Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bill asks: Have you seen this story about Teslas supposedly racking up very high mileage and incurring very little cost, including for new battery packs?
My reply: Yes – and it was good for a chuckle. Tesla has some of the finest propaganda meisters on the payroll. Some also shill for free. The article’s headline is truthful, though. Electric cars are “changing the cost of driving.”
It is going up.
I’ve explained this many times already so won’t repeat the rant here. I’ll focus instead on the article’s main (and new) dishonesty. The EVs described in the story are captive critters used in controlled/short-hop driving as “shuttles.”
Even if the claims about battery service are accurate it’s not real-world driving. LA is warm; the speeds driven are low. The way the cars are driven and operated is strictly controlled as they are fleet cars.
I’ve driven several EVs, so I know you can gimp more range out of them… if you drive gimpy. But what if you want – what if you need – to drive not-gimpy? How about in the bitter cold? It is 18 degrees here in SW Va right now. That puts a great deal more strain on any battery than sunny and warm LA does.
GM, Ford, the rest all try to simulate real-world driving conditions as well as the passage of time during the testing phase of developing a new car. But there is no way to know how any car will actually perform in the real world (as opposed to the test loop) or over the course of the next 10-15 years. These things can’t be simulated. Only actual experience will tell.
The article also touts the maintenance “savings” of the EV. Not mentioning the cost of the EV, which obviates these “savings.” This includes the cost of the “fast” charge apparatus these EVs require – which is analogous to having to pay Exxon to install a fuel pump in your garage.
Almost like an alarm clock going off each morning, there’s a predictable promisy piece about miraculous EVs and the latest – supposed – “breakthrough.” Keep focused on the facts and you’ll know the truth about EVs.
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