Are EVs the future, or the future we're being sold?
People are pushing hard for more electric vehicles, but does that truly mean they're the future?
In less than 15 years, ICE cars will be banned in the UK, many US states, and other countries. Carmakers have chosen to go down the path of electrification. Almost every car company today has at least one fully electric model in their lineup.
Governments, carmakers, environmentalists, and celebrities are telling us of a beautiful utopia where every car is electric, there's no pollution in the air, and everyone gets along. There will be no car accidents, since each one of these electric cars will be fully driverless.
The problem with this is that it will never happen. Even if every car on the planet is electric, there will still be pollution. While these cars do not produce emissions while driving, factories making them will, as well as some power plants producing electricity.
California has trouble producing enough power to keep the lights on. Imagine what will happen when thousands of electric cars are demanding power all at once.
So while I have nothing against electric cars, I think society is being too quick to accept them as the future. The electric future is being forced upon us whether it is the correct path to go or not.
Here's an example. If you've ever ordered something on Wish, you'll know that what you receive might not look exactly like the photo. Or maybe it's that burger on the McDonalds ad. It looks so big and juicy, but when you get the burger it's small and squished. Plus the person who made it didn't quite realize that the toppings are supposed to be centred inside the bun. I think that the same is true with the electric future. Everyone is telling us the future will be exactly like the ad, but once we get there, we'll have more problems.
One of these problems is cost. New cars are already costing more and more. EVs need a serious price drop before they'll make a realistic future. Yes, you don't have to pay for gas, but the up-charge for EVs (no pun intended) is so much that you could pay for gas for years before you'll break even on that EV.
A few months ago I was in line at a convenience store behind an old man buying lottery tickets. They were instant tickets, and cost $5 each. He bought three of them paying $15 before tax. The first two tickets were losers, but on the last one, he won himself a whole $10. The man was overjoyed that he'd won money. I was standing behind him thinking he was an idiot. He payed $15 to get $10 back. Seems like a scam to me.
So while it might seem like you're saving money with an EV by getting the government rebate and not having to pay for gas, you're still losing money. Also, your hydro bill will go up. A lot.
So in conclusion, I think people are hopping onto the EV train without even checking to see where it's going. Governments are pushing them onto their citizens by offering rebates and by banning ICE cars. There are dozens of other problems with the electric future, such as battery disposal, fire risks, and cobalt shortages. But at the end of the day, are EVs truly the future? Or are they the future we're being sold?