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Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro electric work truck
« Reply #630 on: May 24, 2021, 12:57:30 pm »



Ford F-150 Lightning Pro electric work truck: 300-mile version will add $10,000
Bengt Halvorson BENGT HALVORSON MAY 24, 2021

Optioned with the extended-range battery that will allow a targeted EPA range of 300 miles, the F-150 Lightning will cost just $49,974 in its base Lightning Pro work-truck guise, Ford revealed Monday morning.

That’s exactly a $10,000 premium over the $39,974 base price announced for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning last week—a price that doesn’t include an additional destination fee, or a potential $7,500 EV tax credit and other incentives.

Ford hinted that many fleet and work customers might not opt for the big battery, though, as they typically don’t buy more than they need. According to more than 145 million miles of Ford’s telematics data, 95% of daily travel adds up to less than 174 miles.

“These customers are extremely pragmatic, and they aren’t going to over-index on product features and benefits when it isn’t necessary to get the job done,” summed Ted Cannis, Ford’s general manager of commercial business. Cannis noted a “no more, no less” approach to winning fleet customers, and called the Lightning Pro “a serious truck for serious truck owners.”

The actual energy capacity of the two battery packs hasn’t yet been disclosed. The packs will use new “Nickel 9” NCM cells from SK Innovation, sourced from an American joint venture between Ford and the battery supplier.

The company has positioned the Lightning in a way that it hopes commercial and work customers will find irresistible, with a big emphasis on low ownership costs. It’s offering a fleet planning tool to crunch the numbers, including purchase costs, incentives, energy costs, and a projected 40% reduction in maintenance costs over eight years and 100,000 miles.

As Ford detailed last week, the Lightning is built with the same military-grade aluminum alloy body as the gasoline versions of the F-150, however a different frame helps accommodate the battery packs. Ford has tested the Lightning and its cooling systems for towing, hauling, and off-roading at temperature extremes, and it has underbody protection for the battery and dual inboard motors—chosen in type and location for toughness. 🤠

The base version of the F-150 Lightning Pro makes 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, while the extended-range model makes 563 horsepower with the same torque rating. Payload ranges up to 2,000 pounds, and towing capability up to 10,000 pounds.

The F-150 Lightning comes only in a five-passenger SuperCrew layout, with a 5.5-foot bed length.

2022 Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro makes a great work truck—here's why

The Lightning’s frunk will hold 14.1 cubic feet and will carry 400 pounds, which Ford says adds up to eight bags of Quickrete. It’s water-tight and has a drain plug, as well as four 120-volt AC outlets and two USB ports. Altogether, the Pro Power Onboard power capability in the Lightning adds up to 9.6 kw, including two AC outlets in the cab and two in the bed.

F-150 Lightning Pro versions will come with easy-clean vinyl seats, and include Ford’s Sync 4 system with a 12.0-inch touch screen. A full-size spare  and Class IV trailer hitch  will be standard features, as will a set of driver-assist active-safety features.

Ford says that the Lightning will calculate its range based on terrain, weather, and even cargo and trailer load—using an onboard-scale system to monitor load. With a Power My Trip feature, the system can dynamically reroute the driver to the nearest charging station—part of the company’s FordPass app and network of 63,000 affiliated charge connectors.

Both through the touchscreen and via a remote Ford Telematics dashboard, operators will have access to remote preconditioning, remote locking and unlocking, vehicle health monitoring, as well as live tracking of vehicles, trip history, and energy usage, with a driver behavior and scorecard feature. The Pro, as with the other Lightning models, will get periodic over-the-air updates that could potentially improve vehicle performance.

On a 150-kw DC fast-charger, Ford says that the Lightning will get from 15% to 80% in 44 minutes for the standard-range battery or 41 minutes for the extended-range one.

Ford is assuming that work-truck operators won’t be fast-charging as much, but they’re providing multiple ways for a full overnight charge on 240 volts AC. With a 48-amp Ford Connected Charge wall unit, it estimates 10 hours with the standard-range battery or 13 hours for the extended-range one. With an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and dual onboard chargers on the extended-range version, it can get to a full charge in just 8 hours.

The latter system permits an Intelligent Backup Power function for the home—with additional hardware, including an inverter—and future Intelligent Power functionality that will help limit smooth home or business power demands around peak times.

Ford last week has also revealed that the XLT, more oriented toward personal use, would start at $52,974 and the range would cost up to about $90,000. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup will arrive in spring 2022 and be built in Michigan.

