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What They Don’t Want To Tell You About Electric Cars

What They Don’t Want To Tell You About Electric Cars


A major transition is happening within the
automotive industry. Internal combustion engine vehicles are slowly
being replaced by electric powered vehicles. And like any major controversial topic there
are essentially 3 sides. The ones that are for the change, the ones
against it and the ones that simply don’t care. Here’s the thing, what reasons are people
truly looking at to form their opinion? Is it what they hear from uninformed family
members or friends, or maybe it’s from biased media sources? Either way there are details that are always
left out, ones rarely talked about. So how fast is this wave of electric vehicles
coming? Not as fast as one may think, well at least
not here in the United States. In 2018, out of the 17million vehicles sold,
only 1-3% were electric, and at no surprise the Tesla Model 3 lead the pack with 138K
units sold. Of course the overall number for year 2019
will be higher but don’t expect it to be drastically different. Quarter one electric vehicles sales compared
to 2018 only was up 10%. So if EVs are the future then why the slow
push? Let’s put it like this, it’s not that
easy. For one, most large auto manufacturers are
hesitant to go all in and take such a big risk. They would rather just wait for the competition
to take the leap, analyze their success and then follow suit. Perfect example is the big strive VolksWagen
is taking towards the EV game. Consider this a way to redeem themselves after
enduring a 30 billion dollar hit in legal actions, buy back programs and penalties after
admitting to rigging the emissions of millions of diesel vehicles. Volkswagen has a new mission now, it’s electric
or bust. They are spending 60 billion on battery cells
as they push hard to electrify all 300 models in their range by year 2030. And for those that are confused about the
300 models number, keep in mind that they include other auto manufacturers that are
under the Volkswagen Group umbrella such Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini. Imagine that, an all electric Lamborghini
Aventador, from a V12 to a V0. I’ll tell you this, if there is one company
that can overtake Tesla, that would be Volkswagen group because of their experience with producing
cars. Another reason EVs aren’t taking over as
fast as one may want, is the lack of infrastructure. Gasoline stations have existed for over 100
years, dating back to the first one being built in 1905 in St Louis, Missouri. To put it into perspective there around 150K
public gas stations in the US vs just 20K charge stations. Well, Cristian you don’t need as many charge
stations since most people will charge their EVs at home. HMMM, That’s Partially true, Let’s say
you live in a house and own a Tesla, ideally you can you can get a NEMA 14-50 Outlet that
can fully charge the vehicle in as little as seven hours, in other words overnight. Cool. But what about the people live in apartments,
for instance the urban parts of NY, where many cars are forced to park on the side of
the road. What is their charging solution when it comes
to owning an EV? What do you expect them to do, Idk maybe throw
a long extension cable out their window and plug it in? Let’s just say that hypothetically doing
that was a legitimate option.. Plugging an EV to a common home 110 volt outlet
will charge an EV a MEASLY 2-4 miles of range per hour! Guys That’s 16-32 miles on an 8 Hour charge! That’s 55-110 hours, to fully charge an
EV! In other words, most people that live in apartments
will be dependent on charging stations, unless you’re one of the lucky few that live in
a complex that provide them as a perk. Anywho going back to the lack of infrastructure,
there are challenges in place when it comes to adding more charging stations. Regulatory and permitting issues, even coordination
is a must with local utilities to make sure the charging station can get all the power
it needs. And guys I want you guys to understand that
in no way am I trying to put electric vehicles down, but more trying to dig deep and open
our minds when it comes to the future of electric vehicles. So one thing that is almost always brought
up among people that want to make the switch to electric, is the cost of buying and owning
one. Now this is a very, VERY tricky area. Many say the reason they don’t make the
switch from Internal combustion engine vehicles to electric ones is because of the price difference. Electric cars on average are more expensive
to buy, partly due to the cost of lithium ion batteries. But not for long, battery competition is increasing
