— Volume IX (2013) —

Ending America’s Energy Insecurity: Why Electric Vehicles Should Drive the United States to Energy Independence

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Sherwin Levinson February 06, 2013 06:46

 I agree with most of the author's assertions and conclusions.  What I do not see, however, is what would be the source of the additional electricity needed to power all the vehicles that replace gasoline-powered ones.  It is inherently far less efficient to generate electricity from
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Ed Weber February 08, 2013 11:34

The article did not identify the full costs of transition from gasoline to EV. This would include replacing most, if not all, private and government vehicles. The current economic situation where millions of citizens are unemployed suggests private individuals do not have the means to purchase an
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Jim Hanna April 25, 2013 13:49

Great article!  To answer the question about were do we get the extra power.  It takes aproxx 8 KWH of electricity to produce 1 gallon of gasoline forget about the distribution thats not even included.  And all of that power is made localy by the refineries not grid tied today that
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John Doggett February 04, 2014 08:49

It has been a year or so, but found an article from Sandia National Labs, and it discussed this and in part supported that there is no single solution that is the answer. It is all a balance. If you look at the production of the storage for electricity in all cars in the U.S. the shear mining activity
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AUTHOR:
Fred Stein

Fred Stein is an attorney advisor for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He is currently on detail in Arlington, Virginia as senior advisor to the assistant administrator for TSA’s Office of Security Operations. Prior to joining TSA in 2005, Mr. Stein served six years in the Army’s JAG Corps. In December of 2011, he graduated with a master’s degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He may be contacted at EVs.import.no.oil@gmail.com

ABSTRACT:
The homeland/national security threat posed by the United States’ dependence on foreign oil has been part of the American discourse for years; yet nothing has been done. No pragmatic, realistic step-by-step plan has been pursued to end this scourge on the American people. The solution can be found in the problem. Net imports of oil account for approximately 50 percent of the oil the United States consumes. Likewise, 50 percent of oil consumed in the United States is consumed as motor gasoline. If, overnight, the United States stopped using oil to power its unleaded gasoline driven vehicles, if overnight drivers switched to electric vehicles, then overnight the United States would become energy independent. Using historical data to establish the effect of gasoline price changes on consumer vehicle choice, a predictive model has been created showing the expected switch to electric vehicles if the price of gasoline increases and the cost of electric vehicles decreases. There is a cost to energy independence: two to five dollars per gallon of retail gasoline sold. If monies raised from the tax are used to lower the price of electric vehicles, build recharge infrastructure, and dampen the regressive nature of the tax, energy independence is a few short years away.

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Stein, Fred. “Ending America’s Energy Insecurity: Why Electric Vehicles Should Drive the United States to Energy Independence.” Homeland Security Affairs 9, Article 4 (February 2013)
http://www.hsaj.org/?article=9.1.4
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