- Jul 2, 2011
It failed because coal was obsolete junk propped up by lobbying and tobacco style marketing campaigns.This is the only glimpse of objective reality that you seem to be willing to recognize in your EV evangelism.
You liken ICE inferiority/EV superiority to the fall of coal energy, when the only reason that coal is no longer a viable technology is because the government for all intents and purposes banned it. We have virtually infinite stockpiles of coal and the plants were very cheap to produce and operate, without much major pollution in their later designs save for harmless carbon dioxide. The government created various laws specifically targeting coal energy to destroy the market while simultaneously massively subsidizing inferior technology that otherwise couldn't sustain itself on the market like ethanol, solar, and wind, and then pretend like that demonstrates its a superior technology. Its simply a matter of big government artificially creating winners and losers, and on some level you seem to recognize that now with the banning of ICE.
Example, court filings reveal some of those groups paid for misinformation campaigns and shaping regional politics in favor of protecting obsolete incumbent business:
Right now it's such a glaringly obvious matter that even corrupt lobbying can save that boondoggle.
The obsolete ICE technology is going away, that part is an obvious fact, how fast it does is the question, and many governments are not interested in delaying it.tl;dr: If ICE were inherently inferior and EV superior, then allow the market to decide and end any and all EV subsidies immediately and there would be no need to ban or regulate ICE into forced extinction.
Aside from the fact that many civilized nations are not anti-science, they also don't wanna wait for their auto industry to collapse and lose out to the competition, especially the upcoming Chinese invasion of EVs.
This wisdom does not exist in America - more on that below - but Europe will certainly put pressure on their manufacturers to keep up, despite protestations of companies like Mercedes and BMW. Ironically for VW the diesel scandal was a blessing in disguise when it comes to EVs, they'll probably make it because they themselves were lobbying for EU nations to not relax emissions rules now.
Down here the companies operate on the dim-witted wisdom of "quarterly" Wallstreet results, the executives don't really care where Ford of GM is going long-term as long as they get their golden parachutes. A bankruptcy for them is a good way to shed responsibilities anyway - just like Murray did with coal miner pensions - so who cares right?
I had a laugh earlier when someone mentioned bailouts not being a sign of a company's failure but just a "creative accounting" process, let that bizarre self immolating logic sink for a minute considering the above: In the mind of a crooked executive this is indeed true, who gives a shit about the average Joe? The system is working as intended, fail on the taxpayer's dime all you like!
When some of the grunts think the way that executive does, a self-inflicted lack of self worth, that just takes the cake lol, but here we are.