Reviews | Buying an electric vehicle is only the first challenge
Imposing the sale of electric vehicles and encouraging their purchase are not the only major issues in their adoption [“Big hurdles to moving millions of U.S. drivers into EVs,” news, Aug. 25]. Given their current high cost, electric vehicles will not be sold evenly in all localities, and not all areas have infrastructure robust enough to handle the increased demand for electric vehicles, so many neighborhoods (and many homes) will need electrical upgrades.
As mandates to sell electric vehicles take hold in some states, the cost of purchasing used gasoline vehicles will increase. Also, there may not be enough qualified mechanics to repair and maintain electric vehicles. The number of charging facilities on the road will likely be insufficient. First responders will need to learn how to safely manage new risks associated with collisions or fires involving electric vehicles. Many local governments lack guidelines for installing curbside charging stations for those without entrances. Battery prices are likely to increase due to significant increases in demand, which could lead to shortages and cost increases of certain critical materials. The rebuilding and recycling of batteries is just beginning.
However, these challenges can also create many business opportunities and jobs across the country.
Michael Ravnitzky, silver spring