The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Cold Reality of Electric Vehicles

Jan 29, 2024

In mid-January, Chicago temperatures sunk below zero degrees. Many owners of electric vehicles were in sudden need of a charge—since extremely cold temperatures drain their batteries at a much faster rate.

Needless to say, this created chaos at Chicagoland Tesla Supercharger stations.

Lines stretched for hours as Tesla drivers hoped to get to a charging post that wasn’t out of order in time before their battery died. Some cars couldn’t hold up during the wait, causing one charging station to be flooded with dead Teslas. People were left stranded in the freezing weather waiting for a tow.

Many Tesla owners in Chicago don’t have access to a home charging station. And there are only a handful of Tesla Supercharger stations throughout the city.

The auto companies propose EVs as the grand solution to the world’s climate change crisis, and the politicians are only too willing to provide them with billions in subsidies to ensure their profits. The corporations are more than willing to sell consumers EVs at prices out-of-reach for most workers and leave it up to them to figure out how to make them work in less-than-ideal conditions. Their motto is, “Buyer beware”.

Do we dare leave it up to the bosses and their politicians to deal with climate change that endangers the future of humanity?