Energy Minister Chris ‘Blackouts’ Bowen promises cheaper EVs, so it must be true!

Will that be before or after the promised $275 pa reduction in power bills, Chris?

Rental car giant Hertz is planning to offload about one-third of its global EV fleet.

The offloading of about 20,000 of its EVs in the US will cut the company’s global EV fleet by roughly one-third, Hertz said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The rental car giant said it would allocate funds it gets from selling the vehicles toward purchasing more internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, “to meet customer demand.”

It cited weaker demand for EVs and their higher purchasing, operating, and repair costs. The escalating cost of insurance premiums has also become an issue.

“The Company expects this action to better balance supply against expected demand of EVs,” Hertz said. “This will position the Company to eliminate a disproportionate number of lower-margin rentals and reduce damage expense associated with EVs.”

One of the funniest stories I’ve read in recent months related to EVs – and it wasn’t even meant to be funny! The article was in the Daily Telegraph and was headed: “So Happy I Switched to Electric Car.”

The article was obviously meant to promote the superiority of EVs compared to ICE vehicles and read as follows: ‘Marketing consultant Philip Shelper traded his VW Golf for a BYD Atto electric SUV12 months ago and has no regrets.

Philip then went on to recount his recent drive from Sydney to Mullumbimby on the far north coast of NSW – a 16-hour, 1500+ kms return drive.

He said, “Charging wasn’t a problem. I never had to wait more than 15-20 minutes to get a charger and the car charged from 25% to 100% in less than an hour, so it worked out really well.”

Apparently, waiting around for 1+ hours at each charging facility is doing “really well”!

He didn’t say how many times he had to stop to charge the battery – but I’m guessing at least twice each way – and he didn’t say how far he had to drive off the direct route in order to find a charging station?

He also didn’t mention why he felt it was necessary to recharge the battery when it still had a 25% charge? Presumably it was an understandable case of ‘range anxiety’ given you never know if a charger is actually working until you get to a charging station.

So, I guess if you don’t mind sitting around for up to 5 hours, as in the case above, waiting for a charger to become available and then actually charging your battery, plus the added inconvenience of locating and then driving off-route to a charging station – then an EV is the perfect choice.

However, I think I will stick with my petrol-driven vehicle as it would have required just 2 fuel stops and 20 minutes re-fueling time for that trip to Mullumbimby and back – with no inconvenient diversions finding a service station.

People are finally waking up to the truth about EVs. They’ve recognised the high level of time-wasting and frustration, plus the cost of buying, servicing/repairing them and, most importantly, the danger of lithium-ion batteries catching fire in their garages or apartment buildings. Fires that produce toxic fumes and take hours to extinguish.

Virtue-signalling gets a bit thin when you have to put up with all this nonsense. Then there’s the question of how much have you contributed to reducing global warming?

The answer to that is very simple – bugger all, because Australia only produces just over 1% of human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, so nothing we do will make any real difference, as advised by Australia’s former Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

Also, the energy required to produce EVs and EV batteries and then to recharge the batteries emanates primarily from fossil fuels, so where’s the benefit?

Clearly, if people are motivated to buy an EV in order to ‘save the planet’ they should think again because it’s a totally false assumption.