Electric Cars: Fatally Flawed?
The 9th is the day thats been invented to celebrate electric vehicle ownership across the world, a little pat on the back for ev owners to say well done for making the switch, and that got me thinking. Should you make the switch? Should the people with petrol and diesel cars chuck their old fossil burners in the bin and get with the program? Well, ive taken a good long, look at the state of electric cars and im going to give you both sides of the argument, reasons that people put forward for not buying an electric car and then ill, try and counter those reasons. Basically arguing with myself. To give you reasons as to why, maybe you should lets start with the negatives number one they cost too much its true. There are quite a few electric cars that have petrol equivalents and without fail, the battery powered models cost more than the petrol ones. A mini hatchback, for example, starts at 16 995, a mini electric 26 000 pounds 9 000 pounds more. A petrol hyundai, kona costs, 21 kona, electric 27, 950 600 pounds more and thats, with the government chipping in with a three and a half grand oled grant. So it doesnt matter where you look or which manufacturer you go to cars with batteries, cost more than cars. Without batteries number two, the range and recharging are rubbish. This one its not always the case. There are plenty of electric cars that can go a long way, but you usually have to pay a ton of cash for that privilege, but on balance, most normal electric cars dont go as far as their petrol alternatives.
That many electric i just mentioned only goes like 140 miles if youre lucky, the petrol model can probably do twice that distance and you can refill it in about five minutes: recharging. A mini electric takes half an hour to get from 20 to 80 percent. If you use a rapid charger number three theyre, not actually that green. Yes, they dont have any tail pipe emissions, but you still need power stations to generate the electricity and those often run on coal, gas and all sorts of other fuels that arent green in the slightest number. Four electric cars are still harmful to the environment. Where do the raw materials for batteries come from the graphite, the cobalt, the lithium, the manganese lithium extraction uses extraordinary amounts of water, which is often water, thats, diverted away from local communities that actually need it, and chemicals from the production of lithium can enter the water Supply which is bad for animals and people cobalt. I mean 70 of the worlds. Cobalt comes from the democratic republic of congo, where human rights are maybe not as high on the list of peoples priorities as they should be number five. The batteries cant be recycled. What happens to them at the end of an electric cars life, good question and finally, number six: electric cars are such a small contributor to climate change that theres no point in making the switch, not when ships and planes and other forms of large scale industry do So much more damage there.
Those are the most common concerns put forward for not buying an electric car and on world ev day, no matter what side of the fence you stand on its important, we look at those reasons, because those are real concerns. Stopping real people from really making the switch to this technology, but now weve looked at some of the concerns in the interest of balance. We also need to confront them head on because in some cases, theyre not as valid as you might think. Okay, lets get back to the first argument about pricing. Yes, electric cars are more expensive, but when people say that theyre, usually just looking at the headline price, things might be a little bit different. If you look at the total cost of ownership, where an electric car could work out cheaper than a petrol or diesel ill, give you an example with some quick maps on the mini hatch versus mini electric, using official fuel economy figures. Most people in the uk drive around 8 000 miles a year doing that petrol will cost you around 1 000 pounds for the year, which works out to be 83 pounds a month. The mini electric is far cheaper to run the cost of electricity for 8 000 miles a year works out to be as little as nine pounds 52 a month. So the more you drive your electric car, the cheaper it becomes and the more you save. The second issue is tax.
If you run a company, car youll have to pay benefit in kind. Bik thats the tax that, in the case of petrols, requires you to pay literally hundreds of pounds every single month on top of the price of the car for an electric car. The tax is next to nothing, so the ev works out cheaper, then theres other savings to be had from things like congestion charging and lower maintenance costs, so petrol and electric are actually closer than you might think in terms of price and thats. Now, in the future, batteries are gon na get far far cheaper by the time 2030 rolls around evs will be cheaper than petrol. Cars are now and heres why battery prices are falling quickly. According to bloomberg, nef batteries used to sell for more than 1 100 per kilowatt hour. A decade ago now thats dropped to 137 dollars per kilowatt hour. They reckon well hit 101 per kilowatt hour in 2023, but by the time it hits a hundred dollars per kilowatt hour that watershed moment thats, when electric cars will become as affordable and as profitable compared to equivalent combustion engine cars and as battery prices continue to fall. It wont even make sense to buy petrol or diesel because theyll be too expensive number two. The range and recharging are rubbish in some cases for some people – yes, some cars, just dont go as far as we want them to, but heres the thing most people in the uk have a commute of around 22 miles a day.
