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Dec 10 2023

$7.5 billion for Zero EV Chargers

Democrats have spent $billions upon $billions of our money in the name of getting us to drive dangerous, expensive, inefficient, unreliable, and environmentally harmful electric cars, for reasons they have not divulged but that probably don’t have anything to do with the allegedly problematic climate, which will remain unaffected. What are we getting for the money? Nothing:

The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included $7.5 billion to build 500,000 public charging stations across the country. Under the program, states can qualify for as much as 80 percent of the cost to build chargers and bring them online. But as Politico reported this week, not a single charger funded by the program is yet operational.

Nonetheless,

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that by 2030, half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. must be electric.

In other words, EPA bureaucrats have mandated that we will be going without cars, in accordance with the totalitarian power evidently bestowed upon them by the US Constitution. There will be nowhere near enough chargers to support them.

“The slow rollout…primarily boils down to the difficulties state agencies and charging companies face in meeting a complex set of contracting requirements and minimum operating standards for the federally-funded chargers, according to interviews with state and EV industry officials,” the article notes.

Too bad vehicles can’t run on red tape. Then our moonbat rulers could offer a viable alternative to normal cars.

No worries. Biden’s bureauweenies can just issue another decree dictating that we must drive electric vehicles whether there are charging stations or not.

On a tip from Lyle.

Dec 01 2023

Car Dealers Push Back Against EV Mandate

You can subsidize EVs to the hilt with other people’s money. You can replace bus fleets with them, leaving people to walk through the snow. You can use your control of the media to shriek that life on earth will perish if people don’t embrace them. But so long as safer, more reliable, and more financially sensible real cars are available, you can’t make people buy the absurd contraptions — as 3,900 car dealers suggest in a letter to Biden:

Dealers have a 103-day supply of EVs compared to 56 days for all cars. It takes them on average 65 days to sell an EV, about twice as long as for gas-powered cars. EV sales are slowing though manufacturers have slashed prices and increased discounts. Consumers paid on average $50,683 for an EV in September, compared to $65,000 a year ago.

Prices will rocket upward when they no longer have to compete with real cars.

Among the numberless reasons not to buy an EV,

“Customers are also concerned about the loss of driving range in cold or hot weather,” the auto dealers say. “Some have long daily commutes and don’t have the extra time to charge the battery. Truck buyers are especially put off by the dramatic loss of range when towing.”

The dealers want the Administration to “tap the brakes” on its proposed tailpipe emissions rules that would effectively mandate that EVs comprise two-thirds of car sales by 2032. Auto makers might meet the government’s quotas in leftwing cities where Teslas are a political fashion statement, but price and convenience matter more elsewhere.

Our rulers represent the populations of cities rotted through with liberalism like New York and Los Angeles. They regard the rest of us as “deplorable” and “threats to Our Democracy.”

The dealers’ letter is an important political signal that progressive climate coercion isn’t as popular as Democrats think. Americans don’t like to be told what to do or what they must buy.

Why would Democrats care what we think? They have the media to tell us what to think.

Before progressives can achieve absolute tyranny, we must be denied independent transportation. Electric vehicles, which regular people can afford only so long as they are subsidized, which rely on a power supply that is being choked off in the name of the global warming hoax, and which can easily be remotely disabled en masse, are a bridge to this objective. If Democrats remain in power much longer, they will achieve it.

On tips from Varla, Jack D, and ABC of the ANC.

Nov 26 2023

More Misadventures in Green Transportation

The electric vehicles that leftists subsidize to the hilt with our money and that they intend to force us to drive continue to make no sense.

Exhibit A:

Automaker Stellantis on Wednesday announced a recall of more than 32,000 of its hybrid Jeep Wrangler SUVs because they pose a potential fire risk.

As part of what the company described as a routine review of customer information, Stellantis determined that eight of the hybrid Wranglers had caught fire while they were turned off and parked.

Those foolish enough to have purchased these vehicles rather than real cars are advised by Stellantis not to park them near buildings, because they might burst into flames at any time.

For Exhibit B, David Blackmon guffaws over an Edmonton Journal article entitled, “More than half of Edmonton’s $60-million electric bus fleet not roadworthy.”

The Canadian city purchased 60 electric buses for $1 million each (double the cost of reliable diesel buses) from the green boondoggle Proterra, which has gone Chapter 11, making it difficult to keep the buses running in Edmonton as in Jackson, Wyoming, where the entire fleet does not work.

