One of my all time favourite childhood cartoons was Samurai Jack. You see, Jack was sent into the future by the evil wizard Aku as punishment for trying to oppose him. Young Jack makes a quest to return to the past and undo the destruction caused by the wizard. Along the way Jack enlists the help of strong allies to destroy Aku’s henchmen and other villains, before finally getting to the top dog to defeat him and find the portal that can return Jack to his own time.
While going through this nostalgic moments reminiscing about the good old days of when cartoons captured the imagination, it struck me that this analogy can be applied to today’s automotive industry and the emergence of Electric Vehicles (EVs).
I’m trying my best to humour you by using this analogy to depict the mental battle I have deciding if my first car purchase should be a petrol or an electric vehicle.
Aku, the oil industry, the mastermind behind our planet’s toxic landscape (protected by his endless minions of lobbyist, corrupt governments and powerful corporations receiving subsidies in the trillions yearly), feeding the billions of internal combustion engines driving through our streets causing irreversible havoc to the atmosphere we breathe. The stage is now set for Samurai Jack to stand up against the oil industry.
So back to reality, in order to help the environment, it makes perfect sense buying electric. There are even government subsidies for those of us wanting to be environmentally conscious. The likelihood is I will end up paying more to purchase an EV but the long term benefits cannot be sniffed at.
For example, driving an EV is extremely cost effective. The average British driver spends £2250 each year on petrol (not forgetting road tax, car insurance and that small dent the mechanic charges an arm and a leg to fix). I can vouch that it costs £2.60 to charge a BMW i3 up to 90 mile capacity charging on the lowest electricity tariff. Yes, £2.60!
Another benefit is the low maintenance. As EVs are driven by brushless, single geared motors and not engines, there is no need for engine lubrication, constant mechanic check-ups is a thing of the past. There is no need for service checks in comparison to petrol powered cars, so even more savings there.
I cannot stand the constant noise I hear out my window with petrol cars revving their engines, they are so noisy. EV’s curb noise pollution drastically, they deliver a smooth drive and acceleration is instant without the noise of an engine – which is music to my ears!
BMW, Nissan and Tesla have paved the way in introducing and educating me on EVs, especially the Tesla. The emergence of this automotive company has no doubt disrupted the industry, forcing it to sit up and take notice. Slick, fast with enough range for all an average weekly usage. Some may even go as far as to say that Tesla is the catalyst for this electric vehicle renaissance we are currently going though. Simply beautiful, it has shown me what an EV is capable of without trying to sound like a hard-core Tesla fan boy.
Considering the demand for oil will increase as supply reduces, I have come to the realisation that all cars in the near future should be electric.
I never thought an EV could compete with a high spec petrol equivalent. Not only can it compete, it beats them comfortably. So I think I’m 90% sold on purchasing an EV. Now if only they can design one that will allow me to drive non-stop to Scotland, you know for one of those impromptu moments when one has the urgency to drive to Scotland non-stop…
Will EVs finally be the dominant mode of public and private transportation over internal combustion engine vehicles? Did Samurai Jack ever defeat the evil Aku and get back to the past? Where is my remote control so that I can tune into Toonami?
Written By Ayo Alade
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