rapidly, bringing down the cost. Eventually it’ll cost less to make an electric
powered vehicle, some say that could happen as early as year 2022! Optimistic if you ask me, but doable I would
say. But there is one thing that really concerns
me, and that is electricity itself. Many argue that it’s cheaper than gasoline,
so you’ll save more money. Those people that point are right, electricity
is much cheaper than gas right now, keywords right now. According to websites like Alliance of Auto
Manufacturers, Electric vehicles only compromise 2% of all car sales in the US in 2018. So of course with that low demand prices of
electricity will be low, but let me ask the following, what happens when demand for electricity
rises as it’s bound to eventually happen? What will happen is basic economics, as demand
goes up higher than supply the price follows in the same direction. And as demand goes up for electricity guess
what happens to fuel, it goes down. Interesting because if there is less sales
for gas which include taxes to maintain the roads we drive on, what happens then? Those taxes have to carry over somehow right? Demand for electricity and EVs goes up, we
introduce more burning of coal. Yes there are other ways of producing electricity
but coal burning accounts for more than 38% of electricity production globally, and 60%
in China! More coal burning=more emissions. Seems a bit counter productive. But hey Maybe everything that I’m saying
may not be the case, only time will tell. Let’s talk about a topic that I can greatly
benefit from, overall maintenance and reliability. As many of you already know, I own a BMW and
like many cars they are complex machines with lots of wear and tear parts that need to be
addressed at one point or another. Here’s where EV’s benefit, especially
when it comes to the long run game. Sure they cost most more upfront when buying
them, but eventually over the years they become far less expensive to own. EVs have much less moving parts, things like
frequent oil changes, filter replacements, periodic tune ups, and exhaust system repairs,
to the less frequent component replacement, such as the water pump, fuel pump, and alternator
are a non factor. Essentially the an EV only has one major moving
part and that is the engine. Sounds like a win, but wait a minute, something
seems off. More Evs, less moving parts, less maintenance
required, less technicians needed to work and service cars? Do you see where this is going? Massive job loss maybe, hmmmm. Moving on. Here’s something that concerns me and others
may feel the same. The overall safety when it comes to these
large battery packs. There have been reports of EV’s bursting
into flames days after an accident! Not seconds, minutes or hours, days! Electric-vehicle battery packs are made of
hundreds to thousands of battery cells, each of which contains a flammable liquid electrolyte,
any damage to them can cause a chemical reaction. IDK maybe it’s just me but I feel like there
are definitely risks when you store enough energy to propel a two-ton car at 75 miles
an hour for hundreds of miles. Let’s switch gears and talk about Tesla
for a sec, it’s only right to include them in any discussion that involves EVs. Even though they’ve struggled to profit
significantly, they have been paving the way and there is no trace of them slowing down. Tesla now has a factory in China and is set
to finish building one in Germany, Tisk Tisk Tisk, Big German Giants better stop playing. While you got these big players and like BMW,
Mercedes and VW planning Tesla is doing! Meanwhile the other American autocompanies
are testing water, i mean, Ford surprised us all, but not necessarily in a good way. Seriously Ford, the Mustang Mach E? Really? Anyways it’s all a step in the right direction? Right? Idk. Elon Musk’s goal was to get the rest of the
automotive industry to go electric, and honestly it looks like it’s working. Good Job Elon I can easily talk about other commonly addressed
EV topics like like range anxiety, crowded charge stations, how resourceful it is to
mine lithium and the problem with trying to recycle the batteries being used on Evs but
there are plenty of articles and videos doing that already. My goal for this video was not to pick sides
but more so to dig deeper in the what the future of EVs can bring us. Surely I have more to say but didn’t want
this video to drag on, but you never know maybe I’ll make a follow up video if a good
portion of you guys enjoy this one. Feel free to leave any and all thoughts in
the comment section below. As always thanks for watching, till next time.

