Are we really going to be a nation of electric vehicles? 

Dr. Jay Lehr & Tom Harris

The utility companies have thus far had little to say about the alarming cost projections to operate electric vehicles (EVs) or the increased rates that they will be required to charge their customers. It is not just the total amount of electricity required, but the transmission lines and fast charging capacity that must be built at existing filling stations. Neither wind nor solar can support any of it.

 Electric vehicles will never become the mainstream of transportation!  

In part 1 of our exposé on the problems with electric vehicles (EVs), we showed that they were too expensive, too unreliable, rely on materials mined in China and other unfriendly countries, and require more electricity than the nation can afford.

In this second part, we address other factors that will make any sensible reader avoid EVs like the plague.

EV Charging Insanity  

In order to match the 2,000 cars that a typical filling station can service in a busy 12 hours, an EV charging station would require 600, 50-watt chargers at an estimated cost of $24 million and a supply of 30 megawatts of power from the grid. That is enough to power 20,000 homes. No one likely thinks about the fact that it can take 30 minutes to 8 hours to recharge a vehicle between empty or just topping off. What are the drivers doing during that time?

ICSC-Canada board member New Zealand-based consulting engineer Bryan Leyland describes why installing electric car charging stations in a city are impractical:

“If you’ve got cars coming into a petrol station, they would stay for an average of five minutes. If you’ve got cars coming into an electric charging station, they would be at least 30 minutes, possibly an hour, but let’s say it’s 30 minutes. So that’s six times the surface area to park the cars while they’re being charged. So, multiply every petrol station in a city by six. Where are you going to find the place to put them?”

The government of the United Kingdom is already starting to plan for power shortages caused by the charging of thousands of EVs. Starting in June 2022, the government will restrict the time of day you can charge your EV battery. To do this, they will employ smart meters that are programmed to automatically switch off EV charging in peak times to avoid potential blackouts.

In particular, the latest UK chargers will be pre-set to not function during 9-hours of peak loads, from 8 am to 11 am (3-hours), and 4 pm to 10 pm (6-hours). Unbelievably, the UK technology decides when and if an EV can be charged, and even allows EV batteries to be drained into the UK grid if required. Imagine charging your car all night only to discover in the morning that your battery is flat since the state took the power back. Better keep your gas-powered car as a reliable and immediately available backup! While EV charging will be an attractive source of revenue generation for the government, American citizens will be up in arms.

Used Car Market  

The average used EV will need a new battery before an owner can sell it, pricing them well above used internal combustion cars.

The average age of an American car on the road is 12 years.  A 12-year-old EV will be on its third battery. A Tesla battery typically costs $10,000 so there will not be many 12-year-old EVs on the road. Good luck trying to sell your used green fairy tale electric car!

Tuomas Katainen, an enterprising Finish Tesla owner, had an imaginative solution to the battery replacement problem—he blew up his car! New York City-based Insider magazine reported (December 27, 2021):

“The shop told him the faulty battery needed to be replaced, at a cost of about $22,000.  In addition to the hefty fee, the work would need to be authorized by Tesla…Rather than shell out half the cost of a new Tesla to fix an old one, Katainen decided to do something different… The demolition experts from the YouTube channel Pommijätkät (Bomb Dudes) strapped 66 pounds of high explosives to the car and surrounded the area with slow-motion cameras…the 14 hotdog-shaped charges erupt into a blinding ball of fire, sending a massive shockwave rippling out from the car…The videos of the explosion have a combined 5 million views.”

We understand that the standard Tesla warranty does not cover “damage resulting from intentional actions,” like blowing the car up for a YouTube video.

 EVs Per Block In Your Neighborhood  

A home charging system for a Tesla requires a 75-amp service. The average house is equipped with 100-amp service. On most suburban streets the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla. For half the homes on your block to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly overloaded.

Batteries  

Although the modern lithium-ion battery is four times better than the old lead-acid battery, gasoline holds 80 times the energy density. The great lithium battery in your cell phone weighs less than an ounce while the Tesla battery weighs 1,000 pounds.

And what do we get for this huge cost and weight? We get a car that is far less convenient and less useful than cars powered by internal combustion engines. Bryan Leyland explained why:

“When the Model T came out, it was a dramatic improvement on the horse and cart. The electric car is a step backward into the equivalence of an ordinary car with a tiny petrol tank that takes half an hour to fill. It offers nothing in the way of convenience or extra facilities.”

Our Conclusion  

The electric automobile will always be around in a niche market likely never exceeding 10% of the cars on the road. All automobile manufacturers are investing in their output and all will be disappointed in their sales. Perhaps they know this and will manufacture just what they know they can sell.
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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.  

