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Would you buy a car with a shrinking fuel tank?

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HAVING the technical knowledge of an amoeba, I’m not in any position to list the huge number of problems linked to electric vehicles (EVs) such as their eye-watering cost and their road- and car park-wrecking weight. There’s also their rare but potentially fatal tendency to turn into 2,000 degrees infernos due to a chain reaction known as ‘thermal runaway’. But I thought I’d ruminate for a moment on the differences between the power sources of EVs compared with petrol/diesel vehicles: an EV battery vs a petrol/diesel fuel tank.

With an EV battery:

·         the maximum range seems to be somewhere between 150 and 250 miles;

·         you’re advised to charge it only up to 80 per cent;

·         the battery degrades every time you charge it, thus reducing the range;

·         when the battery needs replacing (supposedly after eight to ten years but probably earlier), you’ll need to spend over £10,000 on a new one, so you might as well scrap your EV;

·         even a minor accident or bumping into a kerb may mean you have to buy a new £10,000 battery as it’s impossible to know whether the potentially explosive battery has been damaged;

·         owing to the high replacement cost of EV batteries, insuring EVs tends to be much more expensive than a petrol/diesel car;

·         many public chargers don’t work because thieves find it profitable to cut the cables to sell the copper.

With a petrol or diesel vehicle:

·         the fuel tank gives about three times the range of an EV;

·         you can fill the tank to 100 per cent of its capacity;

·         the tank remains the same size and gives the same range however many times you fill it;

·         even if you keep the vehicle for ten to 15 years, you’ll probably never need to buy a new fuel tank;

·         small accidents or bumps are unlikely to do any damage to your fuel tank;

·         thieves are unlikely to cut the fuel hoses in petrol stations to sell off the rubber.

Yet our rulers plan to force us all to buy expensive but largely useless EVs supposedly to save the planet from supposed (but non-existent) catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.

There will be several self-defeating results of our rulers’ policies:

·         people will keep their old petrol/diesel cars for longer to avoid having to buy a costly next-to-useless EV thus limiting the sales of newer, more technically-advanced, less-polluting petrol/diesel cars;

·         most Western car manufacturers will be forced to limit the sales of cheap, reliable petrol/diesel cars to reach government-mandated targets for sales levels of EVs;

·         some Western car manufacturers will be driven to bankruptcy as cheap Chinese EVs flood into our countries and as China maintains a near-monopoly on the metals needed to produce EVs;

·         several hundred thousand well-paid, skilled car-manufacturing jobs in the West will be lost as we continue to de-industrialise to reach fantasy levels of CO2 reductions. This will happen because of the ludicrous way each country measures its CO2 emissions. Countries aiming at Net Zero emissions count only the CO2 emitted by activities in that country. Anything produced in, say, China or India or wherever and then imported doesn’t count as part of any Western country’s CO2 emissions. This stupidity means that countries trying to reduce CO2 emissions will find it necessary to destroy their own manufacturing industries to hit their Net Zero targets.

Moreover, as I explain on page 291 of my book There Is No Climate Crisis, one key underlying reason for forcing expensive, next-to-useless EVs on us is our government’s clearly stated ambition to reduce the number of cars from around 33million to 20million or fewer by 2050. This aim is laid out in the government’s 2050 Net Zero plans, so it’s perhaps surprising that it hasn’t been more widely reported by our mainstream media.

Meanwhile, as sales of EVs collapse, people seem to be realising that it is ridiculous to buy a car with what is effectively an outrageously expensive shrinking fuel tank.

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David Craig
David Craig
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