electric cars

Government to drivers: Only electric cars for you!

Greens and the government threaten to go all in on electric cars. Quote.

Quote:If New Zealand is to meet its zero carbon pledge, nearly all the country’s cars will have to be zero-emission by 2050, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says.

As of June, roughly 8700 plug-in cars are on the road of a total fleet of more than four million.

[…]”We think that means about 95 percent of vehicles in the year 2050 will be zero-emissions vehicles.”End of quote.

Nothing but electric cars for you! Quote.

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The real cost of powering electric cars. Who is going to pay, the user? If so who will buy them?

The Daily Mail reports on some inconvenient truths for gay electric car owners…it isn’t as green as you think it is.

Britain could need up to 20 more nuclear power stations should the electric car replace the petrol engine.

Research by Transport for London suggests a switch to an all-electric fleet in the city would cause a ‘massive strain’ on the network due to the amount of power needed to recharge vehicles’ batteries.

It comes days after the Department for Transport announced measures to boost electric vehicle use.   Read more »

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Outgreening the Greens

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced the Government’s plans to get more New Zealanders behind the wheel of electric cars.

The Government package includes:

  • a target to double the number of electric vehicles on the roads, to reach 64,000 by 2021
  • extending the electric cars’ Road User Charge exemption to light vehicles (until electric cars make up 2 percent of all light vehicles)
  • new Road User Charge exemptions to heavy electric vehicles (until electric cars make up 2 percent of all heavy vehicles) Read more »

The fuel of the future that is already in the past

My daughter is interested in future fuels.  Liquid hydrogen fuel is the one that she rates the most. The idea of running cars on water is one with unlimited potential. Our discussion reminded me of the fuel of the future when I was young. Back then everyone thought LPG was the clean fuel of the future. People converted their cars over as LPG was so much cheaper. More and more petrol stations started to supply it, yet today I rarely see an LPG-fuelled vehicle. What happened to LPG and why did it fail? Why is it that LPG is not only not the fuel of the future but is clearly a fuel of the past?

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Can anyone name a single successful green project?

It seems if the green taliban and their assorted flunkies think something is a good idea then you should run the other way. Not so in the government sector though where green projects get billions poured into them for no discernible positive result…except tot he scamsters who promote the projects.

Wally politicians always fall for their b.s.

Most electric car charging points in Bristol remain unused despite costing more than £100,000 to install.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show for the second half of 2012 there were just 14 users.

The council’s 36 charging points were installed in 12 car parks in an attempt to boost electric car take-up.   Read more »

The only thing gayer than Fossy’s gay ute are electric cars

Electric cars are just hopeless…watch as manufacturer after manufacturer goes tits up. If the cunning Israelis can’t make it work, no one can.

It was Israel’s best-hope electric-car startup, and it just filed for bankruptcy. Daniel Gross on why the land of milk and honey isn’t quite ready for a battery-powered future.

It’s not all coming up green in the electric car industry. Sure, Tesla is making money and just managed to pay back its government loan. But Better Place, the Israel-based startup that raised and spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build an electric car system, has filed for bankruptcy. The brainchild of software entrepreneur Shai Agassi, a former top executive at SAP, Better Place attracted a lot of attention and capital—but not many customers.  Read more »

Gay cars and their dirty little secrets

From proper cars to gay cars now.

It is certainly no secret that I hate electric cars and the sanctimonious creeps that drive them. Now people are starting to wake up to the dirty little secrets these gay cars have:

Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future. Ads assure us of “zero emissions,” and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015. With sales for 2012 coming in at about 50,000, that million-car figure is a pipe dream. Consumers remain wary of the cars’ limited range, higher price and the logistics of battery-charging. But for those who do own an electric car, at least there is the consolation that it’s truly green, right? Not really.

For proponents such as the actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, the main argument is that their electric cars—whether it’s a $100,000 Fisker Karma (Mr. DiCaprio’s ride) or a $28,000 Nissan Leaf—don’t contribute to global warming. And, sure, electric cars don’t emit carbon-dioxide on the road. But the energy used for their manufacture and continual battery charges certainly does—far more than most people realize.

