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:
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!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.
[Source: Daily Mail]