The purpose of this post is to inform readers about the terrible plans for the future of automobiles in the United States. During August 2022 California announced a policy that will ban the sale of gas powered vehicles in 2035. This is all a part of the plan to get the general population to switch to an electric vehicle. Buried in the policy is a few other rules like the requirement of at least 35% of new vehicles to be powered by hydrogen by 2026 and 68% by 2030. Please note the policy won’t ban people from being able to drive gas powered vehicles but it will definitely affect the way of life. Shortly before this policy was announced a few cities in California banned the ability to open a new gas station. This was allegedly done to help reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. Although electric vehicles seem to be the next big thing with strong demands they were only 3% of total car sales during 2021. Expect to see layoffs from car manufacturers as the demand for gas powered vehicle will decline. During August 2022 Ford laid off 3,000 workers while they reconstruct the operations of the company to be more electric based. During this time period the company will depend on employees with the skills to design electric motors and excel with electrical architectures.
The wildest part about this electric vehicle plan is the fact that some states like California can barely meet the energy demands today. Due to the high temperatures during the summer residents tend to use more energy. Companies like OhmConnect are doing what they can to help with this by offering 1M free smart thermostats. A unique feature on the OhmConnect smart thermostat is it’s ability to adjust itself to the appropriate temperature when a Flex Alert (message to residents encouraging them to reduce energy usage) is issued. This sounds great but it can be extremely bad as well. If the device is linked to statewide alerts then it can easily be hacked or controlled by pretty much anyone. The significant energy demand trigger a blackout across certain regions because the power supply is simply not enough. In efforts to prevent power outages residents are encouraged to reduce their energy usage by turning off unnecessary lights, using fans to stay cool instead of AC and refraining from using major appliances, charging vehicles + unplugging unused items. Between 2009-2019 the average Flex Alert was 2 days per year. Unfortunately the new average is 10 alerts per year, this is a clear signal for chaos in the near future. CAISO (California Independent System Operator) projected the current energy usage to increase by 4%-9% before 2025. If that’s accurate between 1M-4M homes could be without power due to the lack of energy supply. With that being said how would they be able to supply energy to thousands of homes, businesses, vehicles and charging stations? I don’t think this was considered before the rush to switch to electric everything.
During September 2022 22,000+ Colorado homeowners couldn’t control the temperature in their home because the local utility company (Xcel Energy) restricted access. At the time there was a energy emergency similar to the energy crisis in California. According to a statement from Xcel Energy the homeowners that couldn’t change the temperature in their home agreed to it when they signed up for a rewards program that offered a $100 sign up bonus + $25 annually. In response to this some homeowners said they knew what they signed up for but when their thermostat was locked in the past they were able to override it. However that feature is no longer available. It’s not wrong to think electric vehicles have a feature similar to the one Xcel Energy use.
The slippery slope of beating climate change with the electric vehicle campaign could be unrealistic because of a few roadblocks. To make this possible there would have to be huge improvements made to the power source of pretty much all 50 states. During February 2022 the U.S. Department of Transportation and Energy announced a $5B plan to make energy upgrades throughout the country and add more charging stations. The full plan can be read here. If more charging stations are installed throughout the country there’s no telling how reliable they’ll be. Also upgrades isn’t enough to get Americans in electric vehicles. The vehicles would have to be more affordable for the average American. Right now the average price of an electric vehicle is $66,000. To assist with the decision of switching to electric the Biden Administration offered a $7,500 tax credit for most electric vehicles. As expected car manufacturers like Ford and GM responded by increasing their vehicles by $6,000-$8,500. Although they denied the rise in prices being related to the $7,500 tax credit you would be a complete idiot if you believed otherwise.
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