For our project in Technology & Environment we focused on the topic of Electric Cars. We’ve made some interviews, test drives and a short video clip. Our goal was to find out how an Electric Car works and figure out the advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore we wanted to collect experience for ourselves with a test drive.
Below you will find an interview with the owner of an Electric Car. This conversation is about the pros and cons of such a vehicle.
Profile of the owner: He is 22 years old, uses the car to go to work and also in his leisure and owns it for about 3 years now. He drives a Twizy.
Q1: Is it easy to find a charging station?
No, it’s really difficult
Q2: Are there big differences between a normal car and an electric one?
Yes, there are some differences
Q3: The most positive thing about it so far?
Cost efficiency, fuel efficiency, low maintenance, fun to drive
Q4: Would you still buy one? Why or why not?
Pretty satisfied. Perfect alternative for driving to work
Q5: Do you think you’re doing something good for our environment?
Q6: Main reason why you bought or rent an electric car?
Environmental thinking, cost reduction compared to petrol car
Q7: Are you satisfied with the price-performance ratio? What could be better?
Battery life is still limited for cheaper cars. Only Tesla offers a huge range, but again the Tesla is way to heavy. An electric car needs to be small, light and not seen as a normal car.
Q8: How do you see the future for electric cars?
We need to rethink mobility. It is clearly not the solution to simply replace petrol with electricity. Look at the Twizy: that’s a hint to where we are, or at least should be going to in the future. To be efficient, the electric car has to be small and light. We can’t just “burn” as much electricity in a car and think it is environmentally positive just because it’s electric. Also we need to consider the production of electric energy. Electric cars are a good think, but only as long as they are driven by renewable energy!
After the interview we have made an appointment with an owner of an Electric Car for a test drive:
To see how an Electric Car is being charged we have made a few photos which you will find in the photo gallery at the end of this post.
Furthermore we have made an online survey for everybody.
The electric cars make sense in any case, for short distances. After you have bought it, you don’t have high fuel costs like an ordinary car does and this saves a lot of money.
A disadvantage is, however, that the production of electric cars is not as environmentally friendly as the final product. There is a large amount of CO2 exhaust gases, which stands in complete contrast to the product. Additionally, it would not be advantageous if each person would have an electric car, because how should we minimize the number of nuclear power plants then? (There might be smart alternatives, see Q11 – Substitution of nuclear energy)
For more Information about the power and technical details of an electric car, please follow this link: Q70 – Electric Car’s Power
Finally, it is not yet a fully mature thing you can stand behind 100 percent. But we’ll see how it’s going to be evolved. Perhaps there will be discovered an even more appropriate solution to protect our environment.
Team Q50: Jean-Luc
Featured Image: motorkultur.com
Everything (all pictures except heading picture, text, interview ) we have posted on our Website is made by our own.