A graveyard of emerging tech.
Tesla, BMW, Chevy all vehicle manufacturers have an energy efficient car by now. An E-car or battery powered machine that is supposed to emit little to no exhaust, leave no footprint and be a saving grace to the Earth.
Like most things, if we peel back the layers of beauty, we will usually find a more dire story, a failed story. Unfortunately, E cars are no different. Looking through some of China’s most picturesque landscape there are countless graveyards filled with skeletons of E cars that were developed and marketed in the 80’s and 90’s.
In their own way, the graveyards are beautiful. They offer a viewer the experience of trail and failure. A desire for betterment and perfection and a fall from the best of ranks. Really, the graveyards are the biggest disappointment of the entire project.
If there were a tombstone it would read: “Here we lie: to pollute the grounds we were meant to save.”
In the E cars of today, the batteries alone are a disgrace. With mines disgracing their surroundings. Stripping the landscape bare in order to pull trace minerals out of the soil and poisoning water sources for miles around with their discards and pollutants. Companies searching for minerals that if left within mother nature are harmless, but chemically changed and molded into the lithium batteries of today not only are deadly if not handled properly, but have no efficient or safe means of disposal; let alone any chance of recycling back into the environment. The battery is the vehicle, the transport is nothing but a shell without its battery.
Much like a body without a heart. Much like a human without the Earth.
E cars are not going anywhere, in fact, neither is any other new source of green energy. Society needs a solution to the problem of meeting the world’s demand for resources. Green energy and efficiency needs to be a priority for the world. For now, E cars are not the answer, at least yet.
Certainly, R&D will not stop, big tech manufacturers will continue to work and develop ideas for a solution. Maybe E cars are not your thing, they are not for everyone and certainly do not hold a solution for all people. I live in a rural area where only one charging station exists. E cars as they are now really do not fit into my life, or the professional career I work in. Even still, if for nothing else than to lessen my own carbon footprint, I hope to see a viable option within my lifetime but will not be holding my breath. Tesla doesn’t have it, though they seem to be the forerunner of innovation in trying to get away from the mineral sourcing for their batteries. I certainly applaud their founder’s efforts more than most.
Essentially, E cars will have an impact on each of us in one way or another. For me, the idea of E cars are appealing because of my rural lifestyle and every growing hope to lessen my environmental footprint. For you, they may appeal to the economical factor of rebates or tax breaks. Possibly, E cars have a personal reflection on your social status.
Maybe you’ll blow yours up for publicity, maybe you’ll fall in love with the cabin space and quiet ride. Maybe you’ll love the hum of the E charge when your car is plugged in and recharging from a station fueled through the use of fossil fuel energy. (but that’s another article)
Me, I’m going to put my trust in my neighbor’s old VW bus that will run efficiently for miles on recycled veggie oil, or good ol’ diesel fuel.