Electric Cars

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  1. John Brunner

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    Electric Cars Are Catching Fire In Hurricane Idalia

    Lithium-ion batteries + Saltwater = Impromptu Campfire

    Another similar risk the article pointed out is electric golf carts that many Florida retirement communities are replete with. There is a large number of these firebombs out there just waiting for the right storm surge to set them off.
     
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    Well, isn’t it a good thing then that they prohibit electric car sales in the north where they get all that snow and slush and road salt.

    Oh, wait…
     
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    FYI Video


     
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    Sorry about your car. Here, have a s'more! smore.jpg
     
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    I was reading the tale of a woman who was taking her daughter to visit a college, and all the rental car company had available was a Tesla. They start the trip with the daughter on her cellphone/Google trying to figure out how to use the car. The rental car company did not recharge it, and it only had about 90 miles of juice in it. They searched for (and found) a charging station, but they needed the Tesla adapter, which was missing. It seems that people rip off the charging adapters so rental car companies stopped providing them. :eek: I have no idea exactly what they expect people to do when they rent the things.

    Their nightmare got worse when the car ran out of juice and they could not get the doors open to exit (Teslas have a manual release, but it's not where a standard door handle is.) Bon Voyage, baby.
     
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    To be fair, one line in this video says that electric vehicles are less likely to catch fire than internal combustion engines. Not sure if that is because of the numbers of each in use but evs get more press.
    I am with Vivek and say we should have the choice of what to buy.
    Evs sure seem to be giving off green house gasses. No?
     
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    EVs certainly generate a lot of greenhouse gasses and pollution in their manufacture, and in many places are charged from fossil fuel sourced electricity. EVs are certainly more likely to catch fire, which is indicated by how many have been catching fire onboard ships, and the recent port fire in St. John, NB was thought to be caused by an EV that got inadvertently crushed along with "normal" cars. Not the fault of the EV necessarily, but indicative of how hard they are to recycle.
     
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    Fox News put out an article stating that electric vehicles would cost nearly $50,000 more to own & operate over a 10 year period were it not for government subsidies (which total more than $22 billion.)
     
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    The president of my electric co-op seems to be a big promoter of EVs and solar energy. But he told the story of a guy staying at an AIR BnB in his neighborhood charging his Tesla on regular household 120VAC current rather than an upgraded 240VAC charger. The guy was complaining that after 2 full days on the charger, he only had enough juice to go 35 miles.
     
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    Where do these people think the electricity comes from that powers these cars? Steam turbines generate the majority of electricity in the United States, and most of these turbines are powered by fossil fuels.
     
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    I’m thinkin’ that by the time they work out all the kinks connected to an EV, I will have already invented an anti-gravitational module that runs on political BS and hyperbole.

    In other words, it ain’t gonna happen.
     
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    I honestly believe the majority of the "I'm smarter than you are" people in this nation are incapable of thinking that far. Or they'll just make something up ("It's still cleaner!") and cling to it angrily.
     
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    The main upside to the push is that it might accelerate advances in battery technology. Not only would that fix a huge downside to solar, but it could also be used to buffer peak power demand times...charge up during the troughs and run from batteries during the peaks.

    Sadly, the only goal is to control us.
     
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    The ability to think for yourself is no longer considered an attribute and is probably on the long list of things now regarded as racist. There is no longer even a willingness to think for yourself; instead, people want to simply believe whatever the government, social media, and the mainstream media tell them and to show disdain for anyone who dares to question any of it.
     
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