powersurge wrote:Do not get an EV if:
1) You drive very little. The real way to evaluate EVs is to determine your DOLLARS/ MILE. The EV's strength is just like when you buy a cordless drill. It is made to be used, and used often. If you do not use it much, the battery will deteriorate more quickly, and the "value" of the battery cost will be wasted.
2) You drive long distances, and expect the EV to operate just like a gas powered car. Which leads to...
3) The EV will be your only car.
4) You want to Keep cars for decades. The EV is a product that you want to ride hard and ride often. It is a fun today appliance, because you do not know when an expensive part (a low volume produced car) will go bad, and you will complain that the car screwed you.
5) Can only afford a cheap used old EV. The NEW EV is the young starlet at the ball, and does not age well.... Buying an OLD 2011-13 car is like a 20 year old marrying a well preserved 55 year old.... The next few years will be a downward roller coaster ride. You will not get the best years of the relationship.....
1. I VERY much disagree. An ICEV is extremely inefficient, and quite polluting, when driven for very short distances from a cold start up. The catalytic converter has not had time to warm up, and the wear during this time is accelerated as the oils have not had time to warm up and fully circulate. That's why car manufacturers specify more frequent oil changes in such conditions. The person who lives very close to work, or only needs a car to get to the train station a few miles away, or is retired and just needs a car for things like grocery shopping, is a great candidate for an EV.
2. Well, if you have the budget for a Tesla Model 3 with the Long Range (300 mile) battery, and there's good charging infrastructure (primarily Tesla's) between you and your destination...
3. If you live in an urban area with good access to car sharing/rental, or you can easily borrow someone else's car, that' s not an issue. Although I have an ICEV backup, I could easily live on just my EV; I actually have to force myself to drive the ICEV once a month for at least 50 miles to keep the car in good working order. Now if you're something like a volunteer firefighter who may have to respond to a call at a moment's notice, a pure EV (even a Tesla) may not be a good choice if that will be your only car, due to the possibility of being called out and not having enough charge on the battery to make it to the call. But that's not going to be the majority of situations.
4. There's no reason why you can't keep an EV running for a long time. There are people out there with Gen 1 (based on the Gen 2 body) Toyota RAV4 EV's, Ford Ranger EV's, and Chevy S-10 EV's (that use a GM EV1 powertrain) still running. EV1's I'm sure would be in that list had GM not taken them all back and destroyed all but a handful. BTW almost nobody keeps a car for decades
in the US. The average car age in the US is 11.4 years old, and the average new car buyer keeps his/her new car before selling/trading it in is just under 6 years, according to AutoTrader https://www.autotrader.com/car-shopping ... ast-240725
5. Again it all depends on your needs. If you only need to drive 10 miles one way to work, there's no reason why you can't get a gently used one and have someone else take the hit for depreciation, no different than a used ICEV.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.