- Dec 26, 2004
So how do low income people afford these "nice automobiles." We know they can't afford new ones. The older ones will need new batteries at 20k+. Now they can go get a $1000 dollar car and go on about their lives. You got an answer for that I guess?We’ve beaten this dead horse before, but we can do it again. We hear people saying the grid has enough excess capacity already, and the naysayers telling us it does not. I guess we will find out soon enough.
One thing we know, as battery technology continues to improve, charging will need to occur less and less often. If your EV gets 400-500 or more miles, the average person driving to work each day might go a couple of weeks or more between charges, if not longer. So it’s not like everyone is charging all the time. Also, we know most people will (do already) charge at home, at night when demand on the grid is lowest. Some EVs are experimenting with solar panels in roof, dash, etc, to increase range between charges. Other technological advances will come.
And certainly over time the grid will be upgraded. More transmission lines, more wind, solar, hydro, etc., less reliance on fossil fuels, making EVs even more “clean”. The will can find a way.
An EV-explosion is coming. They will be the nicest automobiles we have ever driven, and over time their zero tailpipe emissions will help our environment. They aren’t the end all be all solution to the climate issue, but they are a significant step in the right direction.
I read about a new environment issue with EVs. Due to their weight they will give off many more toxins from the tires wearing and releasing it into the air. Not only that but many parking garages will not be able to handle the extra weight. Some batteries are even using more iron so they don't need as much nickel and cobalt but they are even heavier.
I know you think this will be utopia but I wonder how many new issues arise we haven't even thought of?