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Washington DC EV Driver Stranded When Battery Went Dead; Coal Miners to the Rescue

A Washington DC EV driver ran out of juice near the Mettiki Coal Mine in West Virginia. Stranded several miles from his destination at Davis, WV with a dead battery, five coal miners were called to help the motorist.

A Facebook post from Randy Smith about the incident said this:

“Some days are just better than others. Today at our mine off Corridor H an electric car from DC ran out of battery at the road entrance to the mine. Someone called one of our foreman and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road. He went to investigate and found out they had indeed ran out of juice coming from DC to Davis for a get away weekend. He then went back to the mine and got guys to push the car to the guard shack so they could plug in to charge. They couldn’t pull it because it was all plastic underneath and nothing to hook up to. So here are 5 coal miners pushing a battery car to the coal mine to charge up. If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the background. This just shows you coal miners are good people and will go out of their way to help anyone friend or foe. Im honestly glad they ended up where they could get some help because they couldn’t get a tow truck to come and this is out in the middle of nowhere. one guy even dropped off a Friend of Coal license plate when he left to go home. Lol #Godblesscoalminers

Why don’t more people buy EV’s? The answer is obvious and this incident is a perfect example: the United States is a big country and distances are vast. EVs can only go (so far) less than 300 miles. This DC EV driver was just going for a weekend getaway and went a tad bit too far for his battery to reach. The driver ended up stranded in the middle of nowhere. There are many other drawbacks: as the post mentioned, the bottom of an EV is plastic, so there is nothing solid for a tow truck to hook up to. Then there are the logistics of finding a charging station. And the ridiculously high cost of EVs, the batteries, and the horrific mining practices for the rare earth elements to make such batteries.

The machine used to move the hundreds of tons of earth that will be refined into one lithium ion car battery burns about 900-1000 gallons of diesel fuel in a 12 hour shift. Lithium has to be refined using sufuric acid- one lithium mine proposed at Thacker Pass in Nevada could require up to 75 semi loads of sulfuric acid per day. One battery in an average EV is created from 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of cooper, and 400 pounds of aluminum or steel…which means that 750-1000 pounds of ore has to be mined to produce the expensive battery in an electric vehicle.

An electric vehicle is not as “green” as the radical left wants you to believe. “Zero emissions” only occur after all the fossil fuels used to create them have gone into the atmosphere.

For now, this DC EV driver should be grateful that miners were able to push the dead car to a place where it could be plugged in. Ironic, isn’t it?

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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