Opinion: Why I’m not ready to embrace electric vehicles

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    A fairly new direction, but an old invention, scientists were exploring the potential of using electricity to power a vehicle from the mid-19th centur
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    #183290 Reply

    Yes I agree with Andy, I think they are a long way of in my view, the city where I operate from is full of student lets & blocks of flats with very few charge points, I think electric cars are reserved for the wealthy few who want to splash our £30k odd to be trendy under the guise of being ‘good for the planet’ sorry I’m not convinced, the recycling aspect alone for these vehicles will be horrendous I think.

    #183336 Reply

    Why does it need a team of scientists to raise the red flag?

    Because changes are promoted by politicians.
    Replace the House of Lords with a House of Science & Technology and you might start getting a more sensible approach.

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    Lawrence Wells

    Just trying to install 2 charging points for electric vehicles at my petrol station,the supply to the garage is not enough so it’s going to cost 30k plus to have a bigger supply cable installed not sure if I will bother now electric may be ok for short distance city commutes but is no good for distance motoring.

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    Peter Miles

    As far as I can see in my lifetime (I’m 68) purely electric cars will always be a minor part of the mix. Hybrids more so but still not going to replace internal combustion engine power (which hybrids rely on anyway). Diesel I see as on the way out except for HGV’s and other specialised vehicles so it’s petrol into the future unless something changes drastically.

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    Stuart down

    I’ve been saying for years hydrogen is the future it’s a really exciting technology, so many of the cars are already out there and the technology really is coming along in leaps and bounds.

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    adrian j walker

    LOOK most of the above is correct to some extent, however we must remember what the politicians are not saying. where are we going to get all the electricity from, where are we going to get all the precious metals from to replace all the power cables in the uk, they are over their limit already ( I was an electrical engineer in power distribution) and finally are we going to rape the earth for all the precious materials to make the batteries, what will kill the planet first ?

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    Paul baldwin

    Dear readers another problem is soon what to do with 5 year old and older full electric and hybrid cars as the major repair costs make them scrap. I just diagnosed a 2014 golf e with 17k on it and 2 moths out of warranty as having a component failure which Vw know all about It will be interesting to see if Vw contribute towards the repair as it is many thousands

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    Andy Coulton

    Research and development in the electric vehicle sector is moving on at a blistering pace. New battery technologies are already being trialled including a “Flow” battery that might be able to take you 5,000 miles without charging. You fill up with electrolyte instead, the old electrolyte is removed from the vehicle (at the same time), this is then taken to a “recharging facility” that is powered by renewables. I agree the current Lithium battery is unsustainable but new alternatives will be developed. I don’t think Hydrogen will be the answer as many argue it has a larger carbon footprint than petrol due to the energy required to harvest it, then there’s the ultra thick and heavy fuel tanks required. Certainly interesting times ahead in the EHV sector.

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    Gavin Lane

    are we being being dedicated to ? or is it just change that we need to address and welcome on board with ?

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    Joe shmo

    Hey brother, same shit here in America. There is a huge climate crisis in DC. All those politicians raise the city temperature every time congress is in session. Send us a franchise of your house of science, we can replace our congressmen ASAP

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