When you’re young, you assume you always will be. Just as we assume we’ll always be able to just go when we need to go somewhere – or just feel like going somewhere. Anywhere. No matter how far away. Without having to plan the trip – as you would if you were going to get there by the bus, say.
Just get in your car – and drive.
For more than 100 years, Americans have assumed this is how it always will be, because that’s how it has been and why would it ever be any different? They have organized their lives around this taken-for-granted freedom of movement, this ease of movement.
People could – and did – take jobs that were far from where they lived because it was no problem to get from where they lived to where they worked. Whatever hours they worked. Whatever schedule their kids were on.
They did not have to live close enough to where they worked to be able to use the bus to get to work.
Or train. Or bicycle. Or walk.
It was just as easy to visit friends and family who didn’t live close by – or who lived nowhere near bus/train routes. Random travel – each of us on our schedule, spur of the moment – was our common inheritance. Kids became almost-adults upon turning 16, at which age they gave up their bikes – and walking – for driving.
The car gave them – gave us all – this freedom.
The electric car is going to take it away.
It will do this three ways, the obvious way being via economics.
Millions of people will be driven out of cars because they will not be able to afford an electric car – which those behind the push for “electrification” are working to assure will within just a few years be the only kinds of cars people will be allowed to buy. As has already been decreed in several states.
But it won’t be just that.
In order to assure people don’t have the option to continue driving non-electric cars already in their possession, laws will be passed making driving one – even holding onto one – at least as expensive as owning (and driving) an electric car.
This will be done via “progressive” increases in the cost of vehicle registration for non-electric vehicles, as is already being done in China. Or by “polluter pays” taxes – premised on the preposterous idea that carbon dioxide is a “pollutant.” Which it is only in the sense that the drugs being pushed by the same people are “vaccines.”
Meanwhile, EVs get more rather than less expensive to buy – contrary to the lies told that prices would go down rather than up as more were made. They have gone up – in just one year – by about $5,000 on average for the identical model, 2022 vs. 2023. This being the inevitable result of the cost-rising of the non-renewable lithium upon which all EVs in production depend. There is more demand than supply can keep up with. This was a predictable thing. In other words, a known thing.
See “safe and “effective.”
Electricity isn’t getting any cheaper, either – especially at the so-called “fast” chargers that EVs depend on to recover any significant charge in less than several hours, as at home. The cost of this electricity will also go up, inevitably – as demand applies pressure to insufficient supply. Charging at home will also cost more for the same reason. And there is the cost – almost never mentioned when EVs are discussed – of being able to instill any significant charge in an EV at home in less than several days’ time, unless the home’s electrical system is upgraded such that it is possible to plug the EV into a 240V outlet.
Renters would need to persuade their landlord to make the “investment.” If there’s no garage – if you park on the street – it is unlikely you’ll have a cable (not an extension cord) heavy-gauge enough to reach wherever the 240V outlet is.
But it’s the other two costs that will serve to take away the freedom to go wherever we wanted to, whenever we wanted to go there – even for those who can afford to buy an EV
They are the costs “baked in” to electric cars that are arguably the most expensive aspects of owning one.
Driving an EV regularly any significant distance will heavily discharge its battery pack. This taxes the battery pack, contributing to a shortening of its useful life. It is better for the battery pack – in terms of maximizing its service life – to avoid deeply discharging it. But that means driving less – or recharging more.
And the more one taxes an EV battery by discharging and “fast” charging it, the sooner the EV’s battery will need to be replaced – at a cost that even people who can afford to buy a new EV will probably be reluctant to pay. Instead, they will throw their battery-tired EV away – and get a new one. A few people may be able to afford this. But the people who, in the past, could afford a used non-electric car will not able to afford a $20,0000 replacement battery for a $15,000 used EV.
And none of us will ever again be able to just drive – without thought, without care – anywhere we like, whenever we like. No more open roads and wide-open spaces.
The EV will end all that.
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