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Why Are Electric Cars BadElectric cars aren’t inherently bad, just as internal combustion engine (ICE) cars aren’t inherently good. There are some things one type of powertrain does better than the other, and each has its place. Still, there are downsides to electric cars that are important to keep in mind.

Charging Takes a While

To charge reasonably quickly, you’ll need an EV with fast charging capability. You’ll also need to find a compatible quick charger. Not every EV can use Tesla’s supercharging network.

Even under optimal conditions, an EV still takes a while to charge. Take the Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example. It’s an incredibly fast-charging EV that still takes 18 minutes to bring its battery up to 80% — and that’s with a Level 3 fast charger! Using a Level 2 charger will take six hours.

EVs Are Hard on Tires

Remember, EVs weigh a lot. While the Tesla Model S Plaid can hit 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds, it also weighs 4,766 pounds, which is more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV weighed from 2005 to 2010.

Combine this weight with unbelievable amounts of torque, and you get a perfect machine for converting tires into independent rubber molecules at a rate 20% faster than ICE vehicles. Unfortunately, tires have a big — and negative — environmental impact.

EVs Have Higher Carbon Footprints for the First 15,000 Miles

If you want to lower your carbon footprint by buying an EV, you will need to choose one you can keep. If you decide to get rid of it before 15,000 miles, it will actually be worse for the environment than an ICE-powered vehicle.

And if you power your EV with electricity that comes from sources such as coal-fired power plants, it could be five years before you see any benefit for the earth.

Making Batteries Is an Ecological Issue

One of the reasons it takes a while for an EV to become the more environmentally friendly option is that battery production uses six times the mineral inputs of traditional fuel-powered cars. Mining rare materials such as lithium, cobalt, and copper creates a shocking amount of pollution.

Disposing of EV Batteries Is a Problem

EV batteries are susceptible to extreme temperatures, which shorten battery life and reduce performance. They can last as many as 20 years or as little as 10. Once they do wear out, disposing of them can be a problem.

Recycling the batteries is a complex process that involves breaking down the battery pack into its component parts and either using pyrometallurgical recycling — burning it until it melts — or hydrometallurgical methods that separate the cell layers.

What happens if you throw your EV batteries into the landfill? They can overheat and start fires.

Are EVs Actually Bad?

EVs have few moving parts to break down, are silent and smooth, and feature ample torque. But they still can’t tow without cutting range dramatically, cost more to buy, and can run up electricity costs when charging at home. While EVs have advanced significantly, there is still work to be done.

Summary: EVs may provide blistering torque and silent operation, but they still have issues. Charging times are long, chargers can be hard to come by, and the carbon footprint is higher than a gas car for up to 5 years after purchasing one.

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