The Electric Vehicle Charging Problem

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
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  • What this video shows more than anything else is the stupidity and ignorance of the very same consumers who think they need certain variables to be a certain amount for buying an EV to be feasible. These are the same dumb consumers who think having 200 or more miles of range on a daily basis isn't somehow enough.

    A MA M5 minuuttia sitten
  • What, Chevy Volt is a full EV? Since when? Are you guys talking about the Bolt?

    TocyBloxTocyBlox20 minuuttia sitten
  • If only Elon would watch this. He is standing in his own way and it is infuriating.

    Jonathan RossJonathan Ross43 minuuttia sitten
  • The government did not build the existing infrastructure of gas stations.

    George ConnaughtonGeorge Connaughton48 minuuttia sitten
  • The more they push electric cars the less they talk about mining lithium and the disaster to the environment it is.

    J PerryJ PerryTunti sitten
  • Yes we know just like everything else in this country that the rich investors have there most cash in gets shoved down our throat.

    MONT SCHASZMONT SCHASZ2 tuntia sitten
  • Really great video. In Pakistan, tho, you can import any EV charger (fast or regular) and only pay like 1% in duties/taxes, but there needs to be mass scale production and installation of fast chargers across the world, like how Tesla scaled up and built 3 plants to make the Model 3.

    NeptuneMamoonNeptuneMamoon2 tuntia sitten
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    Chasity JenkinsChasity Jenkins2 tuntia sitten
  • For me it's a specialty parking requirements next to an charging station. I like to park on the street and certainly don't have access to a charging station there My dad has a model s and man is that a roadster and a hot rod Additionally I drive a truck because I need to pull a 5,000 lb boat and carry a nearly 5000 lb camper That's not really in the design specs for electric vehicles though On top of all that when I go camping it's probably two or three hundred miles into the woods fueling up just as I leave civilization for week Who knows what the future will bring

    Brian KepnerBrian Kepner2 tuntia sitten
  • Why should governments fund EV chargers or cars? The prime beneficiaries are the favored corporations building the cars the government and elites want. Since mostly rich people buy EVs, let them pay the freight.

    SWOBIZSWOBIZ2 tuntia sitten
  • Forget the charging network - most Americans can’t even charge their car at home because they don’t live in a home with a garage.

    SWOBIZSWOBIZ2 tuntia sitten
  • I for one am glad there are not wide spread coordinated gov plans here .

    S HhS Hh3 tuntia sitten
  • What about people who live in cities, in apartments and have to park on the street. I see a lot of charging at home just plugging in but it would be a pain to have to stop somewhere on the way home from work and sit around charging a car.

    Chet ZaikoChet Zaiko3 tuntia sitten
  • What you suggested is literally impossible in America considering how paranoid they are about government vs privatization

    Jeffery WangJeffery Wang3 tuntia sitten
  • Get the charging off the vehicle. Make the battery quick change. Pull into a service station, swap out the empty battery for a full one, and go. The station charges the battery for the next customer. Automate the swap-out so it takes less than about 10 minutes.

    James CameronJames Cameron4 tuntia sitten
  • people will buy EVs when they're cheap to compared to ICVs, if more people can buy them, more will be bought and the world would be better off, but car companies don't want them to be cheap, they want more money. make 16,000 to 20,000 dollars and it will tip, 36,000 doesn't reach everyone.

    dusty bowmandusty bowman4 tuntia sitten
  • AC to DC is a rectifier. An inverter converts DC to AC

    Gabriele CannataGabriele Cannata4 tuntia sitten
  • As all of us do, we love the technology that we have purchased. This is the same. The soul is sold to EV only cars. It seems so clear that the better technology is the hybrid, which has none of the problems that were so well laid out. I do wonder the basis for Wendover's numbers: distance, time to charge, and cost. I am sure these vary. Anyway he has proven once again that the EV is great for around town. Maybe the hybrid needs a second look.

