>”Nisbet shows that billions of dollars have been spent by ‘green’ billionaires trying to push their renewables and EV agenda”
Their agenda…to make the world a better place? To make cars cleaner and more efficient? Why should I be against that?
>”EVs are a tiny portion of world cars, largely because of poor range and recharge performance.”
Because it’s 2018, not 2080. Things don’t stay the same, technology least of all. Remember when only a small percentage of people had smartphones? The new SUV and pickup truck from Rivian have battery options up to 180kwh, for a range of 400 miles per charge. The new Tesla Roadster has a 600 mile range.
This shows the barrier is no longer technological, we have batteries that are up to the task, they just cost too much. But the rapidly spreading mega battery factories around the world are bringing the cost down at an unprecedented rate. We’re already down to under $250/kwh and anaylsts project we’re only a few years away from $100/kwh, the point where an EV with a 200 mile range will cost the same as a gas powered vehicle of the same time.
>”putting more than a handful on the grid requires multi-trillion dollar grid upgrades and building of LOTS more power plants.”
Good thing the switch won’t happen all at once. As more people drive EVs, the grid will be improved in parallel at a gradual pace.
>”EVs also have limited temperature tolerance.”
So do gas vehicles. People just generally don’t notice because of the high energy density of gas. But with ranges of 400–600 miles, the same will be true of EVs. Except they have the benefit of always starting up in the cold, whereas gas engines often won’t turn over.
>”And the rare earths required for such vehicles come from places where there are no human rights for workers, no environmental protections, and often children are put into the mines…kind of like Dickensonian times”
This is also true of gas vehicles manufactured in China and is a problem generally afflicting tech, not just electric cars. As for rare earth metals, it is now possible to build motors without them: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214993715000032
Several manufacturers are implementing this technology to reduce rare earth metal usage by 50–80%, with the intention of eventually phasing them out entirely: https://drivesncontrols.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/5795/Researchers_say_they_can_cut_rare-earth_use_in_motors_by_80_25.html
>” — you can feel morally superior to conventional cars and their drivers. Feeling good now?”
This really gets to the heart of the matter. You’re concerned people will feel good about themselves, and don’t want that to happen. Why? What went wrong in your life to make you this way? At the end of the day, what is actually wrong with cleaner, more efficient technology? Just the danger that somebody, somewhere might be happy while you’re miserable?