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Electric cars cost between $30,000 to $40,000 for a basic model. You can get a pretty nice gasoline powered car for that money. So why buy an electric car? Good question. They say it is cleaner for the environment to drive one. It uses less gas, so less pollution, right? Well the answer is maybe. You still have to charge the batteries, where does the power come from to charge them. Well if you live in Nevada probably from power plant fueled by either coal or oil. You are basically just postponing the use of gas. Another issue with the car is that by nature the configuration is more complicated. You still have a gasoline powered motor plus an battery powered option as well. When you hit a certain speed the use of gasoline kicks in, also the charge only lasts so long. So an electric car is probably better for around town and shorter trips. When the motor switches over to gasoline the motor uses part of its power to recharge the batteries. Electric cars are getting better, but they are still expensive.
The battery is warranted typically for 50,000 miles. It costs between $5,000 and $6,000 to replace the batteries. Not to mention all the toxic wastes generated from the disposal of the batteries. I guess some parts can be recycled, but of that I am not sure how much. Anyway the environment still takes a hit. The average gasoline powered car lasts over a 100,000 miles easily if taken care of. Usually with little maintenance, except for brakes and tires and oil changes. All these things are common to both types of vehicles. So if your car only lasts 100,000 miles you have an additional expense of at least $5,000. If you want it to last longer you will spend $5,000 for every additional 50,000 miles, plus all the other regular costs. I did not check in the relative cost of what replacing the motor would be. I am sure it will cost more than the its gasoline-based brother. It is still new technology, so fewer garages will be able to work on them.
I don’t know about you, I am just not feeling the need to switch to an electric car. However, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.
This is an update on the electric car debate. Since I originally wrote this article more information has come to light. I always wondered what the allure of the electric car was and why there was such a big push for them. With the current technology present, they really can only serve a limited purpose. Their range is somewhat limited, which rules them out for long distance travel. Many of the cars are rated at 300 miles per charge. This sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t when you include some criteria. The 300 miles distance measured is on fairly flat roads. Anybody living out west knows that our roads can be quite mountainous. So the range is going to be shorter. Also the more cargo in the vehicle the more work the the motor has to do, so the more energy used, also reducing the range even further. Who can remember family trips in the station wagon or minivan? There were likely 4 or more people in the car and you were usually pulling some type of trailer or camper. How far do you really thing an electric car could get you under these conditions?
I am sure that the individuals pushing the electric car knows this. After all it is pretty basic and common in the US. Electric cars are OK for city travel with limited driving distances. Many cities have problems with air pollution, mainly r/t car emissions, so electric cars will certainly help here. But don’t forget as I stated earlier in this article you still have to charge the batteries.
So as I asked already, why are we pushing them so hard under this administration? When you are at a loss for a reason or cause follow the money. At one point in time the US was the largest producer of rare earth metals. This was in the 1990s. Due to environmental and issues our country lost the advantage. Now we only produce a small portion of the rare earth metals that we consume. The vast majority of these metals comes from our biggest competitor, China. We also know that the Biden family has strong financial ties to China. There is another fact that you may not be aware of, one I just found out myself. Rechargeable batteries require these metals in their manufacture. With the increase in electric car production, the demand for these metals will skyrocket. It will also make us more dependent than ever on China. I don’t know about you, but I think increasing our dependency on the ever fickle China is a bad idea.
REALITY CHECK -This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. A home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. In case you were thinking of buying hybrid or an electric car…Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it. At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious. If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded. This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later “investment” will not be revealed until we’re so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an ‘OOPS…!’ and a shrug. If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It’s enlightening. Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.” Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles. It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph. According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So the Government wants us to pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country. WAKE UP NORTH AMERICA!!!!!!!….copied from John Koth
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