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years of experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

 

1RAR MEMORIAL SERVICE- BATTLE OF FSPB CORAL

Dear Members,
The CO and RSM of 1 RAR has kindly extended an invitation to 1 RAR Coral Veterans, Association Members and former members of the Battalion to attend the Memorial Service for the Battle of Coral, South Vietnam 1968.
The service will commence at 1000 hours, Thursday 12 May 22 at the memorial adjacent to BHQ. Guests are requested to be assembled 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the service. Morning tea will be provided at BHQ immediately following the service.
Further to the above, veterans and members are also invited to the PBVC CLUB for refreshments at 1500hrs.
Those wishing to attend either event, in order to gain base access; please message me your name, car rego and which event you will attend. Details must be to me NLT 1600hrs Tuesday 10 May 22
Andrew Clinkaberry
Secretary
1 RAR Association

THE FINAL INSPECTION 

The soldier stood and faced God,  
Which must always come to pass.. 
He hoped his shoes were shining, 
Just as brightly as his brass. 
‘Step forward now, you soldier, 
How shall I deal with you? 
Have you always turned the other cheek? 
To My Church have you been true?’ 
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, 
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. 
Because those of us who carry guns, 
Can’t always be a saint. 
I’ve had to work most Sundays, 
And at times my talk was tough. 
And sometimes I’ve been violent, 
Because the world is awfully rough. 
But, I never took a penny, 
That wasn’t mine to keep… 
Though I worked a lot of overtime, 
When the bills got just too steep. 
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear. 
And sometimes, God, forgive me, 
I’ve wept unmanly tears. 
I know I don’t deserve a place, 
Among the people here. 
They never wanted me around, 
Except to calm their fears. 
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, 
It needn’t be so grand. 
I never expected or had too much, 
But if you don’t, I’ll understand. 
There was a silence all around the throne, 
Where the saints had often trod. 
As the soldier waited quietly, 
For the judgment of his God. 
‘Step forward now, you soldier, 
You’ve borne your burdens well. 
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, 
You’ve done your time in Hell.’ 
Author Unknown~ 

Russian War Ship Reported to be on Fire

Russia’s Admiral Makarov has been hit by Ukrainian missiles and is currently on fire, according to Ukrainian officials.

The frigate would be Russia’s latest naval loss coming after the Russian cruiser Moskva was sunk by Ukraine weeks ago.

Local media outlets also reported a frigate was burning in the Black Sea near to Snake Island.

“A Russian warship operating in the Black was hit and left burning by a Ukrainian cruise missile, news reports and social media reported on Friday. The UNIAN news agency citing the government social media website Dumska said the vessel was a “Burevestnik” class frigate, at midday located near the island Zmeyny, offshore from the Danube delta.

The usually-reliable Gruz200 military news web platform said a naval source confirmed that a Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missile struck the vessel. The Dumska statement likewise said a Ukrainian Neptune missile hit the ship, and that “large numbers” of Russian aircraft were circling overhead.”

A maritime ship tracking service showed a Russian rescue ship identified as SPK-46150 en route to the location and FlightRadar24 showed a US Air Force Global Hawk long-range reconnaissance drone over the location at 0500 this morning.

Commissioned in only 2017, the Admiral Makarov is one of Russia’s most modern warships and carries a crew of around 200.

Accelerated airlift of Australian military assistance to Ukraine

The accelerated airlift of Australian military assistance for the Government of Ukraine is continuing, with the latest load of heavy supplies, including M777 howitzers and Australian-built Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, being transported by Ukrainian-based cargo aviation company Antonov Airlines.

An Australian Government-donated Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle bound for Ukraine is loaded onto an Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. Photo: CPL Jesse Kane

The AN-124 cargo aircraft is one of the largest commercially-produced aircraft in the world and is routinely used by Australia and its partners to move oversize or large consignments of military supplies.

This latest airlift follows the Australian Government announcements on the gifting of 20 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, including two ambulance variants, and six M777 howitzers with ammunition to aid the Government of Ukraine’s response to Russia’s unrelenting and illegal aggression.

The Australian-built Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle is designed to safely move soldiers to a battle area prior to dismounting for close combat. The vehicle is well suited to provide protection to the Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers and Ukrainian civilians against mines and improvised explosive devices, shrapnel from artillery and small arms fire.

Six reasons why Ukraine is winning the war against Russia

Ukraine is winning and will win the war against Russia. The many problems afflicting the Russian army point to the failure of the just launched Donbas offensive.

Before Russia’s invasion, most Western experts held the same optimistic view as that of the Kremlin that Ukraine would quickly surrender and the capital city of Kyiv would fall within two days. They were proven wrong and many have egg on their faces.


