Most vehicles have one door – for gas.
Or – God help you – one for a plug.
Having only the latter can mean not being able to drive when you need to. Or being able to drive very far. I related my recent experience attempting to drive a car with just one door – for a plug – over the Christmas weekend. I only got as far as the “fast” charger, which wasn’t charging. By which time, there wasn’t much range left, limiting how much farther I could drive.
So we returned home – and just barely made it.
If you want to plug in – and be able to drive farther than wherever you’ll be parking to wait before you can drive again – then a second door (for gas) can be very helpful indeed.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe I’m test driving this week has both. One door for a plug, to instill electricity. Another for gas, to fill its tank. The 4xe – which is a plug-in hybrid – accordingly is not afflicted by the gimps that make cars with just one door (for a plug) short-range/long-wait cars.
The Jeep was, first of all, left with me with a full tank – so it didn’t matter that it didn’t have a full charge. The latter being difficult when the place to charge is far away – and requires a drive.
It was left with more than 400 miles of range.
Not indicated range, either. Actual driving range. With the heater on. At 75 MPH. It easily made the 100-mile there-and-back trip to visit my mom, which the car with just one door (for a plug) was unable to do.
Not only was it able to make the trip, when I made it back to my house, the Jeep still had nearly 300 miles of range remaining. I wasn’t obliged to stop once during the trip – though I did stop because I wanted to, for coffee and a snack, along the way. And after we filled up, we were back on our way in minutes, not having had to plug anything in.
As I type this, the Jeep sits outside, in the cold – and unplugged. It will still have all of the “range” (on gas) it had when I parked it, last night, after we got home. I will not have to wait the three days it took to impart about 80 miles of range back into the car with just one door – and a plug – that was unable to make the 100-mile trip, there and back, to visit my mom for Christmas. I will be able to just drive, as soon as I like – and as far as I like.
Just like we used to take for granted, before cars with just one door (and a plug) were forced on us like “masks” and “vaccines.”
Interestingly, there is a parallel in that the alternatives that worked were (still are) dismissed by those who insisted (still insist) that “masks” and “vaccines” work. Don’t be healthy. Instead, obsess about getting sick. Don’t eat healthy and exercise. Wear a “mask,” instead. Forget Ivermectin if you do get sick. Remdesivir is what you want. It is what you will get – if they get their hands on you.
It’s an interesting thing that alternatives – that work – are short-sheeted for the sake of alternatives that do not work. Assuming one wants them to work in the manner most people assume when they hear the word, “work” – as in, solve the supposed problem. If what was wanted was for people to not get sick, then not wearing “masks” would have been advised – along with doing things to make oneself less vulnerable to getting sick and getting sick seriously – such as avoiding junk food, avoiding a big gut and not avoiding the gym. If what was wanted was for people to not get dead, then injecting them with strange drugs with unknown effects would not have been risked. Especially when there were better – safer – alternatives.
If the problem is a “changing” climate – the “change” caused by the production of carbon dioxide – then it would seem preferable to pursue alternatives that reduce the overall production of this gas.
The vehicle with two doors. The plug-in hybrid.
Yes it burns gas. But it does not burn nearly as much power as a vehicle with just one door (for a plug). It takes burning lots of the same basic stuff that goes in the other door – i.e., hydrocarbon fuels – to generate that power. A hybrid generates its own power, far more efficiently because there are no efficiency losses over the course of scores or hundred of miles of electrical cabling, from the source of power (electricity) to the place it is “pumped” in.
A plug-in hybrid also plugs in, of course.
But it does not have to. And it does not require or use as much power when it does. When you consume what you had, you do not have to stop to suck up more power from far away. You generate more, as you drive. This burns gas. But how much – relative to how much more gas is produced by burning more of the same basic thing (i.e., natural gas, oil and coal) somewhere else and then transmitting the power produced thereby to another place?
It is almost certainly the case that a plug-in hybrid “emits” less C02 overall – and over its lifetime – than a car with just a plug that is almost constantly plugged in and when it is, for longer – and sucks harder.
All of the foregoing assumes, of course, that one accepts the assertion that the “climate” is “changing” on account of mankind’s fractional contribution of C02 to the 0.04 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere that is C02. Very much of a piece with the assertions made about the “deadly virus” that has an Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) around the same fraction and from which 99.7 percent of the healthy/not elderly population did not die from, if they got it.
Nevermind. Make everyone wear a “mask” – even children at essentially nil risk – and impose more risk on young people by making them take a “vaccine” that is riskier to their health than the sickness the “vaccine” doesn’t prevent the injected person from getting.
Just so cars with one door (and just a plug). Forcing these on everyone will not prevent the “climate” from “changing.” But it will prevent everyone from driving as much – and as far.
The plug-in hybrid enables them to drive as much as they like and as far as they need to.
It is the Ivermectin of “clean” transportation.
And that is why it is short-sheeted for the sake of what amounts to the Remdesivir of “clean” transportation, the car with just one door and only a plug.
. . .
If you like what you’ve found here please consider supporting EPautos.
PS: Get an EPautos magnet or sticker or coaster in return for a $20 or more one-time donation or a $10 or more monthly recurring donation. (Please be sure to tell us you want a magnet or sticker or coaster – and also, provide an address, so we know where to mail the thing!)
My eBook about car buying (new and used) is also available for your favorite price – free! Click here. If that fails, email me at EPeters952@yahoo.com and I will send you a copy directly!