Electric cars can do that easily its important to look at the journeys you actually do, rather than the journeys that you think you might do, and most people just putter around and charge overnight and then go again. And if a car doesnt have a good enough range. Buy a different one, one that actually does have the right range for you. A tesla model 3 can go 350 miles, thats, damn near london to edinburgh. Okay. What do you do if you dont have a charger at home or off street parking? Like i said, most people dont drive far even a mini electric, which hasnt got a long range, can cover the 22 miles or so that most people do every day on a full charge. It will last an entire week, so you can charge once a week on a saturday or sunday at a supermarket or a cinema or a restaurant while youre doing something else, its not perfect, but most people dont fill up their petrol cars every day and you dont Necessarily have to do that with electric cars either number three theyre, not that green, correct, theyre, not perfect, definitely not as green as riding a bike or walking, but they are better petrols and diesels emit harmful gases into the environment, evs dont, so evs put out less Toxic stuff, in the places where humans actually live, cities, towns, etc. Yes, they do rely on power stations to generate their electricity and the energy grid isnt totally green, especially in places like america, but the situation is better in europe and its improving all the time.
In the uk in 2008, only 10 of our power came from sustainable sources in 2018 that figure reached 33. If we continue on that trend, the majority of our power will soon come from renewable sources, and you dont actually have to wait. There are plenty of energy providers that can put you on energy tariffs that use a hundred percent renewable energy im on one and actually, that tariff is cheaper than the non renewable terrace right number. Four. They harm the environment. Yes, the battery production industry does need to clean up its act. We need laws in place to stop them damaging the environment in the production of batteries, but i think thats, a matter of protocol. Almost everything that humans extract from the earth can be extracted in either an ethical way or an unethical way. We just have to force industries to choose the most ethical methods. Oil and gas extraction is bad for wildlife. I mean its been known to cause wars. For goodness sake, google blood diamonds, palm oil production and, by the way palm oil is in almost everything, leads to deforestation and is a menace to local communities. Look at the social and environmental impact that avocados, for goodness sake, what we need to do is to change the way we operate change. The way we extract the ingredients we need for our stuff and, in some cases, change the ingredients themselves. Then the end product, in this case batteries, could be cleaner.
Too. I mean youre, probably watching this on what a laptop or a phone am i right which uses what batteries so lets. Keep that same energy, if its okay for your gadgets, then keep an open mind. It might be okay for cars too, like i said its a matter of protocol lets not rule out. Batteries lets force the battery makers to make the batteries in the best way possible. Number five. The batteries cant be recycled. What happens to them at the end of a cars life now, this one needs a whole video by itself and i might make it, but the bottom line is that they need to do more. According to some estimates, only five percent of lithium ion batteries are recycled, but theres going to be 30 million electric cars on european roads by 2030. So this is something theyre definitely going to have to tackle and tackle pretty soon volkswagen credit to them. They have a pilot recycling plant in germany, renault theyre, now recycling, all of their electric car batteries and theyre pushing to recharge batteries from other companies as well, and i think they will do more and for one simple reason in europe, we dont have a lot of The raw materials needed to make batteries so recycling old batteries is going to be the best way of getting hold of a lot of these raw materials. Recycling will happen. It has to and number six cars are, such a small contributor to climate change.
That theres no point in making the switch not when ships and planes and other forms of large scale industry do so much more damage and then theres. The other argument, the country that you live in, contributes so little to climate change compared to a different country. Again, this is one of those that might need a whole separate video, and i might make it but lets keep it brief here. That logic is the same as saying i might as well throw litter on the floor, because the guy next door throws way more litter on the floor than i do its like saying, theres no point in trying to climb a mountain because its too tall you have To make that first step or youre, damn sure wont make the last one. Action can make a difference and every time we want to make a difference, thats the one thing we need action: okay, so thats it for me guys. Obviously, we do all still have a big mountain to climb with this transition to electric, but i do hope that ive at least opened your mind on the subject and given you a little bit of food for thought on both sides of the argument. Im definitely going to drill down into a lot of these subjects in deeper detail over the coming weeks and months.