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January 31, 2011
Electrifying electric car news
As James Lewis noted, even liberals are beginning to express doubts about basic liberal delusions. The latest is Charles Lane of the Washington Post, who was literally hit by cold reality during Washington's seemingly unusual snowy winter. (What? It snows in Washington? Must be global warming.) Stuck for six hours in traffic during a recent snowstorm it dawned on him
I counted my blessings. The situation could have been worse, I realized: My fellow commuters and I could have been trying to make it home in electric cars, like the ones President Obama is constantly promoting, most recently in his State of the Union address.
And why is this?
It is a basic fact of physical science that batteries run down more quickly in cold weather than they do in warm weather, and the batteries employed by vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt are no exception.
Oh dear, that darned "basic fact of physical science" strikes again! Surely the Democrats can pass a law deeming basic facts that interfere with liberal delusions illegal and all will be right with the world.
Quoting from a pro-electric car site, the carelectric.com , Lane learns
When the temperature drops the chemical reactions happen more slowly and the battery cannot produce the same current that it can at room temperature. A change of ten degrees can sap 50% of a battery's output. In some situations the chemical reactions will happen so slowly and give so little power that the battery will appear to be dead when in fact if it is warmed up it will go right back to normal output. . . .
Uh oh! And that's not all.
Wait, there's more!
Oh sure, cars ran out of gas during the traffic tie up. But as Lane bravely admits
Shocking! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
And of course electric cars are much more expensive--even with massive tax subsidies. What to do? Lane falls back on the usual liberal nostrums--higher taxes, government dictates
In the meantime, with much of the Muslim oil producing world aflame, "Drill baby, drill!"
"Drill here, drill now! Drill!"