I actually took the time to look at electric cars: Not the expensive Teslas, but the Leafs and the Bolts and the Mitsubishi IMiEV (I tried to get some specs on the Fords, but their web pages either won’t load or go to an error page…I finally gave up, so I can’t comment on them).
I thought , Hey, much (90+%) of the time we go less than a hundred miles in a day, total, so why not check them out? Might save us a bit of cash, fuel wise, and we’d still have the other car for those longer trips……And the truck to carry anything heavy, long or large.
Ultimately, it comes to this: One can get a small (very small) car for about $30,000 after incentives….government rebates, power company rebates, etc. About $10K off the actual price. One with not a whole lot of features…(the features are available, but at a higher cost…like $5-$7 K more). Less room than most cars, even less cargo capacity. Performance that is not bad, but not great. Of course, the Bolt has a backup camera washer jet that is kinda cool, but not enough to offset the other negatives….
Charge time is more than overnight for most cars from full to empty; at least 6 hours for a half full battery, which only gives you about 100 miles range, tops.
So one gets a smaller car, with less performance, long refuel times, at a cost that is about 25% higher than an equivalent (or even nicer) gasoline fueled car….And a gas or diesel car can be refueled to full 250+ mile range in 10 minutes or so…
And in addition to that inconvenience, one must drive the car for about 45,000 miles to make up the difference in cost….yep, 45,000 miles to break even cost wise. And that isn’t figuring any resale value (which seems to be much less for full electric cars). And that isn’t counting the cost of the home charger and installation, either, nor the cost of the actual electricity to charge the car.
More money, less car, less range, less convenience, for no monetary savings for at least 4 years for the average person (12K miles per year)…Not counting depreciation and resale losses.
Why should we buy these cars the “green” folks want us to? Less (much less), for more money?
And they are still coal powered cars! Somehow their CO2 savings calculations never take that into account. most of your electrical power still comes from burning a hydrocarbon of some kind….