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First it was the cobalt now its the lithium that is hazardous to the environment. Elon Musk wanted to get rid of Cobalt, a hazardous material needed to produce lithium ion batteries. Did they really make a non cobalt lithium ion battery or did they just try to sweep that little issue under the rug to try to get more people to buy an electric vehicle?

The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction

Yeah apparently the lithium mining isn’t a clean, environmentally friendly method either. You’re still polluting the planet and it still takes oil to manufacture your Tesla. The same would be for fuel cell vehicles but at the same time, we’re not going to damage the environment at the same range as an electric vehicle battery would. Now you figure 5-10 years for an electric vehicle battery lifespan (15 years max) it’s not looking good for electric car batteries. The fact is though, just because you gave up tailpipe emissions doesn’t mean you’re saving the planet. Not even close.

Yet the government and environmentalists wants everyone to drive an electric vehicle, despite the fact the manufacturing and disposal (or sorry “recycling”) is messy and dangerous for anything living. So if you think you’ll help the environment by driving electric, you won’t. It’s no better and potentially worse than driving a gasoline vehicle, especially the more economical fuel efficient vehicles. So you’re not doing any favors for the environment and really the best way is to invest more into hydrogen fuel cells. They’re not perfect and it’ll take time but the fuel cells itself will be 100% clean, environmentally friendly using nothing but renewable technologies in the future. There are some dirty methods but hydrogen FC will be far more environmentally friendly than gas and battery electric.

People are only concerned with abandoning fossil fuels, however we shouldn’t continue to damage the environment using bad technology just to make it happen.

Eventually we will get off of fossil fuels and polluting technology but it takes time and shouldn’t be rushed so we end up destroying ourselves and the environment in the process.

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First off there is a clean way to produce hydrogen fuel cells. So fuel cells are the future and will replace natural gas.

Clean Hydrogen Production

Now, we need to save the ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles!
McLaren looks to synthetic fuels as potential savior for internal combustion engines

Yes! Well.. hopefully the plan works and the future doesn’t go towards battery electrics. Now while currently ICE doesn’t burn clean and battery electrics may be cleaner at the tailpipe batteries are questionable in the production of batteries and replacing the ones that no longer work. Now there is just about 1 billion vehicles on the road today. Trying to convert or replace them all to battery electric just will never happen. It just isnt practical from a manufacturing standpoint and right now consumers want to stick with ICE. This gives scientists and engineers a little time to come up with a way to use our existing ICE vehicles without polluting. We want to ICE to become carbon neutral, not buy a battery electric vehicle to appease a group of people. Fuel cells may be the future of transportation but that’s no reason for car enthusiasts to give up their ICE in favor for the future.

But we need to clean up the air and the ideal way is to give up fossil fuels. It wont happen overnight and the reality is we will still continue burning fossil fuels in some form by 2050. Until then if you like your ICE vehicles to stay, hold on to them and there are many other ways to limit the pollution. Some of it includes utilizing clean energy and buying a more fuel efficient vehicle as your daily driver. You dont have to buy battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are on the way here. There will be additional options in the future and hopefully by 2022 there will be a working clean fuel for ICE vehicles, at the very least far enough along where governments will relax their grip on banning ICE as there will be more research and development of clean fuels for the ICE.

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According to the study, major sources of this type of air pollution include the inefficient use of energy by households

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/06/18/air-pollution-half-worlds-population-exposed-increased-levels/3215087001/

More households are using electric vehicles raising the amount of electricity being used and this translates to more pollution showing that electric vehicles are not all that efficient and causing additional pollution. This is evident that electric vehicles are not going to be better for the environment. So we’ll continue to wait for hydrogen.
 

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Electric vehicles simply do not work. People who use them give up certain advantages that gas cars have.

Gas cars have fast refueling times, its easy to find a place to refuel, longer range, they are cheaper, they last 3x or more longer, they dont lose 50% range in winter.

