None of these new policies is well thought out. California talking about banning the sale of gasoline powered cars is a step in a direction that feels good to the people who live in cities, many of whom do not even own a car or have a driver's license. However, all the electric cars that Californians are supposed to be driving still need fuel to charge them. In California, most of that fuel is natural gas. Some power plants still burn coal. Some are "biomass" which is a fancy way of saying "burns garbage and waste".
The bigger problem is the distribution of that electricity once it's made. California's electrical grid isn't known for its reliability or capacity. In fact, it is known for its unreliability, lack of proper maintenance, poor implementation, and for purposely being shut down for days (sometimes weeks) at a time during high fire danger. So, how do the brainiacs plan to charge their electric cars when the power is off? Get this- They are pushing for more home solar installations. That's well and good, except the systems that back-feed the grid also go down when the grid is down. If the power is out, the solar systems shut down so they don't backfeed the grid and kill someone who is trying to repair a downed wire.
Meanwhile, many classic cars, especially prewar and antique cars, are what people today call "flex fuel" vehicles. Meaning, if it came down to it, you can dump alcohol into your Ford Model A and drive it to the store to buy alcohol (the 18th Amendment kind). I ask the kids who are being brainwashed- What is more environmentally friendly than a flex fuel vehicle? Well, maybe one that gets its power from thin air.
Here is what I have been warning people of when it comes to the EV invasion.
The truth is EV products are coming. No it is not going to be an overnight transition but over the next 20-30 years. It is clear cost and charging times are coming down while ranges will be as good or better than a tank of fuel. The increased investment into this field has made it a deal of not if but when and now they have a good idea.
Many hobbies and enthusiast still to down play this but denial is no longer an option.
What this means is we need to move now to protect this hobby. If we do not start now it may be too late and those who care less about us or our numbers will do what they like and cancel us.
It has already happened where the EPA under a previous but similar administration to what we hav3 now tried to reinterpret standing law the way they wanted it. Their move was to make it illegal to remove or modify any emission items from a new car even if it is for racing and off road use only. This would kill the armature racing and drag racing.
Some of our friends in Washington have been working the RPM act to prevent this improper reinterpreted federal law from taking place.
If they are willing to try this they will at some point go for our cars.. Odds are they will not go for our cars directly but for the fuels, oils and parts we need.
We all need to band together to fight this as it is coming.
I work in the performance industry. We have acknowledged that the EV products are coming as we are now making plans for performance parts for EV products. We also have led the fight with SEMA to protect racing and ICE performance. I have written to and even been visited by House and Senate members who are willing to stand for our hobby.
We should really be aware those we vote for on where they stand on things like this.
Some work is being done on synthetic fuels and other things to protect our hobby.
The harsh reality is the auto industry is no longer going to fight the move to EV. They see lower cost to build cars and much lower development with them in the future. ICE cost will only increase to meet tougher emissions. It is pure economics now.
Much like the horse is much like how ICE will give way to EV. The first ICE cars were short ranged, unreliable, unsupported and expensive. It took 20 years to really become the norm.
So fight, keep informed and read on what is going on. These changes will be tried and you will not see them on the front page.
I am not a conspiracy guy but I agree. Much of what is going on is to destabilize our country to better position us to a more global government. A strong America stands in the way. This is why they are pushing things like the Paris accord.
The deal is economics and regulations will be the undoing of our freedoms. They have added the cancel culture now.
I have been wary of autonomous from the first push as they can dictate in the name of traffic control where you go, when you go, how fast you go or slow.
Your life as to what the vehicle chooses to do is the programmers choice not yours. if given a choice of hitting a kid on a bike or going over a cliff will be dictated by a programmer that is not on the scene. What he chooses is what you will have to live or die with and if there is an option he did not program you can not make that move.
I always look at technology in two ways. The great things it can do but also how can it be used against me should control fall to those not inline with my view.
Since we both mentioned it, I feel compelled to say that I've never felt compelled to believe a conspiracy was necessary. Man's natural state will do the work. A broad view of history will show freedom to be the rare exception rather than the rule.
