problems with the electric car?

What is the problem with the electric cars and why aren't they on the roads today?

I nead at least 5 reasons why i wouldn't buy an electric car!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The only reason why there aren't electric cars everywhere is because ppl are ignorant.

    But if you must know, what causes people to not buy electric cars is:

    1. "Short" range (very simple solution to this, just get a generator on a trailer for whenever you go long distances).

    2. Nowhere to recharge. This is still not a big problem, because almost everybody who will use an electric car will recharge it at home 99% of the time, and on long trips will take a generator with them.

    3. Supposedly weak. Not true, but a lot of people believe electric cars are not powerful. That is wrong. A car is as powerful as you make it. If you want a 100hp car for everyday stuff, you can have one. If you want a 1000hp semi, you can have that too.

    4. Expensive? Yes it is true, to get a reasonable electric car right now you need to say goodbye to a lot of cash, but that is only if you are buying the car. You can very easily take an old car from a junkyard and convert it, and it isn't going to make you file for bankrupcy.

    5. You need a garage/carport to have an electric car. True if you want to have an electric car, and recharge it at home at the same time, you would need a garage/carport/driveway, but you can probably do some deal with your power company to run a power cord to a smal plug where you can plug in your car. They would be glad to do it for you. After all, you are paying them for a lot of electricity every time you recharge (all modes of transportation require as much energy as a small apartment (at least) and electric cars are more efficient than other modes of transportation).

    I only see number 5 as a potential problem if you can not get permission from the city hall or something, but there is another way to deal with that: you can see if your manager will agree to install a cable for charging your car in the garage of the building. You will be paying them for parking there, so they should be happy to comply as long as you pay or do the job yourself.

    Number 4 is a potential problem if you can not recognize general parts (like the engine, fuel tank etc.).

    The benefits of electric vehicles are much stronger than the drawbacks.

    And for all the ignorant people out there:

    1. No country uses 100% coal

    2. Big coal power plants are more efficient than small gasoline engines.

    3. Electric cars recharge at night, when coal power plants are kept at idle, so electric cars mostly use energy that would otherwise be wasted.

    4. Electric cars are more efficient than hybrids. Considering the average fuel consumption of cars is much higher than hybrids... yeah.

    5. Electric cars can use peak power for a much longer time than internal combustion engines. That means that starting an electric car with a heavy load is not a problem.

    6. Hydrogen technology is a whole load of rubbish. It's basically electric cars, but MUCH less efficient. Plus it's much more dangerous.

    7. Electric cars have a range that is good enough for every person that doesn't go on a cross country journey every day.

    8. Electricity for electric cars can come from hydro (59% of Canada's electricity is hydro, and 1% is renewables as of 2003 (?) ), solar, biomass, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal, etc.

    9. A lot of US's electricity comes from natural gas power plants, which are still polluting, but much less than coal. 20% of electricity in the US is from natural gas, as of 2008.

    10. Electricity can be produced from lots of differend sources, which means it is much harder for a country to be dependent on some unstable country for energy. The US has lot's of coal, natural gas, nuclear, and that means that if people switch to electric cars, US's dependence on foreign oil will lessen.

    11. IMPORTANT!!! Even though your electricity bill will rise because of owning an electric car, your gasoline bill will dissapear, therefore you spend the same ammount of money, if not less.

    Source(s): A little bit of Wikipedia
  • 1 decade ago

    The reason given in the previous answers are all valid in the present (other than the power of electric vehicles, they are just as fast and they go up mountains fine...). In the future, maybe 20 years or so, there will be absolutely no reason not to buy en electric car.

    In 20 years.

    1. They will be the same cost (if not cheaper) than a gas powered car (fewer moving parts).

    2. They will charge in minutes, have a much father range, and be lighter than they currently are.

    3. You'll be able to charge at your gas station because gas stations get electricity from the electric company already, they just need to build a few charging stations.

    4. Alternative energies will be used more, thus these cars will pollute less than gas cars.

    5. Gas prices will go up a lot, electricity prices will remain stable.

    Currently the disadvantages are these:

    1. They aren't as loud as gas cars, so if you like gas cars because they are loud you are out of luck.

    2. They don't have quite the range of gas powered cars

    3. They don't charge quick as gas powered cars can be filled with gasoline.

    3. Charging stations aren't available like gas stations (although you can charge up at home).

    4. There are not many models of electric cars/trucks available yet.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    1. electric cars are not yet electro-magnetic..that means they don't recharge via the motor and a secondary battery cell. only a few people have managed to defeat this unknown science

    2. electric cars are weaker, if you go up a hill with an ev don't plan on getting home, oh yeah and no family vacations

    3. electric cars are too simple in design ie ev design means when electricity goes through its circuit, it goes parallel or straight through...once again they parallel the batteries incorrectly

    4. electric cars have weaker mileage and specific charge stations, very hard to find

    5. electric cars are too expensive meant to be dependent off a grid, meaning as long as you are in a grid, you need to recharge via that grid. Meaning you need a power station in your garage.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is not five things wrong with the Electric Vehicle (EV) There is one. Battery technology has not kept up with the claims of manufacturers. The range is short until a better battery is developed.

