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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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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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Besides reading this article which happens to be 2 years old is still relevant today. A lot of the articles about BEV adoption is unrealistic nonsense that everyone will be switching away from gas/diesel combustion engine vehicles to battery electrics.

Without engines electric cars might be sputtering out

It may work in places like Norway where the population is only 5 million. In comparison the United States has over 300 million people. China’s EV sales only account for more than just 3% (figuring this info wasn’t easy and could be incorrect) but globally gasoline vehicles still account for over 95% of sales. The oil industry nearly collapsed and will more than likely have a nasty repercussion if gasoline vehicle sales drop in favor of battery electric. So even with looming bans of combustion engine vehicles the combustion engine vehicle sales will not only increase but continue to skyrocket as less public transportation is used for daily commutes due to the coronavirus outbreak. Not only that the oil industry will more than likely invest in combustion engine vehicles and potentially sell them cheaper than the dealer price will. Already Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge has accelerated production (before the coronavirus) so they were already prepared for a shutdown and pushed much of the inventory onto dealers. The dealerships were not happy but with extra inventory at hand they didn’t have to deal with the shutdowns of auto factories limiting the amount of vehicles being sold. But as factories are reopened the inventory levels should return to normal.

Auto sales are suffering especially for gas vehicles, but it’s to be expected when people don’t want to go outside. Some people and companies may think that electric vehicles are on the rise and the sales supposedly are not bad but they still haven’t surpassed gasoline vehicle sales. China sales overall really sunk as the outbreak was really bad there.

While over 95% of vehicle sales are going to gas (this includes hybrids) vehicles it isnt looking optimistic for electric vehicles and that wont change much, at least for the next several years. I still think the carpocalypse is still going to happen when countries try to ban combustion engine vehicles auto sales will be crushed. I mean if 1 out of every 1,000 is buying electric worldwide and that accounts to 50,000 electric out of 50,000,000 (this isnt accurate numbers) gasoline that’ll look more like 10,000 electric out of 50,000,000 gasoline sold. Eventually it’ll happen no matter what because most people wont even look at or touch a battery electric. When people go look at a car most of them dont even question the source of power. They go in and expect to buy a car that runs off of gas or diesel. This is why straight gas Honda Civics are still being sold despite having a hybrid battery option the majority still prefer straight gas.

You dont need to plug in a hybrid because the battery gets charged by the engine and brakes. Some are plug in hybrids but again most people wont consider a car they gotta plug in.

For now especially with public transportation commuters they will be buying an economical vehicle in which both Honda and Toyota offer gas and hybrids. So expect more Camry’s, Corolla’s, Civics and Accords being sold. The used market may dry up from many car buyers and will later on switch to new. It’s not easy finding a used Honda at the moment, though if you look hard enough you can find one. They’re just so good that new car buyers are still holding onto them. Either way except a ton of sedans being sold over the next couple of years.

So where does this leave the future of the car? No matter what people say or what governments will try and do electric cars wont sell a ton. They can fine the auto industry for not having electric vehicle sales but it doesn’t really matter. Battery electric vehicles are not practical. They can add recharge stations and put some chargers into residential areas but the truth is, they wont ever gain traction over the combustion engine vehicle. People wont buy a car you have to plug in. People wont buy one because they wont remember to plug it in. We’re used to going to a gas station to refuel and it refuels in minutes. When you forget to plug in an EV, it can take hours.

Electric vehicles are not the solution but an alternative energy source that’s 100% clean that’ll work in existing gasoline vehicles. That is far more practical and more than likely already underway by the oil industry. Eventually you can fuel a vehicle from home, it doesn’t have to be battery electric either. We all want clean air but it’s pointless to argue how or what to use to get there. It doesn’t even matter which is better because we worked with combustion engine vehicles for over 100 years and not one person has said, “well gee whiz, this car is so energy inefficient I wish I had a car that was far more efficient” because gasoline vehicles are energy efficient enough. You wont notice the difference other than that gas tank is smaller and lighter than any electric car battery. In fact I think electric car batteries are less efficient due to the weight/size of them. A Tesla weighs 5,000lbs while a Honda Civic only weighs under 3,000lbs. An extra 2,000lbs just for the battery. While some pony/muscle cars can weigh up to 4,500lbs its mostly due to the extra power/engine size. Other electric vehicles weigh roughly the same.

