So I decide to spend a little of my free time to fight the FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) About EV cars and how they are actually a starting point of trying to fix the mess where in, in terms of the climate change. Now its not a perfect solution, is this going to really save the planet, not on it own, no, but its a starting point and there so much crap about them and I gotten so annoyed to create this page I can point to.
The cost of electric cars continues to be one of the major issue. But the simple fact is prices have come down significantly over the last few years due to advancements in battery technology, the second hand market is increasing in its amount of EV choice and owners of EV are starting to complain about the increase seed of deflation of the value of there EV, this is bad news for them, but great news for people who want an EV.
( https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/latest-fleet-news/electric-fleet-news/2023/05/30/used-ev-prices-predicted-to-fall-imbalance-between-supply-and-demand / https://insideevs.com/news/672100/ev-prices-reduce-14-percent-tax-incentives/ )
So a lot of people will complain about the range of EV and the Range Anxiety, this was largely true for the early years of Evs, where most could only do 100miles. But now in 2023 battery tech has improved, most Evs can do 200miles plus. I don’t know about you but I would want a break after driving 200miles, I think this is an acceptable distance. Now for some this still might not be enough, well already we starting to appear is EV that can do 450+ miles and this tech and range is likely only going to get better. So again I feel this is issue is slowly getting address.
Charging Time / Location
So like the above the next problem people like to point out is the charging time it takes and the lack of charging points. Again this is something that has only improved, so more and more EV can support 120Kw charger points, in 15mins you can usually add 100miles to your range, like I said above if you drive 200miles you want a 15min break likely, and then you can carry on for another 100miles. Plus already there 350Kw charges that can add 217mile of range in 10mins. Locations and the amount of charges is only improving every year. Plus there an extra ability of EV that if you have a driveway then you may never have to spend any time at a petrol pump/charging station as you can charge at home.
Weight / Tyres Ware
So EV cars are heavy, they can be about 19% heavy than most Ice cars, but again thanks to advances in battery tech the weight of EV are starting to fall and there not the outline vehicle that are heavy, many Ice care and SUV can be even heavy than Evs. Articles have point out the risk to infrastructure and car parks due to the extra weight, but there is little evidence that this will be a big problem. Also Tyre ware, they say due to the weight, tyres ware increases, in actual fact due to many EV drives not using there breaks as much and regen slows there car down tyers wear down 30% less than ice cars.
Colbot / Child Labour
Yes in some battery Colbot is used, people often point out the damage to the environment mining for these materials make and the child labour that could be involved in securing it. This is all bad, but often they miss that newer battery tech is using less and less in the making of batteries and they also seem to forget that Colbot is used to fine oil, and the amount of child labour in Fossil fuel industry. So basically the whole industry needs to get better and to just say it a EV problem is laughable.
Electricity grid won’t be able to handle the increase in Evs, Wire will melt, Grid will collapse etc
According to the National Grid (you know the ones why run the Uk grid and should know) in 2002 the most demand in the Uk grid was 62GW, thanks to advances in technology, demands have fallen by 16%, even if we switched all public transport to EV, the demand would go back up by 10%, so as you can see (if you can do maths?) the grid should be able to cope. Plus also on this pages from National Grid, for every gallon of petrol, 4Kw is used to refine oil to petrol so this would be free up to. ( https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero/electric-vehicles-myths-misconceptions )
EV are charge by Oil / Gas / Coal Power plants anyway whats the point?
Firstly even if somehow you only ever charge your EV with Fossil Fuel power plant, you EV car as long as it on the road for 10 years is still less carbon impacting as a ICE car. But this is unlikely, most country have renewable in there energy mix and the amount of renewable energy is only on the increase, more needs to be done, but as the grid gets cleaner so will Evs.
So i hope this clears up some of the main FUD and issue people have with Ev cars