Should you buy an electric car? – BBC News

Electric cars are increasingly taking to our roads but many people still have reservations. Common worries include the price of the vehicles, where you can charge, charging times and the wider environmental costs of manufacturing them.

Reality Check looks at how valid these concerns are.

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Presented by Ben Butcher

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Comment (411)

  1. There's no point buying an electric car. It doesn't do anything to save the environment. To create the electricity you still need to burn coal or crude oil

  2. We need affordable multi-purpose big wheels but lightweight electric cars. We need to scrap the ridiculous EU rule that government's forbidden from subsidising 'green' production.

  3. There is no excuse for not buying electric if you can afford it. Anybody spending £50k+ on a brand new car (BMW M3 at £55k+ for example) would be MENTAL not to at least test drive a Tesla.
    Electric cars aren't for everybody, but they are clearly the future, even if it'll be sad not to here cars bwaaaah bwaaaah tsususuuu anymore.

  4. That really was of no help at all in deciding whether or not buying an electric makes sense for me. Sounds like the real answer is don’t until it costs the same as a diesel car. I think we’ll be a few years before we get there

  5. No, I haven’t fought about buying an electric car, all of my friends and family agree with me that they are completely impractical unless you live in a city and never expect to drive further than two postcodes away. Have you fought about pronouncing your words properly if you are presenting a biased ‘public service’ video on behalf of the BBC?

  6. Stupid BBC as always.
    If you talk about Electric car you must talk about Tesla. It is the best choice out there right now.
    With 320 mile range and 75% supercharged within 30 minutes.
    Auto pilot (auto lane change and exit freeway to freeway itself )
    Common BBC

  7. My worry with electric cars is Spontaneous Combustion, given the prevalence of occurrence I wonder why that isn’t counted as a legitimate concern?
    It’s like, being suppressed or something.

  8. When they have a range of 1000 miles, can be charged in 10 minutes and are cheaper than a diesel to buy. Then I will consider one. That might well be 20 -30 years away.

  9. One problem is that the electric vehicles are so quiet. With so many people on their sat phones it is dangerous. Keep you eyes up because you cannot hear them coming.

  10. Over 24h to fully charge? I'm afraid for the vast majority of electric cars, 'this just isn't true at all. I can't think of a single car that takes that long.

  11. I'll drive my supercharged 660HP SRT-10 Night Runner Dodge Ram Quad Cab until they prise the steering wheel out of my cold dead hands.

  12. A better question would be: is the TV licencing fee funding a out of touch political bias news propagandist organisation, that regularly perverts the truth to fit its liberal narative.

  13. I bought an electric car as my first car. 50,000 miles on it and still full battery life. Had practically no running costs and no maintenance. Have to be a mug to buy anything else. Plus they offer incredible performance. Why would I want to for to run a slower car?

  14. All electric cars have their batteries recycled as home battery backups. And in Scotland, the majority of the time we are running of pure wind power. Challenges, fuck off 😂😂

  15. Don't watch this if you want to know the truth about electric cars. This is so negative and massively out of date with current technology. Watch Fully Charged, EVM, Zero Tailpipe or similar. or similar channels.

  16. Totally failed to explain that electric cars are much cheaper to run and maintain, or that the majority (66% in England) of households in the UK have off street parking.
    Additionally, they pointed out potential environmental impacts of electric cars without balancing the argument with the known impact of ICE cars. Usual BBC scaremongering.

  17. If Britain had unlimited ability to generate electricity then electric vehicles would make sense.
    It hasn't and they don't.
    So stop being so bloody stupid.

    The UK struggles to provide enough electricity with the present number of power stations, so if electric cars were the norm many more power stations would be required. What would they burn?
    Buses, wagons and ships would continue to run on diesel, the armed services are wedded to petrol —

    I get 8 hours of sunshine a day here in Spain, and run an electric bicycle on solar power, using two batteries, one to use and one to charge.
    To charge a car would probably take a week.
    The current propaganda is all about sexy electric cars —
    The reality is very different.
    What is the use of our fantastic communications systems if we have to drag our physical carcasses to a distant office to work?
    We need less transport — not more.
    Fewer aeroplanes, fewer trains, fewer ships.
    We need to listen to the planet, because it is paying our bill.

