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Old 09-18-2021, 07:30 PM   #785
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i'm not entirely opposed to ev's. i'm just opposed to outright abandonment of 1 legacy fuel source, for what is a very fledgling fuel source because the current benefits appear better.

there's a lot of questions yet about natural resources, and utilities that haven't been put to rest for me.
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i'm not entirely opposed to ev's. i'm just opposed to outright abandonment of 1 legacy fuel source, for what is a very fledgling fuel source because the current benefits appear better.

there's a lot of questions yet about natural resources, and utilities that haven't been put to rest for me.
Yea, I'm with you. I will always on an ICE vehicle until they stop selling fuel for it. That doesn't mean I won't own an EV as well, just like I would own a diesel or propane vehicle if it made sense.

In fact, I had planned to put down an order for the Cadillac Lyriq tonight, but it sold out very quickly. Might hold out for the Silverado now.
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i've looked into the NGV conversions a few times. imo, it's better than hydrogen because the tanks don't age out the same due to the lower pressures, and standard ICE works with it. biggest drawback is the conversion cost, the loss of the spare tire on body-on-frame vehicles, or cargo space on unibody vehicles, refueling, and that it's cleaner, but still has carbon emissions...

what i don't currently like the most about electric is that tesla is pushing everyone else to get into it. i mean, that's in and itself is good, but then there's things like the chevy bolt recall/fires-- that is the direct result of pushing the boundaries of the tech early on. it's a reminder that we as a collective still have a massive amount to learn in the design and implementation of electric power.

around 2014-16, i had said when nissan leaf's drop to $5k on the used market, i'd pick one up for commuting. i only commute less than 10 miles a day, so it would easily fulfill my basic transportation needs year round. i just can't do it. i admit, much of it has to do with the 'appliance' nature of the leaf, and that i feel i'm giving up a part of my soul every time i try one. in the first 5 minutes of test driving one(to what amounted to be about a 4 hour test drive session, thanks to the situation), the very first thought was "the future is supposed to be exciting. why is this is more boring than aspiring to be a low end production manager at a vanilla factory?!?"

every feature had been distilled down to a 'yes' or 'no' answer. does it steer? yes. does it have a stereo? yes. does it have seats? yes. there was nothing interesting, unique, or even notable about any of it. it was the car version of getting socks for christmas.

that experience has definitely burned me on the concept of ev ownership. every vehicle i own, there's something unique, and something to be passionate about. the only thing the leaf even offered that was unique was led headlights...

it might be time to try another ev, but unfortunately, i can't do tesla for a number of reasons, the cult of musk for starters, and signing my life over in electronic form for finishing...

i'm hopeful that someone will come to market with an ev that has some unique qualities without the teslastans ruining it yet...
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Finally some wise words being said.
https://www.thedrive.com/news/42399/...ion-engine-ban

"We will not agree with the ban on selling fossil fuel-powered cars. It's not possible. We can't dictate here what green fanatics devised in the European Parliament."

Bravo! Hopefully other countries will drop that "carbon footprint" bullshit soon.
The market will go electric regardless. He doesnít have to ban them, but it is highly unlikely ICEs will last long, even if he doesnít ban them. Not choosing to modernize could be a problem for the future of the country.
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The market will go electric regardless. He doesnít have to ban them, but it is highly unlikely ICEs will last long, even if he doesnít ban them. Not choosing to modernize could be a problem for the future of the country.
last i checked, the czech republic isn't exactly known to be a hub of cutting edge innovation. i always thought they were somewhere about 30 years behind most other countries...

other than some political fining and general hand-wringing by the EU they agreed to be part of, what were you thinking of how this would come back on them?
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last i checked, the czech republic isn't exactly known to be a hub of cutting edge innovation. i always thought they were somewhere about 30 years behind most other countries...

other than some political fining and general hand-wringing by the EU they agreed to be part of, what were you thinking of how this would come back on them?
Did you even read the link?

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Babis reportedly goes on to say that the Czech Republic will support an EV infrastructure but refuses to subsidize actual EV production.

According to Bloomberg, one-third of the country's economy is tied to the automotive industry, with the Volkswagen Group-owned, homegrown äkoda brand operating two domestic factories in addition to other plants churning out Toyota and Hyundai products. So, any radical change in the European automotive landscape would likely also mean major disruption for the livelihoods of the Czech people. The report also points out that Babis is up for re-election next month.
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i'm not entirely opposed to ev's. i'm just opposed to outright abandonment of 1 legacy fuel source, for what is a very fledgling fuel source because the current benefits appear better.

there's a lot of questions yet about natural resources, and utilities that haven't been put to rest for me.
Well, the abandonment would not come for a while. The talk has been to eliminate new ICE sales in fifteen years for personal vehicles, which means ICEs will be on the roads for a long time. Fossil fuels would still be needed for decades for personal vehicles, and of course, oils are used for plastic production, fertilizers, large machinery, etc, so we won't be going cold turkey on fossil fuels for decades longer.

Utilities have decades to move to green energy, and based on the projected needs, we have grown our energy production faster in the past than what we need to do in the time we have, so energy growth shouldn't be a concern. Engineering Explained has a great video breaking it all down that I posted here.

