Tesla dream disappears in thin air; Power grids around the world can’t handle massive future demand

Elon Musk’s Tesla dream is not sustainable. Electric Vehicle producer Tesla is among other EV manufacturers facing a dark future.

Beside the problem that lithium battery powered cars are not environmental friendly at all, the most alarming is coming from power grid operators telling it is impossible to fulfill future demand.

The current Power grid systems are designed in a different period of time when electric cars didn’t exist. It seems to be impossible to charge even a little number of cars in one street at the same time.

A spokesperson from UK Power networks revealed to me that EV driving requires an entire new or very costly upgraded cable network, transformers etc. Therefore massive electric driving on batteries seems to be utopia.

At the same time environmental specialists express their sorrow about mining of lithium which requires tremendous amounts of scarce water.

While lithium resources are limited, there still is no sufficient battery technology to make battery powered vehicles a real competitor to fossil fuel powered vehicles. The limited life time of lithium batteries makes used EV unmarketable

Insiders are convinced that the future is for Hydrogen powered electric cars. Big car manufacturers expect the real breakthrough in a couple of years from now. Shell has worldwide plans to upgrade gas stations with hydrogen outlets.

Toyota proudly presented this year the first widely commercial available hydrogen car Mirai. The car comes in the USA with an 8 year warranty on all key fuel cell components for only $ 50.000. With tax benefits it is 5 to 10 grands less. In the Los Angeles area many Hydrogen fuel stations are now operational. In Europe, behind the scene, developments are ongoing.

Ten years ago BMW presented one of the world’s first Hydrogen powered cars and is expecting to be back with new models within a couple of years. The premium car manufacturer is waiting for more Hydrogen gas stations.

It all means more bad news for Tesla. Since demand for Tesla EV’s is beneath expectations there is overcapacity at the Tesla battery plant in Nevada. Elon Musk now tries to sell his batteries to homes and business.

The media lapped it up and consumers began ordering the “ultimate” home battery solution.

But, again, energy storage experts heavily doubt this product. Panasonic calls Musk’s home battery project “Hyperbole” The expected life time of these batteries is 5 or 6 years. This is a too short life span for an acceptable return on investment.

Panasonic spokesman Phil Hermann said in an earlier interview with The Guardian:

“We are at the very beginning in energy storage in general. Most of the projects currently going on are either demo projects or learning experiences for the utilities. There is very little direct commercial stuff going on. Elon Musk is out there saying you can do things now that the rest of us are hearing and going, ‘really?’ We wish we could but it’s not really possible yet.”

Tensions in the North Atlantic, U.S. Fleet command reactivated

A growing concern about the number of Chinese military vessels now operating in the Northern Atlantic, amid Russian submarines put America’s navy on high alert.

Following the increased military threat, last month on the first of July, the U.S. has reactivated the fleet command in the Northern Atlantic to secure the ocean on the East coast.

The reactivation of the East Coast Command is seen as a historic move after the fleet was deactivated in 2011.

American Navy’s 2nd Fleet highest admiral John Richardson is warning on VOA that these vessels are “prowling those waters at a pace not seen since the end of the Cold War”

In euphemistic words, the Chief of Naval Operations called recent developments in both the North Atlantic and alongside the Mediterranean Sea a “new dynamic”.

Compared with just five years ago, the conclusion for today is that we live in a different and far more dangerous world.

The Chinese navy is operating on a global scale and despite it is prepared for immediate action; Chinese activity near the U.S. east coast is not that alarming as the countless number of Russian submarines hiding under the Ocean’s surface and hindering military communications.

The recent worries, not seen in 25 years are shared with the NATO allies.

The biggest fear is not a frontal military confrontation but sabotage of vital undersea Telecom cables between the U.S. and Europe.

Recent developments led to a rethink of priorities. The primary security focus is no longer on terrorism but U.S. national security.