Electric Vehicles Emerging As Environmentally Friendly Alternative, But Challenges Remain – OpEd


Electric vehicles are emerging as an environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation alternative. However, they come with some challenges and risks. Especially during the winter months, the range of electric vehicles can significantly decrease due to the use of the heater. Cold weather conditions cause batteries to perform less efficiently, resulting in approximately a 25% reduction in range. This can be particularly challenging for users during long-distance travels.

Additionally, electric vehicles are generally designed for urban use. While they are ideal for short-distance travel within cities, they can create range anxiety for long journeys. Electric vehicle owners must carefully plan their travels and often rely on routes with charging stations.

Moreover, charging times for electric vehicles are also an important factor. Charging times are typically longer compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which can affect users’ travel plans. Charging an electric vehicle often takes more than an hour, impacting users’ time and potentially putting them at a disadvantage in emergencies.

Finally, the fuel costs of electric vehicles should also be taken into account. Depending on the amount of electricity required for charging, the cost per kilometer can vary. On average, electric vehicles consume around 15-17 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per 100 kilometers. This is an important factor for users to consider when calculating fuel costs.

Despite these challenges, electric vehicles are gaining popularity due to their environmental impacts and sustainability advantages. However, users should be aware of the limitations and risks associated with electric vehicles, such as range anxiety, charging times, and fuel costs. Therefore, advancements in technology and infrastructure are essential to make electric vehicles more practical and accessible for users.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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