Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ron asks: One more bullet for your anti-electric car position. For obvious reasons, electric cars make more sense in urban than rural settings. However, urban settings are overwhelmed with apartment buildings. And on those streets every night, every parking space is full. So are those electric car owners going to run extension cords out to the street? Does anyone think the apartment owner is going to add interior charging stations = $$$$. And even if a few are added it is first come, first serve – and those there first are unlikely to move their cars once charged. This limitation is enormous and hard to imagine being overcome. Thanks for your excellent presentations.
My reply: It’s the “throughput” problem again – only worse.
There are rarely lines at gas stations because the car ahead of you only needs about 5 minutes to fuel and then the pump is free. Half a dozen or more cars can be fully fueled and on their way over the course of even half an hour at just one of the station’s pumps in the time it takes to partially charge a single EV.
The wait compounds if you don’t get there first.
You wait for the EV ahead of you – and then you wait for your EV. Even if the wait is “only” 30-45 minutes per car, it is now twice that (or longer) if you’re not first in line. You are stuck for an hour or more to accomplish what can be accomplished in a non-EV in 5 minutes.
The EV advocates’ solution is more “fast” chargers. But it will take a lot of “fast” chargers” to deal with the throughput problem. Where will they be installed? How will the cost of these be paid for?
In urban areas, the problem is much worse because parking space is already limited. Even if every available slot could be transformed into a “fast” charging parking spot, there would still not be enough of them for the number of cars.
And as you say, people aren’t going to give up their parking/charging spot after 30-45 minutes or even after many hours because where are they going to put their car? Are they going to drive around the city all night?
Will new high-rise parking/charging buildings be erected to solve this (sigh) problem? Who is going to pay for it?
Doesn’t it make your teeth ache, too?
There are so many problems with EVs it boggles the mind – because they’re self-imposed and unnecessary problems. EVs are a “solution” to problems which do not exist – energy scarcity and “climate change” (catastrophic and man-caused, I mean).
But they are the means by which the average American’s mobility will be limited. Physically, by dint of the EV’s limited radius/recharge issues. Economically, via the EV’s exorbitant cost and much shorter service life (a function of inevitable battery deterioration and exorbitant battery replacement costs).
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