Non-electric cars haven’t “guzzled” gas – most of them – for decades. There are a few that still do, models like the V8 powered Dodge Charger and Challenger most blatantly – and they are of course on the Automotive Enemies List, compiled by people who use “gas guzzler” in the way that some people (often the same people) use “racist” or “misogynist” to cat-call that which isn’t but which they simply don’t like for reasons of general disagreement.
In any event, why it is the business of the person who didn’t buy the “gas guzzler” and isn’t the one paying for the gas it “guzzles” is a question – per The Chimp – that is rarely asked. It is like Jones bitching about his neighbor’s lawn, which is larger than his own and takes his neighbor more time to mow. The neighbor isn’t knocking on Jones’ door and demanding he mow the lawn, nor pay for the fertilizer, etc.
The whole thing is motivated by nothing more than the offense taken – how dare you! – by people who simply don’t like it that someone else has chosen to buy a car that “guzzles” more gas than they think is proper etiquette.
Oh, yes – there is the bogey about “externalities” – this idea that the guzzling of gas imposes indirect costs, shouldered by others, such as the cost of maintaining carrier groups to protect the oil supply chain (never mind that America was energy independent, oil-wise, when Orange Man Bad) and of course, “climate changing” effusions of atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide, a pre-Rona beta test of kernel-of-truth exaggerated to hysterical proportions in order to impose draconian solutions to a problem that doesn’t exist, in any meaningful sense.
The climate changes. This is news? It gets episodically warmer, then colder. Sometimes more and sometimes less. It is all a function of incredibly complex, interwoven factors (e.g., solar cycles/activity, natural events on earth such as volcanic eruptions) that the “experts” themselves have not divined though many pretend to have certain knowledge of the works, with incredibly simplistic solutions proffered that seem to always entail “sacrifices” by the average guy that always seem to redound to the benefit, financial and otherwise, of the stratified elites most unctuously sermonizing about the necessity of these “sacrifices.”
This is interesting, given that electric cars are energy hogs – precisely because they are being force-fed to the average guy as the does-it-all replacement for his not-electric car, even if that car doesn’t “guzzle” gas.
The energy-hogging being a function of the attempt to make electric cars capable of emulating the all-around versatility of not-electric cars, which can easily cruise for hundreds of miles at 70-plus MPH without stopping once along the way, unless the driver wants to.
In an electric car, you have to.
In order to even approach the highway capabilities of any IC car – i.e., to have the ability to travel at speeds of 70-plus MPH for more than 150 miles without having to stop – an electric car must lug around enormous and enormously heavy battery packs. A typical EV battery pack weighs in excess of 1,000 pounds – which is hundreds of pounds more than a fully dressed cast iron big block V8 engine from the “gas hog” muscle car era of the ’60s weighs.
These huge, massively heavy battery packs multiply the EV’s energy inefficiency by increasing the electric car’s weight, enormously. The Tesla3 – which is a small car about the same size as a Honda Civic sedan – weighs an Orca-like 4,000-plus pounds (vs. 2,947 lbs. for the Civic).
It takes more energy to get that weight moving, using more electricity. And then to keep it moving – for the same reason a heavy car with a gas-burning engine burns more gas to keep it moving than a lighter car does.
Physics applies to electric cars as much as it does to IC cars.
Compounding this waste is the general EV emphasis on quickness – “ludicrous speed” – which is emphasized to take the attention off the EV’s abbreviated range, lengthy and inconvenient recharging protocols and ludicrous cost.
Speed also costs energy.
In the form of even larger, even more powerful batteries (and motors) which waste even more energy and add more weight, again – wasting even more energy. And not only in the form of the electricity that must be generated and transmitted to feed this greed, creating externalities in the form of an over-taxed grid and likely energy rationing by people who cannot afford an EV but would perhaps like to run their home AC on a hot summer day.
There is also the gratuitous wastage of energy (and resources) used up during the manufacture of those massive and massively heavy battery packs, without which “ludicrous” speed – or even the capability to travel more than 150 miles at 70-plus MPH without having to stop – would simply not be possible given EV technology as it exists.
And the soy-guzzling fools who lick the EV’s fenders have the balls (if they dropped) to deride IC cars as “guzzlers.”
How dare they!
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