May 12, 2016

Dear Kathleen Wynne: Electric cars “are unpopular for a reason”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Now Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeking approval for a plan to make more of us buy electric cars.

The trouble is, these cars are expensive ad unreliable. They're too small and "short range" to be of any use to your average family...


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commented 2016-05-13 10:21:30 -0400
Gawd….every time I come back to this page I have to look at Whinny’s face again. Yeesh.
commented 2016-05-13 10:00:56 -0400
First, electric cars are ‘unreliable’? Sorry. but I have to add a correction because this statement couldn’t be more wrong. Many studies and surveys have all come to the same conclusion. BEVs (NOT HYBRIDS) are far more reliable than ICE vehicles. Common sense dictates a vehicle with fewer moving parts is more reliable. My personal experience after driving a Nissan Leaf for over 5 years and talking with dozens of other EV drivers proves my two previous statements to be true.

That said, my second point is based on my experience driving an electric car. BEVs are awesome for commuting, errands, and short trips in a mixed urban/rural environment. They are ideally suited to city/suburb environments. They work best in moderate temperatures between 40-f. and 90-f. It is my personal opinion they are not ready for prime time in Canada. At least not yet, and maybe not for some time to come. As others here have stated ANY short range vehicle in a country with vast open stretches of road just doesn’t make sense. Electric vehicles, including plug-hybrids are also just not designed for towing anything. Also, forget about operating beyond very short hops in extremely cold weather (although I’ve driven my Leaf in -3f with no other problems). I absolutely love driving my Leaf. It’s a great car for the money. Would I love to have a Tesla, sure, but even with a Tesla, I stand by my previous statements.

Yes, the technology is getting better. Yes, I know EVs are very popular in the UK, Norway and Finland. However, we’re comparing apples and oranges here. Expanding your Canadian charging infrastructure in and around cities makes sense to support greater EV adoption in areas that probably suffer the highest air pollution. Otherwise, EVs don’t make sense for most Canadians.
commented 2016-05-13 09:20:30 -0400
Some of the wacky shit Wynne and her crew are floating lately is really starting to freak me out. Now there’s talk of getting the ENTIRE province off natural gas ENTIRELY. WTF? You can’t take this stuff lightly – they will actually try to implement this madness and since the electorate these days collectively has no spine … they may well make it happen. Just look at what they’ve done so far with respect to wind turbines. They really don’t give a shit what you think or say and you will be called upon to pay for it.
commented 2016-05-13 07:21:09 -0400
On the radio last week I heard that remaining hooked up to the power grid in Ontario is costs over $100/month, whether you consume power or not. In Florida, with the main breaker off, I pay less than $9 US/month when I’m not there.

My Quebec home, lit up most of the night and with AC running most of the summer, I pay about $145 with a 62-64 day billing period. The Ontario house, 30% smaller, costs more than that for 30 days.

Now, add in the cost of running an electric car in Ontario, plugging into that ever more expensive power grid, and the price of gas looks good compared to how long you can drive, regardless of the outside temperature.

BTW, how toxic is an electric car’s battery? Very. Where is Wynne’s environmental impact study? Or do idiotic plans pulled out of her butt become exempt.
commented 2016-05-13 06:17:30 -0400
In Florida those evil, big, bad, robber baron, for profit power companies charge a fraction of what the Hydro charges. Go figure.
commented 2016-05-13 06:04:40 -0400
As electricity prices keep rising, and the taxpayer subsidies to pay for wind generation keep growing, how will anyone be able to afford charging their car? Certainly the person with the Tesla or Porsche electric car wouldn’t give a hoot about the cost, possibly calling it a business expense.

Adding 1.7 million electric cars to the electrical grid might also mean an overloading of the system.

Isn’t it Wynne who wants everyone to reduce electrical consumption with the surplus power sold at rock bottom rates to the USA?

I don’t want an electric car for many reasons. I know how toxic and dangerous the battery can be. I know how expensive the disposal of such a battery is. I know that these batteries, at the extreme best, last seven years and then have to be replaces at great expense. I know that the range keeps getting shorter the colder the weather, and parking overnight outside can mean a dead car. I don’t want that.

