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"“The projected needs for a big truck stop would equal that of a small town.” Italics added. This being about 5 megawatts of power per electric truck stop.

Now scale that up. Taking into account the fact that an electric big rig only goes about a fourth as far as a fully-fueled diesel-powered big rig and thus would need to stop three more times than a diesel-powered rig can travel without stopping, to travel the same distance. That means it would be necessary to build – and power – at least three times as many new “electrified” truck stops along the highways, in order to provide the power needed by electric big rigs to run the same distances as diesel-powered big rigs do without stopping.

And not just the stops but also the 5 megawatts each they’d need to actually be capable of powering up those electric big rigs. Where’s all that power going to come from?

“It’s not like plugging in a toaster,” explains Dave Mullaney – who leads analysis of electric trucking at the RMI energy research institute. “If you put 50 trucks somewhere, that is basically equivalent to a factory.”

And that’s the best case scenario. The real-world scenario is that the electric big rigs probably won’t go even 500 miles in between stops unless conditions are ideal. Warm – not hot and certainly not cold – and mostly flat, with steady-state cruising most if not all of the way.

How will they do on grueling uphill grades? Big rigs traveling cross-country often have to go up – and over – mountain ranges. As anyone who has driven an electric car already knows – if they will admit it – going uphill dramatically cuts into an EV’s touted best-case range. Imagine pulling 40 tons up a hill. How about in the bitter cold? Big rigs are often driven in subzero conditions, as from (or to) places like Minnesota or Chicago in the winter. Sub-zero conditions aren’t a problem for diesel-powered big rigs. They are a big problem for electric cars, which typically lose 20 percent of their range when it gets very cold.

How much will 20 percent less cost us? Keeping in mind that it means having to stop even more often – and wait, which costs truckers money. Or do you suppose the companies forced to run electric big rigs will eat that cost, rather than pass it on to us?

Of course, the cost will be prohibitive – which is just the point. Not to make us pay more, you see. That was the way things were done in the Before Time. In our time, the point is no longer to make more money. It is to make us make do with less by making what was formerly a taken-for-granted abundance into general scarcity.

But only for us."

- not for the Traitors in DC


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