    marmot2342marmot23424 tuntia sitten
  • well, if americans didnt feel they needed super powerful electric or gas cars..(i.e no need to buy a gas car that can do over 100mph at 300+ hps, cuz using the cars to full potential is illegal but if they were taken away the public outcry would be stupid bad) they just need more efficient ev's which would be lighter requiring less power, which would extend range and mean less need for charging stations. BUT Americans always roll greed and companies will always be there to profit from it like capitalistic piranha's.

    unknown unknownunknown unknown4 tuntia sitten
  • Yeah I started working for a major tier one automotive supplier as a mechanical engineer after graduation in 2011, and my first question then when shown charging plug designs was, "who's looking to be the winner for the standard design?" I have no interest in an EV vehicle until the fat cats up top fight it out, or the US government forces their hand, which isn't terribly unlikely under Biden. I think the government will have to incentivize a push for a standard because automotive OEM's are notoriously bad at working toward standardization, even when it's in their best interests. And finally, I would beg that government agency to actually have expert design engineers from the tier one automotive suppliers there for consultation on the pros and cons of each design before one is selected... If Tesla or anyone else just pays off a government agency to adopt a standard, we're going to have problems.

    R1B3Y3R1B3Y34 tuntia sitten
  • No thanks, I don't need an EV when it has absolutely no advantages compared to a normal car.

    Jimmy JommyJimmy Jommy4 tuntia sitten
  • I don't care what your stats say, the average American is not going to exchange 4 minutes at a gas station for 31 minutes at a fast charger.

    revbayesrevbayes5 tuntia sitten
  • So many wrongs in this clip. 1. What are you talking about? There are CCS adapters for Tesla!! 2. I think you mean Chevy Bolt (EV), not Volt (Hybrid) 3. You can travel 200 mi between Dallas and Denver. Model 3 SR (2021) has 254 miles. 4. You charge less (h/month) if you own an EV, compared to a gas car. 5. If you have traveled 250 mi, you need to eat and pee (30-45 min), meanwhile you charge your car. 6. There are 7188 (non-Tesla) DC Fast Chargers, not 3845... 7. You can travel between Dallas & Denver with some non-Tesla cars. (use abetterroutplaner to plan your trip) 8. If a DC-charger (150kW) charge for 8 h/day and takes 40 cents/kWh it earns 365days x $0.4 x 150kW x 8h = $175200/year I own a Tesla and a Leaf, and traveled 1600 mi through Europe last year. I know something about owning an EV, you don't. I would never by ICE again...

    Joakim HolmgrenJoakim Holmgren5 tuntia sitten
  • Its not a Wendover video without a shot from Iceland

    DanielisakDanielisak5 tuntia sitten
  • I'm driving now a Tesla, and my future car will be electric. The car was driven regularly from California to Ontario, more than 4,500km each way. I had no problems charging at superchargers 3, 4 times per day for about 30 minutes (lunch-break, dinner and shopping) and fully charge overnight at a regular hotel charger. The problem is not charging, but consumer education.

    Aliptera - Lip Wing AircraftAliptera - Lip Wing Aircraft6 tuntia sitten
  • Charging a battery to half all the time would destroy the capacity of the battery over time

    Foxspot ___________Foxspot ___________6 tuntia sitten
  • I remember the "several plethora" types of audio players for cars" for music. And the Beta/VHS wars. Wake me when its over! LOL

    Frederick WiseFrederick Wise6 tuntia sitten
  • I was under the impression that the point was to eliminate fossil fuels. Where is all this electricity coming from? Is the point just to make electric cars for the sake of making electric cars? Or eliminating fossil fuels? When we start putting nucs online I will consider buying an EV otherwise this is just another government boondoggle.

    Michael DoseMichael Dose7 tuntia sitten
  • Also need standards for charger head. What is cost of a full charge?

    gerard haubertgerard haubert7 tuntia sitten
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    terry rudfordterry rudford7 tuntia sitten
  • I rented one for a week it chost me more money to charge it then put gas in my 5.7 hemi pick up for the hole week put it this way if u don’t got that money get ready to end up blowing a lot of money to feed it

    Polo RicoPolo Rico7 tuntia sitten
  • Good job Europe... Get your shit together USA.

