Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Welcome to the wacky world of electric cars!
Going on 100 years now – and they keep churning them out (with “help” from Uncle, natch).
There are now at least a dozen different makes – and models – to choose from. VW just debuted an electric version of the Golf; Kia an electric version of the Soul. They are the only versions of these two otherwise popular cars that will collect dust on dealer’s lots, until either a fool comes along or the cash inducements offered are sufficient to make the “buyer” a partner in this crime.
VW, for example, has not been able to send me an eGolf to review because the thing is only capable of moving under its own power for about 70 miles. After that, it needs a recharge – or a flatbed. And for this, they want $36k.
It’d be funny – except the joke’s on us. The taxpayers who get held up to “help” fund the perpetuation of this long con, which has been going on for at least as long as I’ve been writing about cars – which is since the early ’90s.
How do we stop this crazy train?
Easy. Pull the plug. Disconnect the electric car from politics – and political correctness. Let them succeed – or fail – on the basis of their cost-effectiveness, their performance, their virtues. Wouldn’t that be preferable to emulating the old Soviet Union, which “helped” the Trabant and other automotive atrocities exist, Dracula-style, long after they should have died a natural death?
I’d like to see electric cars succeed. I’m all for anything that reduces the cost of getting around. But electric cars don’t do that, unfortunately. I don’t trust corporations or the government and accept at face value that when money and power are at stake, they’ll do anything. But the electric car is – to date – a shimmering mirage in the desert. Something we can see just over the horizon, but which we never quite seem to be able to reach.
I’m not being paid by GM or anyone to slam electric cars. I’m simply telling the inconvenient truth about them, based on hands-on experience and facts. And the truth is none of them can compete with otherwise comparable IC cars on the merits. Maybe that “someday” will come when the “battery breakthrough” I’ve been hearing about for the past 30 years will have been achieved and an electric car will be able to go at least 200 miles on the highway, with accessories running – and be capable of re-juicing in less than 10 minutes and cost about the same – without subsidies – as an otherwise similar IC car.
But until that day, these cars are losers– and all the wishful thinking (and government “help”) won’t change that fact.
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