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U.S. forges new 'battery belt' in hopes of electric future

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But they will do it behind China.

They will never surpass China's EVs industries.

Among many other things..

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They will never surpass China's EVs industries.

Its easy. Just slap 100% or 200% tariffs on Chinese EV’s.

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They must also contend with insufficient skilled workers in manufacturing.

This is where China has the advantage over the U.S. of A: skilled workers who are willing to work and not boycott or strike.

16 out of 20 of the world’s best-selling EVs are Chinese.

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We are going to need our own battery supply line as no one can trust that Chinese one isn't riddled with environmental damage, including excess carbon emissions. American workers are highly skilled by comparison and will be able to take any task assigned to them.

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It's as if the Western world was sleeping over the past decade while China was developing the factories, technologies and charging faculties in plain sight.

Now the West is in panic mode for whatever reason with apparent zero concern about meeting climate change mitigation plans.

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This is where China has the advantage over the U.S. of A: skilled workers who are willing to work and not boycott or strike.

The difference is that in the US workers have the right to strike and the right to protest, the latter right written into the US Constitution. By contrast in China protesting anything lands one in jail for five year Article 293 of the 1997 revision of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of Chinafor "Picking Quarrels and Provoking Trouble". The right to strike was removed from the Chinese constitution in 1982. Chinese don't go on strike not because they are more dedicated workers but because it is illegal. Striking can get you arrested and sent to jail.

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It's as if the Western world was sleeping over the past decade while China was developing the factories, technologies and charging faculties in plain sight.

Look around. Even today there is widespread lack of interest in EVs. In the west the market responds to consumer demand, not to the demands of an all powerful central government. For me, where I live, a pure battery electric EV is not useful. They might make sense for residents of big cities where shorter trips are more common and charging stations more abundant. Where I live out in the middle of nowhere an battery electric EV doesn't offer enough range between charges to make leaving the local area for out of town shopping practical unless I want to waste 45 minutes to fully recharge the car. And in the winter our cold temperatures greatly reduce battery life while the battery heaters shorten it even more. For us a gas-electric hybrid might be a better choice, but then why add all those batteries when the gas engine will be powering the thing for most of the trip? Again, the extra cost, greater weight and added complexity don't pencil out.

The future will more likely be internal combustion engines fueled by ammonia and/or hydrogen. That technology is coming fast with the first ammonia powered ship undergoing trials in Singapore now.

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deanzaZZRToday 02:53 am JST

Now the West is in panic mode for whatever reason with apparent zero concern about meeting climate change mitigation plans.

I believe it is time for China to build more coal plants.

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Ford and GM decided to go for the high end building huge and expensive vehicles like the F150 Lightning truck starting at $65,000 that nobody wants. What happened to the Chevy Volt and Bolt? Chinese EVs cover all segments of the market.

Look around. Even today there is widespread lack of interest in EVs

EVs made a ton of sense in urban areas of Asia and Europe where the market is expanding.

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It's as if the Western world was sleeping over the past decade while China was developing the factories, technologies and charging faculties in plain sight.

That's what China wants the world to believe.

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deanzaZZRToday 04:36 am JST

Ford and GM decided to go for the high end building huge and expensive vehicles like the F150 Lightning truck starting at $65,000 that nobody wants.

They are wanted in the US. Not everything is about cheapifying everything to make it into the third world.

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Ford and GM decided to go for the high end building huge and expensive vehicles like the F150 Lightning truck starting at $65,000 that nobody wants. 

Um you do realize that the Ford F-150 pick up is the best selling vehicle in the US? In the US sedans and hatch backs don't sell. Pick-up trucks are the best sellers followed by SUVs. Ford doesn't even sell a sedan in the US any more.

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Um Ford F150 Lightning

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Better late than never. Go free democratic countries!

This should bode well for all, especially Chinese people, Korean people, and Japanese people who are the victims of pollution from refining facilities who ignores environmental protection rules.

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Where I live out in the middle of nowhere an battery electric EV doesn't offer enough range between charges to make leaving the local area for out of town shopping practical unless I want to waste 45 minutes to fully recharge the car.

A twenty minute charge goes 300 plus miles. I don’t know where you live though.

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