    Mark RaahaugeMark Raahauge7 tuntia sitten
  • tried signing up curiosity, can't get through it asks for my address but I cannot insert?

    Norm YankeNorm Yanke8 tuntia sitten
  • Standardizing charging stations is definitely needed and I believe that will eventually happen. In the meantime most people, especially in small towns, probably only drive 30 to 50 miles per day going to and from work or stopping off at the grocery store etc. That means that they only have to charge their vehicle once every week or ten days and they can do that at home. So even though having good infrastructure is really important I don't think that will slow down EV growth.

    DesertviewsDesertviews8 tuntia sitten
  • So why don’t they do what the Japanese motorcycle companies are researching A common quick release and change over battery pack

    Tim RohdsTim Rohds8 tuntia sitten
  • but if the government incentivizes charging stations then they'll be deincentivizing alternatives like home charging, cordless road chargers and battery swapping. This is why the government should never pick winners and losers in the market.

    William Penn jr.William Penn jr.8 tuntia sitten
  • battery swap Cordless road chargers.

    William Penn jr.William Penn jr.8 tuntia sitten
  • How long can an ev vehicle run in sub zero weather

    mister watsonmister watson9 tuntia sitten
  • That is of course ONLY the view from the USA. The rest of the World thinks VERY differently to the USA :-) The average speed on roads in the UK is just under 60 mph and it is recommended to take a 30 minute break every 5.5 hours. Therefore a range of around 330 is the maximum you can drive safely anyway. Very few journeys in the the UK take longer that 4 hours and you'll need a break of at least 30 minutes for a meal every 4 hours anyway. Therefore why does anyone need more than a range of around 240 miles? So as long as you can charge at more than 8 miles per minute (approx. 3kWh) we are already past the 'tipping point' in the UK. Not only that no electricity is produced from coal and more than 50% from renewables (or 100% renewable can be chosen if you charge an EV at home. Catch up the USA you are falling behind :-)

    John KellettJohn Kellett9 tuntia sitten
  • Government didn't build any gas stations ever......this is absurd. The Market builds, not the government.

    SassyHershsey SassyHersheySassyHershsey SassyHershey9 tuntia sitten
  • CORRECTION - In Europe, Teslas can use either CCS or Tesla superchargers its true as stated in the video, however its a one way street. Non-Teslas CANNOT use the Tesla network. Non-Teslas dont work, because Tesla chargers communicate with the car to work out payment - non-teslas cant do that so even if you could plug in, charging would never start. I have an electric Mini, and its a real bugbear with me - but there are so many chargers now in the UK anyway - many many more than tesla chargers - its not such a big issue. The big issue is the large number of networks there are here, all with their own payment or membership schemes.

    Robert EustonRobert Euston10 tuntia sitten
  • My big blocker is that the infrastructure isn't keeping pace with EV development. Things in Canada are very spaced out. So you're driving roughly 250km+ until you hit a charging option. Now because there are so few urban centers on HWY1, you're going to compete with all other EV owners for charge ports. That's the problem. Not necessarily the slow charge. Its the slow charge combined with everyone else demanding a charger.

    jgrjgr10 tuntia sitten
  • Since the worldwide percentage of new cars sold that were EV's tripled (!) between 2019 and 2020, this video is not going to age well. The rate of sale, rate of new charging stations being built and rate of acceptance (i.e. irrational range anxiety going away) is very, very rapid. People like to pontificate about how long it's going to take for EV's to take over but it will be faster than most expect. Look at the acceptance for mobile phones and the internet, that's the sort of curve we're at the beginning of.

