By Duncan Smith
Earlier this week, Joe Biden signed an executive order, king-like, declaring that half of all U.S.-made autos will be all-electric by 2035.
The executive action is non-binding but it doesn’t matter: GM has already said it’s all-in for the scheme, and won’t make gas-powered vehicles after that date.
There’s just a little problem with this idea, however.
Actually, it’s a huge problem.
Currently, as modern as our society has become, even America doesn’t produce enough power to charge up hundreds of millions of cars. And we’re not going to have that kind of infrastructure anytime soon.
As PJ Media notes, there are precious few carmakers who are warning the idiot greenies in the Biden regime their plan is bonkers, and Toyota, interesting, is one of them:
Toyota warns that the grid and infrastructure simply aren't there to support the electrification of the private car fleet. A 2017 U.S. government study found that we would need about 8,500 strategically-placed charge stations to support a fleet of just 7 million electric cars. That's about six times the current number of electric cars but no one is talking about supporting just 7 million cars. We should be talking about powering about 300 million within the next 20 years, if all manufacturers follow GM and stop making ICE cars.
Simply put, we're gonna need a bigger energy boat to deal with connecting all those cars to the power grids. A LOT bigger.
But instead of building a bigger boat, we may be shrinking the boat we have now. The power outages in California and Texas — the largest U.S. states by population and by car ownership — exposed issues with powering needs even at current usage levels. Increasing usage of wind and solar, neither of which can be throttled to meet demand, and both of which prove unreliable in crisis, has driven some coal and natural gas generators offline. Wind simply runs counter to needs — it generates too much power when we tend not to need it, and generates too little when we need more. The storage capacity to account for this doesn't exist yet.
We will need much more generation capacity to power about 300 million cars if we're all going to be forced to drive electric cars. Whether we're charging them at home or charging them on the road, we will be charging them frequently. Every gas station you see on the roadside today will have to be wired to charge electric cars, and charge speeds will have to be greatly increased. Current technology enables charges in 'as little as 30 minutes,' according to Kelly Blue Book. That best-case-scenario fast charging cannot be done on home power. It uses direct current and specialized systems. Charging at home on alternative current can take a few hours to overnight to fill the battery, and will increase the home power bill. That power, like all electricity in the United States, comes from generators using natural gas, petroleum, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, or hydroelectric power according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
There’s also this.
When you consider that Biden just canceled an oil pipeline so that the same oil will still be transported much more dangerously by rail and road because the greenie lunatics frequently cut off noses to spite their faces, how much resistance do you think there will be to the construction of massive new electric power infrastructure?
The cleanest power generation — nuclear — is opposed the most by the greenies.
Like all left-wing ideas, this one is dumb, poorly thought out, and will result in an energy and economic disaster.
Biden's inflation is GETTING WORSE by the month...
Around the world, supply chains continue to be disrupted. Delays are now commonplace. And they're going to get worse.
There IS a financial reset coming - that's just true. All the signs indicate as much.