What people fail to realize is the fact that the push for Electric Cars is more about control than global warming or reduction of fossil fuels.
Electric Cars will soon become common place. Unleaded Motor Vehicle Fuel/Gas will become incredibly expensive. Soon it will be cheaper for the
middle and lower classes to switch to all electric vehicles. What will be interesting is that the range of these vehicles will not significantly
increase for quite some time.
Basically the lower and middle classes will have electric vehicles that have a very low range (50-150 miles) before needing a recharge. The Upper
classes will still drive gas guzzling fuel-powered vehicles with incredibly high ranges (400 miles or more). The middle and lower classes will also
be encouraged to switch to electric vehicles, most likely through a "cash for clunkers" type program to massively subsidize the cost of procuring
these vehicles. This will be utilized to do a few things.
1) Controlling the mobility of the population. Essentially restricting people to stay near their homes, as the mentality changes. If someone
attempts to go farther they will be forced to have to STOP and recharge in order to travel even more. This aids in monitoring and controlling
citizens. They already have cameras installed in most intersections and along the interstate in the US, all tied into centralized subservience
systems. This limited range of travel will make it even easier to contain the populous.
2) The Airline/Bus/Train line industries will actually benefit as people will have to pay to travel long distances instead of driving themselves. As
it will take too long to go 1000 miles if you have to drive 150 miles then recharge for a few hours, then drive another 150 miles, etc. Essentially
it will probably double the travel time anywhere. So what would previously take 15 hours to drive will take 30 or so hours when you include the need
to recharge. Not to mention require the cost of hotel stays for what was previously a 1 day drive.
3) The wealthy will have much more powerful vehicles with long ranges, but they will also be able to afford the $15/gallon or higher that it will cost
to fuel these vehicles, in addition to the "pollution tax" that they will pay on top of that for registering their gas guzzling SUVs or high range
4) The electric vehicles will also have a much lower top-end speed, and people will not travel at the top end speeds in order to maximize battery
life. If there is a "high speed" chase with law enforcement the battery would quickly deplete or the vehicles will be quickly disabled utilizing the
new black-boxes that will soon be mandated to be installed in all new vehicles.
5) Ultimately this all boils down to enriching a few wealthy individuals who at first suppressed this technology but now are pushing its'
implementation. Mainly due to the fact that they now own the mineral rights to a majority of the deposits of the metals needed to produce the
batteries, world-wide. Much of the big oil/coal/energy companies will profit directly from it, and it was pushed aside for decades to ensure that
they were properly positioned to maintain their profit and power with this "new" technology being pushed onto the masses.
Essentially we will be giving up much of our freedom of movement, as well as increasing the cost of bus/train/air travel, which will be required to
realistically go anywhere long-distance.
Just my opinions.
edit on 16-12-2010 by DJM8507 because: (no reason given)