Back in the early 2000s, when the first-generation modern electric vehicles (EVs) were available in limited quantities in places like California, most automakers were skeptical of their own technology and so took the EVs back after the leases ran out, crushing them and creating a lot of ill will in the process. Today, automakers are much more confident in the updated plug-in vehicle technology, but not everyone thinks EVs are worth a damn. A columnist for the right-leaning UK paper The Daily Mail, Sean Poulter, is one of these voices.
Poulter's piece starts with two points. One is real and needs to be addressed, the other is scare-mongering. Guess which one is which:
The technology used for electric car batteries is so backward they will die after just two years, experts have warned.
The cars will also be extremely expensive to run and cover far less distance on one battery charge than previously claimed, they say
Two years? First off, older battery technology like the NiMH batteries used in the RAV4 EV (pictured) ten years ago is, in some cases, still running strong. Second, some of the li-ion packs being developed today will have 10-year warranties that the automakers will be on the hook for if they don't work, so it's highly unlikely that the packs will wuss out after 24 months, no matter what the pro-hydrogen Institution of Engineering and Technology (which Poulter relies on) says. Poulter also manages to facetiously compare today's EVs with a standard ICE car that's been in constant development for 100+ years and, surprise, finds that an EV doesn't hold up. Heck, even the most bullish of today's EV supporters – like Carlos Ghosn – have modest goals for EVs in the next ten or so years. Articles like this one just serve to rile up the EVangelists. Thanks to Andy for the tip!

[Source: Daily Mail]

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