Driving an electric car hundreds of kilometers in one go is impossible. The battery capacity, charging time and charger network are limiting.
Electric cars seem to be the future of global mobility. But behind the word “global” one can perceive more “European.” Because the force that would force drivers in Asia and the South American continent to get rid of old wrecks with combustion engines and buy expensive electric cars does not exist. The issue of electric cars is therefore controversial on a global scale, the EU is more papal than the Pope and forces drivers in Europe to give up their freedom of decision.
Electric cars don’t seem to be the way to go
In just a few years, thanks to the agreement of the European states, there should be a ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines. Obviously, no one is addressing the fact that production, operation and the disposal of an electric car is more environmentally demanding than the operation of a car with a diesel engine. They are also silent on the fact that the sources of precious metals needed to make batteries are not only very scarce, but will probably run out even before the ban on gasoline and diesel cars is in effect.
Nevertheless, there is obviously no way back, car companies have invested billions in the development of electric cars, started production, and now they will want their investment back. Just for example, should someone whose aging Škoda Felicia reach its peak in a few years buy an electric car for a million crowns? Unreal. Even the theoretical ranges of electric cars are unrealistic. Where the manufacturer promises a maximum range of approx. 300 km, in practice it can be half that, or even less.
The actual range does not correspond to the theoretical one
Mr. Milan from Prague, who bought an older electric car at a car dealership, was convinced of this. He believed that he could drive several kilometers with it on a single charge. It’s really possible, to be honest, but the driving style has to obey the battery and you can’t look at the driver and the crew. The basis is to switch the car to ecological mode. The team’s ability to accelerate will be limited, the sprint from zero to 100 will take ten seconds.
The maximum speed will drop, from 150 km/h brother to 90 km/h. The wrench falls, power. The air conditioner stops working fully. And the driver has to drive in order to finish. All he has to do is watch sadly from the window as normal cars drive past him at a normal pace. This is how Mr. Milan charged his electric car and set off from Prague to meet his friend in Munich, a village near Strakonice in South Bohemia. The starting point was Domovské Kobylisy in Prague 8, and it is then 120 km to Munich.
You can’t drive an electric car like a car
According to the navigation, the trip should have taken 1 hour and 55 minutes. It took a lot longer, including a pause at the pump. And according to Mr. Milan, it brought incredible stress on whether he would finish at all. Mr. Milan left home and her congested Prague was waiting. Used to a classic car, he didn’t think it should behave differently, she simply expected the car to sit down, start it, enjoy the comfort of air conditioning, audio, dynamics and drive. Only the trip through the congested metropolis was reflected in the capacity, so that Mr. Milan already had almost a fifth of the charge left by the time he left Prague.
Another large portion of electricity was lost by a driver on the highway between Prague and Dubec. It went quite well there, Mr. Milan stepped on the gas as he was used to from his diesel car. He wasn’t shy about overtaking. But the worst was yet to come. The highway ended after Dubenec, followed by a thirty-kilometer stretch, where new highway sections are currently being built. With long lines and traffic lights controlled shuttle traffic.
Anything other than a smooth ride is a problem
Mr. Milan lost about 20 minutes of time there, 10 years of his life because of the fear of charging the battery and about half of the capacity. It finally arrived at its destination in Munich after about three hours, with just under 15% battery capacity. He found the nearest charging station in Písecká Street in Strakonice. Instead of going to the Eon station, he preferred to rely on a friend’s home network with 230 V. He had to stay overnight, recharge the battery and then anxiously set off back to Prague.
The route Prague-Munich proved to be achievable for an older electric car, but with a compromise regarding driving comfort and dynamics. Or just overcome, if the driver, like Mr. Milan, decides to drive an electric car as if it had a combustion engine. It’s a sad record. And it only shows that electric cars cannot be driven in the same way as conventional cars with gasoline or diesel engines.
Alternative yes, electricity as a solution, no!
Those who want, and later have to operate an electric car, because there will be no other chance to drive a new car, must reconsider and change their behavior. Sit in the electric hatchback and drive briskly to the turn from Prague to České Budějovice and it will not be possible again. Even a vacation trip will not be possible, an electric car will not be able to travel from the Czech Republic to the popular Croatia on a single charge.
In winter, it will only be possible to drive from Central Bohemia to the domestic mountains, the Italian Dolomites will also be out of reach for drivers of electric cars. In addition, there is the question of how the recharging of electronic cars will be ensured in such destinations, will there be charging stands at every pension next to the slopes or in the Makarska campsite? For Mr. Milan, and others like him, the electric future does not look rosy.