More 2022 Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro pictures at article link below: 🌞

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1132352_ford-f-150-lightning-pro-electric-work-truck-300-mile-version-will-add-10-000
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EV tax credit 💰 boost, Tesla Vision fail, Tesla and Texas: Today’s Car News

Bengt Halvorson BENGT HALVORSON MAY 28, 2021

Texas doesn’t budge for Tesla. Safety agencies and consumer groups warn about Tesla Vision in the Model 3 and Model Y. And will Americans be able to get up to $12,500 with a re-upped EV tax credit? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Legislation currently advancing in the Senate includes a provision to give the EV tax credit a big boost—lifting the sales ceiling that currently limits GM and Tesla, but adding provisions for U.S.-made and union-made, for a total of up to $12,500 per ⚡ vehicle 🤠. With a manufacturing credit, an expansion in eligibility to commercial vehicles, and a tech emphasis for the Rust Belt, it could be a meaningful piece of President Biden’s infrastructure push.

We’ve reported on Texas’ unwavering resistance to Tesla’s direct sales model since 2013, and if you expected the American electric automaker’s announcement of a mammoth assembly plant and battery factory in Texas to change that, you’re sadly wrong. With the Texas legislature not due to convene again until 2023 (Only meets in odd years, for 140 days!  :P), changing its state franchise laws doesn’t appear to have been a priority. That leaves Tesla with a convoluted process in what should be its showcase state—in which it needs to route cars and purchases through other states and deliveries through service centers.

And Tesla’s transition to its next-generation “Tesla Vision” system doesn't sound like it's being rolled out as intended. That's because it leaves owners without some of the key safety features that the carmaker still lists as included in their vehicles. That’s caused confusion for buyers and new owners and, this week, led U.S. safety agencies to rescind the Model 3’s safety accolades and Consumer Reports to caution on it. 

And over at The Car Connection: Although from an environmental standpoint 2020 brought good news—in fewer miles driven, as more Americans turned to telecommuting—pedestrian deaths increased at a record rate, with the largest annual increase on record, per vehicle mile traveled. :(

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1132422_ev-tax-credit-boost-tesla-vision-fail-tesla-and-texas-today-s-car-news


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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #632 on: June 02, 2021, 04:42:42 pm »
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June 1, 2021 By Jonny Tiernan

German ⚡ EV Brand Elaris Unveils New SUV Model

Beo Luxury SUV

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Elaris, the electric car brand from Germany, has added a new model, the Beo SUV, to its range. The Beo SUV vehicle is manufactured by the Chinese company Skywell and is positioned as a luxury model, set to cost €49,900 ($61,000). In Germany, there are subsidies available that can bring the cost down to €41,300 ($50,500).

The previous vehicles from Elaris, the Finn and Leo models, are both based on vehicles from the Chinese manufacturer Dorcen. Both of these vehicles are at considerably lower price points than the Beo SUV. The Leo compact SUV is €28,330 ($35,000) after the environmental subsidies have been applied, and the Finn e-small vehicle is €9,390 ($11,500) after subsidies. ... ...

With initiatives such as this, electric vehicles are continually being made more affordable, while at the same time also catering to the more luxury end of the market. The EV space is becoming increasingly busy, and this can only be a good thing.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/01/german-ev-brand-elaris-unveils-new-suv-model/

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Fiat 500 ⚡ EV 🌞

June 9, 2021

Fiat became the latest automaker to announce it will produce only electric vehicles  by 2030. CEO Olivier François noted the falling cost of batteries and said Fiat would bring to market electric cars that do not cost more than gas-powered vehicles. He said the company would start phasing out internal combustion engines by 2025, which he called a “radical change for Fiat.” The company also seeks to help improve access to EVs, charging infrastructure and air quality.

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https://www.engadget.com/fiat-electric-vehicle-2030-181302471.html
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NREL researcher Andrew Meintz works with vehicle chargers in the the Optical Characterization (OCL) and Thermal Systems lab in the ESIF. The Optimization and Control Lab’s electric vehicle grid integration research bays researching advanced high power chargers to determine how they can be added to the grid, potentially combining buildings and EV charging. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

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June 15, 2021

$200 Million More For Electric Vehicles, Batteries, & Connected Vehicles From US Department Of Energy

By U.S. Department of Energy

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The $200 million in funding to national labs, subject to appropriations, seeks to make electric vehicle innovations in order to decarbonize the transportation sector, the top source for greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The funding is open to DOE’s network of 17 national laboratories and is administered by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

This funding compliments VTO’s funding opportunity of $62 million for reducing emissions and increasing efficiencies for on- and off-road vehicles, announced in April 2021. Projects will require applicants to submit a plan for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, including support for people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advancing equity within the project team, and producing benefits for underserved communities.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/14/200-million-more-for-electric-vehicles-batteries-connected-vehicles-from-us-department-of-energy/
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Tesla’s New Plaid ⚡ Model S 🌞
« Reply #635 on: June 15, 2021, 04:40:13 pm »
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Tesla’s New Plaid ⚡ Model S

Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid ⚡ Model S — “I Love This Car” 🤠

By Johnna Crider

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Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno drove it down the dragstrip at Pomona Raceway in California, filming it for his show, Jay Leno’s Garage. The record Leno set is a new time for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph :o.

