WHERE IS THE ELECTRICITY FOR ELECTRIC CARS

WHERE IS THE ELECTRICITY FOR ELECTRIC CARS


WHERE IS THE ELECTRICITY FOR ELECTRIC CARS

It’s a long drive to just about anywhere Gary Wright needs to go. A rancher in the far northeastern corner of California, he sometimes has to drive nearly 100 miles, one-way, to get to where his cattle graze. It’s 36 miles to Klamath Falls, Ore., for a significant errand run.

There are only a few gas stations along the routes through the forests and high deserts in Modoc County — let alone electric vehicle charging stations. There are none near the rangeland where Wright’s cattle graze.

So he was baffled when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that California would require all new passenger cars and trucks to be electric or “zero-emission” by 2035 to combat climate change.

Newsom’s directive signaled the governor was moving more aggressively on climate change during one of the hottest years in California, and with wildfires consuming nearly 4 million acres — the most in modern history. But his order comes with significant challenges for rural California and the Central Valley, where many people drive all day for work, not just to commute, and traveling long distances is a necessity.

Electric vehicle companies say battery technology is improving, but as it stands, the best electric car batteries currently on the market have a range of no more than 250 miles. There are few options for electric pickups like the ones Wright would need to haul equipment and livestock trailers over long distances.

DAWG SAYS: CALIFORNIA CANNOT KEEP THE LIGHTS ON IN THEIR STATE, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO KEEP THESE CARS CHARGED?

WHERE IS THE ELECTRICITY FOR ELECTRIC CARS

GAS POWERED GENERATORS I GUESS.


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1 Comment

  1. Do you have a problem with the air quality caused by the wildfires in our ill-managed forests? Wait until the majority of the traffic on our roads are towing an operating diesel powered power plant to support the towing vehicle. According to Newsomlini NO PROBLEM!

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