The reasons for the unpopularity of electric vehicles are named

The reasons for the unpopularity of electric vehicles are named

September 21, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Castrol research shows price is the main reason

Lubricant manufacturer Castrol has done research and found out the reasons why electric vehicles have not yet become popular. Having interviewed about 10 thousand respondents, the company compiled a list of five so-called critical points, overcoming which one can count on a rapid transition from internal combustion engines to electric traction.

The findings in the report, Accelerating The EVolution, are based on a survey of 9,000 car owners, 750 transport managers and 30 representatives of the automotive industry (mostly employees of component suppliers and companies involved in the production of batteries). In their opinion, the main critical point on the way to mass production of electric vehicles is the price. Two-thirds (63 percent) of potential buyers believe that now the cost is too high, and 36 thousand dollars are called ideal.

The second important point is charging time. Castrol respondents are ready to wait no more than 31 minutes – this is the average lunch time. Although this is more than ICE drivers usually spend on rest during long journeys: such stops usually last about 21 minutes. As for the power reserve, the respondents consider 469 kilometers to be ideal – and only a few can boast of such indicators: Tesla, Volkswagen, Rivian and Lucid.

The massive distribution of electric vehicles is also hampered by the underdevelopment of the network of charging stations. At the same time, 70 percent of the respondents would like the terminal to be at their home or somewhere nearby; 67 percent dream of a charging station at work, and 62 percent of respondents would like to receive electricity for their electric vehicles exclusively from renewable sources. Last but not least, more than half of buyers considered switching to an electric vehicle if their favorite model had an electric option.

And on the eve of Polestar shared the calculations of harmful emissions of electric vehicles in comparison with conventional cars. It turned out that at the stage of production of a crossover with a traditional internal combustion engine (the company took the Volvo XC40 as an example), 14 tons of CO₂ equivalent are emitted into the atmosphere. The indicator of the electric Polestar 2 and the battery for it is 24 tons. In order for the indicators of the total greenhouse gas emissions of an electric car and a car with an internal combustion engine to equalize, you need to drive at least 50 thousand kilometers on electric traction.