Well, the other shoes has dropped. We now know how a “market” for electric cars will be created.
It will be done by outlawing the market for cars that aren’t electric.
Having trouble selling Tab?
Forbid the sale of Coke and Pepsi!
California Governor (and Gesundheitsfuhrer) Gavin Newsome has simply decreed – via “executive order” – that anything that isn’t “zero emissions” (at the tailpipe) must be “phased out” by 2035. This means only electric cars since they are the only vehicles considered to be “zero “emissions” by the regs – no matter their elsewhere emissions – including the substantial carbon dioxide “emissions” produced by the utility plants that generate the electricity they run on.
Which there will be more of when the only cars permitted on California roads are electric. But never mind. It feels good – to the Gesundheitsguv – like the wearing of any old rag to “stop the spread” of a virus you haven’t got.
The effects will also be felt a lot sooner than fifteen years from now.
And not just in California, either.
The car companies are going to stop putting R&D money toward cars they can’t sell in California – the biggest market for cars in the country – and toward the ones they’ll be forced to sell.
In other states, too. Because it’s likely at least some will follow California’s lead – having their own Gesundheitsguvs in charge.
Development of new non-electric cars nationally will stagnate.
The ones that remain in production will sell for more, to offset the costs of developing electric cars. The more states that force-electrify, the more expensive the non-electric car will become – until the goal is achieved of making the non-electric car at least as expensive as electric cars.
At which point they become “competitive” with non-electric cars.
To get a sense of what this is going to cost you, consider that the least expensive electric cars on the market right now are compacts like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt – which sticker in the low-mid $30k range.
About twice the cost of current non-electric compact car equivalents.
An electric SUV or truck will likely cost you $50-$70k to start – not counting the wait.
Sales of new, non-electric cars in California are apt to wane almost immediately and will probably collapse entirely within five years if Newsome’s decree stands – since why buy a car that will likely become worthless – because useless – by the time you’ve paid it off or want to trade it in?
Newsomites are also likely to double-whammy the non-electric car in CA before 2035 by applying heavy “polluter” taxes to existing non-electric cars and by restricting where they can be driven before or after then.
People are going to abandon ship long before we get to 2035.
And not just individual people, either.
This will include dealerships – many of whom cannot afford to “invest” in electric car “technology” – which is nothing new but very expensive. GM dealers are already being pressured to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each on “technology” to support electric cars, such as “fast” charging facilities and so on. The problem for many of these dealerships, of course, is that it doesn’t pencil. The “investment” in “technology” won’t generate a profit – which is another way of saying it’s a loss. Which explains why they are being pressured – pressure not being necessary when there is a profit to be made.
This being the general problem with electric cars.
No one has made a cent selling them.
This includes Tesla, which has made a lot of money – just not by selling cars. It makes money by extorting it from those who don’t make electric cars, who are forced to buy “credits” from Tesla in lieu of making them, in order to meet their “zero emissions vehicle” production quota.
Which has just been increased by decree to encompass all production.
Now Tesla (and the others) will make money selling electric cars . . . by forcing people to buy nothing else.
They’ll also be buying more electricity – or rather paying more for it, since more capacity will needed to generate it, California’s grid being already at capacity. This will generate more carbon dioxide “emissions,” too… which brings us back ’round to the big lie that electric cars are “clean” – while non-electric cars aren’t.
Newsome’s decree rides on that lie and also corollary absurdities that depend on teeth-aching ignorance to bite down on. For example, Newsome’s claim in a Tweet (a thing appropriate to silly 12-year-old girls) that “cars shouldn’t give our kids asthma.”
How an inert gas – that’s carbon dioxide – which constitutes a literal sliver of the earth’s atmospheric gasses “gives our kids asthma” is of a piece with a dirty old bandana “stopping the spread” of a sickness the wearer hasn’t got.
And “our” kids, Herr Gesundheitsguv?
Don’t kids belong to their parents?
Idiocy aside, there is the lie that an inert gas issuing from the tailpipes of combustion-engined cars is causing a “climate crisis.”
Which is also a bait-and-switch – one made necessary because the pollution crisis (it was really more like a problem) was solved about thirty years ago, by which time the emissions from combustion-engined cars which created or contributed to problems such as smog and – here it comes – asthma – had been reduced to essentially nil and thus, their effect to negligible.
Almost never reported (like the fact that almost no one who isn’t very elderly or very sick is dying from WuFlu) but indisputably true is the fact that more than 97 percent of the modern combustion-engine emissions – the harmful ones that caused or contribute to smog, asthma and so on – were eliminated decades ago.
If it were conceded that combustion-engined cars are in fact so clean that many of them qualify – under California standards, mind – as partial zero-emissions vehicles – then the excuse for the existence of a vast regulatory apparat and all the apparatchiks dissipates.
Hence the urgency to change the definition of “emissions” – to something else.
To carbon dioxide. It is of a piece with the bait-and-switch from “flattening the curve” to “stopping the spread” . . . and from the body count to the “case” count.
There is no longer a rational argument to be made against non-electric cars. Which is why an irrational one had to be invented. And used to pass a death sentence on non-electric cars, for offenses they didn’t commit.
It isn’t that they’re “clean.” It is that they are expensive. That’s not a problem. It’s a feature.
The point of all this.
EVs are much too expensive for non-Newsome Americans, who haven’t got the money the political-technocratic elite has. The political-technocratic elite is well-ware of this fact. The Newsomites know perfectly well that EVs will remain a sideshow attraction so long as ordinary people can buy something else.
Hence the importance of making sure they can’t.
EVs will render the privately owned automobile a thing of the past – except for the Newsomites, who can afford an EV. Just as they can afford their own private airplanes.
The Newsomites don’t want the non-Newsomites to buy cars, period.
When EVs are the only cars available, then only the Newsomites will be able to buy them.
The masses will be allowed to ride – or rent.
This has been the hidden goal of the technocratic elite for generations, going all the way back to the era prior to the introduction of the Model T Ford, which had the audacity of being so affordable anyone – egads! – could own one, whereas previously they had been the hand-built indulgences of the very wealthy and – as such – a vehicle of their privilege.
Not that there is anything wrong with being wealthy – or indulging.
The problem – the human failing – is when wealthy people resent the not-wealthy for enjoying similar privileges, which the wealthy (but not healthy in the head) regard as a diminution of their own.
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