What will it mean when most everything that is hauled by truck is hauled by electric truck? It will mean less stuff is hauled by truck, which is probably the point of the thing – in case you hadn’t noticed.
“Electrification” is about scarcification – my neologism.
All in the name of a false cause – that being the saving of a planet that doesn’t need saving – by reducing the number of people on it. Less to eat. Less heat. It all ends up in the same place, or so they hope:
Less of us.
Of course, not of them.
What they are bent on “saving” is the planet, alright.
Toward that end, the first of Tesla’s over-the-road electric big rigs will leave the factory, shortly. They will not travel very far from there, though – notwithstanding the lies being told about their ability to pull a 40 ton load 500 miles, which is about what a diesel-powered big rig can pull, just a fourth as far (a fully-fueled big rig can typically go more than 2,000 miles on 300 gallons of diesel before needing to refuel).
And it’s actually a lot less than that.
Not just because of the time it takes to re-instill a full (or even partial) charge into a vehicle that is the equivalent, in terms of the energy needed to do that, of at least a couple dozen Tesla cars.
But rather, because of the impossibility of instilling it.
Without first building it.
A study of highway charging requirements came out the other day, published by National Grid. It stated that ” . . . electrifying a typical highway gas station will require as much power as a professional sports stadium.”
That’s for electric cars.
You can read more, here.
But that’s not the money shot. Here’s that:
“The projected needs for a big truck stop would equal that of a small town.” Italics added. This being about 5 megawatts of power per electric truck stop.
Now scale that up. Taking into account the fact that an electric big rig only goes about a fourth as far as a fully-fueled diesel-powered big rig and thus would need to stop three more times than a diesel-powered rig can travel without stopping, to travel the same distance. That means it would be necessary to build – and power – at least three times as many new “electrified” truck stops along the highways, in order to provide the power needed by electric big rigs to run the same distances as diesel-powered big rigs do without stopping.
And not just the stops but also the 5 megawatts each they’d need to actually be capable of powering up those electric big rigs. Where’s all that power going to come from?
“It’s not like plugging in a toaster,” explains Dave Mullaney – who leads analysis of electric trucking at the RMI energy research institute. “If you put 50 trucks somewhere, that is basically equivalent to a factory.”
And that’s the best case scenario. The real-world scenario is that the electric big rigs probably won’t go even 500 miles in between stops unless conditions are ideal. Warm – not hot and certainly not cold – and mostly flat, with steady-state cruising most if not all of the way.
How will they do on grueling uphill grades? Big rigs traveling cross-country often have to go up – and over – mountain ranges. As anyone who has driven an electric car already knows – if they will admit it – going uphill dramatically cuts into an EV’s touted best-case range. Imagine pulling 40 tons up a hill. How about in the bitter cold? Big rigs are often driven in subzero conditions, as from (or to) places like Minnesota or Chicago in the winter. Sub-zero conditions aren’t a problem for diesel-powered big rigs. They are a big problem for electric cars, which typically lose 20 percent of their range when it gets very cold.
How much will 20 percent less cost us? Keeping in mind that it means having to stop even more often – and wait, which costs truckers money. Or do you suppose the companies forced to run electric big rigs will eat that cost, rather than pass it on to us?
Of course, the cost will be prohibitive – which is just the point. Not to make us pay more, you see. That was the way things were done in the Before Time. In our time, the point is no longer to make more money. It is to make us make do with less by making what was formerly a taken-for-granted abundance into general scarcity.
But only for us.
There will be no making-do with less for the ones making sure this all comes to pass – for us. They will suffer no shortages of food or heat. They will always have plenty to eat and many warmed rooms to spread out in. They will also enjoy the wide open road, because it will within a few short years be emptied – of us, who will no longer be able to afford to drive.
Much less buy the handful of exotic goods shipped to the few boutique stores that remain after the Great Reset, where they will have plenty – and we will watch them buy and enjoy it.
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