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Europe, China Adopting Electric Vehicles Faster Than U.S.

ZDNet reports that NASA is supporting research at Purdue on a cooling system that, coupled with a 1,400-amp charger, could reduce charging time for electric vehicles to five minutes. Yay, rocket science!

At the bottom of that report, ZDNet notes that the rest of the world is adopting electric vehicles faster than the United States:

A recent report from the International Energy Agency said sales of EVs reached 6.6 million in 2021, up from 120,000 in 2012, and accounted for 9% of all vehicle sales.

Chinese consumers bought 3.3 million new EVs, many of which were two- and three-wheelers, while Europeans bought 2.3 million EVs, and US consumers bought 630,000. Still, in the US, EV sales doubled their share in 2021 year-on-year to 4.5%. China was also rolling out charging faster than most regions [Liam Tung, “This NASA Space Tech Could Make Your EV Charge Faster, Too,” ZDNet, 2022.10.06].

Come on, America! Get with the times! China and Europe see that electric vehicles are the future. We should, too.


  1. grudznick 2022-10-12 05:15

    Both ZDnet and SDnet, as touted in Mr. H’s blogging, are showing good news. In South Dakota we need big gas powered vehicles, not fire-prone, weak electric ones.

  2. M 2022-10-12 06:50

    American consumers don’t care about saving energy, we’re the biggest gas hogs in the world. We’d rather drive a 4 x 4 and haul some type of trailer to the store just 3 miles away, waste a qt of a gallon of gas and then complain about the price of gas. How much do people pay for these big vehicles? More than what my house is worth. Honestly some people don’t ever go out of town so why do they need something that can kill pedestrians while only going 20 miles an hour? It’s a status symbol to have a truck, and the bigger the better. Reminds me of the Dugam Dani in New Guinea where men wear gourds on their penis to represent status.

    Remember the 70’s when gas was rationed? Here, the old men in town wouldn’t know what to do if they couldn’t drive at least 40 miles around town all day waiting for the wives to get off work. Wives work minimum wage at the local convenience gas stop and that pays for the old man’s gas.

  3. All Mammal 2022-10-12 11:40

    Its like you’re peering into what I just saw with my own eyes, M. Even the sight my brother and I were just snickering about when we were stuck behind a neighbor going to Big D’s in his dually only about 200 yrds away from his house. Reminded us of the gourded wang guys showing off their scrawny, long carrots just proudly.

  4. P. Aitch 2022-10-12 12:26

    I monitor various red-necks, like Cory’s grudznichts. They’re personally offended by electric vehicles and new things, generally. That’s why investing in EV’s is “smart money”. Recall the last hundred years of embracing new things vs rejecting new things. One mindset is about 99 years ahead of the other mindset. Things are gonna change, whether you like it or not. But, America needs people with all mindsets. That’s what makes us great and some of us wealthy.
    I personally remember gasoline powered golf carts. About fifty years ago, pilgrims. #grins

    – GM is transforming into more than an electric car company. It’s becoming a diversified energy company — selling battery technology and energy management services to power not just cars, but also trains, boats, commercial equipment and buildings.

    Why it matters: Parlaying its battery and fuel cell expertise into other uses is a natural extension for GM, which aims to double annual revenue to $280 billion by 2030. – from What’s Next

  5. John 2022-10-12 13:42

    John Deere is going electric and self-driving.
    Ford broke itself into two parts: the future and the past.

    Too many folks, especially in flyover country, are unable to handle change or the future. (It makes one wonder how their forebears had the gumption to immigrate.) Anyone who’s traveled to first world countries in the past 20 years knows and saw how far ahead they are of the US in infrastructure, healthcare, education, etc. But the “land of the free” still leads in incarceration and guns.

  6. P. Aitch 2022-10-12 13:51

    @John ponders: It makes one wonder how their forebears had the gumption to immigrate.

    The Germans from Russia had no gumption. They were expelled from Russia; couldn’t go back to Germany because they’d defected during wartime and chose the middle of USA to hide and practice their white supremacy. Land was free and the wind just made them more stubborn. Little has changed. SD ranks among the bottom five states in innovation skills.
    But America needs all types of mindsets. That’s what makes us “great”. #grins

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