George Rebane wrote about the lipstick on a pig in reference to the exclaims of our local lefties crowing that Nevada County would benefit from the Tesla GigBattery Plant being build near Sparks Nevada, just outside of Reno. Details HERE.
My take on the lip stick smeared pig is that this GigBattery plant is being build to develop batteries for electric cars, that are not selling and will not sell in the future. The demand for those giga batteries will never develop, as most families with declining household incomes will never buy an electric vehicle.
Auto sales are booming, but electric car sales are in the tank according to industry reports. Electric car sellers are running out of wealthy buyers who are trying to impress their neighbors, friends, bosses, and environmental pressure groups that they are good citizens willing to spend their hard earned cash to save the planet from a non-existing problem. EV sellers are running out of egos to satisfy.
In addition, there are enough electric vehicles in the population now that reality is setting in. Electric vehicles cost more than fossil fueled vehicles and the advertised savings are just not working out, as noted in an LA Times article:
Electric cars are not only far more expensive than gas powered autos, but the performance characteristics are horrendous. At most, you can travel about 50 miles without recharging. For many Americans, that’s a couple of trips to the mall. The hybrid performance is good, but you’re paying an awful lot more for a few miles more in fuel efficiency. Cold weather reduces the distance traveled by half.
Communities across the country are not investing in the high voltage rapid recharging stations needed to support electric vehicles. They are not convinced they will be used. In Nevada County, Sierra College was the first to install such a station on campus, only charging station in Western Nevada County. There is also one in Truckee. Most of the charging stations are in the Silicon Valley, where ego driven wealthy electric vehicle buyers live and work.
Given the cost of electric vehicles, poor performance, and lack of charging infrastructure the building of a GigBattery Plant in Nevada is just more lipstick for electric vehicle pigs. I predict the plant will not be a huge success. The demand for electric vehicles will never happen, even with the rising cost of fuel in California. Real soon now, lower income and middle class California families will only be able to afford one car and it will not be an electric vehicle.