Avishai Abrahami Co-founder and CEO of Wix (our website host) has asked us to "stand in support" of Ukraine who is under attack from Russia' president Vladimir Putin. Always ready to serve those in need, of course my first impulse was to say, "Hell Yea!" then I heard how our leaders in DC responded with "Hell no!"
It seems the leaders in DC want us to support Ukraine by spending more money at the gas pump. They want to break our financial backs by cutting off the United States dependence on Russia's oil. I'm 100% in favor of cutting the cord of dependence on Russia. But then I head that those in DC do not want the USA to produce our own oil. They see this as a great opportunity to voluntarily force everyone to Electric cars. Can you say Green New Deal? In other words, they want American's to willingly suffer at the pumps until the government figures out how to get America 100% dependent on electricity. Haven't we sacrificed enough over the past two and a half years? Didn't we willingly suffer and comply with every unrealistic expectation that tested our minds and broke our children's hearts? I wonder how much the American people can take, but I wonder even more how much they are willing to give away.
There are many problems I see with this shift away from gas and toward electric and I'm just a dumb therapist:
First you have to understand what defines an electric car. According to USA Facts website there are 3 types of electric cars: Hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and all-electric
Hybrid electric cars (HEV's) recharge their electric battery as they drive while using GASOLINE. They don't need to plug in, but they need gas to run in order to recharge and use the battery while the vehicle stops at red lights and idols.
Plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEV's) have a bigger battery that allows them to travel on energy pulled from the battery. They also can be recharged while running on gasoline, but if you have the time (12-24 hours) to charge them, you can run primarily on electric. But, keep gas in the the reservoir just in case the batteries dies.
All-electric cars (EV's) rely on charging stations in your home and along the road to keep the batteries charged. No charging station, no recharge and you're parked on the side of the road waiting for the car battery to recharge. This is the worst case scenario because these batteries also are the largest batteries of the three and can require up to 48 hours to get a full charge.
2. Who can afford an electric car? According to Wallet Genius, "The average price for a brand new EV is roughly $55,000. That’s considerably higher than the average four-door sedan, which runs about $35,000, according to Kelly Blue Book." Most people who have a poor credit score, limited income, or can't afford to purchase a new car during these turbulent times will hold onto their gas guzzler and will take less trips to the pump.
3. What happens when the grid is shut down? If you live in California, you are very familiar with the "rolling black outs" that come as a part of the move toward electric. We don't have infrastructure on the freeways and roads and so recharging stations remain far-and-few to find. If we plug our electric cars into our homes, we must upgrade to a 220 volt output or the charging time can double. If there is a rolling blackout (common during the summer and winter peek seasons), or other catastrophic reason why our electricity is shut off (a car crashing into and knocking down a pole or a fire burning up a generator or transmitter) we can end up with an expensive brick in the driveway. Can you imagine someone calling in to work saying, "I can't come to work because my car battery is dead."
4. Are we ready to go green? My concern with going all green right now is we are not ready to cut gas out of our lives. We don't have the means to do it without causing much distress and danger. Even if we stop production of all oil on our own lands we will still be dependent for our oil on someone else.
5. Only the wealthy have all-electric cars. They can afford to upgrade their homes to support the expensive chargers to be installed into their garages which cost anywhere from $1,000-$4,500 (plus labor). This does not take into consideration the elevated cost of electricity once you start charging you car every night for 8-12 hours. I had a swimming pool and running the electric cleaning broom for 2-4 hours 3x a week elevated my electric bill $400 a month. I can't afford a pool and I certainly can't afford a charging station in my home.
6. Also, repairs, registration, and insurance is much cheaper with a gas vehicle than with an Electric car. According to Motor Biscuit, an electric car battery can cost up to $6,000 and may last from 3-5 years.
So, yes, I wholeheartedly support the Ukrainian effort to stand up against tyranny. I also wish we'd not show our support by doing harm to the most underprivileged, under-financed, and financially needy here in the USA.