I have very mixed opinions personally. I have battery lawn tools including a chain saw and actually prefer using them compared to gasoline ones unless I need a BIG BOY saw and then a loud smoky gasoline one comes out. I have several batteries but they are EXPENSIVE to replace but I can run on my multiples until I am ready to take a break. I can also have one charging while I am working so basically my 3x batteries for my chainsaw are effectively 4x. By the time my last one is dead, the first one I ran down is charged again.
Batteries are high cost on cars. The last 12.0 AH Milwaukee battery I bought was like $269. A Stihl MS-250 size saw might cost this much. Eventually this stuff will hopefully come down in price like LED light bulbs and the like. It is NEW so there will be growing pains.
I also bought a 120V battery chainsaw. Yes, that is 120V DC, not plug in AC. Actually most of these are inverted to 3 phase so it is technically AC at the motor. This was a startup and I got the saw super cheap. The company is out of business and the batteries are on their last legs but I don’t regret it one bit. If this had been a costly car such as Rivian, I wouldn’t be happy if it lost all support. When the last battery for the saw dies, it will probably get recycled if I don’t have the battery rebuilt but I see other brands like Greenworks selling bigger saws now too.
Range is my big deal with a car. I do a lot of driving with my work so need range. I am in a rural area and currently drive mostly a 3 cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage that gets great mileage. This was also one of the top 5 “greenest” cars for the 2015 model year and the ONLY non-hybrid/non-EV on the list. My other cars are not so green. An F-250 Super Duty isn’t saving the planet but I don’t use it all the time. I really think a series hybrid like the Chevy Volt would work great for me. Plug it in when I need it charged but have a gasoline or diesel generator for longer trips when the battery just isn’t enough. Something like this would be appealing to me for sure but it seems like those have all been skipped for pure EVs which I don’t quite get.
Then there are the concerns about the connectivity and possibly geofencing and other government controls but that could apply to modern gasoline cars as well. It just seems that more high tech features like this are present in EVs at the current time but most modern cars are a rolling computer these days.
I am also unsure how “green” mining lithium and other minerals needed for the batteries and magnets in these actually is. I would like to see how much these would actually cost without subsidies as well. They might release less carbon throughout their life but mining many of these minerals isn’t exactly environmentally friendly or done in countries with good labor standards (think child labor and low safety standards). Many are open pit strip mines.
There was once a plan to reopen an old iron mine in Missouri for rare earth metals but the presence of thorium mixed in with the ore made it impossible. Basically this is a toxic metal and mildly radioactive so the plan was scrapped. It would have cost too much to deal with a material that no one wants for any use such as a nuclear reactor. In other countries, byproducts like this are just dumped into the environment. These cars might be “green” once here but the mining and production of the subcomponents might not be the best for other countries.
There are also issues with fires and cold weather. Apparently EV fires are quite nasty and firemen would much rather deal with a gasoline car fire. You have to fight them a completely different way and not with water but chemicals. This apparently has been a problem in parking garages or after EVs are flooded by storms, etc. I also read some stories about people being stranded because the cars wouldn’t charge or move in extreme cold around Christmas. This is something that might need to be worked out either with heaters powered by the battery or plug in heaters. I am sure these bugs can be worked out. If the car is plugged in and charging in extreme cold the heater could come on and keep the battery at optimum charging temp which I assume is like 50-60 F.
I am not against EVs and think it would be neat to own one but feel they aren’t quite ready for prime time, at least not for me.