Electric cars have been around for 18 years, and while they have become an example of the fight against climate change, they come with their own set of challenges. From mining and supply chains to charging time and range, electric cars present a unique set of issues that need to be addressed. The Song-Beverly Consumer Guarantee Act (also known as the Lemon Law) protects electric vehicle owners if they discover that their vehicle is defective, but there are still many other issues that need to be addressed. The availability of electric vehicles is one of the biggest issues.
While Tesla's most affordable Model 3 in the standard range option has a range of about 220 miles per charge, the basic all-wheel drive Hyundai IONIQ 5 SE only has about 256 miles of range on a single charge. This is not bad, but it's certainly not very good either. Charging time and speed is another issue. It takes a long time to charge an electric car, and the speed at which it charges depends on the type of charger used.
For example, a Level 2 charger can take up to 8 hours to fully charge an electric car, while a DC fast charger can take as little as 30 minutes. The power grid is another common argument on social media, but honestly, the issue is still under debate. I have read countless articles suggesting that the network can manage the increase in electric vehicles well, as long as it is managed correctly. You'll also find reports from The Washington Post and others that suggest that the network is nowhere near ready.
Towing is another issue for electric cars. Several recent tests show that electric trucks lose about 50%, if not more, of their range when towing a trailer or boat. This means that electric cars are not suitable for towing heavy loads for the foreseeable future. Mining and supply chains are also a major challenge when it comes to electric cars.
Batteries require a lot of minerals, which means a lot of material extraction and transportation. According to mining and energy specialist Mark Mills, a thousand-pound
electric carbattery requires moving 500,000 pounds of land during mining. However, battery costs have been greatly reduced due to increased government and private sector research.Electricity prices are also rising, which is partly why electric cars have become an example of the fight against climate change despite their limited potential to avoid CO2 emissions. The government has ordered an increase in electric cars, but automakers around the world are still rushing to catch up with Tesla and release a comprehensive list of electric vehicles.Finally, electric vehicle owners have had chronic problems with screen screens, exterior door lights, faulty temperature sensors, mismatched paint, and gaskets and weatherstrippers.
It is not just that these problems occur, but that they occur at a greater rate than with conventional vehicles.