Spain to seek $1.3bln loan from EU recovery fund for electric car plan

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MADRID- Spain will ask for a first loan worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) from the European Union's Recovery and Resilience Facility to finance a plan to build electric cars, according to the draft 2022 budget submitted to parliament on Wednesday.

Spain is entitled to around 140 billion euros, half in grants and half in loans, until 2026 to help revive the economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government plans to invest 4.3 billion euros to kick-start the production of electric vehicles and batteries.

EU Commission approves Spain’s 69.5-billion euro recovery plan

Car batteries = Lithium Mining – Lithium mining faces huge resistance in Portugal and SPAIN – The EU wants to become more independent when it comes to lithium supplies. Lithium mines are now planned in Spain and Portugal, home to the bloc's largest reserves. But local resistance is growing

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Learn about the Health Threat of EMFs from Electric Cars

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by: Aaron Turpen

(NewsTarget) There has been a fair amount of buzz on the Internet speculating whether or not the emergence of electric vehicles (hybrids, battery electrics, etc.) will lead to a rash of sickness and death from electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These concerns are largely unfounded based on simple examination of the facts on how EMFs and electric cars themselves operate.

The first thing to understand is how EMFs are created and how their resulting radiation (called EMR) affects humans. There are many types of EMF and most of them create some kind of EMR.1 EMRs come in two types: ionizing and non-ionizing. For electric vehicles, the non-ionizing types are the ones of note. Ionizing EMF radiation comes from X-rays and other high-frequency emissions, not from standard electrical devices.

The two types of electricity that we use (alternating and direct currents, or AC / DC) have different properties in the types of EMF they create. AC creates much larger EMFs and much more EMR than does DC power.

Electric cars could be rendered useless to many Brits thanks to new charging restrictions

Thursday, October 14, 2021 by: Cassie B.
(Natural News) Owning an electric car could soon make a lot less sense in the U.K., thanks to a proposed law that would see home electric vehicle (EV) chargers shut down during peak hours.

The new law is aimed at preventing the grid from suffering excessive strain, but it makes one wonder what the point of owning these cars is if, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says, the chargers that give them life at people’s homes and workplaces might not function for “up to nine hours a day.”

When the law goes into effect on May 30, 2022, all of the chargers installed in homes must be smart chargers that are connected to the Internet so that their functions can be limited between the hours of 8 and 11 in the morning and 4 and 10 in the evening. On top of the nine hours per day of scheduled downtime, authorities will have the power to impose what are being described as “randomized delays” of 30 minutes on the individual chargers in particular areas to avoid grid spikes. Public use chargers, however, would be exempt from the new law.

According to the RAC, charging a car like the 3.6kW Renault Zoe can take up to seven hours, which means owners would have to plan their time carefully to ensure their car is charged given the nine – and possibly more – hours during which charging would not be allowed.

The government cited the fact that 14 million electric vehicles are projected to be on U.K. roads by 2030 and many of these will be plugged into home chargers during peak hours, which they say will put the grid under “excessive strain” as people return home from work and plug their cars in.

They say that this legislation will encourage drivers to charge their cars during off-peak night hours, but that fails to explain how people who need to go somewhere during the day will be able to power their cars....

GREEN is MEAN: Electric cars and other “green” tech is built on the backs of child slave labor

(Natural News) Driving an electric vehicle around town is a source of pride for many climate fanatics who’ve convinced themselves that this “green” choice in transportation makes them the second coming of some kind of climate “christ.” But little do many of these virtue signalers realize that flaunting around in a Tesla or Prius actually signals that you’re completely oblivious to the human rights abuses that had to occur so you could pretend to “save the planet.”

Every electric vehicle out there contains a high-capacity battery inside it that more than likely contains cobalt, a somewhat rare-earth mineral that typically comes from one of two countries: Australia or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). And in reality, most cobalt comes from the DRC, where it’s dirt cheap thanks to child slave labor.

As it turns out, it’s super affordable for car manufacturers to pay underage children $9 per day “on good days,” according to one child cobalt laborer in the DRC, than to pay the higher wages that Australian cobalt workers typically receive. Thus, most “green” vehicles are built on the backs of these child laborers in the DRC, many of which are seriously injured or killed while working in these dangerous conditions.

Smartphone owners are equally as guilty of having their lives made more convenient and “tech-savvy” by cheap slave labor far from America’s shores. Anything that runs on a lithium-ion battery, which is most electronics these days, probably came from metals that were strip-mined by little kids in Africa.

“Our luxuries are necessarily someone else’s sacrifice – and sometimes that sacrifice is the ultimate one,” explains Zero Hedge. “The EV and electronics revolutions have come at a steep human cost: a boom in child labor in the DRC as child cobalt miners offer battery makers and Big Tech cheap labor.”

International Rights Advocates is suing Tesla, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and Alphabet (Google) for committing human rights violations....




https://theirworld.org/news/drc-children-dig-for-cobalt-to-power-electric-cars-phones

Friday, January 03, 2020 by: Ethan Huff

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Fatal Electric Car Crash with a Parked Semi So Horrific a Special Crash Investigation Unit Has Been Assigned

Both a local law enforcement agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating the tragic event, but neither has confirmed whether any of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were engaged when the crash occurred.

