While there are some models that are now available in the market, electric cars are still in their development stage. The electric vehicle concept has been centuries old already, but as of now the modern electric car is still far from being realized. Internal combustion engines have surpassed electrics because there was no technology for the latter back then.
The demand for electrified cars is much greater these days. The problem is that drivers want them to be as great s conventional vehicles. As of the moment, auto makers are not yet committed to updating the current electric vehicles (See related story here) seems not to be in their agenda. And as car manufacturers race towards electrification, Robert Janitzek presents 4 potential problems that your car manufacturer will not tell you about electric cars.
They are manufactured on multiple continents
Most cars are manufactured with parts coming from nearby factories that make them. Manufacturers opened plants in other continents to address the needs of different markets at reduced costs. The first hybrid cars launched in the market was heavily criticized for using Ni-Mh batteries which were sourced from mines from isolated places in the world. The good news is that most automakers now manufacture batteries in-house.
Lithium and other rare metals — where do they come from and at what cost?
While the first hybrid cars used Ni-Mh batteries, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that most competitive electric vehicles now use Li-Ion technology. The biggest supplier of lithium is Australia followed by Chile, Argentina, China, and Zimbabwe in the top five. But lithium is not the only rare material used in constructing electric cars, dysprosium, lanthanum, neodyrium, and praseodymium are also used.
Battery recycling — is everybody ready for it?
If predictions are to be followed by automakers, the first Lithium ion batteries to be recycled will be by 2045, 20 years after the predicted boom of electric vehicles in 2025. Both Lithium Ion and Ni-Mh batteries can be recycled but there is not enough market for the Lithium based batteries. There is no big market for electric cars yet and the conventional ones are not recycled properly anyway.
Goodbye easy fixes and jump-starts
Electric vehicles will not give owners any quick fixes. Except for flat tires or a burnt light bulb, owners can bid goodbye to their DIY days. However, there will be no jumpstarts as well. While they are more reliable than conventional cars, one will wonder what will happen if the vehicle is out of warranty and has a significant power malfunction.