If Electric Cars Are So Great, We Shouldn’t Need Warrants – Complete Colorado – Page Two

The minimum distance between the Earth and the Moon is 225,623 miles. I know this because my 1998 Honda Civic recently hit that mileage. I nicknamed the car “Luna”. But I do know that in a few years, Luna will make her last ride into the sunset. So what?

I like electric vehicles. I might buy one as my next car, depending on the price. I drove a Tesla once and loved it, but I’m just not going to drop that kind of money on a car. Honda has a small electric vehicle for sale in Europe; I will be interested to see the price of its 2024 American electric car. If electric vehicles are to become widespread, their price will have to come down.

Not so green after all

One problem is that electric cars rely on lithium for batteries. We don’t get that by magic incantations; we get it through heavy industrial processing. For some reason I thought Asia foreclosed on the lithium market, but in fact Australia and Chile both beat China for lithium production and reserves. A Nevada company has a long history of producing lithium. Several companies are looking to extract the metal from Utah salt pans. Of course, the success of these industries will largely depend on environmentalists not chasing them to death.

Energy guzzlers continue to dominate the market. Reuters points out that “less than 1% of the 250 million cars, SUVs and light trucks on the road in the United States are electric. Sales are increasing, however. The Automotive Innovation Alliance reports: “For the months of October through December [2021], electric vehicles accounted for 6% of overall light vehicle sales, the highest of any quarter to date. A downstream effect of Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine is rising gas prices.

Of course, the batteries do not recharge. Since electric cars get their power from gas-fired power plants, they are still fossil fuel cars. You can say “zero emissions” three times and click on your care if you wish; if the electricity comes from natural gas, it’s not zero emissions.

Bill Gates is building a nuclear power plant as a demonstration project in Wyoming; we’ll see how it goes. Colorado space scientist and all-rounder Robert Zubrin argues that if environmentalists hadn’t derailed nuclear power in the United States, we would have switched to zero-emission electricity decades ago. I don’t think we’ll ever get “Mr. Fusion” powered cars like in “Back to the Future,” but nuclear-powered electric vehicles via transmission lines sound pretty good to me.

Not everyone is sold

However, not everyone is sold on battery-powered cars. Hydrogen fuel cell cars have two main advantages: fast refueling and greater range. InsideEVs reports that, last year, hydrogen vehicles “reached a new all-time high of 3,341” sales. Right now it looks like battery cars are winning, but if we get next generation nuclear power plants going and we have a lot of electricity, maybe that will make hydrogen cars more viable. Basically, we’re talking about splitting water molecules to provide the fuel.

Now imagine that you are running a big business or building residential properties. You are a capitalist and you want to earn money. If you run a business, you might think that a great way to attract talent would be to install free electric car chargers at work. (Some stores offer free charging to attract customers.) If you’re building apartment buildings, you might be happy to sell access to on-site car charging stations.

Or perhaps, concerned about sky-high housing costs in Colorado and the resulting rise in homelessness, you’d rather build budget housing without the car chargers. Maybe you prefer to cater to the needs of home workers who aren’t as reliant on cars. Maybe your employees aren’t interested in charging their car at work, or maybe you just can’t afford to. Maybe in dense areas, people will start charging their cars overnight in dedicated parking lots. Perhaps as self-driving technologies improve, many people will ditch their personal cars in favor of a shared fleet. Perhaps hydrogen cars will become more popular.

Ideas so good they have to be mandated

The thing is, you might have good reason to provide your employees or residents with car charging stations, and you might not. The choice should be yours. But letting people find what’s best for them, interacting consensually in a free market, never seems to be good enough for Democrats. You must be forced. This brings us to Colorado House Bill 22-1218.

According to the summary, the bill “requires commercial buildings and multi-family residences to include electric vehicle charging for at least 10% of parking spaces if the building is 25,000 square feet or more or if the building is part of a a 40,000 square foot project. feet or more of floor space in more than one building, with a total of 25 or more sets of dwellings or commercial units among all buildings. These buildings must also have: Space in the electrical installations to increase the charging of electric vehicles to 50% of the parking spaces; and Conduit run to increase electric vehicle charging to 50% of parking spaces.

Look, we can have affordable housing, or we can have an endless stream of building mandates from Democrats. We cannot have both.

I say let people make their own decisions. My parking space, my choice.

Ari Armstrong writes regularly for Complete Colorado and has authored books on Ayn Rand, Harry Potter, and classical liberalism. He can be reached with ari at ariarmstrong dot com.

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