From rocketing electricity prices to absent chargers by way of bridge-rattling weight, the problems are mounting

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The rollout of electric cars isn’t quite going to plan, is it? By the end of the decade, it will be illegal to buy a new petrol car, but that doesn’t mean we’ve thought through the consequences.

There were always obvious problems with the technology: the electricity has to come from somewhere, and Britain isn’t installing enough chargers to meet government targets. And that’s before you take the rocketing price of electricity into account, which means that thousands of handy roadside chargers where motorists could charge up for nothing have been pulled. There are nearly 40 percent fewer than a year ago.

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It now turns out that some bridges may not be able to take the weight of electric cars which, due to their large battery packs, are heavier than their petrol equivalents. Cue lengthy detours to a sturdier crossing point. It’s little use having new technology without the infrastructure to match.

Then there are the problematic metals the batteries contain. The environmental effects of mining them go on the debit side of the cost-benefit audit of electric cars.

A further issue is what happens when an electric car hits a pedestrian or a cyclist. Because they’re so heavy, the impact can be worse than that of a normal car. Urban 4x4s used to get bad press because they could flatten pedestrians like a tank, but an electric car can do the same. Because they’re so quiet – unless they come with the fake engine noises manufacturers are working on – people might not hear them coming.

Moreover, if you’re remotely paranoid about surveillance technology when it comes to some social media apps or your smartphone, it turns out that some smart electric cars can collect data including route history and road speed. All the cameras, sensors, internet connectivity, and radar which make the latest models so covetable also mean that they could theoretically be used for remote surveillance. I bet James Bond would pass on the electric vehicle and stick with the Aston Martin.