Kadutz & friends -
I am not a fan of EV's at all. All the reasons listed and many more. I just wanted to present some new bikes I had not known about. Most, as Peg has so well demonstrated, are simply not ready for the real world. But there are bigger issues.....
I am an EE - and no one is addressing the big Kahuna issue with EV's - or using another phrase, the elephant in the room.
Today's electric grids cannot provide the amperage required to power even a world of 10% EV's, and as that number is approached, high-voltage electrical distribution systems will begin to collapse. I believe this is even more true in Europe than here in the US. And we do not have the generating capacity for a real-world percentage of EV's either. While electrical power usage has been actually dropping due to things like LED's and a concentration on energy efficiency, it is no where enough to handle the added loads of any real percentage of EV's.
And the costs of upgrading the capacity of whole electrical grids is so enormous that no utility could afford to do it - and it would take decades. Who would finance the upgrade, all for a world of EV's that is "inevitable" according to some? No nation could afford it.
So what's going to give/bend/break when EV load requirements exceed area system capacity? Who knows......?
Other ignored (or hidden) factors:
I. in the USA, coal and other fossil fuels are still a major source for electricity generation.....63% in 2016. So, it is a huge lie that EV's are green. They are actually only 37% green. They are 63% "polluting". So the greenies are actually deceiving themselves, and everyone else.
II. Analysis has been done of the costs and actual pollution created in the whole life-cycle of "Green" vehicles. Turns out that the actual total life-cycle costs of an EV are higher than gas/diesel/propane powered vehicles, AND the real-world pollution created by them (e.g., disposal of lithium-based batteries) is much greater than that of a fossil-fueled vehicle.
III. Practical - EV's require high-voltage systems. High-voltage is very hazardous, and can easily be life-threatening when EV's are in destructive accidents. "Jaws-of-Life" cannot be used in them for the danger of electrocution to first-responders. Plus there is are added factors of danger from fire and/or explosion.
I am not anti-green. I am anti-deception. And I believe the whole push for EV's has been based on a whole lot of deception.
But some day the reality will "hit the fan". And no one knows what will happen then. But it won't be pretty.
Ok, off my soap-box.
I occasionally see an electric bike on the way to work. Not something I would want any more than an electric car.
I laughed the when I saw the Tesla with gull wing doors pull up in the rain at the grocery store. All I could visualize was the door opening with the roof covered in snow.
Back to the electric vehicle thing. IF you do any long distance traveling how do you do it with an electric vehicle? They have limited range and cannot be 'refilled' at the pump in 10 minutes.
Then there is the cost of replacement batteries.
Nope not for me.