The conversation surrounding green cars has been a long one. With discussions focused on fossil fuels, the carbon cost of producing new electrical vehicles. But there is a gap in the conversation regarding the actual cars themselves, and the individualistic issues that come with them. With the consequences of climate change baring its teeth and already affecting us, filling those gaps should be part of the ongoing discussion as we move to transition from the fossil fuel engine to the electrical engine.

These concerns center around the technology of green cars. Lithium batteries drain much faster in colder temperatures, and if more power is being used to keep passengers warm, then electrical cars have certain risks in regions with colder climates. Our own Canadian winter already carries the risk of getting stuck in blizzards, and the added risk of being stranded with a disabled vehicle is worrisome. Mechanics have their own concerns since they are not fully prepared to work on all-electrical cars, and since electrical engines already have fewer parts and don’t need as much maintenance, independent mechanics might find themselves fighting to stay afloat.

It is inevitable that we end up using electrical vehicles, however, we need to prepare everyone and everything involved in the automotive industry for what that truly means, and we need to make sure that our technology is up for the challenge.

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