Buyers of electric cars do so for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a carbon-free way to get around town without damaging the environment. For others, it’s purely economic: No more gasoline to buy. Others are intrigued by the technology.
But whatever ones reasons for going electric – save the planet or save a few bucks – the potential for both environmental and economic disaster lies ahead, not to mention the loss individual liberty.
California, where electric cars are popular and charging stations plentiful, is facing a shortfall in revenue as fewer and fewer people purchase gasoline and, as a result, avoid paying gasoline taxes. The most heavily trafficked state in the nation is not receiving sufficient revenue to maintain its roads. California’s solution: charging drivers for every mile they drive.
While this may seem to pass the “fairness” test so desired by the liberal class, it may come as a bit of a shock to those who believe they are doing their share to protect the environment that they will be financially penalized for doing so. Buy a high-mileage or electric car and pay the same mileage tax as your gas guzzling neighbor hardly seems equitable. Hybrid owners get double taxed: by the mile and by the gallon.
But how do you track people’s mileage? State Senator Scott Weiner provides a glimpse into the Orwellian future. “The reality is that if you have a smartphone your data of where you are traveling is already in existence.” Be sure to leave your phone at home whenever you ride Uber.
Since it is impractical, if not illegal, to track people’s movements on the cell phones, does this mean California will soon require car manufacturers to install tracking devices on all new cars? Are Californians prepared to sacrifice privacy in order to maintain roads? How many other states, pinched by falling gasoline revenues, will follow suit?
But aside from economic and privacy issue, the unanswered question is what will be the market, if any, for used electric cars? Once the lifespan of an electric car’s battery has been reached is there a secondary market for what is essentially a dead and useless car? Today’s electric batteries are expected to have a lifetime of 100,000 miles. How much does a replacement cost? A new battery for a Chevy Bolt will run you a cool $15,734.29.
With a short lifetime and without a secondary market, today’s sleek and techie electric cars are destined for the scrap heap, creating untold environmental damage as they rust and leak in the sun. And we haven’t even touched on the environmental rape of raw materials that ensues from the manufacture of the batteries themselves.
With major automotive manufacturers going full throttle to replace the venerable internal combustion engine with short-lived, environmentally damaging batteries we will one day see the landscape littered with millions of disposal electric cars with no resale value. We are driving with full speed into an environmental catastrophe.