Don’t Park That Here!

  • August 7, 2023

A brand-new (2023) Mercedes EQE just went up in smoke – and so did the home of the person who parked the thing in the driveway. Mark the italics.

The spontaneously combusting EV burned so hot, so fast, that the flames engulfed the house, resulting in a total loss of both car and house.

The Mercedes EV was not hooked to a charger when this conflagration occurred.

Several thoughts come to mind.

The first being who’s going to pay for this?

Well, the insurance company, obviously!

No – it will be us. The insurance mafia does not pay. The insurance mafia collects. Certainly, it pays out claims. But who do you suppose pays for that? If you answered – everyone who pays premiums – step to the head of the line!

And it won’t just be the people whose homes burn down because their EV did. Or because it might.

It will be everyone who pays to cover their home – and their car. Including people who do not drive EVs. These costs will become exorbitant. They already are. How much do you think will be paid out to cover the loss of the Japanese car-carrying vessel Freemantle Highway, for instance? Prior to that, there was the Felicity Ace. $400 million in losses form just the latter.

How much will it cost the insurance mafia to “cover” the loss of the home that just got totaled by the EQE – which all by itself constitutes an $80k loss (the base price of a 2023 EQE)? The total losses will likely exceed $1 million by the time it’s all settled.

Each EV will soon cost much more to cover – as the mafia does the math and realizes that what it collects at present might not be sufficient to cover what it ends up having to pay out. The cost of covering the home the EV is parked in front of (heaven forfend inside the garage) will similarly go up, for the obvious reason.

And then everyone’s costs will go up – because otherwise, it would be too obvious that having anything to do with an EV is an expensive proposition.

So everyone can expect to experience an adjustment, soon.

This will serve as yet another vehicle for getting people out of cars – and maybe also their homes. How will they be able to afford either when they cannot afford to cover either?

People are fools if they do not take this seriously. The World Economic Forum – which controls the world via the politicians (and so, the governments) it owns – has openly stated that its end-goal is to eliminate most private vehicle ownership and to herd the bulk of humanity into “15 Minute Cities.” None of this is conjecture.

It is policy.

There is another aspect of this that’s very interesting, in a Catch-22 kind-of-way. Given the risk of an auto da fe it is risky to park an EV in or even near a garage. Prudence dictates parking it as far away from the house as possible.

But then how do you charge the EV?

EVs use specific charge cords; you cannot use an extension cord. The charge box that comes with the EV will detect an impedance difference between the supplied power cord/charge box) and an extension cord, if you try to use that to bridge the gap between an outlet in your garage and wherever the car is parked (and the factory supplied cord won’t reach). You are forced to park close enough for the factory supplied cord to reach. Assuming you want to charge the car at home – the latter being one of the primary touted conveniences of owning an EV. You don’t have to visit “dirty” gas stations anymore.

But you can’t charge at home, at all, if the cord won’t reach the outlet.

So, what do you do? Run the risk of the car – and the house – burning up? And then being homeless as well as car-less? Or accept having to drive (and wait) somewhere else to get a charge?

As word about this gets out, expect hesitancy about buying EVs to go up.

There is one other thing to consider as well.

In the past, when a dangerous defect got into production that put people who bought that car at risk of injury or death, it was easy enough to confine the damage by recalling that car. But EVs are not like other cars in that many of them are the same car – as regards the defect. The all-fired-up EQE sedan, for instance, is just a body on a “skate.” Underneath it lies the same battery that lies underneath the EQE SUV. And probably also the EQS sedan.

And the problem isn’t a defect.

It is the design.

All currently-in-production EVs use essentially-the-same lithium-ion batteries as energy storage devices. These batteries contain thousands of individual cells, each of them a potential source of spontaneous combustion. It is not a defect in that it cannot be remedied except by not using lithium-ion batteries to store power.

The problem is, every EV for sale right now does use them. And the fact is they can and have and will spontaneously combust, something that never happens with gas-powered cars. To get the latter to catch fire, you have to work at it. First, the gas has to spill or leak. And then it takes a spark. A parked non-EV that isn’t leaking is as unlikely catch fire as Joe Biden is to propose abolishing the IRS. It is conceivable it might happen – the gas fire – but the odds against it happening are astronomically in favor of it never happening.

EVs catching fire, on the other hand, seem to be happening all the time. Are happening. Two weeks ago, a cargo ship full of them. A few months back, brand-new F150 Lightnings that hadn’t even been shipped to dealers yet. Numerous Teslas. Audis. And a sufficient number of Chevy Bolts to warrant recalling all 60,000 of them.

And just now, a brand-new EQE – which may have been the same one this writer had parked far away from his house a few weeks prior.

I wasn’t able to drive it much – because I wasn’t able to charge it much. But I’ve still got a place to live – unlike the people who parked it to close to their house.

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