…Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 1…
Is charging battery-powered vehicles (BEVs) merely a nuisance? Or is it something more serious? Here is a scenario that needs to be considered:
Evacuations ahead of hurricanes
Every year the states along the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast are threatened by hurricanes.
Every year there will almost certainly be a hurricane that will threaten one of these states and evacuations will be required of those living near the ocean.
There would be hundreds, if not thousands of BEVs stranded along the highways and roads.
Where would the people go who had to abandon their BEVs as the hurricane approached?
An ICE vehicle that ran out of gas can have the gas brought to the car to get it moving again, so that it’s not abandoned. But a stranded BEV has to be towed to the charging station.
While the above photo is from Florida, many locations along the Gulf and east coasts will have comparable, and possibly more dangerous conditions. Think of evacuating people from the barrier islands of North and South Carolina across a limited number of bridges. Or from Galveston Texas inland, competing with the evacuation traffic from Houston.
BEVs could become a death trap and are totally unsuited for conditions such as these.
And what happens after the hurricane has severely damaged the electric grid?
Part 2 will discuss recovering from a hurricane with battery-powered vehicles.
The book, Net-zeroCarbon, The Climate policy Destroying America, discusses the strategic implications of replacing ICE vehicles with BEVs.
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