While GM is still bleeding money on its VOLT (with no end in sight- despite the millions we gave them), the focus for electric & hybrid cars is wrong. Sure, they are a financial disaster, but it isn’t really about their profitability, is it? Obama didn’t sell these cars to the American People based on how PROFITABLE they were, did he? No! These were sold as the SALVATION of the ENVIRONMENT- clean, safe air to breath! a beautiful & more fruitful land would be created by this CLEAN, new technology, right? I mean, electricity from your house is CLEAN, right? Right? Friends, the answer is… WRONG! People just don’t stop to consider where the heck their home’s electricity came from! They don’t stop to realize that energy is NEVER free. There is always a cost. The intelligent engineer attempts to minimize the cost by bringing the source of the energy closer to the application of it.
Electric cars are NOT new technology. They are just big toys that run off batteries. Batteries are made of chemicals. Batteries work because energy has been applied to those chemicals to create a polar charge. This charge is then dissipated through use. It must be recharged. With ENERGY. In the case of electric cars, they are being powered by electricity that comes from…(drum roll, please…) FOSSIL FUELS and NUCLEAR FUEL- the very bane of every environmentalist’s heart! Yes, for every joule of potential chemical energy that was created in that battery, FOSSIL FUELS were burned. Yep. And they released those hated carbon emissions into the air! And the nuclear power plants produced all that hated nuclear waste that lasts forever!
And here is the WORST thing of all! It actually uses MORE fossil fuels and MORE nuclear fuels because the energy transfer process is less efficient with each conversion process. Fossil fuels are converted to electricity via burning (and nuclear fuels via fission), which is then transferred to potential chemical energy via electro-chemical reaction, which is then converted back to electricity! Why not just put the fossil fuel (or even better, the NUCLEAR fuel*) directly to the place of need rather do all these back flips??? More efficient = less pollution.
My children (who get the benefit of living with moi) know about this. So when their little friend saw a Volt and cried, “Better for the environment!”, my kids told them that it was actually worse. The little fella apparently went home to his liberal household who told him that my kids’ mother didn’t check her facts. What can I say, Friends? I’m not against electric cars- they just don’t make any sense. Eventually, we will indeed figure out how best to transfer energy to cars without as much pollution. But the Volt and the Prius are a far cry from that point. Just sayin’…
*Now THAT, my friends would be a huge technilogical step! A nuclear reactor so small it could fit in a car! Talk about endless energy. Just need a way to dispose of those nasty nuclear batteries, though… hmmm, how about we gather it all together and put it in a rocket and just blast it into the sun! Talk about ‘trash day!’ lol!)