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Facts About Lithium Vehicles
By Ted Twietmeyer
We live in a world economy totally based on oil. Nearly everything is made from it. Including the monitor you are using to read this email. The chair you are sitting on, your computer, printer, the floor you are on and the paint on the walls and ceilings. That is just the beginning of it. Hybrid cars are very dependent on oil for fuel they burn. I will state the facts about electric vehicles you need to know. Thousands of cells are used to build lithium batteries for vehicles are truly ticking time-bombs. These batteries usually run the length of the vehicle underneath it up the middle under the car. But it only takes ONE cell protection circuit to fail and start an horrific blaze as you will see.
Mercedes has revealed on national ads they are going totally electric. Are they out to ruin their company with a high-risk product? How many times have you pushed your vehicle's range down into the E on the gas gauge, because there is no service station open? Not so with lithium power. Even though there are battery over-discharge chips in battery packs, these chips can FAIL. If you accidentally drain your vehicle's lithium battery down near 0V, cells become unstable. Cells silently grows metal needle-like dendrites. This is another powerful growth issue. Like a tree root, which can penetrate pipes, basement walls and lift sidewalks.
These dendrite sharp needles short out the cells by punching tiny holes in the plastic insulating layer. This causes cells to overheat and self-ignite. It creates a super-hot fire which fire departments CANNOT extinguish. If the vehicle is in your garage when this starts, it can easily burn your home to the ground. At the very minimum, you WILL lose that garage and everything in it. If the fire is not too far along, it would require a FORKLIFT truck to lift it up to get it out of the garage. Who has a forklift sitting in the driveway, ready to use? But then again, the center of gravity will be wrong to lift it off the ground. To lift the vehicle off the ground, you need to lift it from the side. Usually impossible to do in a garage.
Intense heat melts more battery cathodes which generates more oxygen. One burning cell starts a chain-reaction, and soon thousands of cells are burning.
Even if you were standing right there and an alarm in the vehicle blared telling you a dangerous overheat is starting, there is NO WAY to stop the fire which is about to start. If the vehicle is in your garage and you think "Oh, I could just get in it and move it outside." Not likely - in seconds it can burst into flames, with you inside it. Is it worth the risk of being burned alive?
None of what you just read is guess work or fiction. These are all facts. Already documented fires of self-ignited vehicles burning uncontrolled down to the ground, self-igniting in parking lots which destroys vehicles all around them, self-igniting in home garages burning the house down and self-igniting in repair garages or in the their parking lot. Electric vehicles are a huge threat and liability waiting to happen.
At least a gas-powered vehicle will never do any of this when it runs out of gas. It just stops running. The lead-acid car battery does nothing harmful either, if it gets drained down to near zero volts by trying to start the car at -30F.
FACTS GREENIES WILL NOT LIKE
As for the world oil economy, don't think big oil will take this sitting down. If that gasoline and diesel fuel market is taken away, they will jack up the price for any plastics or other products made with oil to maintain their profits. Think your "all electric car" is exempt from this? Guess again.
Most electric motors have some type of gear box - full of OIL derived lubricant. Paint on every vehicle, plastics in the interior decor and seats, insulation on all the wire, coating on the wire windings inside all electric motors everywhere, thousands of feet of insulating plastic film wound inside more than 4,000 cells used in batteries, tires , brake lines, rubber bushings used in suspension and steering to prevent noise, seat belt straps, foam rubber that cushions your ass in the car seats, polyvinylbuterol layer used between the layers of glass in the windshield to prevent fragments flying when impacted - ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE DERIVED FROM OIL.
Imagine what all these parts weigh, which your vehicle must push down the road every time it moves. Think about it - your electric vehicle is always pushing you plus hundreds of pounds of OIL derived materials down the road. Then when you get home, you can plug your car into wall power - then go outside to watch your electric meter spin the numbers like a LasVegas gambling machine.
Foolish people think they can laugh at gas stations when they drive by them. They will not be laughing when their vehicles slowly lose driving range. Then they will be faced BATTERY REPLACEMENT. For a Tesla, they will pay about $5,000 for a new battery + $2,000 more for labor and recycling fees. Electric vehicles sound like such a great deal, right? Think you did your duty to protect the environment?