If we understand that there is a finite supply of oil then we would need to conclude that the world needs to move away from that resource to alternatives long before approaching the end of the supply. As the world moves away from oil, the supply increases relative to the demand, which means the price of the oil may drop or stay flat. At the same time, as the resources become depleted, the price of extracting oil becomes more and more expensive. At some point, there becomes a point where extracting oil is no longer a profit, so even if it is there, it isn't worth extracting. Even if it was possible to make a profit, not all of the known oil could be extracted. This is why we get different predictions and quotes about how much oil is in the world because there is the absolute amount, there is the amount that can be extracted, and there is the amount that can be extracted at a profit.

At some point, an EV will just be cheaper to own and operate by such a large margin that an ICE vehicle running on fossil fuels just won't make sense. Right now the cost of renewables is cheaper than coal, so in a similar way, an EV running on cheap or near free electricity someday might make the prospect of paying for gas seemingly illogical. Thus, economics might make ICEs and oil go away far before oil ever gets used up, irregardless of the emission reasons.

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you address oil as a natural resource, but don't say anything about copper and/or aluminum(really the only viable electrical wiring methods for the past 30+ years), lithium, and cobalt that are also limited natural resources, all of which have some very destructive mining practices. what good does it do to us to migrate entirely to lithium power if there's not enough lithium in the mines to supply the world of the power? and all these battery-powered cars need wires to work, what good does it do if we've stripped the world already of copper and aluminum resources?

trading one natural resource availability for another isn't a win in my book. i've got the same problem with 'burning water' for hydrogen production.

while there's some lithium iron recycling that is set to begin in 2022 in NY(they promise 95% metal recovery), there's still a very large gap between batteries produced, and viable methods to material recovery.
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you address oil as a natural resource, but don't say anything about copper and/or aluminum(really the only viable electrical wiring methods for the past 30+ years), lithium, and cobalt that are also limited natural resources, all of which have some very destructive mining practices. what good does it do to us to migrate entirely to lithium power if there's not enough lithium in the mines to supply the world of the power? and all these battery-powered cars need wires to work, what good does it do if we've stripped the world already of copper and aluminum resources?

trading one natural resource availability for another isn't a win in my book. i've got the same problem with 'burning water' for hydrogen production.

while there's some lithium iron recycling that is set to begin in 2022 in NY(they promise 95% metal recovery), there's still a very large gap between batteries produced, and viable methods to material recovery.
Battery recycling comes in many fashions, but one of the best methods for extending battery use is grid storage. A repurposed car battery can provide storage for quite a bit longer beyond the typical vehicle lifetime. Grid storage isn’t dependent on peak efficiency or on max capacity, nor are they constrained by packaging or weight. Yes, mining will eventually turn into recycling, especially as the world population stabilizes and demand plateaus. There may also be a point where recycling becomes significantly more profitable than mining or legislation limits mining, which makes recycling necessary. This is somewhat already the case for copper and aluminum where cooper recycling accounts for a third of cooper production. We will likely just take an old electric car and turn it into a new car or just attach a new battery to an old car with a minimum addition of new mining products.

With faster charging or battery advances, batteries don’t need to be as big. In a green future with abundant green energy production, excesses will be used to make hydrogen, which will also reduce demand on copper because batteries will be smaller. With ride sharing of different types and autonomous taxis coming, many people might not have a vehicle. Why own something that spends most of the time just sitting there? For cities, this will be much more common.

How much research have you done on global supplies and advances in the industry? Have you watched Tesla’s battery day? The plan is to use lithium clay in Nevada using salt and water for extraction. Musk has said there is enough lithium in the world to meet all the world’s needs and then some, so it isn’t a limiting factor. He said Nevada alone could supply all the lithium the US needs. They also use lithium iron phosphate batteries that are cobalt free. Cobalt isn’t needed for BEVs to replace ICEs.

I think it is worth reading these articles for a taste of what is going on in the industry and watch the battery day presentation, so you can see what the plans are.

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“Tesla endorsed the lithium claystones,” Bowering said. “Tesla engineers have been all over the planet for years looking at lithium sources. They are now making a bet on Nevada… [which] has several sedimentary lithium deposits that are the future of lithium mining and in a mining-friendly environment. Nevada sits on top of a major caldera of super volcanoes that populated the sediments with minable concentrations of lithium like nowhere else in the country.”

Tesla said its plan in Nevada involves mixing clay with table salt and then adding water. The company said the process causes a reaction where the salt would leach out with lithium, and the lithium then would be extracted. The leftover clay would be put back in the ground to mitigate environmental damage, much like the current mining industry practice of returning rock to the earth after minerals are extracted.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/electre...n-process/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/fortune...materials/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eng...234534595.html

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Get your head out of the sand sir.

Oil could be a renewable if we were to enact massive carbon capture. This would balance oil consumption with oil production, yet there are inherent inefficiencies, and there would be a greater need for green utilities that make EVs more appealing, but only if there arenít limits like you discussed. The other renewable possibility is biofuel, but this is less efficient than EVs, and it is far more damaging to ecologies to level land for crops. We would be talking about massive areas of the country used to create fuel from a homologous crop. Not a viable option.

Like I said, I donít think itíll come to that because I believe the population will plateau, which means most mining can be turned into recycling, yet oil would still be required for ICEs for a long time. Unless carbon capture dramatically advances, and only if EVs get more expensive, I donít see ICEs lasting far into the future.
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Chevy announced they will be unveiling the Silverado EV on 1/5/2022 at CES.

I'll be seriously looking at that one.
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