Electric vehicles flooded by a storm surge produced by Hurricane Idalia have spontaneously ignited in the Big Bend area. This underscores a lesser-known safety concern for the thousands of Americans who recently purchased EVs and reside in coastal regions vulnerable to flooding.
In the aftermath of the storm, fire officials in Pinellas County, west of Tampa, reported at least two incidents of EVs combusting after lithium-ion batteries were exposed to the saltwater.
Continue reading “Hurricane Idalia Aftermath: Saltwater Exposure Causes ‘Thermal Runaway’ In Flooded Electric Vehicles – ZeroHedge 9/2/23”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Implementation Plan, establishing a framework for nationwide flying taxi operations by 2028.
Continue reading “FAA Prepares US For Flying Taxi Operations By 2028 – ZeroHedge 7/19/23”
The U.S. military is in decline and now faces a peer competitor, China, that vastly outmatches the United States in terms of military–industrial capacity. And in research, China has a “stunning lead” over the United States in 37 out of 44 critical and emerging technologies, many of which are directly defense related.
Yet our military is spending an increasing percentage of its time, money, and mindshare on so-called green initiatives. One of the latest of these initiatives is the Army’s plan to run a series of field tests on a multi-ton, wheeled battery pack as part of its efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Continue reading “US Military Can’t Afford to Fool Around With Feel Good Green Initiatives – Mike Fredenburg 7/3/23”
German newspaper Nordwest-Zeitung reports Volkswagen has temporarily reduced the production of electric vehicles at one of its plants.
Volkswagen’s Emden plant in Lower Saxony has reduced production of the electric ID.4 compact SUV and ID.7 sedan for the next two weeks because of weakening sales.
Continue reading “VW Curbs EV Production As EU Demand Falters Amid Gloomier Economic Picture – ZeroHedge 6/28/23”
Please note: this article was pulled down offline from Forbes. I will let you draw your own conclusions as to why.
This list could be closer to 50 but let’s just stick to a handful of them. I literally live in this business every day, and I’m just so confused.
Continue reading “5 Things I Truly Don’t Understand About the ‘Inevitable Energy Transition’ – Jude Clemente 5/29/23”
Silver demand set a record in every category last year based on final data released by the Silver Institute this week.
Total global silver demand in 2022 came in at a record $1.242 billion ounces. This represented an 18% increase in silver demand over 2021.
Continue reading “Silver Demand Set Records in Every Category in 2022 – Schiff Gold 4/19/23”
The BBC has banned The Archers fans from putting messages on the show’s official Facebook page after they criticised its ‘woke’ storylines.
The Corporation, which launched the rural radio soap in 1951, told the 92,000 Facebook users ‘regular posting to this page is being paused’.
Diehard fans say the move is an attempt to silence critics who believe the Radio 4 show, set in the fictitious village of Ambridge, is focusing too much on politically correct issues such as climate change.
Prior to the ban, several fans had used the official page to vent their fury about recent plotlines.
Continue reading “BBC Bans Fans of The Archers from Posting on the Radio Show’s Facebook Page After Audiences Criticise its ‘Woke’ Storylines – DailyMail 2/25/23”
The Biden administration announced Wednesday new plans to expand the nation’s charging network “so that the great American road trip can be electrified.”
According to a fact sheet published on the White House’s website, the administration plans to build a network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers from coast to coast. To achieve this goal, the administration announced Tesla would open 7,500 chargers to all electric vehicles, including 3,500 new and existing 250 kW Superchargers on highways.
Continue reading “White House Announces Tesla Will Open Supercharger Network To Expand EV Access – ZeroHedge 2/15/23”
Many people believe that installing more wind turbines and solar panels and manufacturing more electric vehicles can solve our energy problem, but I don’t agree with them. These devices, plus the batteries, charging stations, transmission lines and many other structures necessary to make them work represent a high level of complexity.
Continue reading “Transitioning to an all Electric Economy Requires too much Complexity – GailTverberg 2/3/23”
Oh good, more debt.
As if we didn’t have enough of a looming problem in the world of automobile loans, Bank of America is now starting a new trend: tucking more items into their auto loans. In this case, they are starting to bundle at-home electric-vehicle chargers as part of their auto loans, according to a new report from Bloomberg this week.
Continue reading “Bank Of America Will Start Bundling EV Charging Stations With EV Auto Financing – ZeroHedge 2/10/23”
If you had “Netflix partnering with GM” on your unlikely corporate tie-up Bingo card for 2023, you can now cross that square off.
That’s because last week it was announced that the streaming giant would be partnering with General Motors to get more of the Detroit automaker’s electric vehicles in movies and television shows that are featured on Netflix.
Netflix said it will increase the presence of electric vehicles in its original programming “where relevant”, Yahoo Finance reported this week. …
In January this year, Tesla made the surprising announcement that it would be cutting prices on its vehicles by as much as 20%.