While electricity costs are low its because the demand generally is not there but in places where EVs are being driven, electric costs are going up. If EVs were replaced by gasoline vehicles today the electric cost would double and even triple. This is not just for EVs but you’ll be spending up to 3x to run any electric device at home. California already has electric costs at $0.31kW/h or higher. Illinois currently has $0.12kW/h. I shouldn’t have to pay more just so the people down the street can charge their vehicles. And I’m glad the neighbors dont have an electric car. I’ll be even more glad they wont consider  buying one. Because battery electric isnt the only clean renewable out there.

Hydrogen is the best bet, but i hope there is a better alternative to gas for the cars already on the road today. Because eventually we’ll have to abandon gas. It just should not be a car that you have to plug in to recharge it every night. Battery electric vehicles may be able to tow a lot but not for very long. Gas and diesel still has better towing range. Dont expect that Cybertruck from Tesla to get 100 miles towing a boat.

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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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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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After my latest post unfortunately things will get worse for the children in Congo as they’ll have to mine more cobalt so more people can drive a battery electric vehicle. Presidential candidates such as Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to ban gasoline/diesel vehicles by 2030. This doesnt sound promising and Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang want to do the same but at a later time. This is unacceptable. It would take over 10 years to get hydrogen on the way and even longer to convert gas stations to hydrogen but the presidential candidates want to force battery electric vehicles onto everyone because they’re “zero emission”.

So there will be chaos within the next 10-15 years if any of these people end up as president. All I can say is if these bans are put into place the children who have to mine cobalt for lithium ion batteries for the electric vehicles, the automotive industry and even the economy may collapse. All because of the fear mongering that we’re responsible for climate change. As a ban is placed there will be a lot of hate towards people who drive electric cars, especially in America. What started off by blocking Tesla charging stations will end up as road rage takes a new form.

Itll be chaos, unfortunately. Some people have already made threats to do pit maneuvers with their diesel trucks onto Teslas and other EVs. So while these are threats, it really will be a catastrophe on the road over the next few decades.

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With all the SuperBowl car ads trying very hard to kill the combustion vehicles and now the UK wants to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 all being driven by greed and well Greta Thunberg as well.

Well the solution is stop listening to the hype and just buy a gas or diesel vehicle. The more combustion vehicles that are sold the harder it will be for politicians to try to ban them. I mean if people are refusing to buy battery electric vehicles then even if they tried to ban the combustion engine a lot of dealerships, car manufacturers, motorists and hopefully lawyers will immediately push back on these bans and even the ‘carbon tax’  laws that are trying to be pushed. It’ll take about until the 2030s before hydrogen makes it way to the market and even then you got to give some time for the market and consumers to adjust to the idea.

However we do not want BEVs to replace gasoline. We still have 80 years of fuel/oil left so that gives us way more time to switch over.

Basically though there is this evil at work trying to destabilize our economy and all you hear is “BEVs will create new jobs” all the while over a half of the automotive workforce will become unemployed. Some people who spent half of their lives nearly saving up for retirement gets booted at 50 years old because there are no more car parts to be made for combustion engine vehicles. He has nowhere to go, he’s unemployed. That’s what this shift is trying to do and there has to be something in order to prevent or protect the millions of workers for combustion vehicle production. We have to consider the ramifications for this extreme push. The very first automobile wasnt at all to detract the horse and buggy. Even through the 30 or 40 years of improving upon the internal combustion engine people still were able to use a horse and buggy and any decline, well future generations went and sold cars instead of horse and buggies. In time too the combustion engine vehicles will eventually fade away as newer technologies advances but in reality were talking around 2050 by the time alternative fuels are put into play.

