I see Teslas regularly – when I make a run downtown, which is about 35 miles away. I have yet to see one locally. Probably because downtown is 35 miles away – and back.
This is about 70 miles, round-trip. It is not outside the maximum range of a Tesla, which is advertised as being able to travel about 270 miles with its standard battery (the optional battery adds hugely to the already high cost of a Tesla; we’ll delve into that aspect more below).
But it does take a bite out of it.
Ordinarily, this would be a matter of no concern – if we weren’t talking Teslas or electric cars, in general. There are lots of “gas hog” trucks up here that make daily trips down there – and back. Even given the cost of the gas, courtesy of the Biden Thing. This is still tenable because of the “gas hog” truck’s time efficiency.
A truck that sucks down a third – or even half – of the gas in its tank going into town (and back) imposes very little time-cost on its owner because the truck can be refueled in moments vs. hours – the latter in italics to emphasize the fact that even Teslas take that long to recharge at home – in italics to emphasize the fact that no private homes have the capacity to instill a “fast” charge in any electric car.
This means that if you drive a Tesla or any other electric car, you will have to so arrange your day – and your driving – in such a way as to either spend time waiting for the electric car to recharge at home, which will take a long time even under the most optimistic circumstances – or you will have to spend time driving to (and from) the “fast” charger. As well as the time spent there waiting for your electric car to “fast” charge.
The cost of this time is arguably more than it’s worth – to people who value their time.
Perhaps the greatest boon of the car (and truck) prior to their forced “electrification” has been time efficiency. The taken-for-granted near-miracle of not having to plan your daily driving around hours’-long recharging. The knowing you can just get going, even if the tank is almost empty – because of the ease of refilling it. That you won’t be late for work because you forgot to fill it last night.
A quick stop at the filling station – and you’re on your way.
The time-inefficiency of electric cars is probably why I have yet to see any of them where I live, which is not close to downtown. Even if 70 miles there and back only consumes a third of the EV’s advertised range, you will need to spend a lot of time recovering it. And if you drive 150 miles, running errands . . .
Or, of it’s cold – and you like to stay warm. The reverse, too. Less range equals more time, when it comes to EVs.
It is a conceit (and a deceit) of urban hipsterism that electric cars are serviceable cars. That is so only if you live close enough to home so as to not have to regularly wait at a “fast” charger in order to not have to wait for hours, at home, before you can drive any distance again. It is also a testament to the current delusional “conversation” – as everything coercive and false is styled by those who favor coercion and falsity always refer to such things – that there is any “conversation” at all about this business of replacing time-efficient cars with electric cars.
Try to imagine a similar “conversation” about replacing the five minute wait at a drive-thru with a “fast” drive-thru, where you wait half an hour for a burger that costs twice as much as the one you used to be able to get in five minutes – for half the price.
This brings up the second reason for the absence of Teslas and other electric cars outside of downtown. It is more expensive to live downtown. To live closer to downtown. It’s where the more affluent people live. These are the people who can afford to waste money on electric cars.
Perhaps it is not “wasting” in their estimation.
Just as they do not think it is wasting money to spend $300k on a house in the city – or close to it – as opposed to $150k on a house far outside the city. Perhaps, to them, the time spent driving downtown and back is not worth the expense and so – to save time – they spend money on their place closer to downtown or even actually in it.
But that is an option unavailable to people who haven’t got the money to buy a place close to downtown – and never mind the electric car to go along with it. They could, however, afford the time, once upon a time, in order to save the money. By buying a home in a less expensive area, farther from downtown – and by driving a not-electric car, that cost them half as much money to buy as a Tesla electric car.
It’s absolutely fascinating – as Mr. Spock might have put it – that the “electrification” push is being pushed by people who can afford to waste money, at the expense of people who haven’t got it. People like the Biden Thing’s secretary of transportation, who doesn’t have to worry about the cost of a $50,000 electric car because he has several hundred thousands dollars of our dollars to pay for it.
Who wants to punish the rest of us for not wanting to spend our money – whatever remains of it – or waste our time – on electric cars.
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