Rachel Wolfe's article had the title “I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip. I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping.” In it, the author described planning the journey, using the PlugShare app to map charging stations and estimate charging times, based on the relative strength of each public charging station.
Covering the distance was highly problematic. At several points, the battery nearly went flat which meant that Rachel and her passengers missed several appointments. They also had to reduce their use of power, unplugging their phones and turning off their windshield wipers. Over 4 days they spent $175 on charging. The equivalent cost for gas in a Kia Forte would have been $275, based on the AAA average national petrol price. The journey was $100 cheaper, but many hours longer.
Rachel also described conversations with fellow travelers: “The woman charging next to us describes a recent trip in her Volkswagen ID4. Deborah Carrico, 65, had to be towed twice while driving between Louisville, Ky., and Boulder, Colo., where her daughter was getting married". Deborah had felt unsafe whilst charging at night, and her family want her to change back to a petrol car.
In 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Dem) has banned the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles by 2025. That's the only way to get drivers to use EVs - ban the alternative.
High fuel prices are making some people consider switching to electric. However, the limited range on many vehicles and the variable performance in bad weather makes EVs far from unattractive. As a friend put it recently: "Can’t afford £1.80 a litre? Why not spend £30,000 on an electric car?"
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He added that 27 per cent on low incomes are having to cut back on their food bills because they live in rural areas, they need their car to get to work and there is no public transport.
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The six oil and gas areas, which have been given a preliminary licence from ministers, are expected to be approved by the Oil and Gas Authority to begin construction of the rigs.
The area in question are (1) the Rosebank field, (2) west of Shetland, (3,4,5) the Jackdaw, Marigold and Catcher sites and (6) Tolmount East, The combined reserves are believed to be about 62 mtoe; enough to power the UK for six months. We need more investment in the North Sea whilst we transition to a lower-carbon economy. We need it for jobs, tax revenue but above all for energy security. Producing more energy ourselves will make us less dependent on international energy markets.
11 Feb 22
Nearly half of the world’s polysilicon, the key ingredient in solar panels, has been coming from Xinjiang province, where the Chinese government has launched a program of systematic repression and forced labor. In June, the US government announced it would restrict imports from the province. Al Jazeera reported that the restrictions were focused on five Chinese companies that it said were implicated in Chinese human rights violations, including large producers of polysilicon for the solar panel industry.
US legislators are considering bans on imports of solar panels and other products made in this way.
20 Jan 22
Another message from a user:
A message from a retired heating engineer:
12 Jan 22
I recently received a letter from my electricity supplier offering to place me on a priority services register. Benefits included advice on power cuts, plus support with accommodation and hot meals when they occurred. This is the first such message I've had in about 50 years.
Is this a warning that we are expecting blackouts? The Government is behaving foolishly in ignoring public concern about the premature phasing out of our traditional energy generating capacity.
Energy independence, not climate change, should be the priority.
7 Jan 22
The Tesla owner was driving his Model S P85D, when the car began to beep and warn that he needed to pull over immediately because of a power problem. Immediately after the warning, all controls locked up, and the car came to a halt in the middle of a multi-lane motorway, leaving him no time to steer the car onto the hard shoulder. The car would not budge from this point; it wouldn't go into neutral, the parking brake wouldn’t release. It was no longer a vehicle; just an immobile bit of sculpture blinking its hazard lights in the middle of the road.
The driver managed to escape off the road, and some local Caltrans workers got the car coned off to help direct traffic around it, which was lucky. About 45 minutes later, a tow truck finally arrived. Teslas (and nearly all other EVs) require a flat bed-type tow truck; any old tow truck will not do. The tow driver didn’t get the car rolling; he just pulled it up, with the rear wheels still locked, onto the bed.
It should be a priority for the designers of electric cars to ensure that in the event of a breakdown, the vehicle can be pushed away easily from the danger zone.
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