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Opinion: Electric vehicles aren’t worth it

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Andrew John
Although new electric vehicles are luxurious, they do not deliver on their promises to be more eco-friendly and safer for the consumer.

In today’s car world, electric vehicles (EVs) are “the next big thing” for a more eco-friendly and safer ride, but not everyone is sold on their safety. Some people worry they are not as durable as regular cars, pointing to concerns about batteries, self-driving tech and bodywork. I am inclined to agree. 

One big worry is the EV batteries. Although there are no emissions released by the car, the lithium batteries are just as unsafe. With so many complicated steps to owning a Tesla, there are bound to be problems. In September, 2021, a Tesla exploded after being involved in a crash with both the driver and the passenger passing away. The vehicle battery exploded on impact and caught on fire. Luckily, the firefighters stopped the fire before it got worse but due to the lithium ion battery, the fire reignited before it was finally put out.

The self-driving aspect is not road ready, making it unsafe as well. Although I agree that it is impressive that they can drive through some roads, they do not account for many outside complications. They have a path and follow it. EVs can’t see people all the time and miss debris and potholes that can harm the car. It is cool and very futuristic, but EVs don’t account for the most important thing — human error. 

The actual bodywork of the vehicles are even more disappointing. So many people have complained about the Grand Canyon-sized panel gaps of the Tesla, the unreliable technology of almost all EVs and the fake luxury of expensive cars. I have been in a few EVs and I can confirm that there are huge gaps between panels. Motortrend and Marques Brownlee both posted reviews over electric vehicles, the Lucid air and the Fisker Ocean. One of the main problems other than the actual technology or driving, would be the shoddy bodywork. By adding so many edges instead of curves, the manufacturers have so many more intricacies to work with, in which they don’t even do it right.

Another, slightly less important thing, would be the design. The minimalist design is one of the worst things I have ever seen. There is nothing wrong with minimalism, but I never understood why people like Tesla interiors. It is so impractical, with no speedometer, gear shifter nor anything in front of them. Just a screen and a wheel. 

Yes, EVs do not release any emissions, but if people care that much about emissions, they can go ride a bike or walk. Electric vehicles are actually just as destructive to the environment due to the lithium ion batteries. Due to them being larger and heavier, they wear out brakes and tires faster, both releasing harmful chemicals made from the brake dust and the tires respectively. In the UK, they even have a name for the sickness caused by brake dust and tire particles — London throat.

If people really cared about the environment, measures would be made to prevent deforestation, water pollution and ocean acidification. But, since electric vehicles have become a misleading icon for better alternatives than normal cars, people believe that they are better for the environment. In reality, they are not.

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Senior Andrew John is a reporter and this is his first year on staff. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, skateboarding and photography.

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    Tony BeldingApr 5, 2024 at 5:52 AM

    Well, I guess somebody needs to answer this. “With so many complicated steps to owning a Tesla, there are bound to be problems.” Uhh… Care to name any of those complicated steps? A lot of Tesla owners got them for convenience and simplicity: no haggling with a dealer, charge at home, minimal maintenance.

    It would be nice to get specifics about the battery that “blew up inside a home,” which I haven’t seen reported anywhere. It’s easy to document combustion car fires, though. We have statistics on that, and it averages around 170,000 per year in the USA.

    The self-driving aspect is not road ready… Okay, but that’s not an electric car issue. It’s not like we have great self-driving gasoline powered cars either.

    Stories about Tesla “panel gaps” have degenerated by now to the point of urban legend, even while build quality has continued to improve, and again that has no connection whatsoever with the electric powertrain. A Ford Mustang Mach-E built in Mexico is going to be built like, guess what… A Ford. For good or ill.

    Some people don’t like the interior design of Tesla cars. Some do. You can buy a different make with different design style. At last report the best-selling car in the world was the Tesla Model Y, so they must have some sort of appeal.

    “Electric vehicles are actually just as destructive to the environment due to the lithium batteries.” Any research whatsoever would turn up the many studies that have been done on this subject, which have shown the environmental advantages of EVs.

    “…they wear out brakes and tires faster…” Electric cars actually get much longer brake life than combustion cars, because they use regeneration and do a large portion of their braking with the motor instead of the friction brakes.

    They can burn through tires, but IMO that mostly a case of hooning it up with all that intoxicating torque from the electric motor. Ease off the lead foot, people! (Yeah, I’ve been guilty too.)

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      James ChongApr 7, 2024 at 5:30 PM

      Bro just yapped

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