Billions of dollars are being invested in creating better all electric cars. The driving forces behind the types of cars made available to car buyers are doing everything possible to increase the number of electrified vehicles for the future.
Some governments are offering incentives for their purchase. Communities large and small are reconsidering their existing infrastructure, are already making plans for changes to adapt to car charging stations, and in many cases are building them. Corporations are incorporating charging stations at their work sites for employees. Traffic rules are being re-written and lofty promises are being made to the public. It remains to be seen how many buyers will be convinced that they should switch to an all electric car.
Some people may be drawn to what they think is an environmentally friendly vehicle or one for which they do not have to worry about rising gas prices, but they should be aware of many all electric car issues:
- The range per charge. Starting from home limits how far the car can go and make it back without a charge.
- The cost to charge at kilowatt per hour versus filling up with gas at varying pump charges.
- Acceptance of and adaptation to the new refueling method. It is necessary to find battery charge locations which are not as numerous and visible as gas stations.
- The hours it takes to recharge batteries versus the time to fill a car with gas.
- The problem during extended power outages and blackouts when there is no electricity with which to charge them.
- The weight of the batteries and the size they require.
- The replacement cost of batteries after their lifetime expires.
- If the heat is turned on and the car driven at 65 mph, the range of the car drops considerably.
- Battery charges last a much shorter time in colder northern places.
- If the car is not charged using solar, wind or hydroelectric energy, it is still using fossil fuel.
- As Consumer Reports reviewers said of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, it is “not a car in which anyone will be happy spending time.” The discounted price is “still a lot of money for a car that feels like little more than an enclosed golf cart. The appeal lies solely in providing attainable access into the world of pure-electric cars. At this price, it becomes more feasible as a second, occasional-use car.”
- Most car owners do not consider them a comfortable, convenient, reliable transportation method to drive from city to city without the fear of being stranded by a dead battery.
- Batteries should not be run all the way down to a zero charge state or it will significantly decrease the battery life and the car may not make it back to its starting point.
- Hybrid cars which use a gas engine to charge the car’s battery and extend the range are preferable to limiting the car’s power to just a battery.
- All electric cars may be more difficult to resell because the number of interested buyers is smaller.
The bottom line is that currently the benefits of all electric cars do not justify the price.