EDITOR’S COMMENT: the government’s plan to ban the sale of all fossil fuel cars by 2035 is UNREALISTIC and UNNECESSARY. Ordinary people all over the country can’t pay a premium to upgrade their car to an electric vehicle and the national grid can’t handle the power surge. Let’s stop with all of this nonsense!
Today is World EV day. Nope – I didn’t know about this, either, and I also have no idea who chose September 9 as the momentous date, or why.
Even so, apparently it’s a thing. To celebrate, Ford released results from a recent survey of 2,000 British drivers. It found that 46 per cent of respondents “don’t intend” to buy an electric vehicle (EV) in the future, 21 per cent said that they wouldn’t consider one for another five years, and 20 per cent reckoned that they might buy an electric car in the next three to five years.
The reasons for buyers’ hesitance are all eye-rollingly predictable. Range anxiety, concerns over where to charge and comparably expensive purchase prices are all key reasons.
Frankly, who can blame them? The public charging infrastructure is still a scarily shaky place right now, electric cars are expensive to buy and not everyone has a driveway to allow them to install a home wallbox charger, to charge their electric vehicle (EV) safely overnight. These are all issues that most drivers who have had the briefest thought about a battery car will be familiar with.
So, here’s a thought – maybe we should give the electric car and the charging infrastructure a break from all the whingeing, and just accept that there’s still progress to be made.