So why would anyone want to waste more money for less? It’s all a push from the government. They claim to be more environmentally friendly except they use batteries. Lots and lots of batteries. Besides being inefficient as you lose charge or electricity to recharge the battery they also degrade losing more efficiency and that’s when the range starts going down. So if you got 300 mile range when you first bought new itll start dropping to 290, 280, 275 and keep getting lower as you use the battery and it ages.

These people have disposable income so they can afford to waste money on replacing these batteries or the vehicle. Thankfully most automakers are continuing to produce gasoline vehicles but a few are trying to give up on internal combustion vehicles and trying to go all battery electric.

It’s never going to work. To top it all off batteries are toxic to the environment. Yet we use them in everyday devices, however it’s not nearly as bad as an electric vehicle which uses over 7,700 lithium ion batteries. Just for one vehicle.

Electric vehicles are a gimmick and is just as harmful to the environment as a combustion engine vehicle. If you are really that concerned for the environment, walk. No seriously, walking would eliminate pollution and be far better for the environment. Electric vehicle batteries are toxic. The mining process is dirty, the manufacturing process is dirty and to top it all off in the event of an accident the battery would burst open creating a toxic cloud of fire. No matter if you are hit from the side, rear or front that battery is located as part of the undercarriage underneath. Basically any road hazard would be a problem for these vehicles.

If you get trapped inside and the cabin fills up with toxic smoke from these batteries you’ll have trouble breathing. It’s just as bad when charging in your garage and the batteries vent into the rest of your home.

These things are not talked about which is why battery electric vehicles are not practical and never will be.

Now hydrogen used to power combustion engine vehicles would be an easy and affordable switch. Gas stations already exist and can be converted to hydrogen. The only problem is that since hydrogen is more explosive than gas is the amount of fuel required should be greatly reduced racking up a huge density and range for combustion engine vehicles.

Also it may be more difficult to use hydrogen on gas vehicles and may be better suited for diesel engines. No matter how you look at it, the engines need some upgrades so they need to he turn down and rebuilt to accommodate hydrogen. But the alternative is that we continue using gas and battery electric isnt a long term solution.

Engine rebuilds to accommodate hydrogen should be subsidized. People who know how to do engine rebuilds can do this on their own if the car isnt worth fixing the government can help pay for that as well. This is more practical than switching to something entirely different when our infrastructure already supports combustion engines and the process can be done by giving motorists a rental, unless they have a secondary vehicle they can use as it may take up to a week for the engine rebuild.

Other options is to swap engines or to buy a new car instead. However the older cars in good condition as trade ins would have the engine rebuilt anyway. There are complications however…

Electric cars seem to be gaining ground, but mostly Tesla. People are believing the hype that electric vehicles are the future when in actuality the fuel cell electric car is the future. Batteries are meant for energy storage, not for every day use like a car.

Hopefully the electric car wont take over internal combustion or fuel cell vehicles but for the here and now, combustion engines can continue to live over the next century as fuel cell vehicles improve. This could happen but the government is more interested in replacing combustion engine vehicles for battery electric and this can only end badly. Its doubtful many will switch to battery electric and hopefully they wont as the more people who stick with combustion engine vehicles the more likely we will see them upgraded to run hydrogen.

So stick with gas for now as theyll be improved to burn a cleaner fuel.

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If your like me then you bought a home that has enough amp power to run most gadgets along with all the major appliances because well homes are generally wired in such a way where you got dedicated circuits.

