Burning Love . . .

  • July 28, 2023

An ironic article appeared in the industry trade publication, Automotive News the other day. The lead reads thusly:

As the nation transitions to electric transportation, fires have become a significant problem, affecting everything from e-bikes to high-end Teslas. These fires present an additional challenge to the electro-mobility industry, which is already dealing with cost concerns and infrastructure issues. The incidents not only claim lives but also risk undermining the progress made in electric technology.”

Italics added.

We need a copy editor, stat.

“The nation” is not “transitioning” to electric transportation; it is being forced to transition. The difference is that between a date and rape. But the writer of the article tries to make rape sound as if it were a date.

EVs spontaneously combusting is not an “additional challenge” – observe the blasé language, as if we were discussing losing weight or some other thing that could be improved via effort. What we are dealing with as regards lithium-ion batteries is an inherent vulnerability that cannot be fixed.

At least, not without using something other than lithium-ion batteries. It is either ignorant or disingenuous to speak of  “additional challenges.” It is like speaking of the infirmity that inevitably attends old age without mentioning the old age part, implying it’s a problem that can be fixed.

But the best part is the part about “undermining the progress made.”

This is truly stupendous. It manages in one short phrase to shame and blame the victims of this forced regression to battery-powered vehicles – which are not new vehicles. They are vehicles that failed in the market – 100 years ago – when better alternatives became available (as this column discussed in greater depth a few days ago; you can find that here).

But at least the EVs of 100 years ago didn’t spontaneously combust.

Why? Because they used lead acid batteries to store electricity. These are less fire-prone because they do not contain hundreds (let alone thousands) of individual failure points; i.e., the hundreds (if not thousands) of individual cells that you will find within an EV battery pack. All it takes is for one of these to “thermally run away” – short circuit – and you’ve got an almost instantaneous, fast-progressing and extremely hot fire that is extremely difficult to extinguish, even with professional-grade equipment.

This is why EVs are “totaling”  transport ships full of vehicles – and the ship along with them. Most recently, the Freemantle Highway.

The electric cars of 100 years ago were supplanted by cars powered by engines that burned gas (and diesel) because the latter were more versatile, could be driven farther and didn’t take all day to recharge.

But not because the EVs of 100 years ago were fire hazards.

Today, they are – and the fact is becoming generally known, including to the insurance mafia – which is finding it is on the hook for these fires, some of which can entail losses in the many millions, as in the case of a burned-to-a-crisp cargo ship. Money talks. Or rather, it gets people talking.

Also, not buying.

It is interesting, in a canary-in-the-coal-mine way, to observe the fact that inventories of EVs are piling up all over the country. There is reportedly a 70 day supply – that is, unsold backlog – of EVs that have been built and shipped that are sitting and waiting for buyers who’ve not materialized. EVs are suddenly not as hot as they supposedly were. Possibly because people are beginning to realize just how “hot” they can be.

Also, the effect of the hot – and the cold – on these Occasional Use Vehicles (OUVs). The latter a much more honest acronym than “EV” given the fact of their limited range under optimum conditions – and what happens to their range when conditions aren’t optimum. Word began to leak out about that last winter, when people who’d never driven an EV in very cold weather found out what happens to EV range in winter. Not many people will knowingly buy a car that goes 30-50 percent less far when it’s cold out, which in many parts of the country is for months out of each year.

Similarly, word is leaking out about what happens to the range of a battery-powered device when it is hot out – and the battery must also power the AC, in addition to the car. In brief, a general awareness is dawning that EVs have a narrow bandwidth of real-world usability and a built-in vulnerability to burning up that cannot be lessened by exercising caution. The EV owner can only park the thing far away from his house, so as to reduce the risk of his house going up in smoke. It is also an inevitability as certain as the tide rolling back in that the insurance mafia is going to “adjust” what it charges to “cover” these things, so that it is not left holding the bag paying for the certain losses that will be (already have been) incurred by these things.

But the lügenpresse is still doing all it can to alter the course of that talk – much as it did during the “pandemic,” when it exercised all its might to trample over any inconvenient facts about the risks of the ‘Rona, the efficacy of alternative treatments such as Ivermectin and the inefficacy of “vaccines” that turned out to be useless as well as dangerous.

Kind of like EVs.

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