I drive to and from my home in Quebec to my home in Ontario. We also drive to our condo in Miami. Just how can I do any of those rides in an electric car? I am exactly 620 KM between Quebec and Ontario homes, or one day driving, stop to charge over the next twelve hours, and then continue the drive. From either location I am 2450 KM from my condo. Where will I be able to plug in such a car in Florida, or points in between? A four day drive now becomes more than a week.

We have two Cadillacs and no interest in giving either up for a long time. Her car stays in Ontario, mine is used for driving long distances. Mine is a Quebec registration, hers is Ontario. The plan was to get rid of the Quebec residence, move completely to Ontario and keep the Florida condo. Ontario is starting to look very uninteresting with its kooky Wynne, idiotic Liberal government (which I can’t see being re-elected, but look at the past three elections), highest debt and almost the highest taxes.

Sadly, racist Quebec is starting to look like a more interesting place to reside.
commented 2016-05-13 05:02:36 -0400
I have made a similar post about Nutley, but if the shoe fits wear it.
Is this the face that closed a thousand plants?
commented 2016-05-13 01:19:41 -0400
Electric can’t pull a 12’ aluminum boat with a small kicker. They can’t pull a tiny trailer or a utility trailer,with a snowmobile. They can’t go into the bush. Canadians need machines for their lifestyle, not city toys.
commented 2016-05-12 23:26:02 -0400
This government gets loonier by the minute. How many stupid ideas can they come up with to spend our money. Unfortunately I see bankruptcy coming in the near future. No province or country can withstand such financial incompetency.
commented 2016-05-12 20:21:37 -0400
The picture of Whinny kinda does have the look of someone who knows the jig is up.
commented 2016-05-12 18:41:24 -0400
I love the idea of THEREBEL billboard across from Wynne’s office – as it affects Wynne and fellow travelers – but if you put one up with that sour puss on it, what about all the unfortunate people that will be forced to look at it every day before they go to work or something…you didn’t think about that, did you? Weaponized photography can cause serious trauma in people, and billboard sized…you want to turn downtown TO into Zombieville?

Oh…oops, it already is I guess, since it was the GTA that gave Wynne the majority…apparently.
commented 2016-05-12 17:55:19 -0400
Now that is a good mug shot for the next billboard of Wynnie!
commented 2016-05-12 16:14:23 -0400
The international Criminal Court are now charging people or organizations who make money, using Global Warming as a reason.
The Court now has proof that Global Warming is a myth.

Search You Tube for ‘Climate Cops Panic’ for confirmation. (Alex Jones and Monkton, Jones interrupts a lot)
commented 2016-05-12 15:29:33 -0400
Since man made global warming is a myth, this measure as well as the rest of the green energy plan are totally useless.
commented 2016-05-12 15:02:00 -0400
Wynne has been properly chastised for her waste of public money on private electric cars. It was poor policy from the start. I suggest she put a rebate on electrical battery powered e-bikes and scooters. A 10 per cent or perhaps a flat $200 rebate may be what is needed to get people out of their gas-powered cars and into electrical transportation. One car could alternatively help finance 150 – 200 e-bikes. That would still save millions of litres of gas now used in Ontario, which is the purpose of the electrical car rebate in the first place.
commented 2016-05-12 13:35:02 -0400
Since we’re on the subject of electricity, Wynne should have electro-shock therapy because she is obviously unhinged.
commented 2016-05-12 12:57:43 -0400
Well…that’s another nail in that coffin Wynne can’t seem to get out of.

Of course, forcing people to buy electric cars, which are really pricing to begin with, is just going to indebt everyone that much more. People can take public transit, I suppose, provided it’s working and safe. Or everyone can buy one of those cool Teslas. Yeah, they are quite the car – and the entry-level model is a lot cheaper now. But the waiting list to get one is already over seven months, and will only get longer.

So, I guess no one will have a car, unless the government just buys everyone a car. Yeah, what a great idea. Buy everyone an electric car. How about whole neighbourhoods sharing one electric car. What a great idea. People can just take turns driving this one car. It’ll be great, just like that “two soldiers, one rifle” plan the Soviets had during WW2. That went well.