    PanzerKamiPanzerKami11 tuntia sitten
  • Here's the problem with this video: the first section of it relies on a study that asks people who do not own EV's what they would need to get one. But since they do not own an EV they do not understand how EV's are charged, they are thinking about how ICE cars are fulled. In other words, they are stuck in the "drive until 20% fuel remains, fuel up to 100%, repeat" mindset, which is not how EV's are charged in real life (except for when you do long road-trips that exceed the range of the vehicle which is less than 5% of the time for most people). You charge at home, at work, at the mall, at pretty much everywhere you park (if you live somewhere where the infrastructure is actually built, a point made later in the video). Put simply: asking people who do not have EV's about how they would use an EV renders useless answers. Like Henry Ford said: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

    SeybertoothSeybertooth11 tuntia sitten
  • Where does the power to charge the cars come from?

    Joseph DaleJoseph Dale11 tuntia sitten
  • TLDR. electric cars are not even close to gas cars

    Xelthia viceXelthia vice11 tuntia sitten
  • EU is the best :)

    Harpunonosy 123Harpunonosy 12312 tuntia sitten
  • Interchangable batteries. Like with propane gas refills.... You don't fill up you just swap them over

    Delboy KinobiDelboy Kinobi12 tuntia sitten
  • Interesting video! Thanks! BTW, Tesla Model 3 has 278 miles of range.

    unlearntolearnunlearntolearn12 tuntia sitten
  • When militaries around the world ditch ICE engines, then I'll know it's time to switch.

    Drum ApeDrum Ape12 tuntia sitten
    • DARPA/US army is looking at this as fuel is the majority of the logistics they need to move and thus the majority of targets in today's deep battlefield or insurgency. Electricity can be locally generated by portable solar, nuclear or even just harvested off the grid.

      Dan RobertsonDan Robertson6 tuntia sitten
  • About the only way electric vehicles will become properly mainstream would be a move to *standardised* (as in, not vendor specific or encumbered in any similarly spectacularly stupid way) swappable battery packs. This would require a significant redesign of electric vehicles and would also require that the electrical storage technology is massively improved (it's really primitive right now).

    Nick RyanNick Ryan13 tuntia sitten
  • It would suck if the gov't chose the wrong standard at the expense of a superior one because the politicians didn't have any idea of electrical engineering.

    CorbeauxCorbeaux14 tuntia sitten
  • The Tesla gets 448km

    Mathias EriksenMathias Eriksen14 tuntia sitten
  • I think you confused inverter and rectifier. Cars need AC-DC and the fridge you were showing was DC-AC. Although high-current DC power supplies are expensive, they're not nearly as expensive as inverters...

    Hein PosthumusHein Posthumus15 tuntia sitten
  • Whenthey achieve zero carbon an alternator will be runndant !

    Peter HicksPeter Hicks15 tuntia sitten
  • The thing is you take into account only very large or rich developed countries like USA, UK, France and Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia etc. However the fact is that in most other developed countries, (for example where I am from in Greece), the very high cost of EV’s in conjunction with the level of wages makes EV’s a luxury toy for richer people and not a utility vehicle for the average or even the above average worker/ professional. In addition, in contrast to what happens in richer countries at least in my country people regard reselling price a huge factor in their decision making when buying a car as we tend to keep our cars for a long time and have a big used car market as well. All in all, I think that for most countries infrastructure is the smallest of problems for buying an EV and that decades will pass before it becomes a disruptive technology

    Romanos EconomacosRomanos Economacos15 tuntia sitten
  • 31 minutes to charge is still a huge roadblock. Peak range has to be under ideal conditions. In Canada we would be screwed due to cold weather.

    Joanne BaileyJoanne Bailey16 tuntia sitten
  • How can you speak with any authority when you misnamed the Chevy BOLT as the VOLT! I’m a BOLT owner who is pissed off because a recent Chevy emergency recall has led to a software change that reduced range by 10%. Instead of the normal 240 maximum range, the new Max range is about 215. I do appreciate your presentation about the why fast charging stations are a challenge to establish.

