Fifty percent (50%) of voters say that until the US has the ability to produce the required batteries, we should slow down the transition to electric vehicles.
That's according to the latest Scott Rasmussen national survey, which also found that 16% of Americans believe the US should never transition to electric vehicles.
Only 26% of voters believe the U.S. should transition to electric vehicles as quickly as possible.
China is the world’s largest producer of batteries needed for electric vehicles, and 66% of US voters are worried that the US may become dependent upon China for these batteries.
Twenty-six percent (26%) say they are not worried and 9% say they are not sure.
The poll numbers seem to be consistent with Americans' ever-increasing views that China poses a threat to the US.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters say "yes," China is a serious threat to US, 17% say "no," and 20% say they are uncertain.
The poll also found that 73% US voters believe the Chinese government covered up its role in the release of Covid-19.
For more Scott Rasmussen poll results click here.
Add in the fact that Americas grid doesn't have the capacity and it's only getting worse with unreliable sources such as wind and solar. The other question is huge taxes are paid every year at the gasoline pump. As more cars transition to electric where are those dollars coming from. The system now isn't fair. Electric cars aren't paying any of these taxes and in addition the government pays a huge rebate on taxes for purchasing these vehicles. Are people who use the chargers that the government paid for under the Dems plan paying a fee to the government ? My guess would be no. The next thing will be Washington taxing our electricity bills to cover the shortfall at the pump.
Excellent points on our grid. Just going to burn more coal/oil to generate electricity and maybe the system cannot handle the increased capacity needed to charge cars.
I wondered about taxes too but since charging is point of sale it will be possible to lever taxes directly to the car owner charging up. As for tax credits to buy EVs, well we did that for large SUV and trucks by allowing rapid depreciation tax to the buyers when they first came out. More importantly, when these batteries die out how are they to be recycled; pretty dangerous stuff in them!
Greg the American says
The poll is framed in from the perspective of a central planner, as though to continue to normalize the idea that "someone" ought to be guiding the economy, much as the political left does every time they discuss health care, or education, or farming, energy, supply chain, housing, and so on. Central planning is a hallmark of totalitarian and communist societies.
The central theme of the disagreement, particularly including the "infrastructure" bills, is the idea that major sectors of the American economy ought to remain in the purview of the private sector, or to use other words, it's about economic freedom and free markets. The pollster and Americans who accidentally or purposely concede the premise are ultimately failing to fight the battle. for the American idea that has been so successful, Free markets and liberty have produced more wealth and served the average citizen far better than any socialist or central planning model.
Regarding cars per se, it's clear the whole deal is some kind of fleece job, it sounds like China has the EV factories ready to go, likely it will be a boondoggle of the same sort as Solyndra and others we have seen. It's fairly clear the American government has become more than a bit of a criminal enterprise, and this is of course another aspect. Politicians should NEVER run the economics of our lives, America needs to be freeing itself of central planning, not the other way around.
The Department of Energy failed with Solyndra but has actually made more money with other companies starting out; like Tesla for example. Tesla by the way is producing in China; not sure it's such a good move on their part.
The US has helped our auto industry numerous times with tax incentives and such to promote new car buying so not much a difference here. The support of charging stations is another matter and currently private industry is building that network; no doubt with Fed support in the back=ground.
The Fed also had the Investment Tax Credit targeting the computer industry which pushed the growth of our personal PCs and peripheral since users were reluctant but writing off 10% the first year and depreciate in a shorter time practically paid you back! So, big businesses went in big and bought computers and peripherals.
It looks like central planning but it's getting industries and their products in their infancy started on a road to growth and we all benefited. Just have to be careful how such benefits are used.
This administration is very deficient in planning ahead, as evidenced by the opening of the border with no preparation and the exit from Afghanistan which was a debacle because of the lack of any real strategy. They must feel their ideas are so good that they’ll just work out by magic.
Cynthia Garza says
I have an issue with the range these cars can travel without stopping fir a charge. If you look at the range of a Tesla it’s about 200-300 miles if your lucky, then you must stop for 2-3 hours to charge. I don’t like the idea of being so limited to how far I can travel. Also, reliable power plants (coal, gas, nuclear) are no longer being built in the US and intermittent power from solar and wind is not going to cut it. No thank you. I’ll keep my gas combustion engine.
EV cars cannot be sustained and will ultimately fail in the market. This is for all the reasons discussed. The grid, the power source, the inefficiency of transmitting power over copper wire, and the batteries and the lack of enough lithium all work against it. I do agree with the person who said we should not be be doing central planning. Let the market and the innovators compete and find the right way. The government needs to get out of the way.
Given what we have now, the best solution that I can see is hybrids where the battery charger generates the energy in the vehicle. Substantially improves efficiency, reduces size of the battery, puts no pressure on the grid, and adapts well to the fuel distribution infrastructure we have in place. However I believe in invention and the ability of engineers to continue to improve and innovate. We need to be open minded to other possibilities and not force a plan.
Meanwhile I will drive my 1930 Ford that runs just fine.
Bill Andrews says
This story more Add on = All this Complaining about America's Energy Grid system, Electric Cars would have to be Charged there not Free ?, Further note here those electric cars expensive Batteries have to be replaced every 5-7 years... The way to Go is New Hydrogen Turbines and Hydrogen Energy producing plant's. This Planet full of rising Sea Water levels that can be converted to Hydrogen Gas and Liquid Hydrogen... "Uum $%%^ that's right !. A lot of wasted New petro-fuel's just sitting there at the Ports not being used ? "Thanks Mr. Obvious, "Uum we never made the Connections in front of our eye's ? be darned who knew ?
Do those Americans who believe we should not move forward until we have "ability to produce the required batteries" realize we will never have that ability because the raw materials necessary are not in North America?
I think we're moving too quickly because the grid simply isn't ready, and fully eliminating fossil fuel use is a bad idea from a national security issue, but to say we can't move primarily to EVs until we can make the batteries here is a bit extreme.
Bill Andrews says
Electric Vs. changing sea water to Hydrogen energy = I'd like to Add (( Carify )) to my first comment here on what I replied about New Hydrogen energy plant's and Cars ? Now to States like California and and other Countries like south Africa Near the Ocean and others for Examples would be a 100% plus, because your creating energy out of hydrogen and your producing H2O emmision output = ( Water ). Now that water can stored to Grow crops or to put out Fires or better filtered water for South African counties near the Ocean or for food and consumption, stamping out Famine... Double the benifit ?