The #1 reason for EVs was to untie the global economy from dependence on oil. The last 5 recessions have been in part triggered by high oil prices. It isn’t a right wing or left wing issue. BOTH parties have tried to make changes. 9 presidents in a row (we are still waiting for Trump) over the last 50 years, have stated we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is too easy to corner the FF market. The EPA and fuel standards were literally in part designed to address the issue. It isn’t like it isn’t a known problem. We just keep putting it off for one excuse or another.
We had -zero- for a realistic answer to the situation and no one was working on a solution. The federal policy was aiming for -2030- for a cost competitive equivalent performance EV, and which short cycled is 4 generations of vehicles that is -fast-, and you can’t speed it up a whole lot. Speeding it up increases the cost significantly and it doesn’t mean it will happen any faster. 2050 we -might- be able to have an all-electric fleet. There are too many corner cases.
I don’t think anyone in the US wants to have another recession or pay for another trillion dollar global economy bail out or in the case of hydrogen pay for yet another multi-trillion dollar infrastructure. . In part the last skyrocket in prices was caused by higher demand in china and india who have massively growing economies. It is in our best interest to keep them from basing their entire economies around FFs because they are a limited resource. It is too easy to drive the price up by cornering the market.
There are literally like 12 reasons for supporting the policy. Things like individual energy independence, trade deficit, foreign energy independence, technology development, environment, etc.
There just isn’t another realistic alternative.
In some cases, yes, but it is a shrinking area. NG is now the #1 source of electric generation in the US. RE has grown, non-hydro electric generation is 10% of the electric mix now. NG actually works well with RE, and avoided the need to wait for battery storage to drop in price. Batteries -can- be cost effective today for storage, but it is mainly avoiding line charges.
Second most utility by-laws require 7-10 years for companies and technology to be demonstrated as viable before they can buy it.
Yes and no. The electric is far more efficient, and it gets a huge boost from regenerative braking. The energy density of batteries isn’t nearly as good as petro. I suspect this will change in about 5-6 years. But, you have several problems and they are being worked on simultaneously. You have cost of batteries, time to charge, charging infrastructure and electric infrastructure, charging interfaces, battery technology, packing of cells, motor technology and motor controllers, etc. Then you have to recover the R&D costs, manufacturing overhead costs for new facilities, etc which is why 2030 was the goal to have a cost competitive equivalent EV.
There is just no “easy” button. believe it or not, it was the cheapest, easiest and most comprehensive solution.