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A Peck on the Neck – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on May 15, 2019



A vampire’s continued existence depends on the continuous flow of the blood of the living. The same principle animates Tesla and other purveyors of electric cars – who are about to receive another $2 billion-plus from FiatChrysler (FCA) over the course of the next three years.

This ought to stave off bankruptcy long enough to bankrupt legitimate car companies like FCA (which choose not to purvey electric cars, because people aren’t buying them).

After which, the vampire will feast on the blood of us – directly, this time.

The cash infusion is performed via what is styled the “purchase” of carbon credits. These are purchases in the manner of our “contributions” to Social Security – i.e., they are extorted payments made under duress for something the victim would never freely pay for if he had the option to say no.

The “credits” being “purchased” are for electric cars not built by FCA. Instead, FCA pays Elon, et al, to build them and gets the “credit” for the supposed reduction in C02 “emissions” (it takes many italics and  air quotes to parse government-speak) achieved thereby.

Supposed “emissions” because the determination is based entirely on what comes out of a car’s exhaust pipe – and of course, electric cars haven’t got one at all and this is why they are regarded as “zero emissions” vehicles (ZEVs) from a regulatory standpoint. But from a factual standpoint – assuming the object of this exercise is a reduction in these C02 “emissions” – the logic is flawed because electric cars produce lots of C02 in the course of their manufacture. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Vegan Menu at Your Local Steakhouse . . . – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on October 31, 2018

Their solution is to back a national EV mandate, which they hope will spread out their costs by offloading them onto the backs of buyerseverywhere. And if every step mandates the production of a certain number of EVs each year, how long will it be before it mandates that people buy them?

They may be smarter than I given them credit for, though. Perhaps there is more money to be made selling rides than cars.

I just wish they hadn’t sold us out.

by eric

The federal government has already de facto outlawed non-electric cars, using a kind of slow-acting poison that is already causing symptoms to appear and will shortly fell even the healthiest-seeming non-electric vehicles (big trucks and SUVs).

That poison is the federal fuel economy fatwaknown as CAFE, which has been around since the ‘70s but is on schedule to almost double and within about five years. By model year 2025, vehicles – not just cars – will have to average 50-plus MPG.

This includes trucks and SUVs based on trucks  – which GM does sell a lot of.

How do you get a truck or an SUV based on a truck  to average 50-plus MPG?

You don’t.

What you do instead is improve your CAFE “fleet average” by folding cars that get infinite MPGs (even though they don’t get many miles down the road) into the equation.

Electric cars…  Read the rest of this entry »

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