Fair Fuel APPG for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers August 2021 Page | 48 Even though you can charge an electric vehicle at home, finding a charging station if you are driving through rural areas or on a long-distance road trip can be a challenge. More areas are embracing EV charging stations and numerous hotel chains have started to include EV chargers in their parking lots. This trend will continue as demand for charging stations increases. But you will still need to find an available charging socket and allow at least 2 hours of your life (or more likely 8 hours) waiting to drive it again. Although the cost of an electric car can be offset by fuel cost savings for the moment, the upfront price of most electric cars is still higher than that of comparable petrol/diesel- powered vehicles. And we repeat, fuel tax subsidy cannot be maintained. Could legal actions involving EV technology become commonplace? A Nissan LEAF electromagnetic radiation lawsuit has been filed by a Georgia man who sued the automaker "for permanently damaging his health and for destroying his family and career, not to exceed $10 million." 29, 32 The 2015 Nissan LEAF customer who filed the lawsuit alleges the car caused him serious health problems from prolonged driving while sitting on a giant battery that allegedly emits large amounts of low-frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. The plaintiff claims the LEAF radiation is "way above" safe levels of 2 mG (milligauss) or less. The 2015 Nissan LEAF has allegedly destroyed his family and his career because he wasn't properly shielded from EMF radiation. Reuters 30 - Hyundai Motor Co 005380.KS is being sued over a string of battery fires in its electric vehicles (EVs), just as General Motors Co GM.N recalls nearly 70,000 EVs with batteries from the same maker, LG Chem Ltd 051910.KS. EV sales are climbing globally as the technology holds out the promise of cleaner transportation, with costs falling and driving ranges increasing. But the emerging risk of fire from overheated batteries could set back the entire industry. Chevy Bolt EV catches on fire after receiving both of GM’s ‘software fixes’ 31 - Not being able to detect conditions that could lead to fire doesn’t appear to be something new. The existing software doesn’t seem to notice when there’s a clear cell problem in the battery. So, what will the EV take up be, up to and from 2030? Just 1 in 4 road users say they will drive EVs before 2030. This rises to 1 in 3 onwards from 2030. That means there will be approximately 25m fossil fuelled vehicles still in circulation. An increase from a 27% take up in EV usage before 2030 to 33% in 2030 is small, just plus 6%! This will have a negligible impact on the quality of the air we breathe, yet the cost of this conversion to the economy will be off the scale in terms of new power generation infrastructure and maintaining a guaranteed uninterrupted supply.