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100 thoughts on “What They Don’t Want To Tell You About Electric Cars

  1. Nothing like a creating a video that's a little out of my comfort zone to finish off the year. Thank you guys for the amazing support in 2019, and I can't wait to see what 2020 has in store! See you all next year!

  2. Here are a few facts:

    1. Vehicle fires are down to less than 1/2 in the last 20 years.
    source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/377006/nmber-of-us-highway-vehicle-fires/
    2. When combustion engines first appeared, people were skeptical due to fear of the fire/explosions occurring in front and a combustible fuel tank behind the driver.

  3. Saw an i8 passing by the other day… sounded like a 1 liter 4 banger. Down the line BMW will make the i8 give a fake oil smell so it feels like home. Im a bmw fan have and had a few, with no oil leaks theres still always smell of oil, i figured it must be the crankcase vent.

  4. I have a need for speed…but more of a need for affordable electricity. I am in agreement with you…Thanks for always keeping it real! Very valid points you bring to light.

  5. You don't store any burnable energy in gasoline car? I have to say I also don't like to ride on an explosive gas tank with parts that are over 2500°C hot. Just imagine it starts burning there.

  6. I have 2 Volts Gen 1 and 2. I'm going to need a 350+ BEV that can handle Winter seasons to go fully Electric. Imagine sitting in a stalled winter road and turning off the heater so it won't kill your range.

  7. I appreciate the video but you should also get an EV expert to collab with you. A lot of these are things the media dumps on us everyday. The massive ongoing transition to EVs is putting a big dent into oil companies and car manufacturers so you can imagine how deceptive and anti EV just about every media source is when it comes to it. Things like battery explosions are 1 in millions. It’s happened less than a handful of times and each time was likely due to outside service not being permitted to work on a battery. EVs are generally much safer with a smaller death rate than the majority of ICE cars. Also, while lithium batteries are very expensive the lack of other parts found in ICE make up for it. They’re clearly at least on par with all its competitors when it comes to performance. So the claim that EVs are more expensive is incorrect, but I’m glad you acknowledged the cost of owning one. As for electricity demand, don’t forget about the rapid transition to renewable energy. Tens of millions of Americans now have access to personal/excess wind/solar energy. And then many Tesla owners purchase benefits like Tesla solar.

  8. Solar buddy model 3 is the number selling car in world Beating ToyotaCamry! Solar is here for life you only need the sun … everywhere you go now people are getting solar and going green… the world is changing so is everyone.!

  9. No mention of how much power is lost between point of generation and battery! slow charging in Jaguars tech is 52% loss from sonsumer to battery, so a bit worse than a gas car, thats a 38 hour charge, the faster you charge the lower the efficiency, on a hot day a supoercharger is probably under 10% efficient.

  10. other automakers arent playing Tesla is getting too confident, you have Ford , GM and Hyundai STARTING with 200mile rNge EVs and btw GM was 1 of the EARLY pioneers in EV game the EV1 Is the world ahead of its time, ugly but definitely technologically advanced EV powertrain, with good range and 0-60 was under 9 seconds GM knows EV tech

  11. One that you didn't bring up that I would add is that our power grids are already overburdened as it is. Unless there's some SERIOUS updating to higher-voltages planned, there's no chance in hell that we, at least in America, can support replacing even a quarter of our vehicles with EVs.

  12. I would've considered this article fair, if there were at least a few points about the benefits of EVs… Also some of the points in the article have already been debunked or don't make sense at all. Still nice to not go a full ICE owner hate mode and talk about bullshit like missing engine noise, "low" quality, etc.

  13. More people using electricity doesn't make the cost go up. The grid has so much capacity, demand is way down since 2009. Also, homeowners with solar with be driving for free!

  14. You made an awesome video! But I want to disagree with the part that electric vehicles might be so trouble-free that it can lead to a massive layoff of mechanics. I know that instead of having the standard "ICE' engine and drivetrain, the EV'S are going to have tires, wheels, suspension, body repair, and ELECTRICAL! All of which will need to be maintained and replaced. Wheel bearing, tie rod ends are still others thatneed replacement the same, even coolant in the battery packs need to be flushed out for proper long term maintenance. My point being is that their will still be room for old mechanics like me. Keep up the great work!

  15. Petroleum is currently artificially constrained in order to keep prices high. The price of oil will not drop with a decrease of demand, not for decades anyway. Increased electricity demand will obviously be a thing but renewables are now significantly cheaper than coal so pretty much all new capacity will be renewable.

