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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ELON MUSK. PROMOTER? HUCKSTER? TESLA BATTERY-ELECTRIC CARS PRODUCE MASSSIVE AMOUNTS OF CO2. BATTERY-ELECTRIC CARS VS FUEL CELL CARS.

It turns out that Elon Musk's batteries in his battery-electric Tesla cars generate as much CO2 as driving a gasoline-powered car for eight years. This disaster has been revealed by a study funded by the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency. Anthony Watts reported this on June 20 (see: Tesla Car Battery Production Releases as Much CO2 as 8 Years of Gasoline Driving).




Elon Musk seems to be little more than a phony businessman. Peter Thiel made Musk rich. Successive congresses have made Musk far, far richer by subsidizing his Tesla and SpaceX businesses.

Musk never engineered anything himself. Musk seems to be a promoter, a con man, merely. Yet, Musk gives celebrity cache to the electric car and his Tesla brand. That seems to be fueling unwarranted interest in electric cars.

The electric car is late 1800s folly. The fuel cell car is a 21st century advance.

BATTERY-ELECTRIC CARS


Battery-electric cars are old, failed technology. The vastly superior, mass-produced internal-combustion-engine put the electric car out of business by the end of the 19th century.

An inferior battery-electric car needs a massive battery to store electricity. Electricity powers a motor.

Battery-electric cars suffer from crippling range limits. You can drive only so far a battery charge. Batteries are too heavy. As well, charging takes a long time.

Musk's supercharger for the Tesla Model S requires 30 minutes to give you only 170 miles in range.

Cold-weather cripples battery-electric cars. Musk and his battery-electric car friends keep this truth from you.

Batteries perform best around 100 °F. However, when temperatures fall below zero, batteries begin to fail. The charge amount drops along with the rate at which batteries can supply that charge to a motor.  Battery-electric cars can take twice as long to charge in cold weather.

And if you turn on the heat while driving in winter, the heating system will decrease the range of your battery-electric car.


FUEL CELL CARS


The superior fuel cell car gets free oxygen taken from the free air and combines that with safe hydrogen onboard to generate electricity in real-time. Electricity powers a motor.

In a fuel cell car, hydrogen is an energy store. Hydrogen is not an energy source.

Oxygen and hydrogen produce only water and heat. Fuel cell cars are zero-emissions.

Hydrogen can come from a variety of fuels. Even methane from sewage can get turned into hydrogen.

The most common hydrogen source is natural gas. Americans are the number one producers of natural gas. Our neighbors to the north, the Canadians, are the number three producers (see: Natural Gas by Country).

Fuel cell cars lack range limits since fuel cell cars work alike to internal combustion engine cars. Simply, you add more hydrogen fuel as needed. You can drive over 300 miles and refuel in about three minutes with a fuel cell car.

It is the lack of fueling infrastructure and vehicle production that holds back fuel cell cars from mass adoption.