I reiterate that BEVs are not there yet. And even then hydrogen fuel cells are on the rise. Again this is several decades away and it’ll take several more decades before they completely replace gasoline. Even then some people may still want to drive gasoline and zero emissions isnt possible. This is a fantasy because majority of the emissions is from natural occurrences. Much of the emissions is due to our extremely wasteful manufacturing processes and the shipping of them. Airplanes put out a considerably amount of emissions. Why are we concerned about gas vehicles. Because of tailpipe emissions. People think this is a primary source of the emissions we are polluting the planet with but that’s not the case.

Either way it doesnt make it right to force people off of vehicles they are already accustomed to and find it to be more beneficial/cost effective than the newer technology.

Bottom line, wanna stick with gas vehicles longer or do not want to buy or get involved with a BEV, BUY A GAS CAR! (I’m not yelling lol) So even if it’s not banned start working up a budget and see, maybe you can afford a newer vehicle. Shop around. Should be done at least once every 5 years but if you can do it earlier then do it. Only if its within your budget. You can then keep doing this and upgrading to a newer vehicle that you may like even more. Figure out if you want to lease. Maybe you want a second vehicle. I use a car for winter and another for summer. Maybe you want a fun vehicle that you want to baby in the garage and take it out for nice sunny days. If its within your budget go for it. Even if it’s not, budget for it. I liked the idea of driving the same vehicle for years on end but it would be sort of nice to have a newer vehicle every 2-5 years. It also depends on my budget but I need to do this so I dont ever have to drive a BEV because i refuse to even touch one. And it’s not that they are completely terrible it’s the fact people are trying to force them on everyone. That isnt right so I refuse to buy one. I especially wouldn’t buy a used one considering how long the batteries may last.

Bottom line is wait for hydrogen. When that makes its way to the market I can see buying one of those but I certainly hope gas vehicles will continue to thrive for at least another 25 years. And it should die out naturally so that it doesnt displace so many hard working people around the world. This economy is driven by combustion engine vehicles and a good chunk of the workforce would be unemployed making the great depression look like a slow month. Letting it gradually fade will allow companies more time to let their employees know that eventually the plant has to close. Unfortunately it moves too quickly sometimes. Either way stick to gas vehicles if you can and also if its within your budget buy a new vehicle every once in awhile. Maybe car shopping will excite your life a bit.

I thought driving this Grand Am, I wouldn’t want to buy anything new but the new Challenger is far more exciting than a Grand Am, even though the Challenger is 6 cylinders its still fun. Anyway if you think you’re in the market for a new car good luck and  check out Enterprise Car Sales, they might have the car you want cheap enough. They’ll even put in a sunroof. So despite the fact EVs are being pushed, if enough gas vehicles are being bought they can’t really ban gas vehicles. It would put automakers out of business. Because once everyone has a new vehicle just before a banned time, no one would really buy a new vehicle forcing the ban to be rescinded. This may or may not work for the UK but it’s a good start.

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With 5 million EVs on the road one would think that the emissions would go down from less gas burners. With oil dropping from less gasoline vehicles the emissions should drop at least slightly. Even if it was a fraction of 0.05% it wouldn’t radically go up. Like try 5% increase in carbon emissions. So it would seem that EVs is not the environmental savior one would think. Either that scientists are pulling numbers out of their butts and this is a big scam to get everyone onto cleaner energy. Now why wouldn’t we want cleaner air?

Tailpipe emissions from vehicles can smell unpleasant and don’t run one without ventilation. It can also create problems for those who have trouble breathing like asthma. So what gives? Why are EVs not cleaning up the planet? Well it may have to do with cutting down too many trees. Trees generally suck up most of our tailpipe emissions because apparently they love that stuff. It takes about 30 years for a tree to fully grow but minutes to cut one down. It seems we’re using more trees than we can replenish them. They say that trees or plants can no longer suck up any more carbon emissions but think about this, if it takes 30 years to grow a tree perhaps it may not be sucking up enough carbon because they’re not fully grown yet.

