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I have been talking a lot with friends about the push for EVs, and am hoping that you would consider doing a segment that investigates the practicality of electric vehicles. Here are the questions I have that I believe have not been addressed:
1. The cost of EVs are much higher than our current gas vehicles, that will exclude many from being able to afford one.
2. I have also heard that the cost of replacing the batteries in 4-5 years is in the thousands of dollars. Add that to the high cost of a new vehicle, and it makes it even more prohibitive.
3. Each home or business that needs to charge their vehicles will require a new electrical circuit installed.
4. Charging an EV requires anywhere from 25 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on whether the charging station has a fast super-charger or not. What will the impact be on people waiting to get their EV charged? First, assume that every current gas station will have to convert to have both gas and electric fill pumps, making them available for older gas vehicles and new EVs, more additional costs and additional space required. With an EV the average time to “charge up” will be at least 4 times longer (5 minutes for gas versus 20 min for EVs). Without the “fast” chargers, it could be 12 times longer (5 min vs 60 min) or even longer to charge up. Think of the impacts, time itself on the traveler, at “least” twice as many charging stations as current gas pumps, waiting locations for travelers while they charge up?
5. What about apartment/condo dwellers that park outside, or city street dwellers that have to park in the street? Will chargers be installed in all apartment parking lot locations or street parking spaces? At whose cost?
6. Where is all the additional electrical power to come from? Can you imagine the peaks during nighttime charging?
7. Hazard/space component to storing so many dead batteries after they are no longer useful?
I’m sure there are several more questions that I have not thought of, and many more issues that would need to be addressed. But it does seem as if the government has “environmental blinders” on, and are not able to foresee the damage that moving to EVs will cause. If they are concerned about “climate change” they shouldn’t be, that’s what our climate does, change. It’s been very cold and very hot off and on since it’s creation, it’s what the earth does, and we are just along for the ride!
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EV’s seem to be a dead end technology.