Beetley Pete Johnson has a terrific post on The Electric Car and he shares several aspects of this ‘planet saving intiative’ that are both unethical and unsustainable, including child labour to provide cobalt for the batteries.
Living rurally where the electricity is overhead wires with a mind of their own, and having experienced the power outage when everyone switches on the ovens to cook the Christmas turkey, I seriously doubt that the grid in the UK could stand the strain of millions of workers returning home at the same time and plugging their cars in to recharge.
Head over to weigh in with your opinion as many have in the comments and I am sure you will come away with a more informed perspective on the cars of the future.
(This post is about all-electric cars, not petrol/electric hybrids)
We keep hearing a lot about electric cars. They don’t pollute, and they are ‘green’, as far as the environment is concerned. Some countries are insisting that all cars have to be electric by a certain date, though that date varies dramatically.
They have drawbacks of course. Limited range, depending on speed, and using lights or accessories. They are not easy to charge either. Very few charging stations have been built so far, and those that exist don’t have that many spaces. That means you might drive to a place, not be able to charge your vehicle, and then be stuck there.
Even charging them at home is a mission. If I had one, I would have to have a cable running from the car to a power source in the garage. Far from ideal, especially in bad weather, if the car doesn’t fit into the garage, or if like most of us, your garage is full of ‘stuff’, and has no room for a car.
And what if I lived in a smart high-rise apartment in London, with no underground car park? Would I drape my charging lead twenty floors down the side of the building, to the car parked outside? Or in a nice Edwardian house on a street. Would people be prepared to step over or under the cable as they walked along? I doubt that. And nobody will vandalise your unattended car as it charges, by pulling out the plug, or breaking the cable.
Believe that, and you’ll believe anything.
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