It is fun to see a Tesla car glide down the road and know that it is all-electric. Still in the industry, it has a way to go before electric vehicles can compete on cost for the consumer – before wide adoption is entirely feasible. Trust us when we tell you, we are not against EVs. It’s just we see so many challenges – price, weight, subsidies, efficiencies, range, charging infrastructure, and many more things. And, We cringe when we listen to folks explain how to pave that proverbial ‘road to hell’ with the better Intentions Paving Company LLC. Okay, so, let’s talk, shall we?
Here are Five Points on the Future of Electric cars and the Real Challenges Facing the Industry
Current Battery Weight
EV batteries significantly increase cars’ weight – proponents say that’s okay because brand new light-weight materials will keep weight down. True, but if those light-weight materials can do that, they can do it for gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, or steam run vehicles also. Meaning more competition, A 100 mpg vehicle due to low-weight is now a huge selling point.
End of Life Battery Disposal
Where do all kinds of these batteries go with chemicals that are not so good for the environment? Proponents say; it’s not that big of a deal. Still, suppose old cell phones are considered hazardous waste partly due to the batteries inside. In that case, car batteries, which are much more significant with vast material, are even more problematic.
Currently, electric cars make such a small percentage of the total that they aren’t making any such difference in the use of fossil fuels, so if that is the goal, it’ll take decades to achieve and need a significant government intervention – hasn’t gov intervened in the free-markets enough after (Healthcare, Biofuels for instance) and how has that worked out for us?