    Robert CorenRobert Coren16 tuntia sitten
  • 31 minutes? May be for early adopters. Most ICE drivers aren't buying EVs without heavily incentives or regulations until you get full recharge times below 5 minutes. Right now only Fuel Cell EVs offer this capability. Ammonia offers an excellent possibility to fuel those fuel cells. Although there's a few hurdles to overcome there as well.

    ForzaJerseyForzaJersey16 tuntia sitten
  • USB is 5 volts, and the charger for an iPhone is around 20 watts.

    Alex TAlex T18 tuntia sitten
  • If they made charging stations like usb/usb-c cords, this would not be a problem. No matter what the plug fits in the car will all be the same other end

    30832892830832892818 tuntia sitten
  • Why not have a small diesel or LP tank to feed a catalytic cabin heater for colder climates so that battery capacity can be conserved?

    lohphatlohphat19 tuntia sitten
  • Or you can buy a Nio which can be charge or the battery can be swap within 5 minutes!

    J OJ O19 tuntia sitten
  • Good info but I still disliked it., You are already making a lot of money through this video and trying to tempt people to signup for something else. What you show there (how Tewsla uses supercharger) might have been filmed by a million people and is freely available here. Why would I sign up for your Nebula???

    Ranveer JayaniRanveer Jayani19 tuntia sitten
  • I am fairly sure that you don't properly use an EV. You keep ignoring the huge numbers of homes with ELECTRICITY. We all charge at home with the rare need to charge somewhere on the road. Facts matter. Try it sometime.

    Robert EvansRobert Evans19 tuntia sitten
  • Some persuasive points, but over generalized about the role of government to develop, maintain, and regulate ALL types of infrastructure. I concede there’s probably an unrealized positive role for states to form partnerships that serve to invest and incentivize private entities to fill the distance gaps with fast charging stations; but the larger the government, the more issues it tries to “fix”, the more redtape and cronyism we are forced to deal with.

    Reid A PinkertonReid A Pinkerton19 tuntia sitten
  • Competition and increased production will drive down prices for EV cars. Demand for EV cars will drive demand for charging stations. Charging stations/EV batteries will drive demand for an improved power harvesting/storage grid. Be patient...there is a time for everything.

    Rs RaRs Ra19 tuntia sitten
  • Most people do not drive across the country. Local density of chargers is a more accurate measure of usefulness and given that, most can charge at home in their daily use..

    dfirdfir19 tuntia sitten
  • Let me do the math: Plastic cars + plastic batteries + plastic charging stations + plastic components to replace broken plastic components + plastic drones delivering the plastic components + plastic robots making all these plastic parts = going green? I think I understand it now🤔👏👏👏👏👏👏

    Steve L.Steve L.19 tuntia sitten
  • A lot of nonsense

    Oscar VandermeerOscar Vandermeer20 tuntia sitten
  • I prefer my diesel thanks.. Stupid Electric junk..

    Disorderly ConductDisorderly Conduct20 tuntia sitten
  • Going to need a whole lot of silver, copper, lithium, uranium 😎

    Michael MaxMichael Max21 tunti sitten
  • Scariest words you'll ever hear: "I'm from the government and Im here to help."

    radzewiczradzewicz21 tunti sitten
  • I just wish people would talk about the radiation that ev vehicles put out

    SirCliamainSirCliamain21 tunti sitten
  • Shocked to learn that Oklahoma, my state (hello from Tulsa), is setting standards for better EV transition. Especially from such a big oil state

    Steven DittmerSteven Dittmer21 tunti sitten
  • Eventually all States will have to find a way to recuperate tax revenue from gas-tax loss. That means taxes for using charge stations, on batteries systems, registration fees, or some other means to fund rebuilding roads.