While price cuts are not new in the automotive world, they are for Tesla. The company, which historically has been unable to keep up with demand, has seen its order backlog shrink from 476,000 units in July 2022, to 74,000 in December 2022.
Continue reading “Visualizing Tesla’s Unrivaled Profit Margins – ZeroHedge 2/5/23”
It’s winter, with high temperatures well below freezing in Jackson, Wyoming, and barely above freezing in Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne.
Relying only on battery-powered electric vehicles in a cold climate takes courage because car batteries quickly lose their charge when temperatures are low. Yet the federal government wants to spend billions to build charging stations all across the country—including in cold-weather states where electric vehicles are often impractical.
Continue reading “Tax Dollars Wasted Building EV Charging Stations in Cold Climates – DailySignal 2/2/23”
Lexus chief to take over Toyota as founder’s grandson steps down
The chief executive of Toyota Motor Corp will step down as head of the company his grandfather founded, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday, handing over to the boss of its luxury car unit as it struggles to meet the shift to electric vehicles.
Continue reading “Lexus Chief to Take Over Toyota as Founder’s Grandson Steps Down – LBCGroup 1/26/23”
Coal provides a staggering 31% of German electricity production, up from 8% in 2015.
The Greens forced a shutdown of nuclear power under Angela Merkel. Now they are both for and against coal, the dirtiest of all electrical power sources.
Continue reading “A Big Green Mess in Germany With Coal a Stunning 31 Percent of Electricity – Mike”Mish”Shedlock 1/13/23″
Bigger, heavier and faster EVs are being framed as the lesser of two evils, but there’s a good case against this.
The auto industry is in the middle of a big shift to EVs, so now would be a good time for it to hunch down, hands on knees, and catch its breath. Or if the auto industry won’t, then we, the buyers, should because U.S. automakers may be rushing us down the wrong way with bigger, faster but not better EVs.
Continue reading “The U.S. Is Making the Same Mistakes With EVs That It Made With Gas-Powered Cars – Jalopnik 1/4/23”
From the Tom Woods Letter:
The Twitter story is not merely a curious sideshow. It is a microcosm of 2022 America.
And the story gets crazier and crazier.
Continue reading “Here’s One Firing We Should All Cheer – TomWoods 12/8/22”
Toyota didn’t get to be the world’s largest automaker by not selling cars. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that Toyota is the only major car company that hasn’t “committed” – as it is styled – to building cars that most people don’t want to buy.
Those being electric cars.
Continue reading “Hedging Bets – EricPetersAutos 10/18/22”
It would not be an exaggeration to say this is probably one of the most inverted takes on what is “dangerous” in the history of civilization. Not because anyone is against the concept of sustainability, but because sustainability as defined by Alan Jope is incredibly unsustainable. If he gets his way, he will destroy the world.
Continue reading “The Globalist Climate Agenda is a Crime Against Humanity – AmericanGreatness 10/4/22”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wanted regulatory reform, in part to reverse some of the Biden Administration reversals of Trump era reforms intended to expedite permits for fossil fuel projects.
Continue reading “The Coming Green Electricity Nightmare – Paul Driessen 10/4/22”
President Biden’s ambitious emissions-reduction goals that encourage investment in green energy to drive the country away from fossil fuels will be conducted in a series of executive actions, according to Houston Chronicle. This comes weeks after Congress approved $370 billion in clean energy funding that will pave the way for the US to slash emissions by half in eight years.
Continue reading “Biden’s Ambitious Emissions-Reduction Goals To Be Accelerated By Executive Orders – ZeroHedge 9/6/22”
Days ago, officials in California unveiled a plan to phase out new gas-powered cars. Now, officials are asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the power grid.
Continue reading “California Asks Residents To Avoid Charging Electric Vehicles Due To Blackout Risk Days After Unveiling New Gas Car Ban – DailyWire 8/31/22”
The headline probably has you thinking about the high cost of the EV – so high that whatever you “save” by not buying gas ends up costing you a great deal. But that is only one of the ways EVs don’t save you money.
Another one is tires.
Continue reading “How EVs Don’t Save You Money – EricPetersAutos 5/19/22”
Some people think that those who’ve been “vaccinated” are already dead – because they will be, soon.
Could the same be true of Volkswagen?
The manufacture of cars for the people – it’s literally what Volkswagen means, in German – announced the other day that it will stop making about 60 percent of the models in its current inventory, all of them the combustion-engined ones that people can afford to buy, in order to focus on “premium” cars, all of them electric, that only a few people can afford to buy.
“The key target is not growth,” said VW’s finance chief Arno Antlitz.
Continue reading “The Wagen That’s Not for the Volk Anymore – EricPetersAutos 4/10/22”