elon loves to tout — the driving characteristics of electric cars.

The "New Energy Economy": An Exercise in Magical Thinking.  [Scroll down]  All this has relevance for encouraging EVs.  In terms of managing the inconvenient cyclical nature of demand, shifting transportation fuel use from oil to the grid will make peak management far more challenging.  People tend to refuel when it's convenient; that's easy to accommodate with oil, given the ease of storage.  EV refueling will exacerbate the already-episodic nature of grid demand.  To ameliorate this problem, one proposal is to encourage or even require off-peak EV fueling.  The jury is out on just how popular that will be or whether it will even be tolerated.

Sales of hybrid cars plummet after subsidy cut.  The number of green cars sold in Britain has fallen for the first time in two years after the government cut subsidies.  Last month 13,314 "alternatively fuelled" cars were registered, 12 percent less than in June 2018.  Sales of pure electric cars rose sharply but this was offset by a huge decrease in the number of hybrids, which run on a combination of battery power and a conventional petrol engine.  The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that it was the first time since April 2017 that the eco-friendly car sector had seen a decline.

The Coming Cash For Not-Clunkers.  What do you suppose will happen when they build them — but no one comes?  Within the next couple of years, almost every car company will be building — and trying to sell — electric cars.  It won't be just Tesla's cars — which cars Tesla is already having trouble trying to sell.  Chiefly, because there is a built-in limit to the number of $35,000-and-up cars you can sell — regardless of the number you build.

Elitist Vehicles:  You Subsidize Them, But You Can't Afford Them.  The least expensive EVs costs a lot of green — $30,000 to start for the Nissan Leaf, several thousand more for the next-up Tesla 3 ($35,000) and Chevy Bolt ($36,620), and way up from there.  The typical new EV sells for south of $50,000.  Plus another couple thousand for a "fast" charger, so you can wait 30-45 minutes to get going again rather than all day.  The average person can't afford this — in money or time.  But he is forced to subsidize this, which is an interesting thing given the hardest pushers of EVs are affluent liberals — who used to be people who feigned concern about the economic troubles of the average person.  Now they pick his pockets to fatten theirs.  And no one seems to be angry about this.

Tesla 'On The Verge' of Bankruptcy:  Vilas Capital.  As electric car company Tesla Inc. and its CEO Elon Musk gear up for a make-or-break earnings report next month, one chief investment officer, John Thompson of Vilas Capital, tells Fortune that the company is "without any doubt" on "the verge of bankruptcy."  Bears have increasingly criticized Tesla's cash position as it faces pressure to ramp up production for its first mass-market vehicle, the Model 3 sedan.  Some investors are losing confidence in serial entrepreneur and angel investor Elon Musk, who despite his history of beating the odds, has continually delayed targets for his Palo Alto, California-based automaker at a time when it faces heightened competition from traditional car companies and EV startups.

Zero Emissions Claims Don't Pan Out for Electric Vehicles.  A study by the IFO think tank in Munich found that electric vehicles in Germany emit 11 percent to 28 percent more carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts.  The study considered the production of batteries as well as the German electricity mix in making this determination.  Germany spent thousands of euros on electric car subsidies per vehicle to put a million electric vehicles on the road, but those subsidies have done nothing to reach the country's greenhouse gas emission targets.  This is just the latest example of government programs expecting one outcome and getting quite another, instead.  To some it is ironic; to others it is funny.

The Big Lie:  The future is in Battery Electric Vehicles.  I have a subscription to California based Motor Trend magazine.  Motor Trend editors and writers are pushing the idea that the future is in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).  This is a big lie.  Let's take a look at who is driving the BEVs market.

Employees sour on Tesla amid cost-cutting, layoffs.  Tesla Inc's rankings at two high-profile job websites have declined, suggesting that job dissatisfaction at the electric car company is intensifying amid layoffs, strategy shifts and executive turnover.

Spoiler:  It's the taxpayers.
Tesla's Secret Source of Cash Has Finally Been Revealed.  General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV disclosed to the state of Delaware earlier this year that they reached agreements to buy federal greenhouse gas credits from Tesla.  While the filings are light on detail, they haven't been reported on previously.  They also represent the first acknowledgments from carmakers that they're turning to Tesla for help to comply with intensifying U.S. environmental regulations.  The deal with GM will come as a surprise to those who thought years of sales of plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts and all-electric Chevy Bolts would leave the largest U.S. automaker in the clear with regard to regulatory compliance.  But while sales of those models have put GM in a position where it doesn't need extra credits today, demand for its battery-powered vehicles are dwarfed by its gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs.

The Phony Case For Electric Cars.  In an editorial published last week, Bloomberg (the news site, not the former mayor) declares that the only way cities can "dramatically improve air quality and extend lives shortened by pollution" is to follow the lead of places like Amsterdam and "ban (non-electric) cars."  "Cities should offer up-front incentives to buy zero-emission cars, for instance, as well as non-financial benefits such as parking vouchers.  Higher taxes on petrol and diesel cars — whether via congestion tolls or at the pump — will encourage drivers to switch and offset some of the costs of the transition," the editorial board says.  They go on, and on, with policy advice, including more public transit options, charging stations, electric taxies and buses and "underground skating pods."  There's nothing wrong with underground staking pods, whatever those are, so long as they're privately funded and operated.

