Lithium batteries have a sordid history of lighting fire and producing dangerously rapid immolations. We reported just the other day about a Tesla battery fire that killed two Florida teens. Readers might recall that Boeing’s state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner was grounded shortly after being introduced because ot’s battery packs continued to be set ablaze.
Now, Connecticut is sidelining its entire fleet of lithium battery-powered public buses after a massive fire destroyed one of its expensive vehicles.
An entire fleet of Democrat-approved electric buses has been pulled from service.
Why? Well, turns out lithium batteries aren’t always the safest. pic.twitter.com/6qVuMZRSJ0
— Michael Austin (@mikeswriting) July 27, 2022
I don’t know about you, but between the environmentally hazardous mining operation to procure the rare earth minerals, charging these vehicles at stations powered by burning fossil fuels, and observing a disturbingly black cloud waft into the air, I can’t be entirely sure this electric vehicle hype is deserved. I can’t be the only one.
Most amazingly, this story ends where it began: With an insatiable, balls-to-the-wall hyperfocus on more green vehicles. Responding to the disaster and subsequent benching of all electric buses until safety inspections have taken pace, the Independent Journal Review noted that climatistas refuse to yield on their eco-communist fervor:
“In a hilariously ironic twist, only one day prior to the Saturday fire, state officials gathered together in New Haven, Connecticut, to “boost the success of the Clean Air Act that would restrict diesel vehicles and increase electric cars in the state.”
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“In addition to the electric state-run buses, public school buses will also shift to electric models, according to the governor’s statement,” CT Insider reported.
“The Clean Air Act will also prohibit the procurement of diesel-powered buses after 2023.”
There is no “I” in quit for these folks.
As mentioned, there is no shortage of horror stories for users of electric, so-called “green” vehicles. I wrote about that at The Blue State Conservative and discussed just a few major issues presented in just a short window of time.
“Even if the charging stations were wind and solar powered (ha!), that doesn’t begin to address the continuing problems plagued by EV cars and trucks. Last January, Virginia was nailed by a wicked winter storm. The resulting blizzard left a highway of disabled cars, whose passengers relied on the heat from running the engines. A not-so-insignificant issue arose for EV owners. What happens after their batteries die?
To test out the viability of electric vehicles, there was then the story from a Wall Street Journal Reporter who rented an EV for a cross-country trip to see how the experience would stack up compared to a similar trip powered by a combustion engine. The result was that, in the reporter’s words, they waited longer to charge cars than they did even to sleep. Between the need for frequent stops, long charge times, and out-of-the-way trips just to find a station, the entire road trip was a failure.
There was then the “loss” that Ford’s newest EV truck embarrassingly suffered during a bout against one of GM’s standard gas-powered trucks. After just 100 miles into the competition, the Ford truck had to bow out due to abject failure.”
Hailey Sanibel fiercely loves freedom. She equally detests evil and stupidity, both of which are out of control in the modern world. She is a regular contributor at The Blue State Conservative.