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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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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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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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Hydrogen vehicles has been around for awhile but has never took off. There’s been talk about a zero emission gas vehicle and even though it sounds like a rumor it doesn’t mean it’s not being developed behind closed doors. This sounds like a good plan and far better than a vehicle powered by a battery which recently has been criticized for not working well in the extremely cold weather.

However there’s no telling if or when it will be a viable option. California and other states wants to phase out gas vehicles by 2050. Electric vehicles or EVs only account for 2% of the United States. Even though California shows the highest adoption rate, it’s also a big state with many who share the same values.

What does this mean with environmentalists and EV advocates trying to convince gas vehicle drivers to go electric? All I can say is you don’t have to listen to them. Buy the vehicle you want. It is encouraged to wait on EV tech as they will keep improving but for those who want to stick with gas, just stick with gas and be aware of what is going on in your state. It may be a good plan to move to a different state if necessary but the best option is to try to keep the gas vehicles from being pushed or phased out.

Pro-EV people will try to tell you that your gas vehicle will be fined, taxed or banned all together but unless there is an actual truth to it you may want to consider looking for either a way to prevent it or to move out of state.

Remember they can’t really do much if you don’t give in to their demands that you switch. Especially when there is little adoption happening. If you’re worried, buy a gas vehicle and take really good care of it. Even if you plan on selling it, it would be wise to keep up on the maintence. If your very rich you could buy several. Even if dealerships will only sell EVs they won’t sell many and it will halt the demand for them.

Basically, there are ways to avoid EVs and the less sold, the better. It’ll be far more likely they won’t push it as more people will prevent the banning of gas vehicles and instead look for improvements for gas or alternative fuel sources for them.

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The long tired debate of whether you should warm up your car in frigid weather continues and there’s many articles saying you shouldn’t including this youtube video,

Articles and videos such as that saying you only have to wait 30 seconds if you have a car that has fuel injection (not ones with carburetors), but you only have to wait 30 seconds in any climate, according to some of these people.In the youtube video, it shows how a cold engine behaves, it’s running too rich and the excess gas is removing oil from the cylinder walls. Now i’m not claiming that they are wrong, but it seems counterintuitive that they would recommend you put on a load while extra fuel is being dumped into the cylinder chambers. They do not address that everything is spinning faster when you are accelerating (like belts, the engine components and transmission), so what is going on when you are driving off in a car that hasn’t been warmed up for a bit? It can’t be good. If you are driving off in a cold car the cold air would also keep the engine colder and it would be difficult to get the car up to a decent temperature.

It’s the same with these people that think that 3,000 mile oil changes are too soon. While it’s true that some modern cars don’t need it, not every car has an oil life monitor to give the owner an idea when to get an oil change. But that’s a different topic all together.

The best recommendation is to see what the manual states. Not only that you do need to have the defroster working so allowing the car to warm up 2-5 minutes is ideal. Even if you remove the snow or ice from the windows, they can still fog up or some additional snow may form if it’s already snowing outside. So having a properly working defroster is a must when driving. If it takes your car longer for the defroster to work, perhaps let the car warm up longer if needed. Allowing your car to warm up in cold weather is much safer. Engine components work better and if there is a problem, it’ll usually display on the dashboard, like the battery won’t charge or there is a problem with the ABS and other factors that the cold would impact on. It wouldn’t be good if you are taking a semi lengthy trip (like 30 minutes or more) only to find out the alternator crapped out upon the car starting up and the car is using the reserves in the battery as the alternator is the primary source of the vehicle’s power. Though the alternator or some other component could fail at any point, if the car needs oil or brake fluid you need to allow the car to warm up to detect whether there is a vital fluid in need of replenishment.

There are also engine block heaters, at least for those who do not own a garage, and storing the car in the garage during cold climates. Doesn’t do much when you are at work but the same applies as if you do not have a garage. Some people say that warming up your car is a waste of gas, you really shouldn’t need more than 7 minutes but some people like to be able to jump into a warm car (like having a remote start), but it is no way detrimental to the engine life unless of course the engine was poorly maintained, leaking or burning oil. According to these people that only take 30 seconds to warm up a car in cold weather it doesn’t harm the engine by driving off that soon and if that’s the case, warming it up won’t hurt it either. Most people who warm up their cars to get the heater working won’t change their habits, let alone those who are dead set that if you drive off 30 seconds after startup will have engine failures. With more car manufactures putting in remote starts, you might as well let it warm up for a few minutes, hop in.. get everything set up for the drive like the radio, seat and mirror settings and drive off.

Obviously warming up a car for 15+ minutes is a waste of gas and doesn’t really do anything, it’s not going to change those who wants to be in a hot car when they get in though, but seriously.. anything over 7 minutes to me is just overkill. Sometimes if i am driving and giving someone a ride and they are not ready in 5 minutes (after 5 minutes of warm up time, or whenever the engine temp gauge starts moving), i’ll shut the car off and wait until they are ready.

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