The fact is a 10 amp electric outlet wont work unless you’re at home a lot and dont have anywhere to go. You can always upgrade the wiring but it’ll cost you thousands of dollars. Electric vehicles already cost thousands of dollars more than gasoline and it’ll cost you a ton more when that battery goes bad and the warranty expired. Now if you are like me and like saving money you are better off finding a reliable car like a gas Honda, buy it and then keep it. A Honda Civic can get up to 38mpg (if not more!) and it makes sense to stick with that if you want more value and years out of your vehicle. If you are on the fence on wanting one or someone has to convince you to buy an electric car dont bother with buying one. Because this thousands of dollars electric upgrade isnt worth it. You’re better off waiting for a zero emissions fuel for your gas vehicle because that makes more sense considering most of the vehicles today already run off of gas. With hydrogen right around the corner and gas stations already abundant and can simply convert over to hydrogen these are better solutions than to have some guy go into your home to rewire your home simply so you can drive an EV. It makes no sense and is just going against the grain here. The government can’t ban gas vehicles if 99% of vehicles being sold are gas. That will create a very negative impact on the economy. Dont be afraid to continue driving in a gas car because of this. You can convert a gas engine to run on a cleaner fuel. You can’t convert an EV to run on a different battery because everything is so complicated now. Even major manufacturers are hesitant on building EVs because they know their sales go to gas and if their gas vehicles are banned they’ll end up going bankrupt. Germany wants to put electric chargers at every gas station. That’ll never work, the station owners will refuse and that idea will get tossed out the window. Electric vehicles are a niche market and really should stay that way because the cost will be footed to the taxpayer and most individuals will be paying thousands just to have the infrastructure for a vehicle people dont even want to have. Wait for hydrogen, wait for alternate fuels for gas vehicles. There’s no reason to think that this isnt possible.

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So I wanted to figure out just how efficient electric vehicles really were.. and right off the bat they are actually really bad. Like you can get better gas mileage out of a Dodge Hellcat with 707 horsepower. So how did I figure this out? Well mostly just by looking up some numbers we actually see that it’ll cost you 30kWh just to get 100 miles out of an EV battery (this one was out of a Tesla Model S by the way). 30kWh!? It barely costs that much energy to power a refrigerator per month!

A gas vehicle will only cost you a 3.70 gallons of gas to get up to 100 miles or 27mpg. Now its sensibly makes sense if you go by cost but that energy density of a gas vehicle is nearly 3x as much basically if an electric vehicle was using the same fuel (in some universes it might) you’d only be getting about 3 miles per kWh. That’s probably better than a ground military tank if you can get one up to 60mph.

Funny thing is I started calculating weight which is another reason electric vehicles dont even make any sense whatsoever is that electric vehicles can weigh 750lbs more than a gasoline vehicle. Each electric car motor is in every wheel weighing more than 100 pounds so that’s like 400-500lbs just for the motors. A Tesla battery weighs more than 1,200 lbs.

Gas engines weigh about 300lbs…

You’d probably get 30 miles per charge if they keep battery weight the same as a gasoline vehicle. I’m not even going to do the math on that, electric vehicles are horrendously inefficient. Because you can get almost 40mpg on the highway with a gas 2020 Honda Civic. I dont recall city but it’s still really better than an electric vehicle. So if you want to spend 10 kW or more a day on an electric vehicle to drive 30 miles or so go right ahead but I’d like to keep my energy levels low, makes it easier for the electric company to give me discounts for using so much little energy (I dont really get discounts but it would be nice) electricity doesn’t cost that much but my car isnt really an iPad on wheels. If I’m going to drive 90miles a day I’m not going to be spending nearly 30 kW per day just to get to work and back. Because I wont even use 30 gallons of gas within that week.

It may save you some money getting gas but it will drive your energy uses sky high. I see nothing efficient here about an electric car. What is this nonsense about combustion engines only being 25-30% efficient? Even if they were only that efficient they still use less energy than an electric vehicle. Yeah that must mean electric vehicles are only like 1% efficient.

Yet another reason why electric vehicles are a waste of money.

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So they finally announced there’s a million mile EV battery that is also cheap. Really cheap because it’s designed from the Chinese.

I’m not knocking China or anything but anything made from there is pure junk. I mean the cellphones they make only work for a year or two. And every electronic I’ve bought that’s been made in China (well almost everything) has crapped out on me. That’s not to say some of the stuff made in China never lasts, but something as big and reliable for transportation, batteries just dont strike reliability especially when its designed by the Chinese.