    Storage is still a problem but that's nearly solved, we just need to start building lots of water batteries yesterday. Plus with smart pricing we can encourage people to charge when supply is highest to match supply with demand.

  16. EVs will be taking over faster than you think, by 2030 40-50% of all ice cars will be gone.
    This video is not being 100% honest, do your research and then come back to do another video.
    I did my homework and it will be cheaper to own a tesla…I mean an electric car.
    I'm getting ready to get my model 3 and are very excited.
    Now think of the environment, what eliminating ice cars will do. We will figure out the rest as we go but ice cars need to go.

  17. It's great we are gonna element the pollution issue unless you consider the strip mining in which goes with getting material for Lithium Ion batteries.

  18. Hey man, great vid.

    Just a few things to help you out and course correct a few of your comments.

    Charging options. You're completely ignoring destination charging as an option. Easy to do as we don't think that way now. Charging at work or at a shopping centre at a carpark will be commonplace.

    It's 'comprise', not 'compromise'. Totally different meanings.

    Technically, it's a motor(s) not an engine that powers a fully electric vehicle.

    Also, an average EVs currently has about 8,000 battery cells, not 'hundreds of thousands'.

    The German giants are already 'doing' and they all have EV models in market – BMW since 2013 just a year after the Model S launch.

    Cheers

  19. Good vid, I mean issues raised! I think the UK govt made a rash decision in banning petrol & diesel sales from 2040…
    Meanwhile I saw an old fella (70?) pushing his Tesla to the hard shoulder today having misjudged his range…😁

  20. I have a garage and will never own an electric vehicle. Why? The extreme push to ban ICE vehicles. As mentioned in the video there isnt charging options for those who park on the street or live in apartments/condos. I actually have 2 cars now (1 is old) and plan on buying a newer vehicle every 5 years so someone can buy a used gas vehicle for an affordable price. Used EVs will need battery replacements and those who dont get paid much will need a vehicle that gets them to where they need to go and only spend $200-500 a year on maintenance costs.

    Also maintenance for Honda and Toyota is very low as they last a long time. Other vehicles may or may not last as long depending on other factors.

    But as it stands I will not ever buy an EV because right now it's all hype from EV enthusiasts and environmentalists.

  21. Good questions and a good presentation. Love the promise of EVs, but very few EV enthusiasts discuss where the govt will get the revenue it currently enjoys from petroleum taxes. And if you believe the govt will just decide to make do with less, you're probably not a student of history.

  22. I think hydrogen will be the future of cars because batterys loose capacity and stop working and get burryed some were ir is put in land fill elecrictiy price will go up

  23. As a petrolhead I have 4 concerns about EVs. 1 – Performance : The performance of all EV cars is very weak, for example : Tesla Model S P100D which Elon Musk claims is a performance saloon, but ofcourse the reality is not on Elon's side (as usual). The P100D weighs as much as a Range Rover and its a car that has over 600hp, but the top speed of a BMW 525 diesel with 231hp.
    2 – Soul : Can you imagine being really involved and obsessed with EVs – Me neither. EVs just don't have what it takes to capture our hearts, no one can be truly passionate about EVs, except the Tesla guys, but they are passionate about Elon Musk, not the cars, even if Tesla releases a toilet on wheels, they would love it.
    3 – Reliability : I buy the best and most expensive batteries for my personal vaping device, 18650 batteries which are literally the exact same as the ones in the various Teslas and my batteries last 4 years at best. How can a battery that has a maximum life of 4 years would possibly survive 10 years of usage in a Tesla?
    4 – Price : I bought my Fiat Tempra for 700BGN which is 402USD or 304GBP, the car is 29 years old and I haven't spend a single cent on it except fuel, oil and tires. I don't believe that EVs would become that cheap even in 100 years time.

