So many of the MAJOR problems with EVs not addressed in this article. One of those is how dirty and polluting and damaging to the environment EVs are. Cobalt is an absolutely essential material in battery manufacture. Around 1,500 tons of bedrock have to be mined to obtain 1 ton of cobalt, and then the amount of energy needed in the refining process and the amount of toxic shite dumped in the environment during that refining process are unbelievable.

Ah but that doesn't matter does it because the mining and processing all take place in third world countries, and third world countries don't matter. No virtue signalling brownie points for caring about poor people in third world countries I guess.

What's the point of caring if you can't be SEEN to care by the people you want to impress.

But when we have solved the cobalt supply problem, we can move on to talk about equally rare metals like neodymium, the only metal with a strong enough magnetic field for motors in EVs and even neodymium is not much use unless alloyed with terbium and dysprosium which enable the neodymium to remain magnetic at high temeratures.

Altogether there are 17 rare earth metals needed in the manufacture of EVs and batteries, and most of the known resources are controlled by China. Oh, and there's a good reason why they are known as rare earth metals.

And then lithium is not exactly plentiful either.

We've hardly scratched the surface of the numerous problems with making EVs for the mass market, and that's without looking at the massive infrastructure renewal, shortage of generator capacity, loadings on the grid etc.

Those people who like to throw thw word dinosaur around when anyone shatters their electric dreams would do well to add a new word to their vocabulariy. Realists.

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