In this article, we give you 6 good reasons not to buy an electric vehicle! The opposite approach (encouraging the switch to electric cars) is certainly more common. But we decided, for once, to go against the tide. In fact, if some think that this type of vehicle is the ideal solution today, others still resist it.
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In 2019, a survey by Statista asked French people why they don’t consider buying an electric vehicle. Thus, we note that more than 30% of respondents answered that they do not want to buy such a vehicle due to cost that the latter would generate. About 25% of respondents also mentioned the lack of autonomy to ride. Reasons we found in our top: so here we go.
If electric cars do not represent more than 1% of new vehicle sales, it is because they have many restrictions. Despite manufacturers’ efforts to improve their performance, they are still the last choice. From autonomy to accessibility, the quality of this new generation car cannot convince all drivers.
very random autonomy
still very weak
The first reason not to buy an electric vehicle is its battery life. Indeed, the indicated value differs greatly from its actual capacity. If during the purchase the seller mentions its 400 km of autonomy, be careful. Manufacturers are making a lot of progress, but autonomy is still too low for some users and charging times are long.
In fact, between the theoretical value, achieved during tests under completely favorable conditions (flat ground, constant speed, etc.), and the reality, the difference can be quite substantial.
In addition, over time, like other battery-powered devices, the autonomy decreases. This problem of autonomy of electric cars creates in drivers a real fear of stopping in the middle of the way, due to lack of energy. Indeed, the lack of fuel worries more than 25% of the French population.
Today, the best electric models have a range of 400 km, it does not allow you to cross kilometers of road and drive as you wish, without taking a break. Furthermore, it requires a certain “economy” driving to achieve proper autonomy.
As soon as you drive a little “too sporty”, you considerably reduce the number of kilometers before the next charge. Most of the time, the speed will be limited to 110km/h even on the road. As soon as you push the mushroom to the highest point, i.e. at 130 km/h, the battery quickly drains.
Decreased in winter… and in summer!
With heating and external lights on almost during the trip, the battery life of an electric car is drastically reduced. Also, lithium batteries tend to perform much less well if subjected to extreme cold. It would then be necessary to opt for the new lithium-ion polymer batteries because they are more resistant to winter. Finally, as a result of new technology in terms of ecological cars, they are much more autonomous.
And conversely, in summer, in addition to the fact that high temperatures also influence battery performance, the use of air conditioning should also be moderate. In fact, the external environment, such as wind, rain or outside temperature, affects its autonomy.
long loading time
Loading time delays more than one driver because it is variable depending on charging station and battery capacity of the electric car. In fact, in a classic outlet, as you can find at home, it will be necessary to count on average between 8 and 10 hours
Therefore, it will be advisable to start charging your vehicle at night, to be fully autonomous in the morning and enjoy the off-peak rates (generally between 10:30 pm and 6:30 am). To save charging time, you can also opt for a “wall box” that can recharge a vehicle between 4 and 6 hours. The disadvantage of this type of installation is its price, as it will take between €800 and €1,500 between the box and its installation.
In some establishments, such as service stations, it is possible to find fast charging stations. In just 30 minutes, it is possible to recharge 80% of a battery’s autonomy. It will be the same for the remaining 20%. Nonetheless, charging stations are not overcrowded, especially if you have to travel on the highways.
Buying an electric vehicle: very restrictive accommodations
After receiving a new electric car, it is highly recommended to own or equip a garage, even almost essential. One of these projects necessarily requires an additional expense to the price of the vehicle. If your electrical installation is not grounded, you will really have to check everything to be up to standard.
Most current homes are already up to standard. Thus, electric cars can be charged at a standard outlet and can be left in an individual garage, as we have seen. Unfortunately, the loading time is quite long. So you run the risk of not being full when the driver has to hit the road. But beyond that, it’s not nothing safe for home because the risk of blowing the fuses is great.
In addition, it requires the owner to install a device to accelerate power, such as a Wall Box. Added to the price of the equipment, such a project requires an investment ranging from several hundred euros to more than a thousand. And that’s not counting the workforce. In fact, the wall terminal must be installed by a professional and the configuration of the accommodation greatly affects the value of the final invoice.
Few electrical terminals
Despite the effort and the promise of car manufacturers in improving and multiplying electrical terminals, these are still insufficient. There are many public or private establishments – such as hotels, restaurants, shopping malls – who doesn’t have that facility.
Even though their number has increased considerably in recent years, it would still be necessary to wait for charging stations to be sufficient for users. The fact that in some municipalities, residents who own or intend to buy an electric car, still call for the proliferation of electric charging stations proves their unsuitability for collective use.
a very high cost
This is one of the main obstacles to not buying an electric car… the price. It is still a brake on the purchase of electric cars. The cost of an electric vehicle is considered to be higher than its heat engine equivalent. The overall impression is pay more for less.
Compared to a model of the same size, the budget difference is rarely enough to offset the low cost of ownership benefits. For some models, like the Renault Zoé, you also need to be willing to pay a monthly battery rental subscription, unless you pay a high purchase price.
So for that model, checkout costs over €24,000 (excluding bonuses) with an additional subscription of around forty euros for small rolls at €119 in unlimited mileage. With the purchase of the battery, the same model will cost almost 33 thousand euros. In addition, he will hard to find cheaper on the market.
Of course, the government is encouraging the purchase of electric cars, with bonuses and help more or less interesting depending on the situation of each one.
Ecological…but not too much?
Electric cars are sold by all manufacturers (and the government) as environmentally friendly vehicles. If the car emits zero CO2 emissions, she is still not clean.
In fact, it still pollutes from the molecules released during braking and from the abrasion of tires and the road surface. The main problem stems mainly from the electricity that sets them in motion, and which is rarely produced properly.
Furthermore, the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars is extremely polluting. China, which produces most of them, is one of the countries with the largest fleet of electric vehicles. However, their CO2 emissions continue to increase, in particular due to the coal-fired power plants used to produce batteries.
A European agency reported that production generates between 1.5 and 2 times more harmful products than old cars. Used in battery manufacturing, heavy metals are also another ecological problem. If electricity production is considered, one kilowatt-hour consumed is equivalent to more than 100 kg of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases emitted.