EV’s are already dirty.
In Australia, you’re charging the car from predominantly coal fired sources. Renewable sources that dominate supply are a fair way off given the current spend on that infrastructure.
As for the metals and other parts of a battery are mined, processed and then turned into a battery, Google it. Pretty confronting. And then there’s the disposal once they’ve reached the end of their usable life. Not sure how that will work but I’m concerned that before a sustainable solution is found, it will be messy for a while.
Don’t get me wrong, EV’s are a great thing. Fast, quiet, don’t’ stink up the joint. I’ve driven a couple of Taycan’s and they got it very right.
Hydrogen is also very much in play and I suspect will be a big part of the long term solution. EV will, comparatively, be more short term.
There’s no doubt that we have to clean the joint up
ICE cars are much cleaner than they ever were and cars going electric is not the only answer to the problem we have. Promoting EV’s is conspicuous and makes those that set policy look like they’re active and care. But to me , it’s a bit like me telling my teen son to clean up his room and him just picking up his jocks, leaving the rest and me thinking, “great those stinking jocks are gone. Good outcome”. We both feel like something was done but one is just going through the motions and the other saying that’s fine
Overall change will take time so those living their lives (careers?) on a 3-4 year election cycle will not be brave enough to to be forward looking and take the time to communicate and bring everyone who has a stake in the game along for the journey in a way that supports the outcome we all want - a clean place to live now and for our kids and theirs.
And it’s all very well for us here. We have the access to capital and social wealth to act. But much (most?) of the world is not so fortunate. Me driving an EV is not going to make much difference to the air quality in a “developing economy” so the big task is also there. And they can’t do it and won’t do it without a good alternative . And fair enough too. And certainly not whilst we’re talking a big game but playing a small one. And selling them coal …
I’m no angel here so on an objective level, talking the talk. I have more cars than I can drive at one time and most have a prodigious thirst. MFI anyone?
The answer? NFI. It’s Sunday morning, I’m one coffee down and pontificating. Should get into politics! Skidmo. Sounds catchy. I even have an off the cuff comment ready to go for the Forth Column that will make it past my empathy coach - “I don’t hold the fuel hose mate”. Election slogan? “Stop Cows Farting”.