So dont expect these batteries to last very long, even the Tesla batteries are not expected to last beyond 10 years but expect these batteries to die out within 3 years. Theyll probably slap on a 8 year/million mile warranty on but that’s just overconfidence. These batteries will most likely not last that long. The Chinese don’t really focus on making things last and considering this was a Chinese breakthrough it’s unlikely they’ll hold up to the test of time. So if you see a cheap electric vehicle, dont buy it because they may have this Chinese battery in it that could potentially stand you. Even with Teslas so called thermal management these million mile EV batteries are not to be trusted. Already battery EVs are not trustworthy but its hilarious to think this is possible and ready for worldwide adoption, as I say let the gullible and the ones with money to burn waste their money on these things because they can test these things out and find out for real in about 20 years to see if they actually held up. But it’s almost a guarantee that these Chinese batteries wont last. Even if they produce the batteries elsewhere it’s still a Chinese battery.

As I said I got nothing against China but you pretty much get what you pay for and China quality is just not that reliable.

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So I got a friend who works for a used car dealer that has all kinds of used vehicles some of them happen to be electric cars. Usually people give up/trade their vehicles for 2 reasons. They want something different or there is a problem with the one they have so they opt to get rid of it. The Blur Book value puts a 2017 Nissan Leaf around $7,000 (that’s a huge loss from $35k). Comparing a Dodge Challenger which is only up to a $10k loss from $30-40k. My friend that works at the used dealer often will not follow Blue Book values and offer lower values for electric vehicles.

While the used dealer is pretty honest and doesn’t try to scam they really only offer around $2,000 for a used EV/trade in value. Cash offers are low as $500 for those trying to get rid of the vehicle. The dealer does look into the condition of the vehicle and usually will offer a little more but usually when someone is getting rid of their EV and buying gas its because the battery is on it’s way out or it was replaced then, the owner just wants to trade it in for a different vehicle and often will just go used due to the fact their vehicle investment resale value is so poor and they took a loss when investing in an electric vehicle only to find that the battery is no good. Sometimes they’ll just hold onto the vehicle anyways since it lost so much value already the value is just to drive it and get rid of it when the warranty expires, so they are not left with a dead vehicle in the driveway.

Here’s the takeaway, depending on the state or country the government forces automakers to have a warranty for these batteries up to 10 years or 200,000 miles.

They dont want to have to replace dead EV batteries and this often falls to the dealerships so they dont want to sell them. So they’ll leave them sit in the back of the lot and try to avoid selling them because they dont want to have to spend the money on a free battery replacement. They know that they will have to do this so they attempt to avoid selling you this car and it works both for the consumer and the dealer.

To replace a $10,000+ battery in an electric vehicle which by the way there is actually up to 8,000 batteries in an EV. So this adds to more failures, once one cell dies the others will follow.

So when you are losing range it’s those cells beginning to die one after another. Rather than trying to fix the bad cluster it’s better to replace the entire unit. Because otherwise the repair centers will be overwhelmed with warranty battery fixes every week! One cell dies you lose a little bit, but lose 100 within a week and you’ll lose something like a couple of miles and it keeps dwindling away.

And dealers dont want to buy whole new battery packs, who would being so ridiculously expensive. So they dont want to sell electric vehicles and in return this helps the consumer because why buy a vehicle that is a huge money pit. Of course dealers do like it when they gotta fix consumer vehicles but only when the consumer is the one paying for it. In the end though the gas vehicles have better resale value and the dealer offers a bigger payout so you get more value out of your purchases. It all depends on what you buy but you could buy a gas Honda Civic and it will provide value for a long time.

The problems of electric vehicles won’t go away and its because they are very limited by the costly repairs of a battery and the small return investment of them.

EV enthusiasts will deny this and often say the batteries will last them 10+ years. I heard some guy said they’ll last 20 years. Tesla claims 12-15 years. Except these vehicles have only been around since 6-7 years so its unlikely they would be telling the truth that their batteries last beyond 6 years. Tesla offers 8 year warranties on their batteries but then they charge much more for their vehicles and apparently there are plenty of rich suckers who will pay. Tesla batteries are also around $20,000 so its likely they are better built¬† but it’s also unlikely the batteries will work beyond 10 years. In reality lithium ion batteries only last 2-3years. So it’s unlikely they’ll last much longer than 5 years. These people want to put you into an electric vehicle and dont really care about how much they cost people. Theyll even claim less maintenance costs. Sure no oil changes or high refueling costs but they won’t tell you that the hidden cost is a new battery or a new vehicle. Since people are willing to buy a new car every year, they’ll do 5 year loans trying to push more people into a never ending loan payment so they dont get any value in their vehicles period. Just pay $500 for your car up until the day you pass away. This way the government can keep people from holding onto the same vehicle for over 10 years. Battery dies, just buy a new vehicle.

