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Buying an electric car…. not if one has any common sense

March 14, 2019

….when I lived in Alaska we had to plug in our vehicles, electric or otherwise, whenever it dropped below minus 20 for the night because it drained power from our trucks battery and sometimes they wouldn’t start. Yet I did see a number of electric ‘cars’ driving around Fairbanks, of course they belong to those with enough wherewithal to afford a winter and summer vehicle because I never saw one in the winter. Now most places in the lower 48 do not have to deal with temperatures dropping to -20 or more for the entire night so electric cars would be more desirable, especially to those wanting to reduce global carbon emissions…. not!

Yes the use of that electric car produces no carbon emissions, (other then when it was manufactured), and yes driving an electric vehicle does eliminate the need to drill for oil and if everyone who owned a car switched to an electric car our global carbon emissions would indeed be reduced but not by as much as one thinks. That is because those electric cords used to charge the cars are connected to a power plant and those plants run on natural gas (a petroleum byproduct) or coal or nuclear. So all you are doing is trading one form of byproduct of drilling for another or in the case of nuclear trading air pollution for the danger of radiation exposure.

Now some say they will use solar panels to charge their electric cars…. a solid and pollution free alternative to electricity from a power plant, but do most of those wanting an electric car have the additional mega-dollars needed for setting up a personal solar panel charging station? Plus one must remember you need the sun to charge your car so I guess this method would only apply to people working night shifts, who sleep during the day while their car is charging. One must also consider no more long distance driving like on a vacation because you would be stopping to recharge your car a number of times until you got to your destination. Also remembering what happens every summer when in some states like California they have rolling black outs because the power companies can’t meet the demands of all the people using their air conditioner… just imagine adding millions of cars charging to that load.

 

Using common sense
lets look at electric cars objectively

Pro-electric
They do lower carbon emissions

Con-electric
Your just trading one form of carbon emissions for another.
They have a limited range.
They are expensive without government subsidies
You have to work night work and charge the car during the day

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2019 3:32 pm

    Hear hear!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. john w8wej permalink
    March 14, 2019 4:26 pm

    Gee, who would have thought of that?? certainly not most in the government . Cheers john

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  3. Jon Rukavina permalink
    March 16, 2019 3:28 pm

    “Plus one would remember…the sun to charge your car…work night shifts to charge their cars during the day…long distance driving ..
    Those two sentences while true are also funnier than hell, Pete. Good for at least a snicker :) LOL!!!

    Glad to see your posting!!!

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  4. March 31, 2019 11:31 am

    Pete, I am one of those people who would like an electric car. Why? Not to lower my fictional carbon footprint, but so I don’t have to be at the mercy of gas companies raising the price of fuel at the pump. With an electric car as a commuter car only, I could charge for free at work and during the summer use my solar panels and charge free at home because we work on the homestead most of the day. For me having an electric car would save a lot of money on gas and I could almost make a car payment for the amount of money I would be saving. However, the downside is the price of electric car batteries have been set to about the same price as fuel at the pump over 7 years (life of the battery), which would be the same amount of driving with gas (No savings). Interesting how the oil companies also own the battery technology and choose to set the price to be the same as buying gas for 7 years for your car. The only way around this is to build my own electric car for commuting, therefore, I can control the price and type of battery to install. The range would be limited, but so would the oil companies reach into my bank account.

    Much of the gas money I spend is on commuting. I would keep my gas powered car for long trips or emergencies. As large corporations keep raising prices and my disposable income each month is taken by the rising cost of health care, gasoline, food, I need to find a way to take control back from this type of price gouging.

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