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By Steve Hanley on June 22, 2021

It’s Official: US Government Says Electric ⚡ Vehicles Cost 40% 💰 Less To Maintain 🌞

The latest information from the US government shows battery ⚡ electric cars cost less to maintain than conventional cars, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids.

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So the next time someone tells you that ⚡ electric cars are too expensive, ask them if they would like the government to save $228 million in fuel and maintenance costs every year. If their answer is yes, the way to make that happen is to convert the US light duty vehicle fleet (not including the post office, which is a separate entity) to battery electric vehicles. 

Now imagine what doing that would do to the cost of those vehicles. 🤠

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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #637 on: July 03, 2021, 02:37:05 pm »
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July 2, 2021

Sweden Hits Record Plugin ⚡ EV Share Of 49.4% In June

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The cumulative ⚡ plugin share for 2021 now stands at 40.1% from 25.5% at this point in 2020.

The trend in powertrain shares can be seen in this graph:

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https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/02/sweden-hits-record-plugin-ev-share-of-49-4-in-june/
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"... majority of Vermonters have pickups, ..."
« Reply #638 on: July 07, 2021, 01:20:35 pm »

July 6, 2021 by Kit Norton

Scott calls electric ⚡ F-150 pickup a ‘game changer’

The battery powered ⚡ version of the bestselling Ford pickup truck will travel an estimated 300 miles on a single charge with a base price tag of $40,000.

100% ⚡ ELECTRIC

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Electric Fire Truck? Oh, Yes! 🌞
« Reply #639 on: July 11, 2021, 12:52:13 pm »
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July 10, 2021

Electric Fire Truck? Oh, Yes!

By Zachary Shahan

It’s great to see new sectors starting to seriously go ⚡ electric. And we’ve got another one that’s in that camp — ⚡ fire trucks.

Rosenbauer is moving toward production of an electric fire truck named “Revolutionary Technology,” and Volvo Penta has announced that it has now partnered with Rosenbauer to supply the powertrain.

“By adapting proven technology from Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses, Volvo Penta and its customer Rosenbauer have introduced the world’s first electric fire truck, with a completely new vehicle architecture. This project is a true example of Volvo Penta’s customer-focused evolutionary approach,” the company writes.

“We announced our emob partnership with Rosenbauer in 2019, and we have gone from concept to start of production in record time,” says Giorgio Paris, President of Volvo Penta Industrial. “This is a milestone in our electrification journey. We see a growing demand for electric solutions in the market today and – through collaboration and pilot projects, such as this one – we aim to meet this demand and the expectations of the future.”
So, look out — perhaps we will start seeing electric fire truck stories like all of the electric bus stories we love to write about.

The technology being used is not exactly new tech — it’s proven tech that is used elsewhere but has been adapted a bit for the unique size and needs of a fire truck. For example, 4 electric motors are used instead of the typical 3, yet in a relatively compact vehicle. “All four electric machines have to be able to run simultaneously – two for propulsion, one for the range extender to provide extra battery power, and one for electric power takeoff, if fire-fighters want to rotate the foam pump for example.” Volvo Penta also created a new Active Cooling Unit (ACU) in order to fit it into the compact space necessary in a fire truck, and the unit pulls 600V of power instead of the typical 24V in order to cool the truck as well as the battery.

Three of these fire trucks have already hit the streets. They are in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dubai — cities that have taken leadership positions in electric mobility before. “So far, the crews have been amazed at the RT’s battery capacity and the many other advantages of not having a large diesel engine – such as increase crew cabin space and more side panel storage,” the companies state. Here’s a German video on the topic that you may not be able to understand (unless you understand German) but includes great visuals nonetheless:


“We have developed strong working relationships with our customers over many years, which is key in the transformation towards more sustainable and new technology solutions,” Giorgio Paris says. “By working closely on different applications and in an array of sectors we can develop solutions – in a stepwise approach – that are reliable, safe, and create value, with the aim to bring an electromobility platform to our customers.”

