The electric car revolution might be slowing down.
And it won’t be helped by reviews like this.
The Daily Telegraph cartoonist Warren Brown has provided an hilarious account of his recent trip to the bush.
They were travelling 390 kilometres to the Telegraph’s Bush Summit in Griffith.
And it was a rocky journey!
They had to stop several times – to recharge the battery.
Each charge takes 30 minutes.
But that’s IF there is a free charging station.
And in some country towns – you are stuck in a queue – until the car in front of you has finished.
A simple drive to the country becomes much harder in an electric car.
180 kilometres in, they had to stop to recharge at Gundagai.
They recharged after another 80kms in Wagga Wagga.
And then another 100kms at Narrandera.
Warren makes the point that it becomes a race to the next location.
Because – there’s only one or two charging stations in some towns.
And if you don’t get there first – you’re waiting half an hour for someone else to recharge.
Warren Brown is a car nut.
So he knows a thing or two about road trips.
And he points out a few other flaws with electric cars.
Electric car batteries don’t like cold weather.
The website “MY EV.com” suggests “parking your car in a heated garage”
So – in order to have your electric car working well – you need to have a heater in the garage?
Where is all this power coming from?
The whole point of electric vehicles was to move away from fossil fuels.
In Australia – when you charge the battery – 70% of the time you are charging with carbon.
And if you’re putting on a heater in the garage, that puts even more pressure on the grid!
And where do you think the batteries come from?
Most of them are made in China, Japan and South Korea – and the factories are powered by coal!
Gill Pratt is the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute.
He says – “it takes a lot of energy to make a battery – and a lot of carbon is emitted in the process.”
Have a look at what’s happening in the UK.
The UK is in the middle of a massive energy crisis.
The average household power bill has ballooned to $6,000 a year.
And Britain’s Royal Automobile Club has now issued a warning.
They say an electric car could soon be more expensive to run than the petrol equivalent.
The Club’s spokesman Rod Dennis says –
“The impact of the energy price cap increase will certainly be felt by drivers who charge their electric cars at home.”
“A full charge of a typical family-sized electric SUV is set to cost 84% more from October 1 than it does under the current cap.”
So there’s concerns about cost.
Worries about power supply.
Question marks over ‘how far’ electric cars can go in a big country like ours.
And major doubts over their environmental credentials.
Right now – EVs only make up 1% of new car sales in Australia.
NSW believes this will be 50% in just 7 years.
Based on the current trends and increasing list of concerns.
The roadmap towards electric cars is made up of a lot of wishful thinking.