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'Maintenance Required' Warning Light Flashing for Electric Vehicles

'Maintenance Required' Warning Light Flashing for Electric Vehicles

Denis Kleinfeld By Monday, 18 September 2017 08:52 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Every auto manufacturer is ramping up their ability to produce electric cars to meet the growing governmental mandates for electric vehicles.

Climate change mania is causing some cities and even countries to enact bans on diesel engines already.  Some already are proposing prohibiting any form of fossil fuel powered vehicle.

But let’s think about this?

Banning fossil fuel engines is another one of those heavy-handed mandates that are being forced on us by government fiat and not the result of the free-market.

It’s hard to think of any massive program where the government picks the winners and losers in the marketplace which works out.

I was thinking about what the world would be like with all-electric cars when I returned to Miami yesterday after Hurricane Irma.

What if all the cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles in Florida had been electric?

Hurrican Irma completely disrupted the electrical grid for the entire state.  

 Millions of Florida residents, just like the residents in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, lost their electrical power during the storm.

Even now, several days later, many areas in Florida are still without power. It’s likely that hundreds of thousands of people will not have power for some weeks to come.

Electric vehicles are cool when everything goes perfectly.  But the electrical grid, like the internet when there is a disruption of the infrastructure, is fragile.

Without electrical power, modern society quickly resorts to the primitive. 

It seemed obvious that the anti-fossil fuel hysteria driving governmental policy over climate change has readily apparent dangerous consequences.

Besides mandating electric vehicles, is any government proposing spending the billions of dollars necessary to both harden the electrical grid and expand it to accommodate millions of battery-powered cars and trucks?


Nearly every major city in the United States industrial countries and the other industrial countries are either deeply insolvent or far in debt and high taxes.

As it is, billions of dollars are needed to replace bridges, roads, sewer and water systems-not to mention school systems, health care, and social security.

Who is going to pay to replace all the gasoline stations and put enough electric charging stations to accommodate 100 million vehicles?

An even more fundamental question is whether mass usage of electric vehicles is possible?

The newest cars are full of all kinds of electronics that take battery power.

For fossil fuel cars, this is not a technological problem as they carry onboard battery chargers. The additional fuel costs involved are quite minimal.

But an electric car is quite a different animal.

Its battery capacity must power not only the car but also run all its electric systems.

A car can have 40 to 60 microprocessors feeding into the computer-- GPS, proximity sensors, anti-theft systems, data links, engine, tires, braking-- and a plethora of motor servos adjusting the seats, mirrors, windows, sunroof, and such considered standard equipment these days.

The energy drain dramatically reduces the range an electric car can drive.

Leave a car uncharged for a length of time, like if you go on vacation for two weeks, then the battery may be dead when you get back.

As it stands, the viability of electric powered vehicles to replace fossil fuel engines is dependent on a future technological breakthrough in battery technology if they are to move beyond being not much more than a glorified golf cart for virtue seekers.

As for the auto manufacturers, there is already growing concerns that the costs of producing electric cars competitively priced will reduce profit margins. Even after figuring in the lower warranty expenses. 

I don’t know what is the future holds for the marketplace for electric vehicles.  

But I can say with some confidence that whenever the government gets involved in manipulating the marketplace, red flags are flying.

Denis Kleinfeld is known as a strategic tax and wealth protection lawyer, widely published author and creative teacher.

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I don’t know what is the future holds for the marketplace for electric vehicles.  But I can say with some confidence that whenever the government gets involved in manipulating the marketplace, red flags are flying.
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Monday, 18 September 2017 08:52 AM
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