Rant: Electric Vehicles Not Our Savior
I’m not a scientist, and if my college GPA was any indication, I never will be. So truth is, I'm not exactly sure how batteries work. The good thing is, neither do you. But like everyone here in the U.S., I use the standard lithium-ion batteries, or a variation of the sort, on damned near everything. And although I’ve yet to be dragged into the scam that is the electric vehicle, I have a watch, a laptop and an iPhone. Batteries galore. But let’s be honest for a second, those batteries sorta suck- I mean, how often do you find yourself with range anxiety on your cell phone, laptop or anything else for that matter. More often than not, a lot of times. So then why would you want this type of battery on your car? Looking from the outside in, you really wouldn’t. They have yet to be perfected, they're not all that powerful and most recently, have been known to find themselves at the receiving end of a high-powered water hose courtesy of the local fire department.
So I’ll ask again, why would you use these batteries on your car, especially considering the amount of times you will have to replace them and/or your vehicle and, the astronomical costs associated with them. On the Nissan Leaf alone, it’s been said that after the 5-year lifespan of these batteries has up and gone, it’s going to cost you somewhere in-between $10- and $15K to replace it. We don’t know for sure because Nissan refuses to give anyone a straight answer- hmm. Fisker and Tesla on the other hand, have been said to run you near an extra $40K (FOUR-ZERO-THOUSAND-FTW!!!) for a replacement battery, which makes my wallet extremely unhappy. But what are the alternatives? Hydrogen? Steam? Processed roadkill? We’re not exactly sure. Likely the answer is some combination of these technologies. But just like being gung-ho on fuel sucking V8's is extreme, so is saying that electric-only is the way to go. The limited range is a huge speed bump (pardon the pun), and until the battery technology catches up, its just not going to work.