The Big Question: Is Electric Car the Future?

The Big Question

Many believe the electric car is the future, so why aren’t they turning up in droves?
I may have some answers.

Firstly what will take a role in the slow sales of electric cars, both fully electric, and hybrid’s.

Well my first thought is, I buy one of these so-called world saving beasts, what are the running costs, how long will the batteries last, what will it cost to replace the batteries, and what is there life span before replacement?
Lastly can you rely on them to get you to where you want to go?
These are the main reasons for holding people back, on the buying of electric vehicles.

*** A recent comment from the World Economic Forum.
• Electric vehicles have an indispensable role to play in tackling climate change. (I am not sure about that)

On doing my research, I found some of the primary reasons for slow take up were.

  1. The lack of understanding of how they work
  2. Not enough charging points, (all be this is growing everyday)
  3. How far you can travel between charging
  4. The one on every one’s mind, cost. Cost being of the utmost concern, as we find our daily lives being affected minute by minute, everything going up, from your eggs to your loaf of bread, cost is high on the agenda, ever more so with the world economy as it is.

Let’s look at number 4, cost.

As far as I can see on the small range of cars, on average an electric car will cost an average of £10000 more than its petrol or diesel compatriot, this also seams to depend in which part of the world you reside.

In todays world I believe cost is a fundamental factor in the slow take up of electric vehicles, this coupled with general skepticism around life span, I think will continue to hinder sales, but, with certain countries making pledges to go fully electric with in the next 10 years, we will have to see how this plays out.

Then what do we do with all they now obsolete petrol and diesel cars, and furthermore, are electric cars recyclable?

Look at this Porsche 912 converted with Tesla Power Electric Engine.


(This competition is now closed)

(This is another EV converted car)

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Here are my thoughts on EV, I might be right or wrong, who knows, but one thing I do know, the discussion will continue.

Over & Out, Dave P, Co-Founder of The Green Business Charter.