Electric Car Tax Credit Bill Will Cost $16 Billion, Critics Say.  An extension of a consumer tax credit for electric vehicle purchases sought by a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers could cost as much as $15.7 billion, according to an analysis prepared by opponents of the effort.  The analysis of legislation by Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, to grant automakers a $7,000 tax credit for an additional 400,000 vehicles was commissioned by American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a Washington trade group.  The current $7,500 per-vehicle incentive for consumers, credited with helping establish the nascent market for electric cars, phases down once a manufacturer sells 200,000 of the vehicles.

Electric Car Debate.  The U.S. and China are in a fierce competition over production of electric vehicles.  Both countries have dumped major public cash into the fight.  But here in the U.S. those federal subsidies on so-called EV's are phasing out.  Lisa Fletcher reports whether they should continue is driving a major debate.  In our nation's capital, there is a fast moving debate about whether taxpayers should continue to fuel the electric vehicle industry.

Proposed $1,000 Illinois electric vehicle registration fee called unfair by EV owners and manufacturers.  A proposed hike in Illinois' annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.

North Dakota to Charge Electric Vehicle Owners for Highway Maintenance.  North Dakota joined 20 other states imposing fees on electric vehicles, on April 11. [...] Senate Bill 2061 imposes annual fees of $120 on electric vehicles (EVs), $50 for plug-in hybrids, and $20 for electric motorcycles, to ensure owners of these vehicles contribute to highway and road maintenance.  Road construction and maintenance are largely funded by gasoline taxes.  Because EVs do not use gasoline, their owners avoid such taxes though EV use still puts wear and tear on roads.

From whence comes the power to drive electric vehicles?  Elon Musk recognized early on there was money to be made in businesses that support environmental causes.  He has gained the support of the green movement by broadcasting his vision for a future without fossil fuels, reducing global warming and traveling on battery powered cars. [...] At first glance Musk's vision for the electric car seems reasonable.  It has no tailpipe and no emissions.  Government subsidized electric buses and trains have been increasing in recent years.  However, our entire nation has been ignoring two critical questions that must be answered — and those answers will not come easily.

Rich people don't need your money to buy electric cars — Let's get real about EV tax credits.  Americans who want to drive electric vehicles should absolutely be free to do so.  But the rest of us should not be forced to subsidize their expensive, environmentally questionable choice of cars.  Liberal environmentalists have long touted electric vehicles (EVs) as an affordable, low-emission option for middle-class American families, even though the electricity used to power them is most often generated by fossil fuels and the buyers are rarely middle class.  The soon-to-expire tax breaks that EV owners receive go disproportionately to upper-income Americans.

Huge bang and house burns to the ground — just an e-bike battery mishap.  GlowWorm Bicycles said eZee has recalled some faulty batteries, but lists these Handy safety tips for all e-bike batteries:  Don't charge them unsupervised, don't overcharge, undercharge, charge near flammable things or charge overnight, and have a fire safety plan.

Tesla and Other EVs are a Fraud.  The reason is how batteries work.  They start to degrade chemically on the day they're made, and do so more-or-less linearly.  There's nothing you can do about that — this happens even under ideal storage conditions.  In addition there's a "per-cycle" penalty too, because batteries operate through ion exchange across the electrolyte — that is, the physical movement of ions between cathode and anode. [...] When you account for the required CO2 emissions to mine the raw materials for the batteries, refine those materials and assemble the batteries you're better off driving a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones, German study shows.  When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix — in which coal still plays an important role — are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday [4/17/2019] at the Ifo Institute in Munich.  Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy.  A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2.  Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study.  The CO2 given off to produce the electricity that powers such vehicles also needs to be factored in, they say.

Tesla Posts Huge Losses in 2019.  Tesla's first quarterly earnings report of 2019 showed the company took a massive financial hit after losing a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit on Jan. 1, Greentech Media reports.  Tesla released its Q1 earnings report Wednesday, showing losses greater than the already pessimistic predictions from analysts.  The electric car company posted a $702 million net loss.  The negative cash flow is the greatest loss the company has ever posted over one quarter.  In conjunction with the deficit, Tesla's car delivery dropped by 31 percent from 90,700 cars in the last quarter of 2018 to 63,000 cars in the first quarter of 2019.

Tesla needs $2.5 billion in fresh capital, says a top analyst, and it's causing the stock to drop.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk's comments during the latest quarterly update were a hint that the electric vehicle maker will soon need to raise billions more in capital, Morgan Stanley said on Thursday.  "Given improvements in efficiency and upcoming expansion plans, Mr. Musk admitted that from today's perspective there is 'some merit' to raising capital," Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a note to investors.  Jonas is widely followed on Wall Street as an early authority on both Tesla and electric vehicles.  Morgan Stanley forecasts Tesla will raise $2.5 billion in the third quarter of this year, coming "from strategic sources," Jonas said.

Electric Car-Owners Shocked:  New Study Confirms EVs Considerably Worse For Climate Than Diesel Cars.  According to the study directed by Christoph Buchal of the University of Cologne, published by the Ifo Institute in Munich last week, electric vehicles have "significantly higher CO2 emissions than diesel cars."  That is due to the significant amount of energy used in the mining and processing of lithium, cobalt, and manganese, which are critical raw materials for t