It’s fun to see a Tesla car slide down the road and know it’s all-electric, still the industry has a long way to go before electric cars can compete on consumer price, before general adoption is fully feasible . Trust me when I tell you that I am not against electric vehicles, it is just that I see so many challenges: cost, weight, subsidies, efficiencies, scope, charging infrastructure, etc. And I shudder when I hear people explain how to pave that. proverbial ‘road to hell’ with Good Intentions Paving Company LLC. Okay then, let’s talk, okay?
Here are five points about the future of electric vehicles and the real challenges facing the industry:
- Current battery weight: EV batteries significantly increase the weight of cars; advocates say it’s fine because the new lightweight materials will keep the weight down. True, but if those lightweight materials can do that, they can also do it for gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, or steam automobiles. Which means more competition, a 100 mpg car due to low weight is now a great selling point.
- Disposal of the battery at the end of its useful life: where do all these batteries go with chemicals that are not so good for the environment? Defenders say; It is not a big thing. Still, if old cell phones are considered hazardous waste in part because of the batteries inside, then car batteries that are much larger with large amounts of material are even more problematic.
- Slow growth: currently electric vehicles make us such a small percentage of the total, that they are not making a real difference in the use of fossil fuels, so if that is the goal, it will take decades to achieve it and will require massive intervention from the government. Has the government not intervened in free markets enough lately (Health, Biofuels, for example) and how has it worked for us?
- Electric Vehicle Refunds – When the government issues rebates, we all end up paying it in higher taxes. If electric vehicles cost an average of $ 10,000 more and we grant reimbursements, we are subsidizing one sector over another, selecting and choosing the winners. It is wiser to allow the electric vehicle industry to rise and find ways to lower prices to compete.
- Electric vehicles are quiet – advocates say it is a good thing. But tell that to the child or the rider who didn’t hear them coming and who crushed them. Some EVs now have “sound” to alert people that they will come, and you can choose the sound you want, various options. That’s good, but it defeats the concept and / or benefits of such serenity associated with electric vehicles. Sound also requires power, consult any car sound system audio installer, a second battery or batteries for larger systems are often added.
The electric vehicle industry will have to solve these challenges before consumers have full acceptance or before electric vehicles can supplant the cars we drive today. Please consider this.
Lance Winslow is an online author, his latest e-books are on car topics. Lance Winslow is a semi retired and founder of the Online Think Tank http://www.WorldThinkTank.net. You can reach Lance Winslow by email to discuss, speak, debate or debate interesting topics.
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