Electric Vehicles the new wave? Really?

So, as I drank my morning coffee I came across a great Earth Day article on Auto123 (linked below) about popular myths of an electric car by the CEO of THINK a manufacturer of Electric Vehicles (EV). There were a lot of great points that address many of the misconceptions people have of the cars but, I have a couple of points of contention. Surprised aren't you?

The first is in myth three where he states that most EV batteries are designed to last 10 years or 100,000 miles. I understand that if a car is not manufactured properly it will only last so long. I have met plenty of people that have bought automobiles (often American but not restricted to) that lasted only until between 79,000 and 130,000 miles. That is unacceptable. I drove my Honda Prelude until 189,000 miles before the engine went and, had the shop not screwed up and told me that the oil leak was not major, the engine would have lasted much longer. That being said, after replacing the engine the car is still on the road today and I sold it at 205,000 miles about four years ago. I understand that not every car will last that long however, I think that in today's day and age we are capable of making cars that can last well into the quarter of the century range. Why then should our EVs not be held to the same standard? I understand that at this point we are pushing the boundaries of our battery cell technology but, we can push it further people. Why settle for an electric car that I will have to replace the battery around 100k miles when I can just buy the new Audi A1 that will be able to get about 60 mpg? I am consuming less fossil fuels, minimizing my emissions, and having fun driving. I can tell you for a fact, if you buy your cars intelligently you can find a model that is both efficient and well-built. I understand that in the Audi I will have to pay more up front and of course over time I will pay more in fuel costs. But, it still does not change the fact that I will get longer range, more enjoyment, and more satisfaction out of my Audi. Plus I have a feeling it will have more versatile space within it too.

My other point of contention is myth five. In order to calm the public over fears that we will run out of lithium to make batteries, he states that we will not do so in the next decade. However, what goes unstated is that we WILL run out of it possibly in the decade after. Also, he says we can move to Nickel or Zinc later for batteries. Where does this leave us though? We are still consuming resources that we can run out of later on. Also, what about the other technologies that start consuming these metals too? We are setting ourselves up to consume more resources from an already taxed planet. Shouldn't we be coming up with an intelligent way to utilize what we have on the planet instead of coming up with new ways to consume? I think Audi, and now Hyundai and Kia are on to something with their new engines. They have designed and are implementing engines that shut off while you are idling at a light. That is brilliant. Where do we waste the most gas? At the light wasting minutes of our life away and gallons of gas away until the light turns green. That is exactly the kind of thinking that we need.

Now before you get all angry at me for hating on eco cars, know this. Yes, I hate hybrids and EVs a lot. I think they are a waste of time and money. However, it is not what they do that makes me angry. It is how they do it that really irks my nerves. Eco nuts are pushing Prius's and EVs down our throats as the savior to our planet but, what they neglect to mention is that they too can deplete us of our resources and can help slide us further towards destruction. My suggestion? A well balanced approach of EVs, hybrids, clean diesels, alternate fuel vehicles, and just plain well designed gasoline engines. If we can think both vertically and laterally in terms of these vehicles then, we can come up with a comprehensive plan without compromise that will benefit everyone, including "Mother Earth."



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