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Biden call for half of cars to be EVs by 2030 needs massive government intervention

President Biden is calling for half of all cars and trucks sold by within nine years to be zero-emission vehicles, and the major automakers joined him on the South Lawn Thursday to declare how much they love it.

So you’d think, we must be at like 20 or 30 percent now, right? No. According to the Wall Street Journal, we are currently a 3% electric vehicles, and most of those are Teslas. Since Tesla isn’t unionized, Elon Musk was not even invited to the White House.

So how will we “achieve” this? Massive subsidies, price hikes on gas vehicles, etc.

Basically, the substitution of government decisions for those of the market. And lots of extra costs that China and India no doubt won’t be making.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

What a spectacle. We’re referring to the political advertisement that auto makers staged with President Biden on Thursday endorsing the Administration’s stricter fuel-economy rules and climate agenda. Behold Big Business colluding with Big Government to grab subsidies and raise consumer prices.

The big problem for auto makers is that EVs remain impractical for many drivers who live outside cities. While EVs are less expensive to maintain than cars that run on gasoline, batteries need to be recharged every 200 to 300 miles, which can take at least 30 minutes even with today’s fastest chargers. Most people don’t want to wait that long when they’re on the road.

Auto makers also need a major battery technology breakthrough to reduce the manufacturing cost—about $10,000 to $12,000 more on average than gas-powered cars—increase their range and reduce their charge time.

5 thoughts on “Biden call for half of cars to be EVs by 2030 needs massive government intervention”

  1. More to the point, can the power grid handle the load?

    The math is easy enough, in theory.

    Once you figure out the number of average miles driven, per vehicle, you can then run that number against how many kWh of power it would take, to run an average electric vehicle the equivalent distance. Extrapolate that out over the national vehicle fleet, and figure out how much additional wattage that would require from the grid.

    But good luck finding those numbers. I tell ya, they’re scattered all over the place from Kalamazoo to pork chops. I was looking for a site earlier that had some semblance of reliable data in one place, and I ended up with like six separate tabs open, trying to remember which data set was on what website.

    I don’t think I’ve been this confuzzled since the finale of “Shadow of the Colossus.”

  2. Strengthening our current power grid isn’t covered under the massive “Infrastructure” bill, but childcare is! Just look at California to see how this will end up, not enough power to handle their everyday needs, imagine when everybody gets home and plugs in their cars ALL AT ONCE. We have no money to do this, people who are working (not sitting and collecting never ending unemployment) can’t support all this spending. Where is the money going to come from?

  3. Another problem with electric vehicles – their weight, from the heavy battery cells required. I heard the battery in the new Ford F150 pickup weighs nearly a ton – 2000 lbs. These vehicles will destroy roads everywhere, forget about how much extra energy they will require to run.

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