Last month I wrote why, logistically, electric cars aren’t for everyone, and especially for those traveling long distances. Please stop telling me I am destroying the planet if I don’t have one. Here’s some reasons why they’re not for me.
First, if I need gas, I pull in, fill up in 10 minutes, and am on my way. No waiting in line and finally getting to the recharge station for another 40 minutes to charge.
Secondly, electricity for electric cars will not be a stable commodity. Remember the California rolling blackouts during the fires? People with electric cars couldn’t evacuate because their cars wouldn’t charge. Even today, California is having a hard time keeping the power on. Last month we saw most of the Portland area with no electricity because of overuse of air conditioners.
Third, the price is between $55,000 and $125,000 for a new Tesla — very high monthly payments.
Fourth, would I be able to trade my used electrical car in? Would anyone buy a used one knowing a battery could go bad, costing a fortune to replace? If people aren’t buying used ones, then dealers won’t be taking them in. It costs nearly $16,000 to replace a Tesla Model 3 battery pack.
And fifth, if electrical cars don’t use gasoline, they will not pay the gas tax, which pays for roads and bridges. What then? They’ll start tracking your travel to tax you. No thanks, it’s none of the government’s business where I go or how much I travel.
Put your thinking caps back on. Again, Bill Gates, liberal who knows technology: "Current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar depend on the weather. The cost of de-carbonization using today’s technology is beyond astronomical." John Kerry recently said even if we go to zero CO2 emissions, it wouldn’t do a thing if the rest of the world doesn’t follow.
Electrical grids in our country will not handle the masses having electrical cars. If we really intend to adopt electric vehicles for all, we have to face certain realities. The average house is equipped with 100 to 200-amp service, and they would need an additional 75-amp service for a Tesla. Smaller systems are available, but they require up to nine hours to recharge a car. On a small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a Tesla. If even half the homes have smaller electric vehicles, the system would be wildly overloaded. In addition to the grid and infrastructure overload, where is the new power?
As I stated in my last letter, where are all the charging stations located on the highways, as it will take thousands and thousands of them? All highway systems will need to be very high amp systems so charging times will not be in hours. Lithium-ion batteries perform better in warm weather, so in colder winter months it will require more charging. Where is that grid, and where is the power?
So, before we continue to spend tax dollars on tax credits for rich people to buy electric cars, maybe we should start building nuclear power plants across the country so we can power all the charging stations. Even if we built nuclear power plants, and it would take many to provide enough electricity, we still have the problems of building a completely new power grid for both home charging stations and acres and acres of highway, very high-amp charging stations, plus a huge disposal issue for dead batteries.
Again, logistically it won’t work.
Bob Folkers is a resident of Siletz.