The commitment to electric cars is very strong in European countries, as they have set out to transition to this type of vehicle so that, starting in 2035, the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars will be prohibited with the aim of combating global warming and reducing pollution. Up to this point, everything would seem ideal if it were not for the shadows surrounding this policy that seem intentionally overlooked.
The first of these shadows is the studies that claim and confirm that the manufacturing of an electric car pollutes much more than that of a gasoline or diesel vehicle, as well as when the car reaches the end of its useful life, it causes more pollution than a combustion vehicle.
The second shadow is the problem of batteries, as it is still not well known what to do with them when they reach the end of their utility. While recycling plants have been established, they have not worked, so the batteries end up in a kind of limbo that no one seems to want to address.
The third shadow is the convenience for the user or consumer, as countries like Spain are not prepared to have a fleet of electric cars due to the need for a battery charging network on the roads, in addition to the two previous shadows. In this regard, some countries currently have a very poor network, so vehicle users are forced to plan their routes based on charging points rather than planning based on their destination.
With all the existing drawbacks, of which only three have been highlighted, it would seem that the path to follow for electric cars appears more like an impulse with unintended consequences than a well-thought-out and suitable public policy. Furthermore, considering that countries like China, which is becoming a manufacturing powerhouse for cars, do not favor electric vehicles, it suggests dark motives in terms of interests. It is worth noting that China is one of the most polluted countries, yet they do not consider electric cars as a viable measure.
In conclusion, the problems associated with embracing electric cars are as numerous or even more than those presented by combustion vehicles. However, hidden interests and ill-conceived public policies have initiated a path that seems to respond more to individual economic interests than to a collective need.
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