This article was submitted by Dr. Taras Kuzio, an Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. In addition to being the former Director of the NATO Information Office in Kyiv, Dr. Kuzio recently published the book ‘Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War‘, you can read more about the author here. 

This article is the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of the UK Defence Journal. If you would like to submit your own article on this topic or any other, please see our submission guidelines


There are six reasons why the West should prepare for a Russian defeat.

The first factor is corruption. Although corruption in Ukraine is a regular feature in Western media it pales in comparison to that found in the kleptocratic, mafia state Putin has created over more than two decades in power.

Western experts failed to factor in how massive top-down corruption in the Russian military undermined most of the military reforms that were undertaken after Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia. Very expensive Russian military equipment became stuck in muddy fields because cheaper Chinese tyres had been purchased that could not carry the heavy hold. Russian army trucks were also cheaply purchased and therefore not strong enough to carry military equipment or operate off-road.

Corruption has badly affected logistics, the backbone of any army, and made supplying Russia’s invasion force impossible. Food supplies to soldiers, supplied by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chef to the Kremlin, were seven years out of date. Starving Russian soldiers occupying the Kyiv region were forced to eat dead dogs. Medical kits supplied to soldiers were from 1978, out-of-date Soviet supplies rendered useless in preventing battlefield wounds.

The second factor is that Ukrainian officers have been trained in NATO military academies for over two decades since Ukraine joined the Partnership for Peace Programme (PfP) in 1994.

Since the 2014 crisis, eight NATO members have provided hands-on training with Ukrainian instructors internalizing the training and going on to lead training themselves. Through classes, drills and exercises involving at least 10,000 troops annually for more than eight years, NATO and its members helped the embattled country shift from rigid Soviet-style command structures to Western standards where soldiers are taught to think on the move.’

NATO training created non-commissioned (NCO) officers which Russian forces traditionally don’t have. NCOs provide vital links between senior officers who are rarely seen on the battlefield and sergeants and troops. In the absence of NCOs, Russian generals have been forced to get more involved in daily fighting and eight of them have been killed in the war in Ukraine.

NATO also introduced mission command where senior-level combat goals are transmitted lower down the chain of command where they are adopted in a flexible manner. Russian forces are far more hierarchical and inflexible, making them easy targets for Ukrainian ambushes.

Russian military tactics have not developed significantly since the Soviet era and are therefore predictable. In contrast, Ukrainian forces operate in a surprise manner with attacks and ambushes sowing chaos, panic and defeatism in the Russian army. NATO military equipment, such as NLAWs, Stingers, Javelins, and Turkish Bayraktar drones, are ideally suited for autonomous and agile military units and special forces who can use them to inflict high casualties and destroy large amounts of Russian military equipment.

Azerbaijan in its 2020 war with Armenia and now Ukraine are the first countries to use drones in a major way in wars. Compared to the Turkish Bayraktar, Russian drones are inferior in their optical ability to locate targets and have poorer military capabilities. Ukraine and Turkey are also jointly producing military equipment, including drones.

Western military equipment is augmented by Ukrainian. The Neptune missile that sunk the Moskva flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, with the loss of 500 crew,  is Ukrainian built. Ukraine was an important part of the Soviet military-industrial complex and the biggest nuclear weapons factory in the world was based in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.

The third factor is Ukrainians have prevented Russia from dominating the air. Turkey has trained Ukrainians in the operation of Bayraktar drones.

In addition, Ukraine’s air force pilots, who are far fewer than Russian, have been given greater autonomy and have proven to be a match for Russia’s larger air force, shooting down over 300 jets, bombers and helicopters.

The fourth factor is special forces. Ukraine’s military and SBU Security Service) special forces have been trained to NATO standards and equipped with state of the art equipment. This training has been augmented by eight years of experience fighting against Russian forces using different forms of hybrid warfare in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian special forces and marines continue to hold the port of Mariupol.

The fifth factor is Ukraine, with decades of experience in cybernetics (important for Soviet nuclear weapons) and a large IT sector, has excelled at intercepting Russian military communications which have been exceptionally poor, sometimes relying on mobile phones. The SBU, military intelligence and volunteers hack Russian military communications and the intelligence is used to plan attacks. Ukrainian intelligence is augmented with intelligence provided by NATO and US satellites.

The sixth factor is NATO’s training and Ukraine’s democratisation has instilled a respect for soldiers that has never existed in the Soviet and Russian armies. Ukrainian morale is high. Russian soldiers are unsure why they are fighting in Ukraine, leading to low morale and criminality, such as widespread looting.