    JamesJames21 tunti sitten
  • And EV's are wimpy. Until you can make them like EV-versions of Cooper Minis their appeal to under 30's will be limited. Have you seen the Chevy Volt? My car, if it saw a Chevy Volt driving down the highway, would want to use the Chevy Volt as a prophylactic.

    radzewiczradzewicz22 tuntia sitten
  • The only answer to getting more electric cars on the road is to agree a world wide standard for a battery shape and size, and cars use one or more of them. That would solve several problems. 1. Exchange stations - the battery pack can be removed and replaced by a robotic machine, the driver simply drives in and a few minutes later drives out. This is not far fetched, this is how the heavy lead acid battery assemblies are changed on the forklifts and reach-trucks at my workplace, so should be perfectly possible to do from underneath the car by a robotic system. Any remaining current in the battery is measured, and credited off of the cost of the fully charged battery/batteries. 2. The cost of the batteries would fall, as many companies making the exact same item would increase competition. 3. Batteries would need to be rented, with the rental charge included in the charging costs. This would help reduce the initial purchase cost of the vehicle, spreading it over how much you use the car, this would favour people who do shorter journeys who would need less exchanges, and typically shorter journeys are in towns and cities where the pollution is worst. 4. Resale values would be maintained, as the highest loss factor on an electric car is failing batteries. Indeed that is the reason most electric cars are sold on. 5. Battery packs at their end-of-life would be sent for re-build, not disposal. This would save resources and mean non-reusable components could be recycled or disposed of properly.

    Trevor MarronTrevor Marron22 tuntia sitten
  • need to charge to 100% in 10 minutes. Otherwise, its a time waster on trips. It then does not need extra technology to determine where to charge. And that assumes charges are prevalent.

    Dennis SmithDennis Smith22 tuntia sitten
  • Not long before this technology is shoved down our throats. All the limitations of the infrastructure is exactly why I don't own an EV car. What do you do when the power goes out and your car isn't charged? Hard to bring a can of electricity on the side of the road when you run out trying to make it to the station...

    Erin McLaughlinErin McLaughlin22 tuntia sitten
  • (* ̄ー ̄) inverters turn dc into ac because it inverts the current

    Daniel HollibaughDaniel Hollibaugh23 tuntia sitten
  • You did not address the glaring irony: Electric vehicles will INCREASE green house gas emissions. DUH?

    kevin irelandkevin ireland23 tuntia sitten
    • Not if the electricity comes from solar or wind energy. And not even if using gas for electricity generation.

      TerryTerry20 tuntia sitten
  • The thing that most don't understand is that the battery in those cars are horrible for the environment, extremely expensive to replace and the life span of an electric car is never ever gonna be the same as those today. And, what charges the car? Electricity. And here we go again. Wind? No wind? Solar? And no sun? Yep. And the fact I buy cars, they're a nightmare to recycle. Period.

  • GREAT video! Older people and most ladies aren't gonna wait long to recharge.The future is not in EV's. It's in smaller zero emmissions ICE vehicles with electric motors that are charged from the ICE. The shortage of materials to produce enough batteries will limit Ev's. Also to install enough EHV transformers nationwide will take atleast 20 years. 3000 different power companies and only a few have the cash to upgrade enough for Ev's....But charging is a major problem no doubt.

    dave whitedave white23 tuntia sitten
  • I've always wondered, If alternators are used to charge and regulate the present car battery, why is that they can't implement that same technology. The electric car comes pre-charged and once started up, the alternator keeps the battery charged. You can buy rechargeable batteries from the store. Same technology should apply. I don't think it's that hard. I believe it's all about money.

    Wayne SinclairWayne Sinclair23 tuntia sitten
  • dont you dare give westinghouse credit for the adoption of ac electricity. my boy nikola was the brains behind that.

    Ashton NeedlerAshton Needler23 tuntia sitten
    • I mean, Galileo Ferraris invented the AC motor several years before Nikola Tesla, but Galileo didn't patent his work. He didnt file the paper work. So when Tesla also "Discovered" the same thing basically 2 years later, he gets all the credit. Thats how science works, for real, you slap your hand on something and scream "MINE!!!!!" and then its yours. That is really how it works.

      Corn PopCorn Pop22 tuntia sitten
    • Yea..... Nikola assisted Westinghouse on a few things. Nikola was more a minor player in the war though. I mean, the war was like 10 years old before Tesla even did anything.