  24. "there are risk when you store enough energy to propel a 2-ton car" gasoline is more energy dense than batter electric cars and have way less chance of catching fire or exploding according to NHTSA study. Also if you look at the numbers there's been like 237,000 fire incidents from gasoline cars and less than 10 in the same 5+year period from EVs… Such bias video 😂 and click bait intro

  25. Good video, u need a little more information about EVs but was okay overall. 80% explosion rate? Where did you get that? 😂 Also, you shouldn't include job loss here really. It happens with any industry. Think about it this way, you wouldn't be doing YouTube videos if it wasn't for the "job loss" caused by all technological advances humanity made. It's simply bound to change. Some industries get extinct while others are born.

    Keep it up, cheers and good year 🥂

  26. bro super but in the future solid state battery ? more safer and high density ,speed .try to use solar tech .use renewable energy .go green go electric!!!

  27. I think nowadays people that use electric vehicles are actually giving a bigger life to petrolheads giving them the possibility to use petrol cars for a few more years

  28. Well, at long last someone made this video, thank you. You only mentioned a couple of topics and yet there is still so much more behind all of this.

    You can't post links on YT comments, so let me provide a few headlines for anyone to search if they like.

    Naturally, those from the climate cult of doom will do their best to delegitimise all of these. There's big money in this scam, which essentially does nothing to solve a problem that doesn't exist…

    Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what?

    Major power cut across country as London goes dark after National Grid failure

    Report: A Cloud Drifting Over a Solar Farm Knocked Out Power for 10hrs

    Blackouts: California’s Electric Car Dream Is Turning Into A Nightmare

    Game Over: German Wind Industry In Freefall

    Electric Car-Owners Shocked: New Study Confirms EVs Considerably Worse For Climate Than Diesel Cars

  29. Pick a perspective buddy! Job loss?! Really? If I wanna buy a car with less maintenance expenses it means the mechanic's gonna earn less! That's a very stupid point.

  30. Most evs are so efficient compared to gas cars that if you ran them on 100% coal power you would still put less emissions in the air.

  31. Yeah it’s difficult to balance what we need unless u want to REALLY GO GREEN. N go back to horse n buggy… no electricity n fuel

  32. I think it is an unfair video. U talked just about bad things of EVs….and some of them are not correct…. but did not talk about the lost lots of advantage EV have. Fortunately, if you want or dont want, this is the future and intelligent people accept this fact. Please, in the future make correct vids and do not distribute false information. THX

  33. No one wants electric cars and they are not going to help the planet as much as people think. The first cars were electric but nobody wanted them

  34. I agree with everything in this video but I believe the problems can be overcome with better technology. The big problem I see is the charging times, even if you have your own quick charger. If a disaster is coming do you really want to sit at a charging station for more than ten minutes. My prediction for electric cars is until some type of amazing innovation comes, electric cars will be the second car for middle class people who own a house and maybe some extremely creative apartment dweller's. At least here in America

  35. And do you know what all those horse cab drivers, cleaners, stable boys, ironmongers, saddle makers, etc were saying when the Model T came out? Where are our jobs going? How can gasoline be transported and distributed in whole of America? What will people living in inhospitable places do?
    Don't know how much you received for this article, but it will really help you to drive that gas guzzling BMW!

  36. Hey man, I really like your channel and what you do for the car community, but this one seemed a bit one sided to me.

    In any case, thanks for making great videos.

  37. Some cities around the world use street lights to create charge stations as it is cheap to convert one and is already there and not being used during the day. And every street will always have more than one.

  38. I see what you are trying to do buddy, but you have to ge your facts straight beforehand. Coal phaseout has been going on for years now. You seem to mention jobs losses but not the gains aka electrical contractors, green energy companies, battery reconditioning companies, charger makers, r and d, and so on. The safest car on the road is Model 3 followed by S,X. Governments all over the world spend trillions on oil and gas subsidies that could be used for road infrastructure. Electricity will get even cheaper based on the logic that people can produce their own but I can't real make my own gasoline easily. All the logic in what I hope would be a somewhat logical society is for the world to go all electric. We are not here to make the rich people more money but to keep the human race and all lifeforms on earth alive.

  39. > says he isnt there to pick sides
    > proceeds to pick out all the negatives (even some which are hypothetical future negatives) and only a few positives

  40. Video shows that viral video makers will do anything to push out garbage content with no fact checking, in order to make a quick buck. What amazes me is the number of people who don't question some of the garbage.