This also helps generate more tax revenue by new vehicles being sold more often. The green push is really about the dollar signs and the only thing the politicians see is more taxpayer money.

Save your money and buy a gas vehicle. Wait for hydrogen, it will be far better and more cost effective. Because saving money at the pump and oil changes won’t stop you from spending more money in replacing the batteries or the car itself every 5 years.

Hydrogen doesn’t have the issues that a battery has and batteries are not efficient let alone cost effective. Hydrogen would work better with being able to use a combustion engine (diesel engines would work well) as they are already being used today. The cost needs to go down before this is put into place. Eventually within a decade or two we’ll see hydrogen around and it’ll be the true successor to gasoline.

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It seems that the EV enthusiasts and environmentalists can’t stop with the electric car promotional while airplanes are flying without cargo or people in them which is just a waste. But these people are still entirely convinced its the cars that are polluting. Really just ignoring most of the grounded flights (yes some are actually not flown) and the reduced production going on. People are still driving however so it would seem that cars are not the primary source of pollution. Yes of course if you get them all together into one big traffic jam it’s just mostly they are not flowing to their destination fast enough.

So while there are claims that pollution is down, there’s still many trucks on the road. Completely ignoring that less planes and production are taking place.

This doesnt justify the push for electric cars and the banning of combustion engine vehicles. In fact it should only be as a last resort when everything else is cleaned up like air travel and production.

But the worst thing about an electric vehicle are the batteries. For starters they need Cobalt.
Ev batteries create critical cobalt situation

Even the Teslas require at least 10 lbs of Cobalt and the children in Congo are having to mine this stuff for an electric car battery. If that’s not enough the average lifespan of lithium ion batteries are 2-4 years. While Tesla claims they last longer (7 year old battery warranty) that doesnt actually mean they will last that long or they’ll last over a decade or two when you’ll have to shell out $17k for a new battery.

GM is attempting to build a $22k electric vehicle but there isn’t details on how long the batteries will last or the replacement costs for them is.

Average gasoline batteries last 3-5 years and most of them will die after 5 years and they are mostly used to start the car. Tesla claims their batteries will last 300-500k miles but there isnt actual real data pertaining to this and real world results are different.

Batteries replaced twice in 400k miles

Much of it was due to charging it at the supercharger so faster charging in this situation damages the batteries. Of course this shows that electric vehicles are not good for traveling even though these people do it and say it can work. Not without destroying the batteries. They didnt even last 3 years. Yes supercharging it to 100% instead of 80% may have caused the degradation but so did the constant usage. It would stand to reason that within the next few years we’ll hear of more electric vehicle batteries giving up, especially in California and Norway. Both heat and cold are bad for batteries, so we’ll most likely see a downfall of these batteries soon. Batteries do not last and unless you keep a set of Eneloops in the drawer and use them in lights and all that you wont see too many 10 year old batteries still usable. Best case scenario is you’ll get 10 years or 250k miles out of an electric car battery until it starts to give you problems. That could be up to par with gasoline vehicles as you’ll encounter similar issues but for the most part a gas vehicle just need a new belt, a battery and a new water pump. The fact is you can either pay maintenance throughout its use or pay for it down the road which is generally costly to replace an electric car battery. $10k or more. $5k or more for hybrids. I would stick with gasoline vehicles until a realistic alternative comes around. If you cant trust a gasoline powered vehicle battery to last why would going electric be any better? Buying an EV used would also be foolish. Especially since you dont even know whether the batteries are really any good.

