Another day, another new study on electric vehicles. Some of these studies intrigue us, others just get us riled up. This one fits into the latter category, especially because it can lead to misinformed opinion columns. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) claims that electric vehicles (EVs) are far from ready for the big time. The IET finds that EVs won't be viable as a form of everyday transportation for at least ten more years. The study suggests that battery life and weight will continue to hold EVs back.
According to the IET study, electric cars will continue to be capped at around 100 miles of range for many years to come. In addition, the effects of continuous fast-charging will takes its toll on both battery life and vehicle range. The study recognizes that battery breakthroughs will continue to drive down costs, but weight will remain relatively constant. In closing, the IET recommends that investments in high-efficiency diesels and hybrids will be a better bang-for-the-buck solution that provides an immediate increase in fuel-efficiency without the negatives associated with EVs:
This study suggests that we take the easy way out, but is that really the best choice as we try to move ahead? Admittedly, hurdles remain, but nobody said that this EV thing was gonna be easy and we've gone way too far to just throw in the towel now.While we believe electric cars overall are a good idea, particularly for short-range commutes, there's a need for more honesty on whether they can really be the solution to our transport and environmental needs in the mid- to long-term. Do people really have to invest in more than one car, and all the resources they demand, to take care of commuting and family holidays? We need to encourage alternative solutions.
[Source: Autocar, Institution of Engineering and Technology]