We could, if we were being kind about it, assume that this is just one of those things that have been overlooked. If we were being a little more realistic we might conclude that this is the very point:
It will be years before customers can buy an affordable small electric car, one of the world’s leading carmakers has said.
An electric version of the UK’s beloved Fiesta is currently impossible because of expensive batteries and range anxiety, the man leading Ford’s electrification push has revealed.
London-born Darren Palmer leads Team Edison, legacy automaker’s latest effort to break the electric car market with an electric SUV.
He cited previous, cheaper electric cars which flopped because consumers were put off by their limited range.
“We’re moving down further and further down the size chain of vehicles. That’s our plan, but you can’t start with small ones because you can’t give customers everything they want at the moment for the price they want in those small cars just yet….
This is in part just how technological development works. This is where “trickle down economics” is actually true. New tech is expensive, toys for the rich. It takes a number of manufacturing iterations for it to become cheap enough for the masses. The iPhone started at $700, you can buy better landfill Android now for $30. ABS was only for top end cars, a couple of decades later everyone has it. That’s just how it works.
But we’ve now got government insisting that only electric cars by 2035. Which is rather before those cheap ones are going to be available – an iteration of technology in a car is measured in years, up to a decade. So, the poor get screwed.
And this gets worse. Batteries don’t last forever. And a significant portion of car transport for the poor is provided by the £500 beater. An older car, mechanically reasonable enough, that another few tens of thousands of miles can be got out of. Battery powered cars won’t do that. Because at some point you’re going to have to replace the battery pack, something that will be a substantial portion of the cost of a new car.
The technology basically kills the £500 beater market.
At which point, well, aren’t they noticing? Or is this the point? That the proles have to walk while the Comrades can use the whole road as a Zil lane?