No nukes, no fuel oil, no coal, the only option is natural gas. Or, buying power from neighboring states.
What is hilarious is paying a premium for power to charge your Tesla during peak demand times or the 1 hour delay driving to the mountains. We stop and use the restroom in Payson. Hopefully there is no line for the charger. I can go from PHx to the ranch, no refueling. The Tesla people, they have to catch up. Every single time. I quit trying to share the reality. I haul their toys too. Just can’t make it towing the RZR. But they feel good about themselves.
Actually China and Europe are way ahead of us already and China is the 700 pound gorilla in the room. Just what is made for their market will pay most of the development cost.
Expect India, Many i ties in South America and even Australia to follow.
Even the Middle East is making the move.
India, their best and brightest, a national repower program for planes, actually wanted to add pulleys for auxiliary systems.
A precision gas turbine, you don’t just add pulleys. That’s India.
China, worse yet.
Russia - can we get more electrical generating capacity?
That 700 lbs gorilla is fat and stupid. FACT.
Not sure if you think you're agreeing with me, but you aren't.
The USA is the traditional leader in greenhouse gas emissions. China is new to the trophy. We (the US) also pioneered Tetraethylead which is still killing people worldwide in use; and generally speaking there are more of us that have been doing this whole car thing, and for a longer period of time. We started this fire with a possible co-conspirator in Germany.
China and India have mass-transit, they are not as car centric as we are, and it's not part of their economies at large as of yet. But should we take a backseat because they should lead the charge? I think not. I'd rather be at the helm than be in the trunk, personally. Especially when the other nations involved DWARF us in number of people.
As to the notion this only benefits the Chinese, you really need to get out more. If you haven't driven an electrified or full-electric vehicle, I will simply say you need to. There are major benefits to the tech outside of the endless talking points of 0-60 and we've just begun to scratch the surface of what this kind of modularity unlocks, and what potentials have yet to be realized.
Yes, it's going to take a lot of people a lot of work to get us to where we need to be in terms of infrastructure, and consumer acceptance.
But, as to whether or not we should if others don't; this is America.
We are supposed to be leaders by example, not whinging isolationists stuck in the past. Hell, even Ronny Raygun talked of the US as needing to be a beacon to the other countries of the world. This is a similar moment. If we want more power, cleaner air, better acceleration, and whatever comes next we have to meet the challenge. And that doesn't mean you have to give up your V8 classic either.
This isn't a conspiracy, this isn't a political agenda, this is progress. And as the saying goes for corporations both big and small: Adapt or die.
With Billions spent with most of the MFGS already the path is set and why Toyota has already caved to go EV now.
Like I stated above large recycling programs are already being set up as the value of the battery material will make them of value to the future battery MFG. Kind of like Cell Phones and computers while the gold content is small they are in high demand for recycling. If money can be made they will recycle. That is why no one wants plastic bottles.
On the contrary they know the adoptions is a long term process. kind of like boiling frogs. GM will introduce a number of EV products. 30 in the next two years globally. But they have yet to say when the last ICE vehicle will be sold. I expect they may offer some ICE up to 2050. Now that is 30 years and much will take place over that time.
If these models are Affordable. Have a decent range, recharge fast and are safe people will buy them like a microwave. Most buyers are not longer car enthusiast. It used to be someone was a Packard man now does anyone claim to be a Hyundai man?
You very well can when you continue to sell ICE SUV and Trucks. GM and VW are not Tesla reliant on Stock money and presale money for new vehicles.
GM is not removing ICE trucks anytime soon.
NTSB does crash test EVs, fully equipped. I understand they test quite well. HOWEVER - they don't test for a high-speed high-centering which is how the batteries get breached on open roads (by drivers leaving the road).
Typical government crash tests are not realistic to real-world vehicle to vehicle collisions, and certainly not vehicle to object collisions.
This, the tin-foil hat brigade will claim, is to obfuscate the wide disparity in crash protection between small cars, lightweight EVs (with heavy batteries), and large SUVs & Trucks.