The minerals needed for the batteries for electric vehicles are often mined under horrific conditions, often by children.
(1) Where does the electricity required to power electric cars going to come from, and (2) What energy sources are capable of meeting the transportation needs of a nation?
BY RON STEIN AND TODD ROYAL: Can the California grid handle the charging challenges for the electric vehicles it's pushing?
A battery package for a medium size electrical vehicle costs more than $13,000 – equivalent to the material cost of an entire gas-fueled compact car – and they can require 8 hours to recharge. Then there's the subsidies.
There are many factors people employ when choosing a vehicle. Fuel efficiency is important. So are safety, range, passenger capacity, cargo capacity, weather handling, towing, style, comfort and the rest.
Trump’s move to remove California’s ability to set its own standards will likely result in a protracted lawsuit battle.
President Obama promised a million electric cars by the end of 2015, but got less than half that number, and many of those are being leased. Studies show that EVs, because they run on whatever is generating the local electricity, are often in effect more polluting than gasoline vehicles -- and a lot more expensive and less convenient. Without massive subsidies and arm twisting, there would likely be very little market at all for these overpriced, underperforming vehicles.
When President Obama first took office, he pledged to help put 1 million electric vehicles on America’s roads by 2015. But with little time left, not much progress has been made – and one of the reasons maybe the expense. . .
The 1973 OPEC oil embargo revealed a serious weakness in America's energy and national security, one that has plagued this nation ever since. But fracking, horizontal drilling, and energy diversification that includes natural gas for long-haul trucking and electric vehicles for short-haul, light duty work have turned things around.