Day: You obviously are unaware that coal powered generation plants are not shut down at night. Once they are operational, they keep on producing electricity 24/7. When the demand is low a lot of electricity is wasted in banks of resistance units that convert the excess electricity into heat. Having a bunch of EVs charging at night will help reduce the amount of energy that is being wasted.
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RSAVAGE: Have you actually driven an EV? Have you actually looked for charging sites? I'm on my second EV - the first was a Tesla Model 3 that was destroyed when a kid in a Ford Fusion ran a red light and T-Boned the car on the driver's side (he admitted to the police he was going over 60 MPH and was playing with his cell phone). In my car, there were no fires, the airbags deployed and I got out of my car and walked away - the kid needed an ambulance for his injuries. Your assertion that there are no charging facilities is also fallacious, if you download that app PlugShare, you can find a growing number of charging facilities that cater to non-Tesla EVs. I have taken road trips in my Teslas and found no problem with charging. And you will not be disposing of EV batteries in a dump - there are too many valuable metals in them. There are already companies in the US scouring junkyards to get crashed EVs to recycle the batteries. I do know that many lead-acid batteries are shipped overseas for recycling, but Lithium-Ion cells are not being shipped out, they are being reused or recycled here to keep the Lithium carbonate, cobalt, nickel and other metals where they can be reused to build new Li-Ion cells. In three years of driving an EV, I've really enjoyed not paying for gas, not dealing with antifreeze, or transmission fluid. I've enjoyed the instant acceleration and smoothness of operation and the lack of wasting time at a gas station. I still have a hot rod with an aluminum block Olds V8, a Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon and three other cars I'm restoring, but for a daily driver or a car for a smooth trouble free trip, it's hard to be an EV. BTW, I'm not a kid - I'll be 70 soon.
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