Electric car promoters can’t answer the simple questions

A $35000 electric car you throw away after five years? Mass insanity is not always simple to detect, but surely even the most dull of intellects would have to be suspicious concerning the West’s intemperate rush to embrace electric vehicles.

Leaving aside the multitude of peripheral issues, the two major questions the promoters of electric vehicles have not answered are:

  1. where is the power coming from, and
  2. what does one do when the battery is spent?

The answer to question one is that in New Zealand, there is no real route to the production of more power other than the importation of more coal. Which of course defeats the purpose of electric cars. We are only buying them to reduce CO2 emissions, but have to burn more CO2 producing coal to power them.

The answer to question two is a little more complex but just as unsatisfactory. If you bought an electric car five years ago the battery is probably near enough to spent by now. This means the car you paid big bucks for is practically worthless.

The EV industry itself says the cost of a replacement battery is around $30,000. An amount that is probably far more than you would have paid for petrol over the same period. (road user charges and taxes not included).

However, an Australian company claims it can import EV’s from China with a 500 kilometre range for $35,000 per car. Broadcaster Alan Jones asked the importer what would happen when that battery went flat, and was told the car and battery would probably just be junked.

When Jones asked how all of these cars and their toxic batteries would be disposed of, an important question considering the environmental impact, the importer had no answer.

Too many questions unanswered yet we’re rushing towards EV’s like lemmings rush off a cliff. Watch the video above and see how the electric car industry is all about buy buy buy now, but so appallingly careless concerning the overall logic and long term outcomes.

Credit to Alan Jones for asking the hard questions. The importer’s stammering halting and inadequate responses, that really amount to no more than unproven assertions do nothing to build confidence in his industry. Knowing the real motivation for this sudden insanity, one is reminded of a quote attributed  to Vladimir Ilich Lenin way back in 1920 or so.

“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”




  • Good lord. Who on earth put him in front of the cameras? Understandable stuttering though as he really didn’t have anywhere to go.


    • Funny how he takes his cap off half way through. As if he suddenly decided maybe it wasn’t a good idea to associate his company with such a train-wreck interview.


  • Alan Jones doing a good job here.

    Of course all the guest is really interested in is bring in Chinese junk vehicles into Australia. Is it a good idea to allow the Chinese to do to the automotive industry what they have done to consumer electronics – turn them into items that break by design and need replacing every 3 years?

    Note the tactic of the guest, when you have no argument simply declare a reality: “the world is electrifying”.
    Well is it? Certainly for some areas if it makes economic sense. But for general private vehicles, not yet, and probably not without some breakthrough battery technology that allows high energy density and less resource usage.
    And of course NZ (and he ‘greens’) have pretty much declined every new hydro project in the last 25 years.
    Look at the mix, we used to provide a high end of the 80% range via hydro.


    • One of the things they seldom talk about but is really quite important is the difference in power to weight ratio of diesel / petrol and batteries. Forget the exact figure now, but its many times to the advantage of liquid fuel. Most of the charge in a battery is spent carrying its own weight around.


      • Yes, very true. One advantage of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles, with the cell generating the electricity. Dont need to carry around so much battery, just a small one for a buffer. Although you would probably need nuclear fission or maybe one day fusion to generate the electricity to create the H2 because of the inefficiency there.
        I think the dark horse in the shorter term is a mass production method for carbon fibre being acheived. Once that is possible the weight of a vehicle would come down enough to make 80mpg using an ICE perfectly possible.