      Corn PopCorn Pop22 tuntia sitten
  • We need more chargers, not faster chargers? Not if electric cars are to replace gas cars. To do this, charging needs to be much faster- ideally no longer than it takes to refuel gas- and the range of that charge should not be less than the range with gas.

    David McCoulDavid McCoul23 tuntia sitten
  • AC was created by the Brilliant Nikola Tesla... even if it was Westinghouse being the front for AC... Always cite who are the REAL inventors... Edison should only be mentioned for being a LIAR... most of his inventions were created by the people working for him. Great video

    Wayne SinclairWayne Sinclair23 tuntia sitten
    • AC was around decades before Tesla was even born.....

      Corn PopCorn Pop22 tuntia sitten
  • The video wasn't very specific in the number of recharging stations needed. It did mention the need for 31K charging stations for Tesla. Even if you can charge a vehicle 50-80% in 20 min; what is the expected time one can be expected to wait in line for an available charging station? Assuming a person goes inside to eat while charging (or shop); expect a station to service to 80% charge, 2 cars an hour...48 over 24. But; who is doing a lot of driving between 11pm to 6am? Sure; you may not have a problem at 2am in charging up in the future; but mid-day on a cross country ride (worse yet, add in leisure trips deviating from major highways), and there is no doubt there will be major disruptions in wait time to charge. Add in power outages at home (or on the road) and the trip is in limbo due to a dead battery. You also failed to address the dwindling natural resources required for batteries; as well as child labor used in the Congo (where a majority of the natural resource comes from). A quick google check has 168K gas stations in the US; widely available, convenient; and privately owned. Imagine where +50% of vehicles are electric. Then imagine a power outage in a major metropolitan area occurs where people are not able to charge their car in their garage for the next day; do you think everyone will be able to get a quick charge the next day when power is resumed and get to where they need to be? We are a ways off from EV's being dominant. Industry is still not sure if EV or hydro power will be dominant (although, from everything I've read, EV currently has the upper hand). And while it does seem that EV is cheap; you did point out the cost of the chargers needed. Believe me; it will be recouped thru higher than expected recharge costs (but still; probably cheaper than gas). Another hidden cost will be increased taxation to maintain the roadways; to cover money lost on gas tax due to reduced gas usage (and more fuel efficient gas vehicles). This is already happening in CA. Last, it was mentioned on the video that the Government should build the recharging infrastructure....totally inappropriate. The Government can't even stay on top of the degrading infrastructure we already have. Private companies are going to have to build out the infrastructure; and like it or not; make a decent profit to operate and cover costs. Innovation will occur; but will not be immediate. The battle between hydro and electric will continue; perhaps each will have its place. It will also take time for EV's to be affordable to the average middle class person (and the average middle-class is dwindling). There will also be a period of time to build up a used car inventory of EV to be available to those not able to afford a new EV. I'm at the age where I won't be on earth when combustion engines are in the vast minority; but it would be interesting to witness the pitfalls of EV usage 30 years down the road. Personally, I'm pro towards EV (or hydro); but it is a system that should be taken in measured steps as technology improves and costs are reduced.

    T BakerT Baker23 tuntia sitten
  • I don't quite get it.... are you proposing the government provide infrastructure for electric cars like they do for ICE cars? From what I see they are already doing it. Or are you proposing that well off people who can afford EVs need more taxpayer support from folks like me that drives a 20 year old Ford to charge their new cars? In fact, EV owners really need to be billed for Road Use, in terms of ICE drivers are already footing the entire bill through fuel taxes for the roads EV drivers drive on... for free. And that's not even counting the tax incentives everyone who doesn't drive pay for well off new EV car buyers.

    R JR JPäivä sitten
  • But when the batters' life is over, the car is totaled.