“That is a consideration that will be explored during our investigation,” Highway patrol Lt. P.V. Riordian said.

From July 2021 to May 2022, Tesla reported 273 crashes in which ADAS were involved.

Before these vehicles hit the market, Tesla should ensure these safety risks are identified and properly addressed.

Electric Jaguar I-Pace Catches Fire While Charging, Reduced to Ashes in Middle of Road

An electric Jaguar I-Pace car spontaneously caught fire and burned down to ashes in June.

The Florida-based vehicle owner told Elecktrek that he had left his car plugged into the charger on June 16 before he went to sleep.

The following day, Gonzalo Salazar returned to take the vehicle on a few errands — driving for around 12 miles — before he returned home and put the vehicle back in the garage.

When Salazar headed inside, he began hearing pops from the garage. Curious about the strange noise, he went to the garage, only to see thick smoke emanating from within.

“My thought immediately was, ‘When there is smoke, there is fire,’ and I need to get the car out of the house garage,” Salazar said in his email to Elecktrek.

Listening to his instinct, he drove the smoking vehicle out of the garage and onto the street in front of his home.

He then headed back inside to grab his phone and call Jaguar roadside assistance to take the vehicle to safety.

“When I ended the conversation with them there were more pops, but this time it was followed by fire from under the car. I then called 911 to come help with the situation,” Salazar wrote.

“But this was not a slow burn, once the fire started there were multiple pops, and the car was just engulfed in flames rapidly.”

Firefighters responding to the scene used flame retardant to douse the flames.

“There was debris flying everywhere so I kept my distance,” Salazar said.

“After the fire department poured a special foam fire suppressant for what seemed a long time, the car was still making a humming sound coming from the front of the car.”

By the time the fire was put out, the vehicle was reduced to ash, with only some parts near the hood remaining partly burned, pictures shared by Elecktrek showed.

“My insurance company sent a forensic specialist, did their investigation and declared the car a total loss,” Salazar said, according to the outlet.

Man Suffers 'Life Changing Injuries' After Electric Car Bursts Into Flames While Driving Down Highway

A man suffered serious injuries near Broughton, North Wales, on Tuesday morning when his electric vehicle spontaneously burst into flames.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the man was driving near the A55, also known as the North Wales Expressway.

His car reportedly caught on fire without warning, and bystanders rushed to the vehicle to pull the man from the flames. Paramedics attended to the victim at the scene.

Police said the man was eventually transported via ambulance to a hospital with “serious, possibly life-changing injuries,” the Echo reported.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said two rapid response vehicles, an emergency ambulance, helicopter and the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service responded to the scene.

Authorities closed the road at the sight of the incident around 8:45 a.m. local time, and it remained that way for several hours.

Chief Inspector Alwyn Williams of North Wales Police said fire crews remained at the scene into Tuesday afternoon “due to the car involved being an electric vehicle.”

The incident in North Wales followed another electric car fire that made headlines earlier this week, though the actual incident occurred in June.

According to Electrek, Gonzalo Salazar wrote in an email to them that he purchased a new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace in 2020. He did not have any issues with the vehicle until two years later, but when they did arise, they were significant.

Salazar said he left his car plugged in overnight on June 16, and he took it the next day to run errands. He drove the car for just about 12 miles before returning it to the garage.

After going inside his house, Salazar said he began hearing strange popping noises from the garage. He went outside and saw thick smoke coming from the vehicle.

“My thought immediately was, ‘When there is smoke, there is fire,’ and I need to get the car out of the house garage,” Salazar told Electrek.

He called Jaguar roadside assistance and asked them to transport the vehicle to a safe place, but the situation continued to worsen.

“When I ended the conversation with them there were more pops, but this time it was followed by fire from under the car,” Salazar wrote. “I then called 911 to come help with the situation.”

“But this was not a slow burn, once the fire started there were multiple pops, and the car was just engulfed in flames rapidly.”

Eventually, the majority of the vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire. Photos of the car after the fire was put out showed just a small portion of the front of the car remained intact.

Electrek reported Salazar’s was the fourth known Jaguar I-Pace batter to catch on fire without an apparent cause.

This is a known problem with electric cars. If you ever decide to get one, do not leave anyone or any pets in the car, and be prepared to jump out if you happen to be in it. Also, try not to park next to other cars.

Is it really worth it?

Tesla Catches on Fire, Takes Over 25,000 Gallons of Water and 42 Minutes for Firefighters to Extinguish

It’s no secret that some electric cars have been susceptible to their lithium batteries catching fire.

What’s increasingly becoming known to fire departments is how difficult those blazes are to put out. A Stamford, Connecticut, fire involving a Tesla took three times the normal effort to extinguish, according to the Stamford Fire Department.

And this fire was perhaps an easy one — the car’s batteries fell out of the vehicle onto the ground where firefighters had better access.

Whatever benefits there might be for use of electric vehicles in, perhaps, some circumstances, all efforts to move in this direction must be balanced with the realities of unintended consequences of an ideologically-driven, poorly thought out effort.