  18. I'm not sure you going to deposit your 5 grands worth of batteries in landfill at the end of its life. If it's worth taking your old car down the scrapyard for £100, I'm pretty sure people will be recycling lithium ion batteries.

  19. We need free charging and lots of charging stalls. High vehicle tax of 100% on none electric cars and it would not even be a option to buy a pollution emmititing car.

  20. I have been lucky enough to get a Hyundai Kona Electric. It's just awesome. It's probably the best car I've owned. It's brilliant fun to drive, incredibly relaxing and easy to drive and waaaay cheaper to run than the old car.
    Range is 300 miles driving in town and A/B roads and I have never had any anxiety whatsoever.
    Once you drive an electric, you will not go back 🙂

  21. Can one of you environmentalists answer me this. Why is it that most of the blame for pollution is directly aimed at people who own cars, even though cars only account for 14% of the total pollution emitted by humans. Meanwhile, none of you "environmentalists" say one word about how much trains, ships, jets/planes and helicopters worldwide polute and how you want to ban those from being used. I bet you people feel real good when you drive your EV or Hybrid to the ariport so you can jump onto a jumbo jet (which burns 1 gallon of fuel every second!) and fly halfway across the world to take a vacation you really don't need to take. But hey, atleast you can brag to the person next to you onboard the jumbo jet just how environmentally friendly you are.

  22. "Should you buy an electric car?" Yes! Yes, you should. They are quieter, smoother, faster, cleaner, better in almost every way (less expensive to maintain, more reliable, will not kill you in your own garage, will not make your street an high pollution zone). Even range is not an issue these days (we do ok with our EPA 83-mile e-Golf but then again I bike to work — oh yes, you should also buy a bike).

  23. It's amazing to see practically every person here thinking there's nothing more to electricity than connecting the plug to the socket. Sure you realize the power has to come from somewhere but you apparently don't see any reason why you couldn't fully charge your car in ten minutes on a single solar panel, at night.

    Should you buy an electric car? By all means, please do! The sooner some country falls on their face with a near continuous black-out, the better. This whole idea of making everything run on electricity from sustainable sources will never work. You can't control the output of these sources and the methods for "storing" excess power for later use are extremely limited to the point of useless. Still it's all about political correctness right now, so something will have to fall before the technicians are allowed to step in. It might as well be London.

  24. The reality is…the vast majority of consumers can't afford an EV. A baseline Tesla M3 runs you nearly $45K after you add in all the taxes, fees, surcharges and incidentals. That is an expensive car for your average consumer just to have an alternative powertrain. All of these hype and sales pitch videos talk about 'the future'. But…until the total price of EV's come down to the price of an entry ICE vehicle ($15-20K), and until they address the concerns of range and charge times in the package of a $20K car, ICE vehicles will continue to remain very popular for years to come.

    Just ~2% of all auto sales in the USA for 2018 were EV/Hybrid vehicles, with 98% of consumers still preferring to purchase an ICE vehicle when given the choice; and projected EV sales for 2019 are expected to stay at 2% or decline because of the now-discontinued massive tax credits the government was giving to consumers to 'convince' them to buy an EV.

  25. I’m perfectly fine with a conventional gasoline car. I don’t need some pricey ass electric car which is not as green as you might think. Especially since you depend on a coal burning power plant to charge it and that the batteries are made of toxic metals, especially lithium and cobalt.

  26. Bus Lane insensitive not fit for purpose why simple you put 25% of rush hour traffic in the single lane bus lane and the rush hour traffic jam moves straight into that lane instead making this New insensitive not worth the paper its written on Bus Lane insensitive very very very short term idea because as soon as people buy electric cars Bus Lanes become clogged up with electric cars BLOCKING BUSES FROM EVEN USING THEM UNLESS ITS A INSENSITIVE TO GET PEOPLE OF BUSES AS WELL IN WHICH CASE IT'll BE S TOTAL SUCCESS

  27. Rows of houses with 3 foot of pavement outside before road imagine 100 houses with 100 charge leads going across 3 ft of pavement that pavement will become unpassable instantly. Student Houses 7 students all with cars all asigned to 1 single charge point.

    Supermarket car parks 1000+ car park spaces with 4 charge points for 1000 cars

    UK has about 1% infrastructure in 2019 for electric cars. Only people who can realisticly own electric cars are people with driveways but all driveways combined across UK only comes to about 20%.