    EV's make a ton of torque and they make it at zero rpm. Take off is awe inspiring. Most EV's have trouble with traction. I am talking about real cars that are fitted with enough battery to go a decent range thereby giving them power to spare not golf carts.

    They have one moving part in the power train. There are no oil changes or tune ups.

    If you charge during the night there is a surplus of electric power that would otherwise be shunted to the earth because no one is using it, even though it is generated. It is greener to use the power generated rather than letting it be generated and then destroyed.

    In the end we will use pure electric vehicles because they have zero pollution themselves and when all electricity is generated by solar or wind or geothermal or tides there will be no pollution related to EV's at all.

    Source(s): 30 years in auto design including the EV-1 for GM, the worlds largest electric vehicle for Disney and an electric city bus for Northrup/Gruman.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1-they can be recharged by plugging them into a socket but they drain a lot of power. your energy bill will rise, and theres a chance the powerplant that supplies you this electricity will heavily pollute the environment

    2-electric cars increase demand for energy and this has led to a rise in electricity tarriffs in some states

    3-they dont have a slot of speed and power. if you're going up a hill, you'll have trouble

    4-electric cars, like all hybrid cars, are expensive. not everyone can afford to go green

    5-their distribution system is very weak. these cars are not available widely

  • 1 decade ago

    Only 13 percent improvement but better power output for smaller car the batteries are still harming environment most batteries are shipped from other countries which takes gallons of fuel.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. they rnt loud so ur at risk to hit children and deaf people.

    2. they use baby bunnies as tire's

    3. they have problems with hills much like the scotts.

    4. driving them too much will set forth the rapture brining 7 years of darkness as the anti christ rises and jesus sets forth on a biblical war fighting to make sure demons and hell born death children dont rape all the non christian souls like myself so one day after jesus purges the land we have a place to settle down and re populate the earth.

    5. and they are expencive.

  • Nata T
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You've seen all the negatives and the positives are minimal.

    But lets clear something up, power plants do not shunt electricity at night to the earth and waste the power. Power plants just slowdown, they have ways of doing this. In some cases, they will take power at night and use it to pump water up a hill to a reservoir. Then in the morning when everyone is getting up and the demand for power is maximum, they will let the water out of the reservoir and use it to drive turbines that make electricity. NOW, the process of storing and using the energy with water is not very efficient, say about 50% or so, its a waste, but, it's cheaper than building a new power plant to handle the sudden need for power.

    The system is called peak shaving, google it for all those that believe power plants shunt electricity to the earth.

  • John W
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I'm not against buying an electric car. I would love to the low maintenance, the low cost per mile to operate (5 cents per mile versus the 14 cents of gasoline cars), the higher torque, smooth quiet operation and the idea of leaving the garage every morning with a "full tank" from an overnight charge but I am against a whole scale marketing of a new technology to replace existing vehicles.

    There are 900 million gasoline and diesel fuel vehicles on the road today and replacing them would be a huge boon to the automobile industry but would be at a great cost to the rest of us and to the environment as all that manufacturing along with gearing up for the manufacturing takes energy and raw materials. I believe we need to ask ourselves what is so bad about our current vehicles?

    The obvious shortcoming is that our existing vehicles burn fossil fuels but do they? They burn gasoline and diesel which are hydrocarbons refined from crude oil that we get from the ground but do we have to make gasoline and diesel from fossil reserves? We know how to approximate the iso-decane hydrocarbon length of diesel by using NaOH and methanol to split the longer 18 to 32 chain lengths of vegetable oil into shorter hydrocarbons called methyl esters producing biodiesel. We know how to make ethanol from complex sugars and carbohydrates. But more importantly, we've known how to make iso-octane (gasoline) and iso-decane (diesel) directly from carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases (syngas) and have done so on commercial scales in WWII Germany and oil embargoed South Africa and Fischer Tropsch synthetics are what Shell dilutes high sulfur diesel with in order to meet the new ultra low sulfur diesel requirements. The CO and H2 itself we can make either by gasification of anything that burns including trash and dried sewage or directly from CO2 and H2O with the help of some energy so in theory, we could simply make synthetic gasoline directly from CO2 and H2O in our environment with solar power effectively rendering all existing gasoline powered cars solar power instead of fossil powered.

    I don't want to see electric cars marketed on too large of a scale because it doesn't address the core issue, it does make it easier to address the core issue down the line but if we really wanted to switch to clean energy, we would just synthesize the gasoline using clean energy by commercial processes that we've known and used since the 1920's.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. Charging- sometimes have little battery capacity and you would need to hook it up to a mains outlet, although they are getting better.

    2. Supposedly "green"- if you take into account the miles traveled just to get the car battery components together it is actually more harmful to the environment. Zinc from Canada for a Japanese built car etc.

    3. It is a common misconception that petrol or diesel cars are the most harmful, although they can be, it is more to do with the style of driving. How you get the most mpg out your car or get a smooth gear change can make all the difference on CO2 emissions.

    4. Petrol and diesel cars are becoming more economical on their own. Most people do not see a huge need for electric cars just yet and probably why only a few manufacturers have an electric range.

    5. Have you thought about a hybrid?

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