In all seriousness despite the tailpipe emission and people who do have breathing problems do have solutions. EVs are not the answer but less tree cutting. Like almost no trees should be cut down. It would be difficult but doable. We got to stop buying wood and stop buying paper. Sure paper towels and toilet paper are necessary but we can also reduce that by buying more rags and using thinner toilet paper. There is also a toilet with a bum cleaner though I don’t know if they use soap in which would be ideal. It’s a bit new age and the Japanese use them it would need to be heated so you’re not getting blasted by cold water. If your at a Home Depot or other home improvement store check out the toilet aisle. I may try one since I got 2 toilets and I can replace one for one of these new ones and see whether they work or not. But I use thin toilet paper and that way I use what I need. You can fold them so you still would end up with 2 ply or 3 ply depending on your needs. It isnt soft but at the same time its basic and uses as little as possible.

Back to EVs since I’m off topic here. I mentioned in previous posts that there is too much things that are wrong with EVs and one of the more common ones is they say they save the environment. Well it certainly doesnt look that way and the fires in Australia didnt help but that also was started by arsonists. Probably so called environmentalists trying to make it seem like we got a problem with carbon emissions. In reality they didn’t accomplish anything and made things worse. Whatever that reason was its another reason its believed that this climate change hysteria is to get people to buy a new car. Sold by the idea that you should stop driving gas and go towards a battery electric vehicle is mostly pushed by the government but someone in power wants to gain profit at the expense of the environment. Nevermind the fact that maybe there isnt anything we can do except try to reduce our need for paper and wood. Because in the end its not EVs that will help the environment its leaving healthy older trees up so that way there is a way to capture carbon emissions. Supposedly we also have technology that can capture carbon emissions as a fuel source. That might be a good idea to explore further.

At this point if you dont have a desire to buy an EV you shouldn’t have to be forced into one, especially those trying to get those into an EV for the sake of the environment. It makes no sense and it really shouldn’t be forced upon especially since they are not ready for everyone. They still have a lot of work and maybe they wont be ready for decades to come. Even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles seem to be decades from being ready as well. I’d say keep driving gasoline vehicles, wait and see. At this point you wont really save much on an EV and prices wont really go down. Majority of Americans are not interested in EVs.

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Oh no not another electric vehicle post. Sorry, not sorry but with this extreme push for battery electric vehicles or BEVs I have to show the negative sides of them and why its best to wait around for hydrogen fuel cells.

 

1. Limited range

Batteries can only store so much energy and even with the advances the more range you’re looking for the more expensive they’ll be. A Tesla model 3 costs around $40k when you factor taxes, charging equipment and hire an electrician to get the most out of recharging. But let’s face it, for $20k I can get more range out of a muscle car.


2. Recharging time

Even though you may charge at home and ‘wake up every morning with a full tank’ it still takes time to charge and our electric grid is unreliable at best. You will be waking up one day without power and your 220 mile Tesla is now a 50 mile range vehicle with no place to charge because well.. no power. Most gas stations will have a backup generator allowing motorists to continue driving around. But you are stuck with a 50 mile driving range. Doesnt work if you daily drive more than 20 miles, even if you do manage to make it into work you will still need a recharge. Imagine having to wait hours and hours in a public charging station because everyone else who owns a Tesla or other EV will be waiting in line because they lost power. Either that or they traveled too far and need a recharge. A minimum  of 30 minutes for an EV or a 5 minute refueling time for gasoline those who drive gas will not generally be affected by power loss, unless the gas station you went to doesnt have a backup generator… it’s best to ask.

 

3. Range is limited in the cold

My friend had a Tesla with a 300 mile range. When it was 20F he woke up to a half charge with a range of 100 miles. He thought well, I only work 20 miles away it’ll be fine. It was fine driving into work but upon driving home from work he got about 5 miles before the Tesla quit on him. He got rid of it and bought a Honda. 🤣😂

The cold is bad on lithium ion batteries. They don’t like the heat and they certainly dont like the cold. Adverse temperatures is bad for any battery, this is why you need to have your gas vehicle battery checked out every year, especially at winter time they can be an issue, in very cold weather. Stop and go driving is generally harder on them but using a battery electric car on the highway, that range doesnt come back because the car is doing everything it can to generate heat, however driving 60+ mph it takes longer for it to heat up so that heat is often wasted by that cold wind.

