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cld617 said:You already live a life where someone else decides what is acceptable. The cost of goods, safety standards, taxes, how companies do business is all decided by someone else. Getting frustrated that something else may be put into motion that could inconvenience you is futile, 5% of any demographic is irrelevant when it comes to deciding what is most appropriate to see put into place, if you're part of that 5% too bad.
Not in the way you mean. ICE infrastructure has been developed over the past 100 years, largely by market forces- ie ordinary people risk their own money and buy products which further drive development.
Electric cars (and their supporting public charging infrastructure) are heavily publically subsidized. And there still at best, a 1-2% market penetration? In jurisdictions where that subsidy does not exist, electric cars are almost non existent. Ever wonder why?
I will stipulate that the technology is neat. It has a niche role (probably) in short distance, city driving- for now. But for widespead adoption to occur in a big cold country like Canada, a few things need to happen:
Battery technology must get better. Current Li batteries are at least an order of magnitude worse in energy density than an equivalent weight in gasoline. That matters because it speaks to ranges. I know several electric car owners. They all like the relatively low daily ownership costs, but all have noted that the ranges they get are nothing like what is advertised and that only gets worse in the winter. They also note that battery packs degrade over time, losing about 3-5% storage per year- depending how careful you are with your charge/discharge cycles. Finally, when the battery pack has to be replaced, it is a $5-6000 hit. Assuming you do that every 5-8 years, you are edging back up towards ICE cars in terms of ownership costs.
Recharge times have to get down to around what a current gas tank fill takes.
Costs must come down. An average compact ICE car can be had for under $20k new. Not so for an electric car, unless it is highly subsidized.
It should also be noted that currently, electric cars owners get a complete free pass on paying to maintain roads, as they do not pay tax on fuel (currently taxes on gasoline make up more than 50% of the price in Canada). This unfairly tilts that table in favour of electric cars. If Electric cars ever get a significant presence on the road, how long do you figure it will be before governments at all levels figure out how to tax electric car usage to regain the lost revenue?