    Vaughn 101Vaughn 101Päivä sitten
  • Why has noone tried making battery packs a drop and swap. You could pull into a bay or tunnel like a car wash and have robot arms or something remove the depleted battery place a charges one the pull out and on your way, while the battery is left behind and charged slowly and safely at the swap station. This could make ev cars cheaper buy having you rent the battery rather than owning it. Also long range would be less nessasary if current gas stations could be converted to swap stations.

    CodeMan636CodeMan636Päivä sitten
  • There are far more problems with ev’s than just the ones mentioned here. 3 years from now when the battery has been heavily used and it doesn’t hold a charge like it did when it was new, 5 years from now when they start to deteriorate and and catch on fire, 7 years from now when they don’t hold a charge at all and 10 years from now when they have to be “recycled”. How bout when all the wind Mills freeze up and the solar panels are covered with snow and ice, or because of “green standards” there’s not enough electricity to power all these charging stations. What then? And I’m sure “range anxiety” will be the new ptsd. Mostly what kills me is the effect it will have on the environment when there are literally hundreds of thousands of dead useless car batteries piled up. As Tom Macdonald says, no more plastic straws wrapped in paper, just paper straws wrapped in plastic. Nothing against new tech or electric cars, but I think it’s stupid to think they will be the savior of the environment.

    Levi WashburnLevi WashburnPäivä sitten
  • Thank you for succinctly summarizing the three main considerations: cost, range and infrastructure, and quickly pointing out the most obvious and difficult barrier to widespread EV adoption: infrastructure. I live in Quebec, Canada, which has one of the most generous financial subsidy incentive programs in North America for electric vehicles, and, the cheapest electricity rates in North America, yet the problem of reduced range in cold weather, slower charging times and inadequate charging infrastructure are still major concerns for most consumers. Charging time is not a huge problem for a second vehicle, unless that second vehicle becomes your only vehicle in the event the other one is in the shop. As a result, I'm hoping that capacitor/batter hybrid systems will be developed that will allow full charging of an EV in less than 10 minutes to full. That is my threshold. Also, cost is an issue, as I only buy used vehicles, and I draw the line in terms of price at about $15,000 CDN. Both of our two Toyota Priuses were less than $15,000 each. We very much look forward to the day we can replace one of those Priuses with an EV.

    anubis44anubis44Päivä sitten
  • yes, more people who already want to buy electric cars would buy them if there was more convenient infrastructure. But why would I want to buy one? I bought a smart phone because it let me do more things. I bought a HDTV because it was HD. I have a tablet and wireless headphones because they are convenient. Why on earth do I care about an electric car?

    tundra lilactundra lilacPäivä sitten
  • In California when they have rolling blackouts do you think they would allow a lot of heavy energy use EV's to be charging? If an Air conditioner has to be turned off using a few kilowatt hours what will an EV using 50 to 100 KW Hours do to a power grid . Multiply that by how many cars are charging. Even if a power company has the spare capacity to produce more power it takes a long time to spin up a turbine and while its getting up to speed a turbine is very inefficient ie Costly.

    tadwyntadwynPäivä sitten
  • I'm always happy to see Salina, I hate giving you compliments, but this was great." and thus that pronunciation is technically the correct one. There's nothing more American than naming something in Spanish and pronouncing it wrong!

    Eccentric NameEccentric NamePäivä sitten
  • Where will the batteries go?

    Defund The LeftDefund The LeftPäivä sitten
  • Sorry, 30 minutes charging is still too long. I don't want to spend 30 minutes waiting around at seedy roadside concrete parking aprons with a cafe, nor to sit in the cafe drinking over-priced coffee or eating their shit food. They should make EVs with exchangeable batteries that a machine would exchange in a couple of minutes. Otherwise EVs might be OK for local driving so you can charge them overnight.

    Duke NukemDuke NukemPäivä sitten
  • I'm always happy to see Salina, KS getting its name sullied in public, but folks who live there actually pronounce it "Sa-LINE-uh" and thus that pronunciation is technically the correct one. There's nothing more American than naming something in Spanish and pronouncing it wrong!

    QuintessentialWalrusQuintessentialWalrusPäivä sitten