With three on the road and working well — and making customers quite happy — the Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer are moving forward into the next step. “Now the first electric drivelines have entered the production stage at the Volvo Penta Vara plant in Sweden. Here the ACU is manufactured, and the system is kitted – loaded with software and packed together – to make installation as straightforward as possible for the customer.”
https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/10/electric-fire-truck-oh-yes/

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July 26, 2021 By Steve Hanley

Just For Fun — World’s Slowest ⚡ EV Drag Race


A drag race between 4 electric microcars is more fun than you might think.
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eWolf ⚡ Electric Tug
« Reply #641 on: July 30, 2021, 11:47:15 am »


July 29, 2021

By Mike Schuler

ABB to Supply Propulsion Package for Crowley’s First ⚡ Electric Tug

Illustration credit Crowley Maritime Corporation


ABB has been selected to provide the propulsion system for Crowley’s first ⚡ electric tug currently under development.

The tug, which Crowley calls eWolf in homage to its first tug, will be constructed at Alabama-based shipbuilder Master Boat Builders with delivery planned for mid-2023. Upon delivery, the the vessel will provide ship assist and escort services at the Port of San Diego, becoming the first all-electric, battery-powered harbor tug ever built and operated in the United States and only the third of its kind to enter operations worldwide.

Under a contract with MBB, ABB will supply the end-to-end electric propulsion system for emissions-free operations. The package will include a six-megawatt-hour energy storage system (ESS) for 70 short-tons of bollard pull. The battery allows the tug to complete a full day of typical work before there is a need to recharge.

According to ABB, the all-electric tug will have potential to eliminate the equivalent of over 100 cars worth of CO2 pollution per year and lower operational costs compared to 🦕 conventionally powered tugs of similar size.

“The eWolf’s innovative propulsion system and advanced control technology will provide a sustainable ship assist solution with increased safety and capabilities,” said Crowley’s Porter Sesnon, director, business development for ship assist and offshore services. “Crowley looks forward to working with ABB and Master Boat Builders to deliver this groundbreaking ship assist tug and to provide customers in San Diego with a zero-emission, high-performing vessel.”

In addition to systems integration, engineering and automation on the newbuilding, ABB will also supply its Onboard DC Grid™ power distribution system platform, enabling zero-emissions operations by using renewables as an energy source.

“At ABB, we are pioneering the adoption of electric, digital and connected technologies for greater sustainability in the Americas and globally, as well as helping shipowners deploy the automated systems that advance maritime safety,” said David Lee, Senior Account Manager – Commercial Vessels, ABB Marine & Ports.  “It is an honor to have been selected by Crowley – a company renowned for reliability in service provision, whose goals on the environment and safety align so closely with our own.”

The tug will also feature ABB’s Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision situational awareness solution and Ability™ Marine Control, which will enable maneuvering support and future remote operations. The full scope of supply also includes propulsion motors, low-voltage switchboards, transformers, li-ion batteries, mechanical L-drive thrusters and the ABB Ability™ Remote Diagnostics System for Marine for continuous equipment monitoring and predictive maintenance.
https://gcaptain.com/abb-to-supply-propulsion-package-for-crowleys-first-electric-tug/
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August 3, 2021

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What Do You Do With A ⚡ Tesla When You Leave For Vacation (For 1½ Months)?

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Vampire drain is a thing, especially with a Tesla. Tesla vehicles are extremely “connected,” and different activities can wake the car up and make it use energy. Sentry Mode is particularly energy intensive, especially if it’s being triggered a lot, and while I was definitely intent on turning it off and wouldn’t expect it to get triggered a lot in the garage anyway, I’m old enough to know that all kinds of things can happen and all kinds of things can be forgotten before leaving on a long trip.

So, one has to be sure to have multiple safeguards in place. (Note: I did turn Sentry Mode off, so didn’t suffer any electricity drain related to that while gone.) Similarly, “Cabin overheat protection” is a great feature, especially in Florida, since it prevents the car’s interior from getting swelteringly hot, which I assume also helps with the longevity of some interior elements, including the touchscreen.

Again, that can be turned off and I did turn it off since the car was just sitting in the dark garage for 6 weeks, but this feature is nested sort of deep in the Tesla options screens and it also could have been left on accidentally, which would certainly have used a lot of energy — even in the garage.

The point I’m making here is: when leaving a Tesla for a long time, in my opinion, it’s wise to include in your planning the possibility that your car will leak quite a bit of energy. Ideally, it doesn’t. But this is a possibility.

