It can be a good thing. Electric is the future though some things have
to be overcome.
Right now, cost is one big detriment but that will lessen over time.
Long distance is another. Normal commuting to work is no problem, long
trips, not so much. Cobalt for batteries is a potential problem but
that is getting getter with new technology.
I only drove one electric car so far and was impressed with the
performance and air conditioning. Acceleration was fantastic.
How easily are these electric vehicles recycled? Vehicles are designed to
wear out long before they should, so that they will need to be replaced.
So in your cost calculations consider that electric car might not last as
long as a car did 10-30 years ago and cost much more to get replacement
One of the big issues is the batteries. That is first to go and
expensive. I've not kept up but I have read there has been some
improvement in recycling them. The rest of the car is no different that
Ed Pawlowski email@example.com writes:
And as they're designed and built as delivery trucks, they'll
be much more rugged and last much longer than the typical
Also, unlike ICE, swapping out battery packs is much easier; likewise
Oh yeah! When I first got my 100% electric Nissan Leaf, I was sitting at a red light in the left go-straight lane at Forest Park Parkway and Big Bend in STL and a young man was in a Honda in the right go-straight lane, a nice cool Autumn day, so I slid the passenger window down and asked him if he wanted to "go for it, and he nodded 'yes' and smiled, so I slid the passenger window up and put my foot over my Leaf's accelerator pedal and I could hear him revving his engine and thought to myself "He has no idea what to expect!"
When the light switched to green I floored it and by the time I got to the little jog to the right I was going 75MPH! He never did pass me either, all the way north to Delmar! :-)
I educated a young man that day about electric cars! :-)
Electric is the past. The most expensive electric car today is overall
less useful and less convenient than the cheapest gasoline car. Amazon
is pandering to the Left and their "climate change" bullshit. (Climate
change is a natural phenomenon. You can no more "fight" it than fight
the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Electric cars and
delivery trucks will certainly have no effect.)
Internal combustion: accept no substitutes.
They still use steel, aluminum, plastic, glass. rubber. Different
portions, different locations. They still get separated and either
trashed or recycled. Batteries have some different chemicals.
On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 01:16:08 -0000 (UTC), Roger Blake
Amazon is in it for the money. Subsidized electricity in a subsidized
truck is a whole lot cheaper than ICE. I imagine they will be the ones
with the best idea of range and I wouldn't be surprised if they have
on board data recorders to monitor the driver's habits.
You can go fast in an electric or you can go far, pick one.
That will remain a problem. I took a 1200 mile trip and first day did
about 850 miles, had lunch with my friend the next day. With an
electric it would have taken me at least an extra day and spent time
looking for chargers.
For a daily commute and shopping, fine. Not for my only car though.
Nor do I want to get a rental for a trip.