Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 1

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.

 

Stranded BEVs

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.

Read Achille Heal of Battery-Powered Vehicles Part 2

The book, Net-zeroCarbon, The Climate policy Destroying America, discusses the strategic implications of replacing ICE vehicles with BEVs.

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7 Replies to “Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 1”

  1. Great article. Those Florida electric cars should be required to have a sun roof. That way, after they their batteries go dead, then they can erect a mast and sail apparatus to keep the cars moving. And the best part is — it will work day and night because hurricane winds blow day and night.

  2. Or, what happens when a large traffic accident shuts down a major Interstate both ways for 24 hours in winter, as happened last week along I-95 south of Washington, DC?

    Or what happens when a collapsed pile of construction dirt collapses and blocks I-495 trapping several hundred cars on Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River overnight as happened a few years ago?

    Or what happens when…(Fill in your own experience)?

    I would not be surprised to find that everyone reading your articles, Donn, has an experience where BEVs will create a disaster out of an annoyance.

    • I suspect you are right. A great many people already understand the Achilles heel of battery powered vehicles.
      But it’s not just passenger cars. Next week I’ll examine how restoring power after a hurricane will be affected.

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