I strongly disagree with people claiming these contraptions are the future. Things we call “future” so hastily are all simply taking advantage of advancements in the battery industry. Take the battery out, take the ac or dc motors out and EVs have nothing new but software.
You can make the car more efficient by means of software, low friction parts, and different implementation of traditional solutions but in the end all you achieve is moving 1 to 7 people from one place to another in a fancier way. Led, hid, matrix whatever you name it, they are still headlights.
Moving gauge clusters from the dash to the window or the center entertainment system is not technology, you are merely changing the method of delivery.
Why developed countries love EV?
Electric vehicles do one thing well; they move the source of pollution from cities to wherever their parts and power are manufactured, especially true for their batteries. This translates into this: You can now pollute a less fortunate country with less strict laws and transport the vehicle or parts of it to wherever you want to sell. You can then brag about emissions, how clean it is.
Every electric vehicle made is already causing pollution equal to a diesel car making thousands of miles. Hey, we can always move the plant to somewhere else.
Electric Car Industry Exploit Children
Electric vehicles use rare earth metals. These are unearthed in undeveloped countries and children are employed, workers rights are out the door. EV companies have statements proving that they only buy from respectable firms. That is not assuring. They could be doing everything they can to audit these companies but in the end, we are not really there to witness it. It is all behind closed doors. Extraction of minerals, like cobalt, used to make the batteries that power electric vehicles continue to be a problem we should all be ashamed of.
We can not recycle batteries we can’t even recycle plastic.
There is no standardized method of recycling used EV batteries, yet. Sure there are going to be some initiatives and organizations bold enough to optimize and standardize the whole process but we are not even recycling plastic efficiently. I do not see us recycling spent batteries any time soon. As long as just dumping these into a pit is more cost-effective, companies are going to stick to that.
We are Running out of Water
Journal of Environmental Science and Technology argues that electric cars “might dangerously strain already scarce water reserves.”.
Battery production does not only use water, it poisons it. There are Cow and yak carcasses floating in Tibet, poisoned. These poor animals died of drinking contaminated water. This is not the first incident either. We have effectively moved from one drug (fossil fuel) to another (mineral consumption).
Approximately 500,000 gallons of water is used for per tonne of lithium
An electric car battery contains 12–15 kilograms of lithium
Less moving parts but more everything else
Software, electric motors everywhere, sensors everywhere, cameras everywhere, electric-assisted stuff everywhere. We are sacrificing the beauty of an electric motor to all the bells and whistles.
Electric cars are not reliable and they are not dependable. An electric vehicle can not be put to use for crucial operations such as in cases where life might depend on the vehicle’s locomotion.
Imagine this, you are living in off the grid and have one choice for a vehicle, would you opt for an EV? Their reliability records are among the worst in the market.
They can be produced to be reliable and spartan but the whole mission of an electric vehicle is sadly to be a marketing instrument for people who want to be seen caring for the environment or just after vehicles with 0–60 times under 3 seconds.
There are not many spartan electric vehicles around. Maybe expect for the Bollinger. Even then, how serviceable are these vehicles anyways? Can you pop the hood and repair them? They destroy small business owners too, not that I want to come across as romantic but small businesses represent freedom. Electric cars remove two things out of the equation: Your right to repair, your right to ownership.
Software is not reliable
In olden times if we were trying to engineer something to be reliable we started by making its parts reliable (say, you put an engine with parts sturdy enough to withstand millions of ignitions) and we made sure those were built by using the best materials.
The software does not break. The software does strictly what it is told. The reason software fails is that it is often told to do the wrong thing. Software failures are failures of comprehension, and of imagination. This is what you gamble on when you try to achieve everything via software even the most basic stuff, as opposed to making them mechanical. The whole mess software makes is invisible to the eye. I even dedicated a whole article on why we should not make crucial stuff be dependent on software here.
Thankfully regulations are limiting how much of a car can be digitalized such as that one regulation preventing manufacturers from completely detaching steering wheel assembly from wheels themselves. Regulations suggest a physical connection between wheels and the steering wheel must be maintained. I can see this regulation going away soon as well.
Do we even reward real engineering and advancement anyways? Consumers are so superficial that all you need is good marketing and a polished product. You don’t even need to be in the car business anymore. We are producing over-digitalized, battery-powered boxes. EVs are not cost-efficient, do not have intrinsic value and they depreciate like there is no tomorrow. How likely you are to purchase a used EV with 75% battery life left on it?
Do you honestly care about the environment? Do not own a car. Do not live in anything bigger than a one-room condo and be mindful of how repairable or reliable things you are purchasing. Caring for the environment is not fun, it is a noble and laborious task. You do not get to achieve that by not giving up on your way of living. The second you own an irreparable device you are participating in the making of the grand finale.
Do not just reduce your own carbon print, vote with your wallet.
None of the things I mentioned above are problems exclusive to electric vehicles but we do not market mobile phones, computers, headphones any other stuff with batteries, and similar production methods as “THIS IS IT! WE ARE SAVING THE WORLD”.