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EVs are not for me. Here’s why.

EVs are not for me. Here’s why.

Are you ready for an electric car? Or, more to the point, are they ready for you?

There are plenty of arguments going on about the pros and cons, but the one which interests me is called ‘range anxiety.’

It’s the understandable fear that you could be stranded in whoop whoop, unable to charge your wheels.

Or, more likely, having to wait protracted periods to either charge up your vehicle’s battery or wait in line just to get to a charger.

Recent research by the American Automobile Association suggests the best cure for such ‘strand anxiety’ is to own an EV. The experience, it seems, quells such fears.

So I’d be very interested to hear from any of you who have a hybrid, plug-in or full-on EV to see how you cope.

My wife is very keen on an EV, but we only have already-congested on-street parking, so that overnight charging would be tricky.

My 20-year-old Prado, written off for insurance purposes in a hail storm, is still going strong and, while hardly ‘green’, is reliable and sturdy.

What do you think about this great debate? Some 40% of us say our next car will be an EV or hybrid. Does that include you, and if not, why not?

My colleague at One Big Switch, Joel Gibson, in a recent column, argues EVs are now more affordable and available.

Perhaps, but another piece in the Sydney Morning Herald did little to quell my range of anxieties.

The Drive supplement headlined Getting Australians Ready For Electric Cars stated the ranges of every EV on sale here now. They left a bit to be desired.

The ranges started at 311kms for the Nissan Lead, seemed to average in the 400kms for many models and the BMW priced at $328,000 managed 587km.

If you can charge in your garage or driveway overnight with the best tech, which speeds up the process, the average range of about 430km might not be a big deal.

But I would be antsy heading north on the Pacific Highway at Christmas, with seemingly half of the state competing for a charging station.

They may be more numerous in the future, but even the very fastest, according to the Drive story, needs ‘ a few minutes’ to add just 100kms. 

The future is coming, but it’s going to take time. I have a feeling my Prado is going to be on the road for some time yet. 

Are my anxieties overblown, and are you ready to go electric?

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matt from QLD commented:

Full electric not for me but with hydrogen fuel on the horizon maybe an EV then. Then again what do you do when there’s no more materials to make batteries and can you rebuild the older batteries, interesting years ahead 

Someone from NSW commented:

I have read that all if an EV is caught in flood waters, even after drying out, it can self combust. There are cases of this occurring quite a lot apparently & owners have been advised to keep their EV away from their house etc should this occur. I would therefore imagine that should you live in a flooding area, the insurance for your EV would be cost prohibitive. Given that any area can be flooded these days, I think it’s a recipe for disaster to think EVs are the “be all & end all”. 

Someone from NSW commented:

One person commented, that he lives in a block of units, and to charge is vehicle that is in the underground car park. He as to get a long lead to go out of his window, over the balcony and down to is car, with the lead running along the ground, just to charge is car. My question is how dangerous is that. 

Frank from NSW commented:

What's the point of EV discussion when Labor/Greens absurd Net Zero carbon policy is closing coal fired power stations resulting in massive electricity price hikes and blackouts. And when you have no power at home to recharge your precious EV wait for the private charging stations and their ridiculous pricing! While the very thought power shortages, increases in crime and vulnerable Deaths is unimaginable and extremely scary, EV's imo are simply tax breaks for the rich who when not posing around town will be happily dragging fossil fuel cars at the lights. 

Anthony from NSW commented:

I for one would no buy an EV. I am very concerned how much it would cost to put a charging point a my garage or in a block of residential units. I am also concerned about time to recharge an EV at a recharge station also the dangers of fire, problems extinguishing a fire and the deposal and cost of replacing batteries. 

Kenneth from WA commented:

No manufacturer or retailer has been bold enough to inform anyone of the cost of the replacement battery. ALL batteries have a used by date and that date WILL happen sooner than later the more the battery is subject to the number of charging cycles it is exposed to.Currently there are suggestions that a replacement battery for a small vehicle is in the vicinity of $10000.00. The bigger the vehicle the higher the cost for replacement. One report went so far as to suggest $45000.00. when at the estimated date of sale of car occurs.The liberal ownership period discussed was after 8 years. So at that point the vehicle is going to face a cost to replace the battery for $45000 when the value of the car is not worth that much. Any potential seller or buyer will have to factor in upgrading or replacing a vehicle which will need a major cost to replace the battery and the lost value of the saleable vehicle. Add to this is another negetive and that is with each charge the battery becomes less efficient, so that when new you may have a mileage estimate of 300 - 500 klms but with age you are not going to have the same range. NO EVs for me thanks !!! 

Robert from NSW commented:

We live in a regional area, and a small EV for running around town would be more than suitable. But, apart from initial costs, range anxiety is still the biggest problem. To visit my family requires a 400km round trip and includes crossing a steepish mountain range twice. A 400km EV range won't suffice. There a no charging stations along the way, so will have to recharge once there, No problems with my 10yr old ICE vehicle. I'm still waiting for a knowledgeable person to tell me ( with no BS ) why replacing an internal combustion engine, transmission and drivetrain with an electric motor, battery and electronics more than doubles the price. The current warranty for an EV battery is 8 years or 160000km, and the cost of a new replacement battery varies from $12,000-20,000 for the lower price range vehicles and up to $50,000 for high price range vehicles. Who would want a second hand EV with 100000km on the odometer ? Anyone ?? I might consider an EV when the prices comes down to realistic levels, and battery technology improves dramatically. In the interim, if our current ICE vehicle dies, I might consider a hybrid. A seldom discussed topic is the amount of energy required to produce all of these electric products, from mining, to final product, and how do we dispose of them at the end of their life cycle. Most of them currently can't be recycled and are destined for landfill. Thought for the day - 95% of electric vehicles are still on the road. The other 5% made it home. 

Ian Norman
Ian Norman from NSW commented:

What nobody is talking about is the repair costs to these vehicles. That is the sting 🦂 just look what’s happening overseas at the horror stories that are emerging and how do you recycle the batteries etc if the facilities are not available ! 

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