Gas cars are not impervious to cold weather either but well maintained gas vehicles will operate better in cold climates. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the best in cold weather. Another reason why we need more of these vehicles.

 

4. The electric grid won’t handle a BEV takeover

You know I read in the Chicago Tribune that best charging times will be after 2:00A.M. I leave for work by 3:30A.M. there is no way it’ll finish charging by the time I have to leave for work. Even then this is another inconvenience, you gotta charge on their rules, not when it’s convenient for you. Not everyone has the same routines and here again, the recharge time and power reliability. You can gas up your vehicle any time you need to but charging is different. Sure you can charge anytime you want, but you won’t get the best rates. And when this happens rates for electricity will still go up when too many are plugging in. We bought energy efficient appliances because we wanted to save money on electricity but not only that its because the grid is taxed by energy draining devices.

 

5. Lithium ion materials are not easy to get

Even with all these BEVs coming out, there is a lithium ion supply shortage. We dont have a reliable supply, like gas it’s a finite resource. And when resources become scarce the prices go up. If you need a replacement battery and you sold your gas clunker for a shiny EV but the battery died, well who’s to say they’ll have a replacement on standby for you. If all their loaner vehicles are in use, you may be stuck paying for a $35 daily rental for however long. Could be a week or it could be months. In reality, you’re better off sticking to a gas vehicle. You may need a replacement engine or transmission which isnt that common, at least they have the parts needed to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. May take a few days to a week but that’s nothing compared to how long people had to wait for a replacement Tesla part.

 

6. How long will that battery last? The cost of owning a BEV

I don’t know. Often times they’ll say it’ll get 300k easy but when gas vehicles get that much and more you want to think more in terms of, how many years will the batteries last. Currently you can get 30+ years out of a Honda or Toyota.. basically any well built vehicle will last you if you keep up on the preventative maintenance. Regular oil and other fluid changes are needed for your vehicle’s survival. Fresh fluids equals a happy vehicle that will take care of your transportation needs but also regular checkups and taking it easy on the gas when you dont really need all that horsepower going. Leave it for the highway ramps.

Anyways the only real ways to treat a battery right on these EVs is charge it only to 80% and leave 30% left. Not exactly leaving you with much range there, along with the cold you’re just not going anywhere fast. Ideally you want a garage but if you park on the street or in an apartment complex that just isnt possible. The same with being at work, you have to leave the vehicle outside. Adverse weather will degrade the batteries. I can’t even keep all my cars in a garage. Let alone they are parked outside at work for 10 hours. BEVs just wouldn’t work.

But at the most I’ve seen a battery last is 10 years. But most of them last 3-7 years depending on various reasons I wont get into but somehow EVs could top all those batteries? The cost alone wouldn’t be worth it seeing as it would take in my case, 10 years before seeing savings from driving a BEV.

Even if the batteries were to die in 12 years or so, it’s still not worth it. Batteries are another environmental concern and the fact that eventually we will have to dispose of them. Regardless if there was a 2nd application for them. What happens when they are no longer usable?

I dont know either but the oldest BEV battery I know of is at least 8 years old. It’s only a matter of time before we find out the cutoff point and I’m not willing to risk a battery dying 8 years down the road and your warranty has expired. Non Tesla batteries are more prone to failure but eventually even Tesla batteries will drop like an anchor. Right now its the tipping point for these batteries. Will they last longer than 10 years or will they all start to die out after the warranty has ended. This will definitely create major problems for anyone who owns a BEV.

By the time these batteries start to fizzle out, hydrogen should be around the corner. There are hybrids as well but the batteries don’t really last in those vehicles and it’s a gamble whether the vehicle will function adequately when the battery no longer holds a charge. In my opinion buy a Honda or Toyota if you want to spend the least amount of money. Those vehicles last forever and get pretty good gas mileage. Wait for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and ignore the BEV evangelists. They really are not helping and neither is the government that is trying very hard to get people to buy an expensive piece of battery powered machinery with no telling how long they’ll last. They very well could end up being a financial nightmare for the owners if that battery one day will just quit. And that will happen eventually.

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