Nobody seems to realise the environmental catastrophe caused by mining for the metals required for batteries for electric cars ---- I'll keep my disco and my collection At least I'm helping the environment that way
Well clearly they do, and work is going on all the time to improve all aspects of that process. For instance they're working to remove cobalt from battery chemistries all together. Furthermore its not like pulling the oil out the ground is all rainbows and butterflies either is it? You cant simply focus on lithium mines, say look thats shit, and ignore everything else. Well to wheel figures, when done properly show that an EV is significantly better than an ICEV over its lifetime.
One really nice thing about electrification, is that it centralises the emissions, which makes them much easier to control. Furthermore, it means vehicles will tend to get cleaner over time as the grid decarbonises, unlike ICE vehicles whose emissions deteriorate as they age, due to the various parts of the engine and emissions control systems wearing out, or dodgy modifications performed by their owners.
Its quite funny how people who havent actually ever tried an EV think charging is somehow really difficult and time consuming, and that filling up with hydrogen is somehow the fix. I guess the media is largely to blame, as i'm not sure where else they're getting these ideas from. The missing piece is that 99% of my EV charging doesnt actually happen with me stood there waiting on it. I plug it in at night, and it charges while i sleep and its full in the morning. Its also plugged in just now outside the office, and will be full again when i leave to go home. It simply doesnt need to charge in 5 minutes, because cars spend the vast majority of their time parked. In effect, "charging" takes the 10 seconds required to walk over to the wallbox, lift the cable and jam it into the socket. I dont have to drive to a filling station. I dont have to sit in a queue, and then stand there squeezing a lever (or pressing that damn button on the LPG pump!!) then go in and pay. Ofcourse, it CAN fully charge in 30mins on a suitable charger, but thats really the exception rather than the norm. I would never want to pay some filling station to fill up with hydrogen, when i can fill the car at home for a fraction of the cost. Why would anyone choose to do that? I really cant fathom it.
Plus, almost all of our hydrogen comes from natural gas. So i guess thats why its being pushed from various avenues, as it keeps those oil companies happy. But it also means its not actually "green" at all. and yes, you can produce it in other ways, but they're horribly inefficient.
Someone will always pop up with some edge case of wanting to drive 3700 miles in one day, but the reality is those really are edge cases. A 300mile EV has a range that fits quite nicely with when people should be taking rest stops anyway, and even a 200mile one, driven in the UK on our crappy congested roads, isnt really a huge inconvenience. My LEAF only manages 80ish, which i'll be the first to admit is pretty shite, but its plenty for my commute and a huge swathe of the UK population never drives anywhere near 80miles in a day.
If you can manage to drive across the country in an LPG powered range rover, then you've already proved the range afforded by many current EV models is sufficient.