Bummer: EV Infrastructure Lagging In Brokeifornia

While I support the concept of electric vehicles, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels which isn’t particularly clean and environmentally friendly (again, I’m not referring to CO2 output), this is absurd

(Grist) About a third of the electric cars in the U.S. are spinning on California roads, but the state still has much work to do to build the charging infrastructure to support them.

…..But building up the infrastructure isn’t simple, as KQED reports:

Still, a multitude of challenges face NRG and other charging companies, like Bay Area-based ChargePoint andEcotality. Fast chargers produce very high voltage. They require complicated permitting. And they cost upward of $40,000 each.

Right now, the financials don’t add up says NRG’s Terry O’Day.

“The public charging infrastructure is extraordinarily expensive and there aren’t enough cars right now so there isn’t an effective business model to make the investment work,” he says.

OK, so what we’re looking at is not only a monumentally expensive proposition (hey, which income class benefits most from these expensive EV’s?) but Warmists expect the taxpaying public to fully subsidize the build-out. Notice in the first excerpted paragraph, the mention of “the state”. That means “The Government” has to do it. And the people will also subsidize the use of the charging stations, ie, “the public charging infrastructure.”

Still, what the state might lack in competence in makes up for in enthusiasm….

In Liberal World, it is all about intentions, not results.

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Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-04 21:56:07

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Yeah, they should raise taxes to pay for the rollout of EV charging stations that only benefit the few 1% that can afford to buy the cars and who get tax credits back from working people all across the US who can’t afford to buy one.

Seems like to me, for a state that hates coal and water based power generation, that they would mandate solar powered cars. But then again, that would make too much sense. How else would these EV companies get the millions in kickbacks then?

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-05 07:41:30

My brother-in-law is a scientist (semi retired now) at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, working in the field of batteries for the past 30 years. He says (and he’s a BIG lib) that they are not even close to developing a battery that will run a car as far and long, or simply put, the way combustion engines with gas run. He mentioned that the nickel batteries that were blowing up were a real setback. (oh- and he worked with Steven Chu before Obama made him )
None of the technology required is here yet, but the global warming folks seem to think it is. We still can’t utilize Solar power, wind power OR electric cars with the same reliability as our fossil fuels allow us. But somehow, these half wits think we can just flip a switch and poof, we’re the Jetsons…

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-05 07:42:53

Sorry- before NMP made Chu the energy secretary…

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-05 09:19:26

very interesting family history. So, you ARE a subversive plant then? here to commit sabotage in our secret lair?

It is interesting how this technology was growing on its own, slowly though, but growing. and then comes along GREEN STIMULUS and voila!! We have it all perfectly working now.

Forgive me for not wanting to get stranded somewhere waiting for either the sun to come out or till a hyper-charging tow-truck (which are not in existence right now) comes around for a “jump”.

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-05 09:29:32

Hahahah, GB. No plant here- I am a true conservative. On each side of our families (mine & the hubby’s) we have a liberal sibling. Oddly (not really) they are all in the education field in one way or another! Anyway- we come from families of 6 children, so ending up with just one lib-sib per side out of six, is pretty good odds!

It is interesting that when GREEN stimulus hit the industry/ies, so many crashed and burned. Do you think they mismanaged the money or something? Do you think they thought that this was just a first infusion and the saviour would keep the cash flowing?

Everything worth having develops slowly and with time succeeds and even improves. The fact that green tech is taking so long to reach any viability, is because it’s being forced. Let the private sector have at it. And leave our tax dollars alone!

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-05 09:38:48

I know what you mean Trish. My father’s family had 6 kids. one is liberal – the smart one. he is also an agnostic.

Yeah, private sector knows when a product will work or not. The auto makers were about to get rid of EVs as being too expensive and non-viable. But, step in free money to build and free money to buy… and voila! … instant market.

And yes, I bet you anything they assumed that there would be more free money along the way. And, I DO NOT DOUBT that obama will have even more stimulus packages lined up for the next few years. Those will pass before we get an actual constitutionally mandated annual budget.

I still think it signals how the Repubs have fallen as well in that they are not demanding hearings in to why we are not forcing these bankrupt companies to pay the US Gov’t back. Were there even any kind of strings attached to these monies at all?

 

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