The Chief columnist of Autoexpress Magazine was interviewed on Sky News earlier today, giving his thoughts on the electric car.
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Here are his arguments dismissed – The top 5 electric car myths busted
Here are the key points:
When asked by the interviewer in reference to Ecotricity’s fees to charge –
“You are not a fan of electric are you, what of this move?”
I am a fan of the technology, but I am not a fan of the real world experience.
The problem is they just do not go far enough, if you climb into a conventional car, petrol or diesel car and it will go hundreds of miles……
With an electric car you might get 50, 60, 70 miles range from it, there has been a reference to this phenomenon called range anxiety.
It is not anxiety, it is sheer terror when you are driving down a motorway and you are not sure if you have enough energy, enough juice in the tank, to get to your exit on the motorway, that is the problem with electric cars.
We have an additional problem in that they are very expensive to buy in the first place, even with the government subsidy and I am not sure the government should be subsiding fairly wealthy motorists who can afford, 20, 30, 40 thousand for an electric car anyway.
The other problem is the supply chain. The supply of the electricity that goes into the vehicles, the supply is very intermittent, sometimes you get to the charging stations and they don’t work, sometimes they are very dirty – not pleasant places to be –
sometimes it takes hours, it usually takes hours to fully charge your car or recharge it.
Now we have got the added problem that the rules have been changed again. People have bought electric cars in good faith thinking they are getting access to some of these free charging points and they are no longer going to be free, there is going to be a £5 access charge or whatever… this does not bode well for the electric car.
In fact my prediction is, probably in decades to come when you and I are happily retired sitting on a beach somewhere, there will be an admittance from the motor industry that the electric car per-say was a failure……….
The man in street is who is looking at his or her motoring costs is, quite rightly not going to invest in one of these things because they are too expensive in the first place, their batteries cost an awful lot of money to replace when they wear out and die and worst of all this phenomenon called range anxiety, which I prefer to call range terror
Companies like Nissan can say we are a pioneering company and all the rest of it, they have backed the wrong horse. The companies that have done the right thing are those who have held back and said all-electric cars are not the answer.
You would be a very, very, very brave consumer to go out and buy a 100% electric car.
If Sky News would like to hear the other side of the story, then we are free anytime.
In the meantime here are The top 5 electric car myths busted