    Britain has more infrastructure in 2019 for Steam powered cars that run like Steam engines are were developed back in 1900 than Britain has in 2019 for electric cars

    Governments bang on about electric cars but the country has absolutely no infrastructure in place for every car owner just to go out and buy an electric car lets not forget some areas of Wales still don't have wi fi infrastructure in 2019

    It'll take Britain about 30 years to even reach a half decent infrastructure for electric cars and thats just down south up north well we still have PACER TRAINS RUNNING 20 year after they should have been scrapped so may be 80 years before the north get any worthwhile infrastructure at all.

    The north are still debating HS2 route and where it'll go while down south they already laying tracks

    Also if you buy a 2nd electric car the car manufacturer doesn't come to your home to fit a charge point at your house

    So thats another floor in poor family trading in their petrol car to an electric car

  28. Na I'll stick to my loud subie rumble. I will kill myself before I buy a electric car that has no soul. I don't have a shit if it's FaSteR, I want the experience. And ripping through gears in a manual.

  29. What about the ridiculous costs it be to build the infrastructure for electric cars, the power grid will need to be expanded. this 2035 is all going to fail they have no plan at all.

  30. My company travel thousands of miles a week, the cost of having an electric fleet of vans and charging them multiple times a day means it's simply not viable for us and other companies to go electric.

  31. Electric cars are not the way to go.

    Has anyone calculated how many more electric wind farms, power stations etc, we will need just so we can charge up our cars? Most likely at the same time at night after work.
    How would smart charging cope with that scenario?
    How much work is required to provide every car user with a charging point? And what points are available might already be charging up another car for the next few hours.
    What will become of the thousands of used batteries? Tyre mountains already blight the landscape.
    Then there is the mass car graveyards as petrol vehicles get scrapped.
    Are lorries going electric too?

    I would rather we found ways of reducing our consumption than finding new ways of spending it.

  32. Should people buy electric cars? It depends. History proves that most people tend to buy what they can afford. Whenever I am shopping for a car, I look for something that is both affordable and practical. Preowned petrol estate cars that sell for less than £1000 suit me just fine.

  33. The lithium is a big deal to the planet and carbon footprint. The coal burned to generate the electricity is also a huge carbon footprint. The government are talking about building power electrical stations in forests in the UK. Remember trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. If forests are cleared, or even disturbed, they release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Forest loss and damage is the cause of around 10% of global warming. Electric cars are worse for the environment

  34. What is the UK Gov doing about purchasing Cobalt from Congo, who are the main source (100,000 tonnes/year) of this essential battery material? oops China got there first.

  35. Problems electric cars Will always have a hidden agenda fake polution they are not green as the toxic waste from batteries when they are left at landfill areas and need recycling which no government wants to deal with as so costly and environmentally damaging as areas water and will be poluted. They are an environmental catastrophic the motors produce EMF waves which can contribute to cancer miscarriage autism and effect navigation for birds bees that's why if bees die out then so do we.

  36. What do you do if it sets on fire on a road. Shut the road for a week? What do you do if all cars are like these and get stuck in a traffic jam and they all run out of power? How the hell are you gonna provide enough electricity for these to all run. Electric cars are not viable right now so stop pushing them

  37. If a long winter blackout occurs in a land of electric cars most of the population will
    perish in the freezing cold. The gas powered car that would provide cabin heat for
    many days will not be there. The electric car could only supply heat for a short time
    and would quickly discharge its battery making a trip to a shelter impossible.

  38. please look for evidence that carbon dioxide actually causes climate change. last i look, not a single scientist has published an experiment, which can be repeated by other scientists in their laboratory to prove that carbon dioxide causes climate change. i also found out that carbon dioxide is much denser than nitrogen and oxygen, which add up to 98% of our atmosphere. so there is no way carbon dioxide can go up to the top of the atmosphere to act as a blanket to prevent heat from escaping into space.
    i also found out that manufacturing in general produce far more carbon dioxide per annum than fuel burnt by all cars in the same period. planes and ships burn more fuel and produce more carbon dioxide than cars. the electric car is simply a political ideology designed to reduce the power of oil rich nations.

  39. Should you buy an electric car?

    NO, I’m in the motor trade and there are too many stories about how unreliable and useless they are. I’ll stick with my tried and tested diesel.

    This electric nonsense should be binned for what it is…a complete waste of money.

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