This past weekend, my hubby and I were watching TV (pretty rare for us), and he tuned in to the NHK World program, an English feature of the Japanese network NHK. They had a very interesting program dealing with how technology helps Japan deal with the many natural disasters they face, living on the Ring of Fire. They showed a special floodgate that can redirect flood waters with no human assistance. And they spoke with a Japanese farmer who told how he dealt with the inability to use his cellular phone, in the aftermath of a big earthquake that knocked out all power to his area for weeks.
This put me in mind of how bad his situation would have been if his only transportation had been an electric vehicle. If the power goes out to your neighborhood, or your entire city for longer than a day or two, you might be stranded. Your “vehicle” would be nothing more than a big lump of toxic waste (think how hard it will be to recycle that huge battery) sitting in your driveway, or your barn. What about the city which prohibits any but electric vehicles in its limits? What happens if that city is flooded with 6 feet of muddy water? Needless to say, all the electric vehicles would be deathtraps, and totally useless for evacuation. And all those people would have no way out.
Just look at what happened to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year. In February, many people there were still without power! Those people can get power with gas-powered generators-fossil fuels! If they had had electric cars, those would have been totally useless.
Many political units have already stated that they will be prohibiting “fossil-fuel” vehicles within the next 10-20 years. I know for a fact that their desire to “go green”, and to force their citizens to do so, was not thought through very well. And my prediction is that it will not happen in 20 years, nor in 40 years. They will discover that mandating electric vehicles would be a very poor policy, and cause more undesirable effects than beneficial effects. Oh, and it would be absolutely useless in “saving the planet”, since the planet is bigger than they are, and not in need of saving. Citizens can stock up on gasoline to prepare for a possible disaster. They can’t stock up on electricity.