Oh please! Now I am just scare-mongering, right? This is a forward from David Blackmon's newsletter:
tests indicate nation’s guardrail system can’t handle heavy EVs
© University of Nebraska via AP
Thursday's Energy Absurdity:
Another Week, Another EV Tale of Woe
By David Blackmon
It’s like there’s something new in EV land’s chronicle of disasters and
woe every week. Really, several times every week, but I don’t have the
personal bandwidth to write about them all.
This week’s major tale of woe from EV land germinates from a media
outlet in the Animal Farm that Justin Trudeau’s Canada has become, but
it relates to the US market, and is equally applicable to every other
nation on earth that has been foolish enough to adopt completely
unachievable EV mandates. The Canadian Press reports [Also the AP. See
above link.] that a new crash test study has found what anyone able to
reason critically has known for years, which is that the country’s
highway guardrails are not strong enough to withstand the force of EVs
that weigh 1,000 - 4,000 lbs. more than their gas-powered counterparts.
Oh, you don’t say. Please, tell us more.
Here’s an excerpt from the story in question:
(AP) — Electric vehicles that typically weigh more than
gasoline-powered cars can easily crash through steel highway guardrails
that are not designed to withstand the extra force, raising concerns
about the nation’s roadside safety system, according to crash test data
released Wednesday by the University of Nebraska.
Electric vehicles typically weigh 20% to
50% more than gas-powered vehicles thanks to batteries that can weigh
almost as much as a small gas-powered car. And they have lower centers
of gravity. Because of these differences, guardrails can do little to
stop electric vehicles from pushing through barriers typically made of
Last fall, engineers at Nebraska’s
Midwest Roadside Safety Facility watched as an electric-powered pickup
truck hurtled toward a guardrail installed on the facility’s testing
ground on the edge of the local municipal airport. The nearly 4-ton
(3.6 metric ton) 2022 Rivian R1T tore through the metal guardrail and
hardly slowed until hitting a concrete barrier yards away on the other
“We knew it was going to be an extremely
demanding test of the roadside safety system,” said Cody Stolle with
the facility. “The system was not made to handle vehicles greater than
So, what does this mean as a practical matter for the millions of miles
of freeways, highways, state roads, county roads and any other road
where guardrails are required? Well, it means that, if we really do
replace most ICE cars with heavier EVs, all the guardrails will need to
be replaced with heavier-duty models, because the ones on the roads
today would just be there for show.
Think of how many billion - trillions, even - of dollars doing that
will cost over time.
Now, think of this: What’s going to happen when road
designers finally start to really press the policymakers about the fact
that the roads themselves are not designed to withstand the pressure of
these much heavier EVs, and are being torn up and left in need of
repair or complete re-paving years sooner than had been anticipated?
This is reality, folks, not supposition. It is absolutely coming to a
legislative or transportation commission hearing in your state’s
Think of how many trillions of dollars that absolute reality is going
to cost our societies in the decades to come. But we’re not supposed to
talk about it right now because the politicians find it all too
But wait, there’s more!
You know all those multi-level parking garages that have
been built across our modern societies in recent decades? There are
hundreds of thousands of them in the US alone. The number worldwide
runs into the millions. Many millions of them.
How many of those multi-level concrete parking facilities do you think
were built with 8,000 lb. EVs in mind, rather than 5,000 lb. ICE cars?
Don’t you imagine the number would approach zero?
Yeah, that’s a thing, too. Now, think how many trillions of
reinforcing and replacing all those substandard
parking garages is going to cost our society, all in the name of “doing
something” about the climate boogeyman.
Now, add all this to the trillions of dollars it is going to cost us to
double or triple generation capacity on power grids around the world to
accommodate the added load of charging those millions of EVs that have
been mandated by Biden, Trudeau, the EU and other psychopath globalist
elites over the past 5 years.
Where’s all that money going to come from? All these countries enacting
these mandates are already heavily in debt – in the US, our federal
debt already exceeds our annual GDP, and rises by tens of billions of
dollars every day.
McKinsey & Co. estimated in a study released a year ago that
the total cost of this energy transition will be as high as $275
trillion globally. Reinforcing or replacing all the guardrails, roads,
and parking garages on earth was not considered in that study.
So, what’s the real cost going to be at the end of the day – $400
trillion? $500 trillion?
These elites have forced us to live in a complete fantasy world that
will, if not reversed soon, end up collapsing everything we and
generations of forebears worked our lifetimes to create. All in the
name of genuflecting to the climate gods.
That is all.
© 2024 David Blackmon
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