From the story:

It takes a diesel-powered on-board heater to keep the body of the bus warm. And despite $200,000 in special blankets to keep all those batteries toasty, the Proterra buses are still feeling that northern Alberta chill in their skimpy range.

That’s $3,333 per bus to keep the batteries warm. But still the buses don’t work.

That’s okay; soon electric moonbatmobiles will be mandatory. They will work because bureaucrats will command that they have to work.

On tips from ABC of the ANC and R F.

Nov 23 2023

$50,000 for New EV Battery

Among the countless reasons not to knuckle under to moonbats and buy an electric car is the cost of replacing the battery:

Simrat Sooch of Stoney Creek, Ont., was a true believer in electric vehicles.

He was disabused of his illusions after he bought a Hyundai Ioniq. The overpriced toy stopped charging, so he took it to the dealership, where he learned the battery needed to be replaced.

The quoted cost, including the battery, installation and taxes came to more than $50,000.

This is $50,000 Canadian, but still.

The warranty had just run out. Since the cost of repair exceeded the value of the car, he scrapped it. Total loss, like all of our money Biden has been shoveling at EV charging stations and subsidies. Unless Democrats succeed at making them mandatory, no one is going to be driving an electric car once even liberals realize how foolish they are.

On a tip from Steve T.

Nov 12 2023

Lucid Loses $430,000 for Every EV Sold

A coercion-based economy run by corruptocrats and deranged ideologues makes possible marvels of lunacy and waste. In a free country, few if any electric vehicles would be produced, since they are not worth the money it takes to manufacture them. In contrast, in the USSA,

Lucid, the California-based electric vehicle company that makes the Air Sedan, lost over $430,000 for every car it sold in the third quarter of this year, according to the firm’s latest financial report.

Last quarter was even worse. Lucid lost $544,000 for every vehicle sold in Q2.

Ford only loses $60,000 for every ideologically correct electric moonbatmobile sold. But give the federal government time to finish absorbing Detroit and no doubt in will manage to compete with Lucid.

You can see why Democrats are giving up on extravagant subsidies and have introduced straightforward bans on real cars.

On a tip from R F.

Nov 11 2023

New York Gives Up on EV Snowplows

Winter is on the way. Time to put away the asinine EVs and fall back on vehicles that work in the cold — or that work period:

Three years ago, the New York Department of Sanitation ordered seven electric rear loader garbage trucks made by Mack LR Electric. The department has not been able to find electric trucks that are powerful enough to plow snow like the original diesel ones.

No worries. According to The Experts, the climate will soon punish us for not fully embracing central planning by withholding snow anyway.

Each truck made by Mack cost more than $523,000 and was part of a long-term goal under the NYC Clean Fleet Transition Plan to move toward a majority of “clean” energy versions by 2035, with emergency and specialized trucks totally converted to electric vehicles by 2040.

It’s a small price to pay so that liberals can virtue signal about how devoutly they believe in Al Gorism — so long as taxpayers pick up the tab. However, no amount of other people’s money can create EVs that plow snow:

“In our test of the non-diesel rear-loaders, we found that they could not plow the snow effectively,” Commissioner of the New York Department of Sanitation Jessica Tish said during a City Council hearing in November 2022, per the New York Sun.

As for using the extravagantly expensive electric trucks to collect the garbage that NYC produces in such profusion,

The tests indicate sanitation trucks will likely not fully electrify by 2040, like the department hoped, as the electric trucks do not perform well in cold temperatures. Snow plowing specific trucks aside, multiple studies have found that electric cars require extra care during the winter season and have lower fuel efficiency at colder temperatures than petrol and diesel vehicles.

Even the depraved kooks infesting New York understand you can’t rely on electric vehicles — not that they won’t make them mandatory anyway, if only to prove they can impose their moronic ideology on every aspect of your life.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Oct 30 2023

Driving EV Is Equivalent to Paying $17.22/Gallon for Gas

Would you volunteer to pay $17.22 per gallon for gasoline? Then don’t let leftists pressure you into an electric car. Daily Wire reports on a new study:

[The authors] give evidence that “the average model year (MY) 2021 EV would cost $48,698 more to own over a 10-year period without $22 billion in government favors given to EV manufacturers and owners. … Adding the costs of the subsidies to the true cost of fueling an EV would equate to an EV owner paying $17.33 per gallon of gasoline. And these estimates do not include the hundreds of billions more in subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act (2022) for various aspects of the EV supply chain, particularly for battery manufacturing.”

“Nearly $22 billion in federal and state subsidies and regulatory credits suppressed the retail price of EVs in 2021 by an average of almost $50,000,” the authors note.

