As I said electric won’t suit all needs. I didn’t buy my car because of its green credentials but lets dispel some of the myths quoted here:
1) battery life. Age is irrelevant, it’s cycles of recharge that matter. There are Tesla’s that have got 150,000 miles on them that have been through thousands of recharge cycles with no material impact. 10% reduction in range. Laptops and phones don’t have the sophisticated software to manage battery life that cars have. Phone makers want you to buy a new phone every two years!
2) most people don’t need to do journeys of hundreds of miles. The majority are relatively short.
3) when doing long journeys you don’t need to fill from empty to 100%. You fill enough to get to your destination. It’s not like driving a petrol car where you typically fill the tank up. The longest journey I have done is 300 miles which required a stop en route of 15 minutes I would have stopped for a coffee anyway. Plenty of Tesla drivers drive to the South of France, Spain and Italy. It might take a couple of hours longer but more relaxing (and free!).
4) high capacity chargers (such as the Tesla superchargers) are increasing all the time. They will take you from 10% to 80% in about 20 minutes. See 3 above.
5) range doesnt drop dramatically at night. LED lights use little power likewise heating and air-con not material. Cold weather impacts the range until the battery has warmed up (like a petrol car). On a long journey it’s not material and on a short journey it doesn’t matter as you top up again when home. Rain, surprisingly, has probably the biggest impact on range.
6) not having off road parking is a disadvantage but many of EV owners in London cope. They charge at work or in car parks.
7) don’t tell me that a battery is more dangerous than driving a car contains 100l of petrol! Petrol cars catch fire all of the time especially in accident. Yes car batteries can catch fire if in an accident but normally not immediately. They are a slow burn but yes hard to put out.
8. Then insurance on my Tesla was cheaper than for my Discovery.
9) they are cheap to run. Free/cheap electricity, no/lower car tax, no congestion charge and from 2020 BIK tax reduces to 2%.
And if Hydrogen is the way forward why aren’t the car manufacturers investing in it? Nobody is. Most if not all are investing in EV’s.
But many people won’t be convinced.