So, you want to save the planet? So, you have enough cash in your wallet to buy yourself an electric car?
Go ahead and good luck.
But remember: electric vehicles (EVs for short) have been about the climate. They have been always about the so-called green ideology, and ideologies never bother with facts.
As Helen Raleigh writes in a thorough analysis published by The Federalist, the electric vehicle hoopla has been about the climate.
Some may say that’s because they’re so new that bugs are inevitable, but the fact remains still: electric vehicles have more quality issues than their gas-powered counterparts.
Two recent studies have shown that. And no, electric vehicles are not better for the environment, one of these two studies shows.
One of the most recent studies that poke fun at the electric vehicle industry was written by J.P. Power.
Fine, detractors may claim that J.P. Power is in auto industry’s back pocket. Facts prove otherwise: these researchers do not depend on auto industry one bit. They’ve been producing a hugely respected annual U.S. Initial Quality Study for the last 36 years. This document uses owners’ feedback to measure the quality of new vehicles.
Yes, the automobile industry uses the J.P. Power findings in their marketing literature. But only when they are positive. When a new vehicle fails J.P. Power’s testing, you can bet your last cent that the auto industry would handle these results as top secret information.
The most recent J.P. Power study included Tesla in its industry calculation for the first time. The detailed results were devastating. Battery-electric vehicles (electric vehicles) and plug-in hybrid vehicles have more quality issues than gas-powered ones.
Gas-powered vehicles report 175 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) on weighted average. Hybrids report 239 PP100. Battery-powered cars — Tesla generously excluded — average 240 PP100. Tesla all by themselves average 226 PP100.
Not really a bargain: the electric vehicles are on average more expensive than your usual run-of-the-mill cars. The difference ranges around $20,000, give or take a buck or two. Not a real incentive, except for the ideology.
Pandemic-related lockdowns are to blame, electric vehicles’ enthusiasts say. They caused the supply-chain disruptions.
Yes, Raleigh points out, but gas-powered vehicle makers have been facing similar (or same) issues.
Raleigh goes to the point here: the three highest-ranking brands, measured by overall initial quality, are all makers of gas-powered vehicles. They are: Buick (139 PP100), Dodge (143 PP100), and Chevrolet (147 PP100).
Electric vehicle supporters also say that design might have contributed to their favourite vehicles’ failures.
Raleigh quotes David Amodeo, global director of automotive at J.D. Power. Automakers, he said, view electric vehicles as “the vehicle that will transform us into the era of the smart cars.”
Meaning that they have loaded up electric vehicles with technologies such as touch screens, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. They also prefer to use manufacturer-designed apps to “control certain functions of the car, from locking and unlocking the doors remotely to monitoring battery charge.”
The rule is simple: the more complex a technology, the higher probability it will fail.
Good for the climate? Not!
The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research have added another nail into electric vehicles’ coffin: they are not good for the environment. In fact, they are worse for the environment than gas-powered ones.
As Helen Raleigh summarises their work, the National Bureau of Economic Research study quantifies both greenhouse gases and local air pollution generated by driving electric vehicles, integrating into the mix government subsidies on the purchase of electric vehicles, and taxes on electric and/or gasoline miles.
To quote the National Bureau of Economic Research researchers verbatim, “electric vehicles generate a negative environmental benefit of about -0.5 cents per mile relative to comparable gasoline vehicles (-1.5 cents per mile for vehicles driven outside metropolitan areas).”
Helen Raleigh could have asked a few more questions that the electric vehicle enthusiasts prefer to avoid.
Such as: whence will the electric power come?
We all know the advertising showing happy electric vehicle owners coming home from work and plugging their cars in so they can go back to work next day again.
Where’s the source of that supply? In power stations, of course. What power stations?
Ignoring the current sanctioning idiocy that limits the supply even more, we have the following options:
- Nuclear power stations. Not enough of them, though. Environmentalists (mostly those same people who are now pushing electric vehicles) have been raising quite legitimate questions about nuclear waste. No satisfactory answers yet. So, this option’s out.
- Coal-powered stations. OK, Germany seems to be returning to them now that she has realised that lacking supplies of Russian oil commodities are irreplaceable, but still: too much environmental damage that defeats the original purpose of electric vehicles.
- Oil-powered stations. Similar issues as with the coal-powered plants.
- Solar energy. Frightfully inefficient and unreliable.
- Wind power plants. Same as the Sun, and disruptive to natural environment, to boot.
- Hydro. Now we’re talking, except: questionable efficiency and reliability, dependent on weather fluctuations, etc.
- Tidal power plants. Again: too much dependence on water will give power suppliers too many headaches.
Fine, so why not look at battery-powered rather than accumulator-powered (rechargeable batteries) vehicles?
You have to produce the batteries somehow and somewhere, and to make them, you have to extract all kinds of raw materials from Mother/Father/Sibling Earth.
Not only that: even the finest of batteries have lifespans. That includes the rechargeable kind, too. Where are you going to dump those that have perished in the battle for cleaner air?
So, will gas-powered cars stick around for ever?
Hard to say. Logic and common sense would dictate that they will be gone. Whether sooner or later, who knows.
But pushing electric vehicles by government fiat now looks, feels and sounds like premature ejaculation.
Of course, there’s another option: why don’t we start walking again?