The Paperweight and the Mobile Phone

‘Owning an electric car is great until you forget to charge it. Then it’s just an expensive paperweight.’

It appears that fewer new car buyers feel that Electric Vehicles are the future than at any time in the last three years.

There are various reasons: affordability, practicality, buyers feeling that EVs shouldn’t cost more than internal combustion cars and price.

Whilst price is a prominent factor, the overwhelming consensus is that the charging infrastructure is poor.

EV drivers want to be able to get out of their cars while the EV absorbs its energy and not spend the time drinking coffee and eating cakes.

Even worse is when you have specific medical devices inside your body that can be affected by electrical currents, such as pacemakers.

Of course, other factors come into play: rising energy costs, supply chain disruptions, potential reductions in subsidies and incentives and high-interest rates.

As to the charging infrastructure:

‘Owning an electric car is like having a smartphone on wheels, always needing a charge at the most inconvenient times.’

Jeremy Clarkson’s take on EVs.

‘I’ll never buy an electric car. You can drone on as much as you like about how yours does a million miles between charges and how quiet it is, but when you put your foot down in a carb-fed straight-six, and that long bonnet rears up slightly, you know what’s missing from your motorised vacuum cleaner. The soundtrack.’