ELECTRIC CARS ARE GOOD, BUT NOT FOR NOW
It's not enough for me to trade my Subaru Forester for a Porsche Taycan, even though I like the Taycan more than any Tesla.
I won't argue how good a Porsche Taycan and the fleet of Teslas are in terms of performance and refinement (which I can't say about Tesla) and how beneficial they are in the next 10 years. But, I'm still not confident in trading my Subaru for an electric car.
The problem is nothing to do with electric cars itself. It's down to the infrastructure that supports these vehicles and the countries that support such infrastructure. If you are residing in a country where the number of petrol stations outnumbered the number of charging stations, do you think owning an electric car is suitable? What if one of the charging points is broken?
Of course you could say "Why not just install a personal charging port at home?". Well, unless you have the luxury of living in the suburbs with a personal garage, you will be lucky to find one in your neighborhood carpark.
Case in point, I'm a resident in Singapore living in a high-rise building. The car park on my current neighbourhood estate has zero charging stations. There is one at another neighbourhood estate nearby but, was shared with a car sharing service. And while there are charging points for electric cars in Singapore as reported, they are rare to find.
Can you imagine being an electric car owner in Singapore today, stressing yourself to find a single charging station, only to find that they are either occupied or down for maintenance?
This brings on to another problem, range anxiety. With the lack of charging stations, how confident you are with your electric car transporting you to your destination, on time? Do we need the minds of James May and create a so call 'travel plan' with such detail to get to our destinations?
Let me tell you that no matter how good you plan your route, it will not be ready for any incidents that would come at you during your journey. Road works, road closures, accidents, police checkpoints. Such incidents could happen on the roads, which could effect the range of your electric car.
There is also something I don't get with electric cars. The batteries powered the electric motor to move the car, but what about the other electrics built into the car. The air-con? Lights? Infotainment system? Car alarm? Don't they use the batteries as well? Because such equipment does affect the range of your electric car. Sure, you can turn all of them off to extend the range, but I reckon you would not survive the journey.
This issue with range anxiety can have an effect on something that we drivers love to do. Road Trips. Whether if it's going to Malaysia, across America or to Europe (for my UK friends), you would probably not consider using an electric car for the trip when you are unsure of the countries' availability in charging station, regardless how good your plan could be. I know I won't rent one for my next trip to Malaysia (once they sort out the pandemic and political in-fighting on their end).
Now, let me re-emphasized this, I have nothing against electric cars. I'm saying all this because they are currently available in showrooms for consumers to buy. I just want consumers to re-consider when thinking about owning an electric car because that might involve re-wiring your thought process when it comes to car ownership.
Right now, more car manufactures are switching to EVs in 10 years time and by then, I’m sure that more countries will jump into the EV bandwagon and give the required financial support to build the infrastructure for the electric car but as of writing in 2021, they have more serious matter to deal with.
For me, I’m still keeping my Subaru. I will probably get an electric car in the future, just not for now.