The Other Shoe Drops

  • September 1, 2023

We are told that replacing the cars and trucks we have with battery-powered devices that cost more and weigh a lot more and that entail using up more natural resources is a necessary transition.

In fact, it is “necessary”  . . .  to set the stage for the next transition.

That being the elimination of personal transportation. They didn’t tell us this at the beginning of this transition, of course – for all the obvious reasons. Just as they did not tell us that a “case” does not mean someone’s sick, that “masks” don’t work and that “vaccines” won’t stop the spread.

Now they are telling us what will become “necessary” – once the transition to battery powered devices becomes a fait accompli.

“Heavier EVs are Causing Safety and Pollution Problems,” reads the banner headline in today’s Automotive News. “The progress automakers made taking weight off vehicles over the past decade is quickly being erased by EVs, jeopardizing safety and causing pollution.” 

This is all true, of course.

EVs are almost  . . . ludicrously heavy, on account of the weight of their batteries. A typical small EV weighs a third again more than an otherwise similar non-electric car. Electric trucks weigh as much as two (or more) mid-sized non-electric cars. And this weight adds weight – the heavier structure needed to handle the weight of a battery that weighs a lot more than most V8 engines (the latter weigh about 500 pounds fully dressed; a typical EV battery pack weighs close to twice that and some – as in EV trucks – weigh four times that). Plus the additional weight necessary to protect that fire-prone battery from being damaged – and catching fire.

All of that weight bears down on the EV’s tires, which must be larger to bear all of that weight and which wear out faster – resulting in (here it comes!) emissions of particulates, which actually are pollutants in that particulates do foul the environment, unlike carbon dioxide.

Which the manufacturing of EVs – in particular, those massive EV batteries – also causes more of, thereby obviating the putative justification for this “essential” transition.

More, in other words, will inevitably lead to less.

Just not quite yet. Not until the trap has been sprung. Once there is no longer an alternative to battery powered devices, problems will be found with battery powered devices.

Like the other problem attending all of this gratuitous weight.

The faithfully Leftist (and so, faithfully anti-car) journal Nature tells us all about in a study quoted by Axios: “The authors — while warning this is a back-of-the-envelope tally — say the cost of extra lives lost by adding 1,500 pounds to a truck ‘rivals the climate benefits’ of avoided emissions.”

In other words, EVs aren’t safe.

This is also true. It is physics. If your 3,300 pound non-electric car is T-boned by a 9,063 pound (yes, really) Hummer EV you will find out all about it.

In the next world.

In other words, if EV emissions aren’t reason enough to force most of them off the roads, as EVs themselves are in the process of being used to do to cars that are safer and that “emit” fewer “emissions” overall (by dint of requiring fewer materials to manufacture them and by dint of burning through more resources to power them) then safety will serve to do the same.

These “risks” can be “addressed” – the words chosen are always soft-sell ones, designed to efface the hard truth of the force that will be applied to “address” the “risks” created by the use of force in the first place – via “policy changes” such as “vehicle registration charges based on weight to encourage the use of lighter vehicles.” 

Italics added.

When they say “encourage” they mean force, of course.

Such force will be applied to get EVs off the roads once that’s all or mostly what’s allowed on the roads. If you are worried about being able to afford a $50,000 EV – the latter being  the average price paid for a new EV – don’t worry about it. Because you won’t be able to afford what it will cost to register it. And if that’s not “incentive” enough to “encourage” you to “walk, bike or take public transit,” as the Nature piece puts it – there are always other “incentives” available in the tool kit of “stakeholders,” which doesn’t include you.

These include – but are by no means limited to – increasing the cost of the electricity they intend to make you exclusively dependent upon, by eliminating alternatives to it and by increasing demand for it while decreasing the available supply of it.

One it becomes extortionately expensive to keep the lights (and ‘fridge) in your home on, it will become . . . unsustainable to drive the EV you probably couldn’t afford to buy.

Or register.

And if that’s still not enough enough, then how about driving you off the road by taxing you extortionately for every mile you drive? The EV can debit your CBDC account as you drive. Watch your balance evaporate along with your range.

This will, in the words of the Nature study’s authors, “ensure a better future for everyone.”

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