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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #643 on: August 11, 2021, 12:27:20 pm »


August 10, 2021

Hyundai plug-in hybrid, union-made EVs, Soul EV and Model 3 gone wild: Today’s Car News

Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid gets priced in the same territory as the RAV4 Prime. Two wild off-road builds of on-road electric cars go to show...
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1133185_hyundai-plug-in-hybrid-union-made-evs-soul-ev-and-model-3-gone-wild-today-s-car-news

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Agelbert NOTE: Though I normally would have posted this in "Fossil Fuel Propaganda Modus Operandi", I placed this here because it relates to ⚡ EVs. Please pass this on to anyone who thinks 🦕 Bruce Yandle, 🦕😈 Diana Furchtgott-Roth, 🐍 Katie Tubb, et al aren't lying, double talking mouthpieces for the 🦖 hydrocarbon hellspawn.

August 12, 2021




Biden’s ⚡ EV EO Triggers Organized Denial’s 🦖😈🦕🐘👿🐍 Anti-EV Responses


Last week, President Biden signed an Executive Order encouraging U.S. leadership in the clean car sector with a goal of half of all new car sales in the U.S. being zero-emission by 2030 . It took them a few days, but deniers seem to have assembled their response by cobbling together a mix of old lies, new misrepresentations, and bizarre logical fallacies. 

For example, a response that in any sane outlet might be praise for Biden’s plan was published in the Koch-funded RealClearEnergy as an attack: President Biden’s Electric Car Future is Union Made. 🦕 Bruce Yandle, a fellow at the 🦕😈 Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University, is upset that Biden invited three major U.S. car companies to attend the announcement because they were the largest employers of workers in the United Auto Workers union, and didn’t invite non-American companies with non-union workers to his event promoting good American jobs. 

Obviously, it’s no surprise that a 🦕 Koch crony is anti-union and anti-EV, unless you confuse organized labor with organized denial. 

Speaking of organized denial, while the once-Koch-funded Daily Caller has since basically given up on regular climate denial reporting, and its IPCC story was a straightforward rip-off of the AP’s “code red” coverage (sans any Koch-network denial quote, because no-pay, no-play, we assume). The Caller still occasionally publishes guest opinion pieces and ran one from 🐍 Charlotte Whelan of the (pro-Covid) Independent Women’s Forum and Steamboat Institute (which is hosting 🐍 Marc Morano and a slate of other rightwing pseudostars at an upcoming festival).

🐍 Whelan is also upset the White House invited union workers to its pro-union-jobs event, and adds (with a deliberately misleading citation) the claim that “it could take more than 15 years to recoup the upfront extra costs in fuel savings. The average American certainly can’t wait that long to ‘make back’ the additional upfront cost” But the work cited (an NRDC post based on a peer-reviewed study) doesn’t even measure how long it would take to recoup the upfront cost of an EV with cheaper charging and a more efficient propulsion system. The study did, however, use 15 years as the unit of measurement for a car’s life. So the calculations show that over an average 15-year lifespan of ownership, it can be almost $15,000 cheaper to go with an electric car. 

Over at the Koch-funded 🦖 Heritage foundation’s media arm, their policy analyst 🐍 Katie Tubb makes a similar claim about EVs being for rich people, which we’ve addressed before as part of their propaganda campaigns, as well as the old racist dog whistle about China.   

Finally, we get to a new name to us, 😈🦕 Diana Furchtgott-Roth, who wrote that Biden’s move was “costly and counterproductive” in the industry-funded Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. After a column defending the auto industry from 5G in January, and another in March with the phrase “nothing beats personal vehicles for social distancing.” Furchtgott-Roth makes similar points to the other professional disinformers in her most recent City Journal piece, but she also adds a particularly baffling claim that because “the United States has achieved energy security by becoming a net exporter of oil and natural gas,” then “mandating sales of electric vehicles would weaken that security.” 

But if exporting oil makes us stronger (by her logic) then wouldn’t having more of it to export because our own cars are using less of it be a good thing, that would make us stronger? 

Why would someone write something so inane and illogical, despite a byline that includes “former deputy assistant secretary for research and technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation” and “adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University?” Those are both legitimate organizations, not industry-funded disinformation operations!

Well it turns out that the DOT appointment was made by notoriously-bad-hiring-manager Donald 🦖 Trump , and prior to that, Furchtgott-Roth was an 😉 economist for the 🦖😈 American Petroleum Institute, proving once again that when someone says something stupid about EVs, it’s probably on purpose.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Ps. 97:11

 

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