Why I Don’t Think Electric Cars Are The Answer (Yet….)


Yes, the electric car. Instead of using a form of gas, you use a battery and an electric motor to drive the wheels. However, today? I don’t think electric cars are the answer.

The Leaf does 100 miles. More of 100 yards if you asked me.

For a kickoff, you’ll do about 75 feet – then have to spend an eternity charging it up again. Fine if you are just commuting to work, but I don’t think it would be practical to do so on a long journey to the seaside – it’s probably why most people would have a second car to do the trick. As far as range is concerned, it’s basically my Nissan(k) except thirstier on charges.

So who would buy the Leaf in the US?

Electric cars today (in some countries) are still way overpriced. A normal Nissan Leaf in the US costs upwards of $30,000. For that kind of cash, you can buy a near top of the range 3.5 litre V6 Altima. While having much more car – and you don’t have to worry about the batteries themselves in the Altima.

Don’t know if it’s strictly the case today though.

The next part is probably what green people are going to say. “I drive a clean car.” That statement isn’t strictly true. While it does hold some weight in countries trying to lower their carbon footprint like Canada, it doesn’t hold as much weight as in some other countries, such as (where it’s hard to decide) China.

 

The power that is generated in those cities not as reliant on renewables, is probably not as clean as most people think. So the statement of it being clean doesn’t hold much weight unless you drive a Porsche 911 turbo through town which would clean all that out. So unless you live in a almost fully clean area (Canada, for instance) then I suppose that that statement will hold some weight. But now, living on the east side of the world? I’m not so sure.

What I think:
Hydrogen could be the answer? Needs to be worked out though.

It could be hydrogen that can be the future – but it still needs to be worked out. In truth, it does work in reality, it just needs to somehow be easily storable in a fashion that can be a simple as drilling a hole in the earth. And like petrol and diesel, it’ll be just as convenient.

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