If you have followed my skepticism towards electric vehicles, you may be wondering why I’m fighting them. The answer is I’m not fighting them—I think they have a great potential. What I’m fighting is erroneous notions such as “zero emissions”. Or the idea that they consume less energy. Or that their shortcomings are somehow going to magically go away so that internal combustion vehicles will be phased out.
With respect to electric vehicles, I think we are near the peak of inflated expectations. The faster we do away with the wrong notions, the faster we’ll reach the trough of disillusionment and the plateau of productivity.
- Electric vehicles: real vs imagined benefits
- Battery charge/discharge efficiency
- When “zero emissions” means zero emissions
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