LA Times: EVs Are Perfect, But, Drivers Are Glad They Paid Through The Nose For Them

Buying an EV is like buying a premium vehicle. You could have gotten an Accord, Camry, CRV, RAV4, etc, but, instead, you got a BMW X5, a Range Rover, a Jaguar. You wanted to save money on gas, but, bought an Audi A4 instead of an Accord. It’s a choice. Because some people can afford one. Spending $10k, $20K, etc on a vehicle doesn’t save you money. But, they’re sure smug about themselves

Opinion: Electric cars aren’t perfect, but we EV drivers are glad to have one now

electric vehicleIf you’re paying for gasoline right now, you probably don’t want to hear from smug electric car drivers — but I am one of those people, so please accept my apologies at the outset. We’re the ones who were surprised by fuel prices (if we happened to notice them driving past a gas station) long before most people began paying $5 or $6 per gallon for the stuff.

Of course, electric cars are not the solution to climate change and any number of woes they’re often made out to be. They too exact an environmental toll and perpetuate all the problems of car culture, minus the local emissions. But they are undeniably less awful for the world than internal-combustion vehicles — and they are plainly better cars, as any EV driver can tell you. All this was true before the recent spike in gas prices.

Wait, they aren’t a solution to ‘climate change’? It almost seems like the Elites want to force us out of privately owned vehicles. And, yes, all the mining is bad for the actual environment.

To the editor: Now is the time to purchase an electric vehicle. Between climate change, high fuel costs and dependence on foreign oil, most drivers can make the move painlessly.

If you are a two-car household, replace your gas guzzler with an electric car. Use your EV for all close-range driving, and save your gas car for long trips. You will be shocked at how much you will save without auto repairs and gas consumption.

I purchased an EV nine years ago. Since then, my second gas vehicle has averaged 3,000 miles a year.

Wait, what? The writer is saying that EVs are bad for long trips? That they’re only good for around town? That’s not much of an endorsement.

To the editor: As a recent college graduate, one of the things on my to-do list is choosing my first car. In the past, this would have been a relatively simple task, but as I researched recent car prices and maintenance costs, I was shocked. (snip)

Electric vehicles are not subject to the same price fluctuations on oil. On average it takes between $10 and $45 to fuel your electric car at a power station, versus roughly $150 to fill some gas-powered cars now. Are we going to wait to switch to EVs as the war drags on and prices rise to $8, $9, $10 per gallon?

Electric vehicles are the answer now and tomorrow.

Except, the letter writer doesn’t seem to have purchased any vehicle, including an EV. Here’s another piece from the LA Times

Ariana Escalante, 34, owns a marketing and video production company called Transportation: Tesla Model 3 long range.

I think just the experience of getting gas has always felt a little yucky, a little dirty. It smells bad and sometimes it drips on your shoes. I was like, “Oh, you know what? I don’t think I would miss that.” I thought that Tesla was totally inaccessible. And I’m just like a regular working-class person, but then when I actually looked at the cost comparisons, it made tons of sense.

If it’s dripping on your shoes you’re doing it wrong.

So, I decided to buy one new. I put in my deposit in November and I got delivery of the car in February. My car gets 358 miles on a charge. I think the Hyundai Sonata I drove for 10 years was around 360 or 370 miles per tank. So, almost an exact match.

That Tesla 3 costs around $51K. A Sonata SEL, almost the top end, costs $32K. Are you going to save $19K? That’s roughly 4500 gallons of gas at $4.20. If you plan to keep it long enough to drive 138K miles, you’ve hit the break-even point. Not accounting for the cost of charging the Tesla.

By the way, insuring an EV is also more expensive, anywhere from 15% to 23% higher than a regular vehicle. But, look, if you want one, get one. That’s your choice. Like buying a Range Rover over a Highlander. But, they won’t save you money.

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6 Responses to “LA Times: EVs Are Perfect, But, Drivers Are Glad They Paid Through The Nose For Them”

  1. Hairy says:

    The Tesla she bought is closed as a premium compact car
    And has 10% more interior room has a 5vdtsr crash rating goes 0-60 in the 5 second range.
    And like putting litter in a trash can, excellent at virtue signaling.
    Teach what us the longest trip you have done with your current csr? Now solidly into middle age, how many hours driving would you like to fo without taking a real break from driving?
    A tesla mod 3 generally costs as little as 3 or 4 cents per mile charging at home during off peak night hours.
    Even though we have more oil rigs working now under Biden than ever under ztrump fossil fuel prices continue to SKYROCET
    Renewable electric generation costs declined by 12% last year. Of course generation costs are only 1/3 of our bill. Distribution and profits are 2/3s

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  3. captainfish says:

    The EV cars only save gasoline. And that’s the only thing they save on.
    Everything else is way more dangerous to the planet including the dangerous heavy and toxic metals.
    The best thing would be a hybrid. But, no EV, not even a truck EV at this point will ever replace the power and usefulness of a petroleum-powered vehicle.
    Sure, the HP gets up and goes off the line. But, it will also stop earlier than a gas-powered car and it can’t tow as much or carry as much cargo.

  4. ruralcounsel says:

    And if you live anywhere where it gets cold in the winter, you can take 20% or more off of that EV vehicle range right off the bat. So unless you know you won’t take a job in Denver, Chicago or Boston, or won’t get transferred to somewhere with cold winters …

    Add in that resale of used EV’s is incredibly low, because replacing the battery is very expensive. Rebuilt batteries last about 10% of the lifespan of a brand new battery. Hybrids are pretty complex technology in order to integrate the ICE and the electric parts of the powertrain, so if something goes wrong there, it will be a money pit to repair. So used hybrid resale is also terrible. These vehicles lose their value much quicker than a comparable ICE vehicle.

    Most people trying to “nudge” the country toward getting EVs are either not honest about the tradeoffs, or they are incredibly financially and mathematically ignorant, or both.

    EV’s make sense for a very select segment of society. People who do a lot of city driving, but who are wealthy enough to be able to afford having a car in the city. My understanding is that the rental of just a parking space in NYC can run upwards of $80,000 a year. And that was a number I heard about a decade ago.

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