Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Randy asks: I don’t disagree with your general take on EVs. But do realize that they can make sense. I recently picked up a 2015 lease return Nissan Leaf SL with 33,000 miles for a paltry $12k. Not only does it drive well and super quiet, but it allows me to drive in the HOV lane taking 20 minutes off my daily commute. The limited range is fine for my 30-50 daily driving range, and the wife has. VW Atlas for our family needs. Happy EV’er who will be looking for another 3 year lease return EV the next time I’m in the market for a car.
My reply: I get that, Randy – but realize all the EV virtues you tout depend on (a) give-away pricing and (b) subsidies/special breaks endowed by the government. If Nissan charged you what it cost them to make the Leaf – plus a sufficient profit for them to justify making it – your “math” would be very different! Heck, I’d like to drive a Porsche Cayman S, too – and would, if Porsche essentially gave them away, as Nissan (and everyone else selling EVs) does.
The manufacturers are using these give-away leases for two reasons: The obvious first one is to offload cars that they can’t otherwise sell. The other reason is the hope that by getting EVs “out there,” more people will be interested in buying them. But the reasoning relies on the cost coming down, which so far it has not – and I doubt it ever will. Unless the cost of gas triples, at least, EVs make no economic sense and cannot exist absent massive subsidies, which are economically disastrous as well as morally reprehensible.
That said, I understand why you drive a Leaf. I’m just pointing out the artificiality of the whole mess!
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