Maybe another decade we’ll really see the numbers but in a few years we’ll see how those batteries are holding up after 6-8 years. The technology is still new and hasn’t been around for very long so real world results is needed and it seems that some are replacing their electric car batteries every other year already. Will also be interesting how long some companies that wildly splurged on EV company vehicles will last as well. My guess is they’ll be seeing battery replacements every year negating any savings whatsoever.

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Gas cars are expected to drop in price and electric vehicles will be nearly completely ignored when people get money to buy a new vehicle.

Tesla defies California’s coronavirus ‘shelter-in-place’ order, keeps factory open

So this guy is a moron. Keeping his plant open so he can continue production. It’s one thing if he was legally having the plant open but it’s another to make employees come into work while defying a closure. This type of attitude shows that this isnt a very good company. Another company Bed, Bath and Beyond is staying open despite the fact the workers dont feel safe working with the Coronavirus around.

Their solution is either come into work or get fired. This Coronavirus is no joke. Its dangerous and highly contagious with permanent damage to your lungs. If someone cares about their health they should be allowed to stay at home and be able to. Ome back to a job when its over.

Elon Musk is a problem. He tries to get these electric cars out then the environmentalists get the government to put up mandates to ban gasoline vehicles because electric cars it’s just not right. Even with all the mandates its highly unlikely it’ll go through. With the Coronavirus killing the economy and tanking the oil market gas is now low as $1 a gallon. So despite all that with less people buying cars when the economy picks back up again more than likely the new electric cars from GM, Ford and VW will be ignored. Prices for new gasoline vehicles are predicted to drop. Lower gas prices and the economy struggling to pick up its most likely the automakers will force dealers to slash prices. It may even be less expensive to build gasoline vehicles due to the fact oil prices are currently down. Auto companies would be smart to slash prices by buying more fuel than what they normally use so their trucks or what uses oil and gas will cost them less dropping the price of new vehicles.

The gas prices should stay down for awhile and hopefully stay this way when people have money to buy a new vehicle they will buy a gas powered one. Not an electric. This will hopefully stave off the electric car revolution until a more realistic solution to zero carbon emissions such as converting gas vehicles to run on hydrogen.

This has been mentioned in previous posts but there are too many reasons why electric vehicles are not good enough to replace gas.

  1. Low range
  2. Up to 50% loss of charge in winter
  3. Takes too long to recharge
  4. Not every home has an outlet to charge and most are 110v and takes over 10 hours to charge
  5. Batteries only last 3-7 years (one Tesla owner had to replace his battery 3 times in 4 years every 200k)
  6. Towing greatly reduces range. 400 mile range would be 120 miles. Batteries are not efficient
  7. Battery replacements are over $10k, around $5k for hybrids
  8. They are too expensive, the batteries alone cost a fortune
  9. Accesories like radio, air conditioning, wipers, ect all drain the battery so a 300 mile range vehicle is more like 200 miles not getting thr range advertised
  10. Quick charging degrades the batteries faster, those so called 30 minute chargers ruin the batteries life which only gives you 1-2 years or under 140,000 miles and again is too expensive to replace
  11. Children mine cobalt (in hazardous conditions) needed to make lithium ion batteries for the EVs which is over 33lbs of cobalt. These children die just so electric cars can be built
  12. The electric grid cant handle a bunch of EVs plugged in at the same time or at peak times. Plugging in an EV is like running your air conditioner continuously using fossil fuels

Dont kid yourself thinking EVs are great. They are terrible replacements for gasoline and your not saving the planet any. Its just moving the pollution elsewhere. Don’t listen or argue with EV enthusiasts because these people want to sell a product and destabilize the economy. Buying a gasoline vehicle will help spur up the economy with auto part replacement, mechanics and the oil industry would continue to thrive until hydrogen can replace gasoline. In effect it’s pointless to buy electric because they just want to make everyone pay more and it doesnt save the environment. It also kills kids mining for the material. Sure cellphones, computers and even gas uses cobalt however its minimal compared to the amount that is required just for one EV battery.

So in conclusion with Musk trying to make a profit and even destabilize the auto industry, his company policy is not a very good one and he should have gone bankrupt years ago.

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