Hi all, If I take a battery (lets assume a car battery) and connect the +ve end to Earth Ground and leave the -ve end floating. Why is there no charge transfer from the battery to ground? I've read up on a variety of threads regarding this question on this forum. Haven't quite found my answer yet. Here is my confusion: I understand that you need a close loop back to the battery -ve for the circuit to be complete. But what I don't understand is why (when the battery is wired up as I mentioned) there is no charge transfer as we see in static discharges. I mean if the battery +ve terminal has more protons than the Earth Ground, should I not see some charge transfer? Some people might respond by saying the the battery +ve terminal is at an unknown voltage potential to ground, etc. I don't really care about what potential it is as long as it's got a charge different from Earth Ground. I'm pretty sure the answer has something to do with electro-chemistry of the internals of the battery and that is probably what's confusing me. Please clarify or point me to the right direction. Thanks!