There are certain problems with EVs that the powers that be don’t particularly want you thinking about, particularly now that high gas prices have people looking at electric vehicles when they wouldn’t otherwise be looking at anything other than a normal car.
For example, they can’t drive as far as many combustion-powered vehicles, even electric trucks have trouble towing compared to their combustion-powered counterparts, long fill-up times can be dangerous and make road trips a pain, and during something like a hurricane or flood, the charging stations are a major net negative.
And those aren’t even the three big issues that an excellent recent article by Eric Peters Autos focused on. According to Peters, who seems to have focused on the three main issues relating to consumer convenience when it comes to electric vehicles, those three problems with EVs are that 1) you can’t fast charge an EV at home, 2) a fast charge of an EV is never a full charge of that EV, and 3) the farther you drive the thing the shorter the service life.
The first problem is that the fast charges can’t happen at home. Peters, writing on that, said:
Practically every article gushing about EeeeeeeVeeeeeees will report on the fact that it is possible to “fast” charge an EeeeeeeeeeeVeeee in about 30 minutes. Some will gushingly report that – soon! – you’ll be able to do it in less than 15 minutes. What they never tell you is that you cannot do this at home. Because private homes do not have the capability to “fast” charge an EeeeeeVeeeee. The very “fastest” you can charge an EeeeeeeeeeVeeee at a private home is in around eight-nine hours, on a 240 volt (dryer-type) outlet.
You will never be able to “fast” charge an EeeeeeeeeVeeeee at home. Not without completely rewiring the home to commercial-grade capacity. This means you will always have to drive to wherever the “fast” charger is – and wait there. This means spending time getting to (and from) the “fast” charger. Which means spending more time “fast” charging. Thirty minutes to “fast” charge” ends up being that plus however long it took to drive there, plus the wait there.
So, in other words, it’s significantly less convenient than the powers that be would have you believe. Instead of filling up in just minutes, you better have time to let it fill up overnight, otherwise you’re either not driving or going to have to rely on a “fast” charger.
But the convenience problems don’t end there. The related, next one that Peters brought up is that those fast chargers they go on and on about is that the fast chargers don’t actually charge your car up all the way. Thanks to the limitations on the batteries, you’ll only get an 80% charge out of one of those. Peters, writing on that, noted:
Whenever you read an article gushing about EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeees and the miracle of taking at least five times as long to “fast” charge it vs. the five minutes it takes to refuel a non-EeeeeeeeeVeeeeeeee, you will never encounter the disclaimer that the “fast” charge is only 80 percent charged. In other words, you end up with 20 percent less charge than a full charge, which means 20 percent less range . . . which means having to stop (again) 20 percent sooner.
The reason why you cannot – well, should not – “fast” charge an EeeeeeVeeeee to fully charged is because it is hard on the battery, which is the most expensive part of an EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee. There is also an increased fire risk. So EeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeeees (and “fast” chargers) are set up to deliver 80 percent charge “fast” – and the rest, slow.
Speaking of batteries, that brings us to the third big convenience problem with EVs which is that the more you drive the thing the more you wear out the battery (and those batteries are hugely expensive to replace). Peters, writing on that big issue, said:
If you drive an EeeeeeeeVeeeeee to the limit of its range, you will have heavily discharged its battery pack. If you want the battery pack to last you should avoid doing this, because regularly discharging a battery is likely to reduce the life of the battery. Meaning, its capacity to hold the charge (and so, deliver the range) it advertised when new. This is why hybrid cars are designed to always keep the battery partially charged. Even so, a hybrid car’s battery pack eventually loses its capacity to hold charge and must be replaced.
But EeeeeeeeeVeeeeees have no gas engine on board to keep the battery from being heavily discharged. This presents a paradox: If you use the EeeeeeeeeVeeeeee’s advertised range you are reducing the battery pack’s service life. Put another way: The EeeeeeeeVeeeeeee’s advertised range is functionally about 30 percent less-than-advertised, if you want to avoid having to spend 30-50 percent as much as the EeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee itself cost you on a replacement battery pack before it is time to replace the EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee, itself
There are some good things about EVs to be sure. The acceleration on a Tesla is like nothing else and is incredibly fun. The self-driving features are awesome, particularly the aspects of it that help you navigate parking lots or take your hands off of the wheel for a minute.
But there are huge problems with them too, problems that need to be recognized but that the big car companies pushing these things seem to want to downplay. So now you know: there are some big convenience problems with EVs that you might not have heard or thought about.
By: Gen Z Conservative