Even with the subsidies,

“Car lots are swelling with unsold EVs and the Ford Motor Company is losing over $70,000 on each EV it currently sells.”

EV drivers can’t count on others being forced to pick up most of the tab forever. The extravagantly wasteful subsidies won’t last, because as Margaret Thatcher observed, eventually socialists run out of other people’s money.

No wonder blue states like California and New York — as well as Democrats at the federal level — have moved to make electric vehicles mandatory. Otherwise, who would drive them?

Only after we have been forced into inefficient, expensive, unreliable, unsafe, environmentally harmful electric cars can Democrats price us out of having cars altogether.

On tips from Chris Neilson and Occam’s Stubble.

Oct 17 2023

$21,000 Bill Because EV Battery Got Wet

Even the moonbats at Business Insider seem to realize that no matter how extravagant the subsidies, buying an electric car is not a good idea:

Johnny Bacigalupo and Rob Hussey told the Scottish news outlet Edinburgh Live they were billed £17,374, or about $21,000, to fix their Tesla after its battery was damaged by rain last week.

Even if you can afford one of these glorified golf carts, that doesn’t mean you can afford to keep it running. No wonder it costs so much more to insure an EV than a real car.

This has happened before:

A similar incident occurred last year when a Canadian Tesla owner was told it would cost $26,000 to get a replacement battery for his vehicle, Fox Business reported.

The owner, Mario Zelaya, shared his experience in a TikTok video and said he was locked out of his Tesla Model S after the battery died. Zelaya said he eventually sold his Tesla after he spent $30 getting replacement ownership papers that were locked in the vehicle.

The media is more forthcoming regarding the shortcomings of EVs now that Elon Musk has gone rogue by allowing free speech on X.

The first and only thing you need to know about electric cars is that leftists want us to drive them. That is reason enough to steer clear.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Sep 28 2023

None of Wyoming Town’s Electric Bus Fleet Works

The planet owes a debt of gratitude to Jackson, Wyoming, for investing our money in electric buses. This is as likely as any other moonbat measure to stop the climate from fluctuating — even if none of them works:

The Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system, a joint operation between Jackson and Teton County, bought eight electric buses to complement its fleet of 31.

They have fallen back on their diesel buses, which work. Getting parts for the malfunctioning electric buses has proven impossible:

Last month, the electric bus manufacturer that supplied START, California-based Proterra, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Electric vehicles are so economically insane that companies like Proterra can’t stay in business no matter how much of our money Democrats shovel at them.

Proterra … enjoyed financial support from federal taxpayers, as well as praise from President Joe Biden.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided more than $5.5 billion for low- and no-emission buses, each costing around $1 million each.

In 2021 Biden participated in a virtual tour of the company.

“The fact is, you’re making me look good,” the president said.

The only thing that could make Biden look good would be a prison uniform.

Biden went on to discuss a plan to build 50,000 charging stations with federal support.

If Democrats’ green spending spree continues, the entire country will join Proterra in bankruptcy.

The buses didn’t work well in the winter anyway, being EVs.

At least the bureauweenies learned their lesson, right? Wrong:

There are more electric buses heading to Teton County as START works to phase out as much of its diesel fleet as it can.

According to the News & Guide, the eight buses in its fleet cost $2.3 million, 80% of which was covered by a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant in 2019. Between 2020 and 2021, similar grants provided another $2.6 million, and START plans to spend $3.3 million for four more electric buses.

This will be financed from our savings, as Democrats continue to inflate the currency by printing more money.

On a tip from R F.

Sep 21 2023

Ultimate Moonbatmobile

Not to worry. Even after Democrats have taken away our cars and have put landlords out of commission, you will still be able to travel and dwell inside the ultimate moonbatmobile:

On a tip from Wiggins.

Aug 12 2023

Learning the Hard Way Not to Buy an EV

A tale of woe serves as a warning to those considering a politically correct but economically and functionally wrong electric truck:

Dalbir Bala, who lives in the Winnipeg area, bought a Ford F-150 Lightning EV in January for $115,000 Canadian dollars (around $85,000 U.S. dollars), plus tax.

Bala needed the vehicle not only for work but for out of town recreational activities.

He also wanted an environmentally friendly vehicle as owning one is “responsible citizenship these days.”

That is to say, he was a sucker. But Bala is wiser now.

The vehicle compelled him to install two chargers – one at work and one at home – for $10,000. To accommodate the charger, he had to upgrade his home’s electric panel for $6,000. …

Not long after the purchase, Bala got into a minor accident which, he said, required “light assembly” on the front bumper. Bala took the vehicle to the body shop and did not get it back for six months. He said no one from Ford answered his email or phone calls for help.