The Soviet and Russian armies have never had dog tags as casualty rates were unimportant. Ukraine introduced them after 2014. The Russian army is uninterested in its battlefield dead and refuses to collect its dead soldiers from Ukrainian morgues. Towns and villages turn out in high numbers to honour killed Ukrainian soldiers.

Ukraine is fighting a 21st-century war against a 20th century Russian Army. This is why Ukraine is winning and will defeat Russia.

REBIRTH OF EAST TIMOR

East Timor War documentary November 2002 by Macumba International. Peter Cosgrove. On 30 August 1999, the people of East Timor voted by means of a direct, secret and universal ballot to begin a process leading towards independence. UNTAET was established on 25 October 1999 to administer the Territory, exercise legislative and executive authority during the transition period and support capacity-building for self-government. East Timor became an independent country on 20 May 2002. Also that day, UNTAET was succeeded by the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) established by Security Council resolution 1410 of 17 May 2002 to provide assistance to core administrative structures critical to the viability and political stability of East Timor.

Ukraine’s Mad Max style buggies used to destroy Russian tanks and planes

Pictures have emerged of Ukrainian defenders using tiny Mad Max style buggies to blast Russian tanks and take down planes.

Katie Davis and The Sun

 

Hero Ukrainians are using tiny Mad Max style buggies to obliterate monster Russian tanks – and even take down planes.

Mounted with Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile systems on their roofs, the nippy two-seater vehicles are wreaking havoc for Vladimir Putin’s forces as they are wielded by Ukrainian defenders.

Russian troops have suffered severe losses since the war began in February with Ukraine claiming it has killed more than 23,000 of Moscow’s soldiers.

The wrecks of Putin’s war machines also litter the land he ordered his forces to invade as Ukraine also claims it has destroyed more than 1,000 tanks, 2,400 armoured vehicles and 345 aircraft.

The brave defenders have been using inexpensive battle buggies amid their display of defiance that has stunned the world.

In a David versus Goliath style battle, Ukrainian hit and run raid teams have been fielding the Ranger UTVs against some of Russia’s most terrifying and lethal armoured vehicles.

Armed with a Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs) on their roofs, the all-terrain vehicles have proved no match for Russia’s arsenal as they can strike ground vehicles as well as low-flying aircraft.

Developed by the Kyiv design bureau Luch, they typically fire 130-millimetre calibre missiles and can be operated by remote control from a distance of up to 50 metres.

Ukraine has assembled a formidable anti-tank force with large numbers of missiles from the UK, US, Germany and others adding to its own arsenal.

Luch’s description of the missile says they are “designed to destroy manpower and stationary and mobile modern armoured targets with combined, carried or monolithic armour including ERA (explosive reactive armour) and also pinpoint targets like weapon emplacements, lightly armoured objects and hovered helicopters at any time of day or night”.

Pictures shared on social media show the two-seater buggies in all their glory, painted in camouflage colours.

The formidable missile was caught on camera destroying a Russian tank.

Drone footage showed the Russian tank exploding into a fireball the moment it was ambushed on a road.

Flames poured into a line of trees on one side as burning pieces of debris were hurled in the direction of a nearby factory on the other and soon the tank was engulfed in thick smoke.

Putin expect a quick victory when he ordered the invasion of Ukraine but fierce resistance has seen a mounting death toll, with several generals and senior officers among the dead.

Ukrainian fighters have put up strong resistance after weeks of fighting which has led to humiliating losses for Moscow.

Putin’s failed invasion has so far seen dozens of Russian commanders killed as well as the sinking of flagship Moskva in the Black Sea after being hit by Ukrainian Neptune missiles.

 

This New American Suicide Drone Shocked Russia

This may be the end of the Russian armour and as their range is increased these suicide drones will hit the self-propelled heavy arty which in the Ukraine is sitting back out of range and along with the Russian missiles is pulverizing Ukraine into submission.

A new type of war. We now have to develop and deploy anti-drone measures. I understand that we have a drone group as part of Arty Corps?

 

Ponder This

Hey!  In case you feel bad about missing your exercise lately, ponder this: …

And smile

• The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.
• The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57.
• The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41.
• The best footballer in the world, Maradona, died at the age of 60.

• James Fuller Fixx, credited with helping start America’s fitness revolution
by popularizing the sport of running, died of a heart attack while jogging at age 52.

BUT …

• The KFC inventor died at 94.
• Cigarette maker Charles Winston died at the age of 102.
• The inventor of opium died at the age of 116, in an earthquake.
• And, the Hennessey Liquor inventor died at 98.

How did smart people come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?

The rabbit is always jumping up and down, but it lives for only two years, and the turtle,
that doesn’t exercise at all, lives 400 years.

Get some rest, chill, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life in 2022!