Electric Cars Cost More Than Too Much: There’s a Moral Difference

Electric Cars Cost More Than Too Much: There’s a Moral Difference. By Eric Peters.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Audi announced the end of 9,500 [jobs] to help finance the development of electric cars.

“We are now tackling structural issues in order to prepare Audi for the challenges ahead,” said Audi’s CEO Bram Schot. The “structural issues” he speaks of are the outlawing of other-than-electric cars by the German government, effective come 2030.

The jobs lost amount to 15 percent of the company’s German workforce and by eliminating them, Audi will “raise” $6.6 billion — that is, cannibalize itself of that sum — to manufacture products it can’t make money selling but which the German government is forcing them to make.

Days later, Mercedes-Benz announced it was laying off another 10,000 – for the same reason.

VW Chief Herbet Diess says it could cost 100,000 jobs.

Moral difference:

Henry Ford changed the world, all right — but with the full and free cooperation of the populace. He offered his cars for sale — to be purchased or not.

It was left to the people to judge the merits — or lack — of his Model T. No one was forced to build one, much less buy one. Nor forced to “help” his neighbor buy one, through income tax-mulcted kickbacks. Ford himself was not able to use the government to get laws passed forcing the horse-and-buggy industry to provide him with funds — “dung credits” — to build his Model T at their expense. Nor did he agitate to have laws passed imposing onerous “emissions” regulations on dung production.

The manufacture of horse-drawn buggies was never restricted, much less outlawed. It simply passed away — peacefully — to make way for a superior free-market alternative.

Electric cars are changing the world at bayonet-point.

Audi is not firing all those people because the work they do is non-productive; quite the opposite. They are being fired to finance government-mandated unproductivity.

The company is cannibalizing itself to scrounge the money needed to build the only kinds of cars the German government will allow Audi to build in the future, which is almost here. …

No point in spending a cent on new product development that isn’t electric since by the time it got developed, it couldn’t be sold. It’s why VW — Audi’s parent — has already announced that its current line of gas engines will be its last new engines. …

[US] Federal exhaust emissions standards are already at the point of camel-through-the-eye-of-a-needle restrictive, such that it is almost impossible to comply with them without building electric cars. …

Electric cars are … being forced onto the market — and transfer money from unwilling victims (taxpayers, forced to finance their manufacture and “sale”). They make driving more cumbersome, less convenient. … EVs will only “succeed” when there is no longer an alternative to them.

Electric cars are being promoted by the left’s favorite tactic: government force. Most of the left’s opinion makers get their income from government, from money taken from taxpayers by threat of force. Bureaucrats are paid what they think they’re worth, not what the market says they’re worth. There is a critical moral difference, and the left is quite comfortable with that.