This page contains links to the articles on the use of electric vehicles.
Dr. Jay Lehr writing at PA Pundits has an excellent overview of the many reasons that electric vehicles will never replace the internal combustion engine.
The economic and upgrades to the electric system costs for the United Kingdom needed to implement electric vehicles are enormous.
The emphasis on battery electric vehicles over other technologies puts all our eggs in one basket.
“Electrifying parts of our transportation system may result in incremental reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” Robert Bryce argues. “But a look at history, as well as an analysis of the supply-chain issues involved in manufacturing EVs, the resource intensity of batteries, and the increasingly fragile state of our electric grid – which is being destabilized by bad policy at the state and national levels – shows that a headlong drive to convert our transportation systems to run on ‘green’ electricity could cost taxpayers untold billions of dollars, increase greenhouse gas emissions, be bad for societal resilience, make the U.S. more dependent on commodity markets dominated by China, make us less able to respond to extreme weather events or attacks on our infrastructure, and impose regressive taxes on low and middle-income Americans in the form of higher electricity prices.”
A key component of the CLCPA strategy to reduce transportation sector emissions is to encourage public transit and electric buses will be needed to meet the net zero goals. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently did a study of the cost-effectiveness of battery electric transit buses and found that battery electric buses can be a good bargain – only if the purchasing transit company can wangle a big enough grant. They even specify that the minimum grant needed per bus is about $715,000 for depot-charge projects and $1.2 million for fast-charge projects. Duggan Flanakin describes other issues with electric vehicles as well.
Electric vehicle support in the August 2021 “infrastructure” spending bill has a “dangerously irresponsible national security consequence.”
As more and more people learn that their EVs pose a fire risk by manufacturers telling them to park their EVs outside, it seems quite possible that voters will soon sour on any politician who mandates inconvenient outdoor charging to avoid the risk of setting their homes on fire.
President Biden loves California’s policies, regulations, and trends and desires to clone them for the rest of America. Since much of the Presidents voter support comes from working families, he may want to pay close attention to the limited usage of EV’s in the trend setting California, from the small group that can afford them. Working families will still need workhorse vehicles, not a limited lavish second car to show their friends.
General Motors recommendations for its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles do not inspire confidence.
The amount of power needed to completely transition the United States to electric vehicles is “politically, practically, logistically, and financially impossible”.