  41. These concerns are why PHEV's will be the interim choice, best of both worlds. EV's and the charging infrastructure have to improve to appeal to the masses and if your power still comes from coal, electric makes little sense for anyone outside an urban area.

  42. You managed to talk about everything except the main reason people buy electric, being environmentally friendly. I understand that yanks would rather deflect than face that truth, and you can focus on current jobs rather than future jobs. Or the fact that renewable energy is expanding massively by the rest of the world, and only the US wants to focus on oil. Frankly this digging deeper is narrow minded at best and complete bullshit at worst. Kudos to a job half done!

  43. Great video, good info. 2 points to consider, EV=batteries, will never do well in cold temperatures. Governments are already taxing carbon emissions in 27 countries(Canada). Renewables, solar and wind cannot provide for the millions of cars made each year.

  44. You are so wrong plug in the outlet charges 12 to 24 hrs but if you were smart youd just add another 240 outlet like your stove which would charge in less time worst case.

  45. Good vid as always, well balanced apart from the explody comments (and click bait). Like petrol cars don’t share the same highly volatile fuel issue, as they also “propel a 2T vehicle at 75mph”.

  46. Good job thinking a little deeper on EV's. Your point about "increased emissions" due to increased EV's is incorrect. Even with electricity production from a dirty grid, EV's are still cleaner than ICE counterparts. Reference: https://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2015/11/Cleaner-Cars-from-Cradle-to-Grave-full-report.pdf

  47. Manufacturers say its the batteries adding the cost. However, if they're losing all that oil profits due to no more oil changes…..perhaps they've already priced the lifespan of the oil change profits into the sticker

  48. I hope anyone who supports ice vehicle gets drafted because they are the only ones who will benefit from this war

  49. People in highly congested areas like new york don't need to buy a car anyways, they have public transport. Most people should not buy cars and support public transport; it creats jobs, saves money, and is better for the environment.

  50. Do you imagine what you discovered ?
    1. Infrastructure in 5 years the infrastructure will not be a problem with small efforts from the biggest companies in the world
    2. Price of electricity…you're right , the price will go up… But comparing with petrol , you don't have it in you're yard… Energy it's everywhere, in the sun in the heat , in the waves and in the wind. You will not be anymore depending to few countries.
    3. Mentenance . Comparing with BMW the mentenance will be much cheaper, electrical engines are much simple. And be serious , who the hell it's going at service with love for the mechanic. If you really care about mechanics buy a Renault and stop changing every 5 years.
    4. If somebody will be a problem in this topic will be that few millions of people who are working in extraction industry not the mechanics.
    5. Flats … When you opening a topic … Do some checks. What is the percent of people who are living in a flat and they own a car ? You will see it's very small and auto-industry they don't care about them.
    I'm following the evolution of electric cars from 10 years ago… This will be a revolution!

  51. You can tell these idiots all you want but they will never understand that an electric car is neither environmentally friendlier to manufacture nor will it be environmentally friendlier to run On a daily basis either.

    These people do not factor in how these cars are manufactured, from mining to manufacturing and all the pollution they cause in that trail, To how they will run these cars daily, where will the electricity come from? How much more fossil fuels will be needed to fuel their quench for tons more electrical power!.

    But these factors will never be figured in to these equations.

    Then you have the likes of Tesla who will not let other mechanics/Repairers work on their vehicles.

    They can render your car disabled with a flick of a switch, when they feel like it or if they believe it has been serviced by anyone other than them selves. Or disable features if they see it fitt.

    Then for the time being not enough chargers to charge these cars, waiting in lines of upto 7-8hours to top up your car.

    I can't see my self buying an electric car in the foreseeable future.
    Although I wanted to buy one a few years back the model S. But I have since done my home work and it's not worth the hassle or the expenses of repairs BS that comes with these vehicles.

    Living in the UK with these cars is astronomical expense, and the charging infrastructure is a joke to be honest.

    I will probably wait until there is no more petrol or Diesel cars left before I would switch.

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