Electric Car, Anyone?

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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14 thoughts on “Electric Car, Anyone?

  1. California now has random and extended power outtages–something to do with not trimming trees near power lines–so we have a joke: “California made us all switch to electric cars and then turned the electricity off.” I will have to wait a bit on this new technology.

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  2. Great article from Pete. It seems business is always putting the cart before the horse. The same thing happened here in Canada when the government couldn’t wait to get their grubs involved in legal marijuana without being properly prepared. They don’t have enough source and their pricing is way higher than the competition, so they’re losing on the big business as people stick with their sources they’ve used for years before the gov’t stuck their nose in. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Thank you for sharing Pete’s wonderful posting. I agree totally, and add the meaning of “oursourcing of storage capabilities to the citizens”. Here in Germany they want buyers of electric cars less driving them. More they want the buyers to put their overnight uploaded car batteries on the loading grid, acting as a combined storage pool. Most of the users are overday at work, so this could indeed be a good solution. Otherwise you as a costumer have to buy the cars with the horrible expensive batteries. 😉 Michael

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  4. In the UK the pressure groups have been on at the government(s) to get a network of charging pints installed for… twenty years. There are some, but they are way oversubscribed (and you have to subscribe to an app to book yourself in). The problem, of course, is that well-established network of places where you can put liquid fossil fuels in your car with no hassle. Since most of them are owned by the people that produce the fossil fuel, they don’t want to help the world wean itself off that as its main source of transportation fuel.

    There are plenty of European examples of self-sustaining charging stations in cities; solar panel roofs, mini-turbines, and even combined heat and power from waste in the background. But getting any ‘example’ to become widespread is a Sysiphean task.

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    • It is Jemima.. and having lived in Madrid for 17 years it was evident that it was being taken seriously, they use a lot of solar obviously and that helped and our friend worked for the national electric company and all staff were offered electric cars as standard. With the weather in UK and Ireland solar panels are only partly effective and here in Ireland rural areas are not as well supported as far as services are concerned. I am sure that it will change, quicker in some areas than others, but with the density of the population in the UK now in the limited space it is going to be a challenge to meet their target.


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