Column/MotorHeadline: Electric cars myths versus fact
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WHAT IS the average cost to buy an EV ?
EVs are not for me…yet. I do think my next vehicle will be a hybrid.
Interesting article that still ignores the mining of the materials used to make the batteries.
EV’s are practical for around town driving, not for long distance. A hybrid make’s since for both. As far as the cost of an EV, the lowest price now is around $28,000, but more less expensive ones are on the way. Tesla, the current largest builder of EV’s, supposed to be developing one that starts around $25,000. The first manufacture that comes out with an affordable one will change everything. I have written this before, a Tesla model three owner drove his car for 250 miles and charged it up that night. The electricity charge was $12.60. Some of the advantages of EV’s are instant torque, extremely smooth, regenerative braking, where your brakes could last over a hundred thousand miles. We are in the early development of EV’s, but I think it looks very promising.
There has always been an inherent risk in being the first kid on the block to own any device that uses new technology, be it the first internal combustion (IC) vehicle, computer, airplane, or cell phone. The problem with new technologies now is that they change overnight, not over years or decades. I have 18-volt battery hand tools that work fine, but the manufacturer no longer makes batteries for them. Rebuilding these batteries is too expensive. The Chinese-made replacements are inferior and becoming more expensive and hard to find.
EV owners may find themselves in this situation as better battery and charger technologies are brought to market and their equipment becomes orphaned technology. EV technologies will eventually mature, stabilize, and be standardized. Kudos to the first kids on the block who are creating the initial market for EVs.
I am still waiting to read a clear, logical, data-based discussion of how the additional megawatts of electricity required to charge these new EVs will be generated, regardless of the method of generation – fossil. nuclear, wind, hydro, or solar.
Great article. I wish all of the Luddites could read it.
We are putting the cart before the horse..already out west they have rolling blackouts because the grid cannot keep up with the users. What happens when that grid gets overloaded with a million ev users? I’m sure one day we will have no choice but to buy a ev vehicle because the government will force them down our throats. Just like every other government regulation that supposed to help us the only thing it does is empty our pockets.
The grid is not an iisue with most of America. EV’s are largely charged at night when demand is lowest and there is supply to spare. As pointed out, the average driver would only need one charge per week. That said, I agree with you on the forcing. Let the market drive it. Personally, EV’s don’t fit for me because of the range. I drive more than average and we use my vehicle for trips.