5.17.2020

Random facts about electric cars... all of which result in reasons I DO NOT WANT ONE and they are NOT A GOOD FIT FOR MY LIFESTYLE





So apparently the average American drives 40 miles or less a day.
They stay close to home or they make their same commute every day.
Some lawmakers that live in big cities like San Francisco or Washington, DC are pushing hard for bans on gas powered cars and going to all electric.
These people are the type I want to throat punch.
The type who are making laws and life-changing decisions that effect me... when they have ZERO understanding of how the average American lives that does NOT live in New York, Washington, Los Angels, San Francisco or similar.
They've probably never driven through the heartland.
Never driven for hours upon hours through desert states.
Never even stepped foot on a farm or driven through states primarily country and farmland broken up by farms and small towns every 30 minutes or so.
They live in cities. They drive very little or not at all and use taxi's, Ubers and Lyfts.
They eat almost all their meals 'out' or have them delivered in.  Small items or light groceries bought at some corner deli they walk half a block to.
They use airlines to travel or take vacations.

THEY HAVE NO FREAKIN CLUE.

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Random Facts.....  (just google to find them, I did a quick 7 second search, you can too)

Plug-in hybrids may drive for 10-50 miles using only electricity before they start using gasoline, and can then drive for about 300 miles (depending on the size of the fuel tank, just like any other car). Most electric vehicles are currently capable of about 100 miles of driving before they need to be recharged.

A high mileage Leaf in a warm climate is ~60,000 miles. But a high mileage thermally managed battery is at least 150,000 miles

 
Longest Range Electric Cars for 2020
  • 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: 322 miles of range.
  • 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range: 328 miles of range.
  • 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range: 373 miles of range.
  • 2020 Rivian R1T: 400+ miles of range.
  • 2020 Tesla Roadster: 620 miles of range.
...miles on the car translate to cycles on the battery. The age of the car is also important - perhaps more so than with an ICE car. This is because lithium batteries degrade with use and over time (even without use), and the lithium batteries powering EVs represent most of the value in a car.

One of the disadvantages of an electric car is the shorter distance that they can travel with a fully charged battery. An affordable electric car can not travel a longer distance. Charging stations are required to get them charged. But that too takes time.

As for cost, most experts agree a replacement hybrid car battery can range anywhere from $1,000 to more than $6,000, depending on the year and model of car, and without including dealership or independent labor costs. While this may seem like a big expense, car makers are set on reducing prices.

Some EV charging stations require payment by the hour, dispensing however much energy the car can take during that time. ... Then, there are charging locations that require a monthly or annual subscription fee, following an all-you-can-eat model. And a bunch of charging stations are free.
Electric vehicle mandates in China and many European Union nations have set a target of phasing out gasoline vehicles by 2040 or sooner.
Top 7 Disadvantages of Electric Cars
  • Charging Woes
  • Traveling Distance (Range
  • Lack of Power
  • Overloaded Batteries
  • They Are Expensive
  • They Cause Pollution 
  • They're Heavy


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  • I rarely drive short distances.
  • Only run errands about once a week (even less during quarantine of course).
  • My driving is typically about 9 hours average... meaning I get in my car and drive for about 9 hours.
  • I drive to travel. Cross country.
  • I drive to vacation. Across the country.
  • I visit family by driving 9 hours a day, stop to sleep and finish the drive the next day. No short distance.
  • I drive 10+ miles to the nearest store to buy household goods.
  • I never go out to eat.  We make all our meals at home... with groceries.  Groceries we've driven to the store 10 miles away to purchase.
  • I've lived in the heartland for years.  The North, the South and everywhere in between.
  • When I'm driving cross country I need to know I'm safe.  That means I have a car I can trust, know I can easily and quickly find a gas station, gas up and be on the road again within about 2-3 minutes.
  • I can bring an extra gas can with me when I know I'll be 45 minutes from the nearest town or gas station (apparently the lawmakers never traveled through Arizona, Texas, New Mexico....).
  • I spend very little to maintenance my car.  Regular, cheap maintenance like regular oil changes, maybe some windshield wiper blades every couple years.  Tires once so far.  Averages out to be about $120 a year.
  • I don't have $1000-6000 to replace a battery.  MY batteries run about $100 for my car and probably won't need one for about 6-8 years.
  • I know my car has power when it has gas.
  • I do not want to drive a glorified golf cart.
  • I don't have time to wait for charges when I'm traveling.  
  • I don't want to have to search for charging stations.
  • I drive to out of the way places because I like to hike, to camp, to see nature.
  • I avoid big cities LIKE THE PLAGUE.
  • My lifestyle (and millions of others) are not remotely like the people born and raised into a life of politics, government and such.  We are real people who drive real cars, lead real lives where we do our own work, run our own errands, work on farms, live and work in small towns, buy our own groceries, cook all our meals and drive our vehicles because we do not live in big cities that typically use driving services, subways and public transportation.  
  • We also don't have servants and assistants to do all our 'mundane' work like our lawmakers do. 


Just.... no.

Both options are great, because for those who can afford the better quality electric cars like Tesla, they can have them.  For those who live in cities where an electric car makes sense for their lifestyle, personality and city where they reside... great.  But for the farmers, the travelers, the long distance drivers, the people who need reliable gas powered vehicles and not a glorified golf cart - well, we need those options too.

Both options for all different lifestyles, different needs and different people.