Friday, January 7, 2011
IS THE PLUG-IN EV A HOAX?
There were, of course, scattered alarms about the wisdom of plug-ins from others, as for example, about a year ago, Plug-in Vehicles Are A Luxury No-Nation Can Afford. It turns out the individual who wrote this article began to make an actual difference. First, yesterday, RenewableEnergyWorld.com published his: Plug-ins and Their Dirty Little Secret. Mind you, this is a renewable energy newsletter!
Today, Seeking Alpha, an investment blog, had:
Who is he? All the above were written by John Petersen (left), a U.S. lawyer based in Switzerland, who is a former director of Axion Power International, a battery company. One of his articles starts with:
I'm going to apologize up front for revisiting a topic that inevitably draws furious comment from readers who just don't get it, or who refuse to get it. I understand that it's painful to learn that politicians, environmental advocates and the mainstream media have been lying about critical issues, but that doesn't make exposing the lies less important. So I'm going to endure the slings and arrows of the eco-religious one more time and use a new example to show that plug-in vehicles are a luxury no nation can afford.
He provides various visuals:
You can zoom in to actually read these numbers. I could summarize what he said, but if you are sincerely interested in his point of view, click on his postings. Certainly, if you are a committed supporter of PIEVs, then you especially should read those articles, and, perhaps, lob in your rebuttle. In a nutshell, he says:
On a micro-scale, fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are feel good eco-bling for the emotionally committed and the mathematically challenged. On a macro-scale they use more gasoline, emit more CO2 and are more expensive than established HEV technology. At this point I have to wonder, does anybody in Washington DC have a calculator?
He is especially harsh on the Chevy Volt (right). I might have been wanting to address this issue for some time now, but here is an individual who possibly has a bone to pick (though I don't know what this might be), says it in your face, and, to me, makes sense. Those comments following his contributions, however, as would be expected, are uniformly negative and critical. Therefore, read them too to gain some balance. This not a religion/faith issue, for pure economics and sound science can be utilized to form a rational framework of comparison. By the way, Petersen likes electric hybrids like the Prius.
So are plug-in EVs a hoax? No, I think not. Many proponents are sincerely supportive, and I grudgingly wish them well. Are they misguided? Probably, for I am of the opinion that the State of Hawaii and Nation at large, have bought into this romanticized and insidiously deceptive concept that appears green on the outside but is in reality bleak and black. My discomfort with this future pathway for plug-in EVs is well stated by John Petersen. ANY COMMENTS?
The Dow Jones Industrials dropped 23 to 11,674, with world markets also mostly down. Gold went up a buck to $1369/toz and oil is at $88/barrel.