Maybe they were all on the phone with the politicians who keep them in business by paying them to produce EVs.

Then Bala tried taking the truck on a family trip. Unable to find a working charging station, they ran out of juice.

Bala ultimately had the vehicle towed to a Ford dealership in Elk River and rented a regular gasoline-powered vehicle to complete the family’s trip to Chicago. The family picked up the F-150 Lightning on their way back to Winnipeg.

Laments Bala:

“I can only drive in city – biggest scam of modern times.”

Just as no amount of subsidies can make EVs make sense, no amount of liberal media hype can prevent consumers from learning that they are inferior to proper vehicles. That’s why Democrats have to make them mandatory, not just in California and New York but nationwide.

On tips from Lyle, ABC of the ANC, and Stormfax.

Aug 11 2023

California Backup Power Plan: Drain EV Batteries

As the Democrats running California continue to wage the progressive War on Energy, the rolling blackouts associated with Gavin Newsom’s rule will become more frequent, because no amount of other people’s money will make wind and solar reliable. At least they have a backup plan. Too bad it is insane:

California’s largest electric utility PG&E wants to suck the batteries of electric-vehicle owners plugged into charging stations to stabilize the grid during unstable periods. The Ford F-150 already allows for bidirectional charging, but that was sold as a benefit to the owner as a kind of independent generator for households during blackouts. PG&E wants to use it to commandeer all EV batteries and use their power to prevent grid collapse.

Bidirectional charging functionality will add an estimated $3,700 to the already excessive cost of EVs, as well as shorten their lifespan. No worries; the government can just provide more subsidies.

This will not be voluntarily:

Lawmakers in Sacramento are helping to move things along. For example, Senate Bill 233 would make bi-directional charging mandatory for all new electric vehicles.

As with Biden’s attack on gas generators, the objective is to prevent independence. We need to be completely reliant on the grid; then they can not only deny us energy but confiscate the energy we have already acquired.

Our rulers want us driving unreliable, dangerous, and combustion-prone electric vehicles because they do not want us driving any vehicles. When it all hits the fan — and it will, if Democrats get any more entrenched — they will need to deprive us of transportation to prevent organized resistance.

Newsom has signed an executive order banning non-electric vehicles by 2035.

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end,” said Leonardo da Vinci. We will soon be past the easy part.

On a tip from Jack Bauer.

Aug 10 2023

Another Green Boondoggle Goes Belly Up

Didn’t they learn anything from Solyndra and the other extravagantly expensive green energy boondoggles that went belly up during the Obama Administration? Sure they did. They learned that they can get away with flushing money down the toilet. So they keep doing it:

Biden frequently extolled an electric vehicle company — in which his energy secretary heavily invested — before it declared bankruptcy on Monday.

Bay Area-based electric bus and battery maker Proterra filed for Chapter 11, with CEO Gareth Joyce citing “various market and macroeconomic headwinds that have impacted our ability to efficiently scale.”

One headwind is that electric buses are prone to bursting into flames.

The EV firm, which sold more than 1,300 electric buses to public transit systems in the US and Canada, was valued at $1.6 billion when Biden, 80, took office in January 2021 — but closed with a market value of $362 million, according to Reuters.

Where does all the wealth disappear to? Democrat donors are most likely to know.

Meanwhile,

In 2021, the president pledged more than $10 billion from his $1.9 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan toward zero-emission transit and school bus programs.

But no amount of other people’s money can make electric vehicles make sense. In the end, the market decides what is fit to exist, not liberal ideology.

On tips from Varla, Jack D, Occam’s Stubble, Wiggins, and Franco.

Jul 30 2023

Diesel Generators Used to Charge Electric Garbage Trucks

Wales epitomizes the government application of global warmism by using diesel generators to charge its new fleet of electric garbage trucks:

Cardiff Council started transitioning to electric vehicles for its waste collection in 2021 as part of its efforts to hit net zero by 2030.

But it was forced to admit that it was charging the vehicles using diesel generators after a local resident spotted the backup power.

Green energy boondoggles are great for chopping up or incinerating birds (and for laundering taxpayer money), but are of very limited usefulness for actually producing energy. Yet the extravagantly expensive, risibly asinine posturing continues.

No worries; the Biden Regime has settled on a solution for the need to fall back on generators when green energy inevitably fails: make them illegal.

On a tip from Steve T.

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