• James Fan

Electric Cars: A Steaming Mess, Both Literally and Figuratively: One Year Shows No Change

The most important factor in the purchase of any electric car is not the preservation of the environment or the quietness of the motor. It is the moral happiness of the mind. A gasoline-powered car produces so much carbon emissions it is hard to drive around cities chock-full of efficient electric cars without feeling guilty about all the animals that are indirectly being killed. This essentially has become a social construct, similar to the difference between Apple and Samsung devices, where Apple customers continue to argue the iPhone is better because of the blue iMessage bubbles, compared to the lowly green that Android phones get. It is frankly horrific that society has arrived at this point, because social constructs are horrible, and electric cars aren’t that eco-conscious.

Firstly, the facts. There are 195 countries formally recognized by the United States. Only seven countries are close to switching to a renewable energy grid, according to data compiled by the United States Energy Information Administration. This means any other power that goes to charging a car is likely coming from a fossil fuel-powered energy source. A conventional economy hatchback already has a better range than even the best Tesla.

The toxic waste in electric cars has left many countries lacking in infrastructure.

Therefore, range is sacrificed, and the environment is harmed because it costs taxpayers’ money and fuel to develop the infrastructure. Even when countries switch to renewable energy, it takes an enormous amount of effort to manufacture these cars. The nickel mining in most batteries leads to acid rain and sulfur emissions. The mining process for copper, which electric cars contain 18-49 pounds on average, destroys water quality, which is especially noticeable in developing countries. That’s not even including the cost of producing the aluminum body of the car.

This is also not helped by the extensive propaganda thrust around by large media outlets and social media. The International Environment Agency predicts that 145 million electric cars will be on the road in 2030. In 2019, there were 4.8 million EVs on the road. In 2020, there were 6.8 million EVs on the road. That’s only an average increase of 2 million cars per year. If that rate holds true, there will only be 42 million EVs on the road by 2030. That is just 28% of the goal.

This rosy-eyed obsession with glorifying electric cars continues, which is very noticeable with Tesla. New Teslas have an airplane yoke instead of a traditional round steering wheel. Although this looks futuristic, there is a reason why yokes live only in the world of airplanes. When changing direction, airplanes move very slowly, so not having a full wheel isn’t a loss. There are also many dials that a regular wheel would block. None of this is true on a car. Quite the opposite in fact, because J-turns, U-turns, and parallel parking are more convenient with a full wheel. This is crucial when discussing control of the car in an accident. The yoke will be harder to grab and therefore much more of a safety liability. A yoke on a car is a dystopian invention, like a gun that fires from two ends.

The battery explodes in a electric car accident, torching the car and trapping the driver, Richard Hammond, who barely managed to escape with a broken leg.

All of this new technology also means reliability and safety issues. Nissans, Chevrolets, Mercedes, and Teslas have all issued recalls for battery issues, with Chevrolet being particularly prominent in recalling all Chevrolet Bolts. These cars are not even allowed to park in some lots. Battery power still has physically unsolvable complications, such as the chemical degradation that causes a battery to lose its capacity over time. It is currently impossible for an electric car to go off-road, because if the battery hits debris, the battery will explode, killing the driver and the stray American Shorthair that happened to be in the area looking for food, orphaning its newborn kittens. The chance of these failures happening is relatively small, but knowing it could happen rather spoils the driving experience.

Electric cars are married to the concept of government subsidies. Without the subsidies, they cost more than a child. Car manufacturers are wasting billions of dollars in research and development to convert their lineup to become electric. All of the models will look extremely weird and cost a lot because government subsidies only exist when electric cars aren’t mainstream and therefore have to come with an incentive. That is also not including the cost of the person that has to come around, dig a hole in the wall of the garage, and install a space-consuming brick that charges the car so slowly it takes until morning to finish.

Finally, there is the crippling social pretentiousness that electric car drivers get. All the forums are chock full of owners bragging of driving 300 miles, as if that is any achievement, since a conventional car can easily do more than that. The people that died in the Autopilot accidents were all not paying attention to the road. They are a danger to themselves and others on the road. There are benefits to the electric car, but all of them are either canceled out or making things worse. When society switched from the horse to the car, it was because there were obvious benefits. That is clearly not the case with electric cars, and it’s unlikely it will ever be.


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