Powerline Posted on July 17, 2021 by John Hinderaker
Speaking of electric vehicles
… Possibly the dumbest thing any country could do from an energy standpoint is to promote widespread use of electric vehicles, while simultaneously mandating reliance on wind and solar energy, which work less than half the time.
Moreover, governments’ politically-motivated reliance on electric vehicles like buses has been a disaster
. This is a typical “green” fiasco:
More than two dozen electric Proterra buses first unveiled by the city of Philadelphia in 2016 are already out of operation, according to a WHYY investigation.
The entire fleet of Proterra buses was removed from the roads by SEPTA, the city’s transit authority, in February 2020 due to both structural and logistical problems—the weight of the powerful battery was cracking the vehicles’ chassis, and the battery life was insufficient for the city’s bus routes.
The city paid $24 million for the 25 new Proterra buses, subsidized in part by a $2.6 million federal grant.
There is no sane reason for any government to buy, let alone subsidize, these vehicles. It is crony corruption, pure and simple.
Proterra, which had Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on its board of directors when Philadelphia pulled the buses off the streets last year…