A 2012 comprehensive life-cycle analysis in Journal of Industrial Ecology shows that almost half the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an electric car come from the energy used to produce the car, especially the battery. The mining of lithium, for instance, is a less than green activity. By contrast, the manufacture of a gas-powered car accounts for 17% of its lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions. When an electric car rolls off the production line, it has already been responsible for 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emission. The amount for making a conventional car: 14,000 pounds.  Read more »

Even in Japan Electric Cars are Gay

You would think that in the the country that invented and makes the most electric cars that they would embrace them…but no…even in Japan electric cars are considered gay, and have to be heavily subsidised:

With the grounding of Boeing’s 787s, lithium-ion batteries have been getting a bad press recently.

But battery-related problems have also bubbled over in the EV (electrical vehicle) sector. Weekly Playboy (Feb 25) takes a look at what’s been happening since Osaka’s taxi fleets introduced EVs to great fanfare back in February 2011.

“Fifty Nissan EVs (the Nissan LEAF) were introduced through a cooperative arrangement between 30 taxi firms, Nissan Motor Co and the government,” relates a member of Osaka Prefecture’s New Energy Industries Department. “Each unit was subsidized to the tune of 1 million yen from Osaka prefecture and 780,000 yen from the national government. So the taxi companies were able to procure them at the relatively low price of about 2 million yen.”

The initial reviews from the drivers were favorable.

“It’s not fatiguing to drive them. There’s no vibration or knocks from the engine,” gushed an employee at one taxi firm. “They just glide smoothly. The electric power is far cheaper than outlays for gasoline, and there are few mechanical failures. Eventually we’re certain that EV taxis will become the most common type on the road.”  Read more »

Why you won’t catch me driving an electric car anytime soon

I think electric cars are gay. There are many and varying reasons for that, but seriously they are just gay. For a start the amount of time spent recharging the stupid things is just ridiculous.

Have a read of this article at The NY Times about a little trip in an electric car.

Setting out on a sunny 30-degree day two weeks ago, my trip started well enough. A Tesla agent brought the car to me in suburban Washington with a full charge, and driving at normal highway speeds I reached the Delaware charging dock with the battery still having roughly half its energy remaining. I went off for lunch at the service plaza, checking occasionally on the car’s progress. After 49 minutes, the display read “charge complete,” and the estimated available driving distance was 242 miles.

Fat city; no attendant and no cost.

As I crossed into New Jersey some 15 miles later, I noticed that the estimated range was falling faster than miles were accumulating. At 68 miles since recharging, the range had dropped by 85 miles, and a little mental math told me that reaching Milford would be a stretch.

I began following Tesla’s range-maximization guidelines, which meant dispensing with such battery-draining amenities as warming the cabin and keeping up with traffic. I turned the climate control to low — the temperature was still in the 30s — and planted myself in the far right lane with the cruise control set at 54 miles per hour (the speed limit is 65). Buicks and 18-wheelers flew past, their drivers staring at the nail-polish-red wondercar with California dealer plates.  Read more »

Electric cars are cool….whoops

Apart from being gay, electric cars are expensive too….real expensive.

Electric car owners face a bill of up to £19,000 to replace the battery, a report has found.

Figures obtained by The Times discovered that a new battery for the Nissan Leaf, the world’s top-selling electric car, costs more than double past estimates.

The disclosure could mean that the switch from fossil fuels to electric motoring will be much slower than the Government has predicted, the paper said. However, the figures did show that owners of an electric car would save money as the cost of petrol rises.

Only 680 electric cars have been bought so far this year despite 2011 being declared Britain’s “year of the electric car”.

The Government has provided £43 million to give 8,600 buyers of electric cars a grant of £5,000 towards the purchase price.

Gee no wonder the cool kids don;t want stink electric cars.

Nissan has admitted that owners of a Leaf, which costs £26,000 after the government grant, may need to replace the battery after a few years, depending on how it has been treated, The Times reported.

The battery’s capacity can decrease significantly if the owner repeatedly uses a fast-charge point.

In the latest episode of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson was shown running out of power and having to be pushed into the centre of Lincoln, which has no public charging points.

Andy Palmer, Nissan GB’s senior vice-president, told the paper that the lithium ion battery is made up of 48 modules. He said that each would cost £404 to replace, making £19,392 for the entire battery pack. He said that most owners would not need a new battery for at least ten years because electric vehicles should mainly be used for short journeys.

And good luck getting a lithium ion battery anywhere fast…just check the measures in place for shipping this highly toxic and explosive item. Electric cars aren’t green, aren’t cool, and aren’t cheap.

Lord knows why anone buys them.