First off it is clear that cars alone are not killing the planet.
Second many like to guilt you into their thinking. I have seen more than enough evidence to know that the earth goes through cycles of warm and cold no matter what man does.
Third the earth is more resilient than man. The planet has seen meteors, earth quakes and super volcano’s yet life goes on as it adapts. Any recall St Helena was claimed to be a dead sight for decades by science? Look today it started to re over the say after the blast and it is thriving.
I can show you places abandon by man in the mountains of WV that were claimed to be damaged beyond repair but yet today nature has reclaimed these sights to where little of the trace of man is left.
The fact is science gets things wrong more than they do right as this is how they learn. Today many will not admit failure so they can keep their funding.
Add to this man has built in places he should not build. Be it the low coast line where storms have ravaged for years or dry hills of California that burn regularly over hundreds of years.
While man has done some damage often those who try to steer our future use lies to gain an advantage in power or financial gain.
When it comes to environmentalism follow the money and too often it will lead to corruption and lies.
We should be good stewards but we should not hinder the future of our children’s country. There is an honest balance we should seek and not give up our sovereignty.
I agree but disagree in part.
Politicians (not all but many who linger in office) are not ignorant, they are corrupt.
The ignorance is more on the part of the public that many just believe what is on Yahoo. They have no information on both sides of the argument and generally seek none. Also the public as a whole don’t know who they have in office by name representing them let alone what their actions are.
These tech people have destroyed California with their rules for emissions and political correctness. They have made many of the cities like SF, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland and NY unlivable. Now look where the tech names are escaping, they are moving to Montana where the law is enforced and crime is not tolerated.
I spoke to a Genius Bar rep from the Portland store. He said he is a self professed liberal but even he said these Folks are nuts. He face danger as these folks shattered Windows at the store and burned buildings.
These folks are out to destroy our law and order, our sovereignty and our financial strength to get our country to submit to global will. This has included buying and controlling people in office here in both parties.
Technology is not destroying us it is the people grasping* control of it. We as Americans need to take it back. We should be governed buy all of us not the selected few gaining control.
First off as classic car owners we need to do several things.
#1 Accept the fact EV cars are coming and will play a major role in the future. Playing the game of denial is not going to change the Future.
#2 Being honest and being informed. We have people being dishonest over EV tech and also not keeping up with what is really going on. For us to be dishonest about EV is not any better than the environmental people being dishonest over ICE.
#3 We need to fight for our hobby and we need to be proactive now. Why do I say this?
We’ll go to The Shop magazine July issue. Read about the RPM act page 4.
This is the big battle being fought in Racing since 2015. This is a really big deal.
This has been a really dirty deal by the EPA and their next targets will be performance and classic cars.
So be honest, informed and learn EV is not the end of the world. But fight now to preserve our cars of history and our hobby as a whole.
I hope more companies will get involved like Hagerty and others who hold power in the collectors market. They need to rally owners and use their power to make it known we will fight for our collector cars.
Think it won’t happen? Some countries already raise the tax on cars as they age to where people can’t afford their old cars. Just like that they can make many of us unable to afford the cars.
I have been a part of the fight since 2015 since I am part of the racing community. I make my living there. I have written Senate and House Rep. I have had Senate, House and even the Governor. One in and talk to us at work.
We need to take this serious.
FYI. Not only have the major mfgs committed to the EV products in the future but the performance industry has now taken on the challenge of performance products for EV vehicles. This is a strong warning the change is real. Companies are investing in development of new products. The NHRA also has started classes for EV vehicles.
When major players begin to make moves like this we should pay attention.
just to clarify I am not a environmentalist, I am not a EV car lover, I despise Elon Musk.
But I get what is going on and why. Grid issues will be resolved, range now is good, charging times will fall, cost will decline and this will all take place over 20-30 years not next year. The cost of ICE will get more expensive to develop and meet higher regs. With most people today viewing cars as appliances many will go to what is most affordable.
I may not be the first guy to go EV but I also stopped being in denial. You don’t have to like it but you need to accept the reality.