The Warmists’ Electric Car Scheme Crashes

Posted on Thu 02/07/2013 by


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Electric cars were the dream of the global warming believers.  As the Greens insisted:

Around the world electric vehicles (EV) are beginning to transform the way we move… EVs, along with increased investment in public transport, are central to meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security.

Warmist politicians – as usual – threw subsidies at this latest green scheme and drew up grand plans. Take US President Barack Obama:

In his first term, Obama propped up battery makers with grants and acted like a venture capitalist with nearly $1 billion in loans to electric car startups Fisker and Tesla. He loaned Nissan $1.6 billion to build electric cars in the U.S…

In Britain:

The Committee on Climate Change, the UK government watchdog, has called for the number of electric cars on Britain’s roads to increase from a few hundred now to 1.7 million by 2020. Britain’s Department for Transport is spending $66 million over the next year giving up to 8,600 buyers of electric cars a grant of $7700 towards the purchase price.

The Gillard Government:

The Government is also leading a work program to ensure Australia’s energy markets are ready to support the potential large-scale adoption of electric vehicles and related technologies.

In Victoria:

Victorian government’s electric vehicle trial … is being held in the expectation that Victorians will switch to electric cars in their thousands in coming years, even though the number currently in use here is only 100 or so.

The Department of Transport expects plug-in cars will make up a quarter of new vehicle sales in Victoria by 2020.

In Sydney:

The City of Sydney … has announced a tender for up to 12 new electric car charging stations to be installed across Sydney next year.

Never mind that the green argument didn’t actually stack up:

ELECTRIC cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

Never mind that the green argument for electric cars was particularly insane in Australia:

Victoria’s dependence on brown coal for energy is so high that any electric car that ran off the electricity grid would generate even more carbon emissions than one running on petrol.

Never mind, either, that one green policy didn’t know what the other green policy was doing:

One in 10 cars may be electric by 2020 although the take-up in Australia maybe slower due to the carbon tax, claims Nissan.

But what consumers did mind was the cost of this Greens-backed car, and its small range:

The slow global take-up of EVs has been mirrored in Australia, with only 18 sold privately this year and 45 sold to government and business… While many blame high prices Mitsubishi i-MiEV retails at $48,800, Nissan Leaf at $51,500 and Holden Volt at $59,990 Australian industry figures point to a lack of government subsidies.

But the cries for yet more subsidies – that lifeblood of global warmists – cannot save the electric car.

THE Better Place electric car concept in Australia is officially dead after the Israeli parent company last night formally withdrew funding for the local operation.

Big car makers are winding down their big plans:

Recent moves by Japan’s two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time – and may never be...

The tepid response to EVs also pushed Nissan’s high-profile chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, perhaps the industry’s most outspoken proponent of battery cars, to announce in December a major strategic shift toward more mainstream gasoline-electric hybrids, which overcome many of the shortcomings of pure EVs…

Warmist politicians are crabwalking away from their grand plans, without quite admitting it:

When asked about the administration’s 1 million car goal [by 2015], Energy Secretary Steven Chu was noncommittal.

“It’s ambitious, but we’ll see what happens,” he said to Reuters [last week]…

Careful to not be seen as a failure, the Energy Department preempted Chu’s speech by noting that it’s more important to set the country on a healthy trajectory than it is to spend all its effort on a number.

And now green car visionaries are giving the electric car its last rites:

Takeshi Uchiyamada, the “father of the Prius” who helped put hybrids on the map, said he believes fuel-cell vehicles hold far more promise than battery electric cars.

“Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Uchiyamada. “We need something entirely new.”

A tale of green carpetbagging and the dangers of politicians, armed with your money, deciding they can see the future – a future they can’t distinguish from their dreams.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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