Green fleet targets shrouded in hypocrisy

The Toronto Sun’s Freedom of Information request revealing, essentially, that Ontario’s Liberal government doesn’t have a hope in hell of hitting its own target for electric vehicle purchases — let alone getting the public to buy them — demonstrates two things.

Both are common features of the “green” agenda of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty.

The first is hypocrisy. The government is asking the public to do something it is not prepared to do itself.

The second is stupidity.

  • Alain

    Government asking, more likely demanding, that citizens accept things they won’t. That has become the norm.

  • simus1

    There is also the top suppressed enviro craziness issue that “fighting Globull Warming” is a gigantic con effort to enable governments to totally rip off the peasants, commerce and industry via what is really a disguised huge hidden jump in the provincial/ federal consumption tax.

  • tom_billesley

    In a UK home, you won’t be able to charge your car and boil a kettle or do your laundry at the same time.

    This warning comes from National Grid, which operates the UK’s electricity-transmission network, as it prepares for a future when cars run on electricity instead of gasoline.
    These are the calculations behind the warning. Assume that each electric car will have a battery with a capacity of 90 kilowatt hours (kWh), enough to drive 300 miles (about 480 km). Most users are unlikely to run down the battery all the way in a day’s drive. So the typical charging cycle may start when the battery is 25% full.
    A standard 3.5 kW charger would then take 19 hours to fully recharge the car. That’s no good. People would probably prefer a more powerful 11 kW charger, which can recharge a Tesla Model S in six hours.
    The average household is supplied with single phase electricity and is fitted with a main fuse of 60-80 amps [of electric charge]. If one were to use an above average power charger, say 11kW, this would require 48 amps. When using such a charger it would mean that you could not use other high demand electrical items (such as kettles, oven, and immersion heaters) without tripping the house’s main fuse.

    The National Grid balks at upgrading the supply to every home, so they’d prefer to build a network of shared, super-fast charging stations. I suppose you could get an electric bike to travel to and from your car at the charging station from your home.