Challenges Facing Electric Car Adoption

Challenges Facing Electric Car Adoption

Editor Wakesho

The future is electric, and millions of people are ditching combustion cars and moving to electric cars. This is a good indication that some want to do something about the climate change. The urgency of change is now apparent to more and more because news coverage of the issue has increased.

As we embrace the EVs, these are some challenges to the adoption of electric vehicles.

  1. Inadequate Charging Infrastructure

It might take time to move to EVs completely, since advanced countries that use EVs have not shifted completely due to inadequate charging infrastructure. We will need many more charging stations to make it convenient for EV owners to operate their vehicles. Individuals and businesses also need to be convinced that electric vehicles suit their needs. This is perhaps one of the hardest parts.

People who live in apartment blocks or houses without parking space might be asking themselves where and how will they charge their cars. Perhaps this needs to be addressed as well. We might argue it out because we have public charging stations, but it will also be nice to charge your car at home to save some cash that you will have used at the public station. Other options being explored include induction pads embedded in major roads, which charge cars as they drive over them.

2. Higher Upfront Cost Of EVs

The number of vans on the UK’s roads is increasing faster than any other type of vehicle, in part because of the rapid growth in online shopping. Small e-vans are already available and the choice on offer is only likely to increase. It is difficult to compare prices for diesel and e-vans. However, it can be significantly more expensive to lease an electric version of a popular van, than a diesel one. This is likely to mean that electric vans remain affordable for many small firms and self-employed delivery drivers for some time. Prices are likely to continue to fall, and operating an electric vehicle tends to be cheaper than a petrol or diesel equivalent. But the higher upfront costs may stop many drivers from buying electric vehicles for the foreseeable future, even when a vibrant second-hand market emerges.

3. Non-Standard Technology For EVs

Non-standard battery and charging technology might be causing uncertainty in the growth of the EV industry. Consumers have to wade through a multitude of standards. This might disuade

4. Zero-Emission Expectation

The EVs are not a zero-carbon solution. They may not produce the usual exhaust pipe emissions. Sourcing the minerals used for batteries, dismantling batteries that have deteriorated, and building and delivering vehicles to customers worldwide all involve substantial CO2 emissions. It is impossible to break all the links. A large shift away from motorized vehicles is the only way to fundamentally reduce transport’s contribution to climate change, however hard and politically unpalatable that may be.