A few years ago, Hyundai got into hot water because its advertising supposedly gulled buyers into believing its cars averaged 40 MPG when they actually averaged less than that – as is the case with most cars. This was considered a Big Deal by angry owners who demanded (and got) compensation, arguing (successfully) that they’d been misled and would not have bought the cars if they’d known how far they actually went on a gallon of gas – as opposed to how far Hyundai advertised they’d go.
In the first place, city-highway mileage isn’t separated out, as it is with non-EeeeeeeeeVeeeeees. People are instead told “this is the range” – except it isn’t. As is true of every kind of car, mileage varies according to use – such as city or highway use.
EeeeeeeVeeeees deliver their highest range at lower speeds; i.e., city driving. Keeping up with traffic doing 70-plus on the highway decreases range. But people are led to believe that EeeeeeeeeeVeeeeees get one-size-fits-both mileage.
Because it’s much more than a few MPGs’ worth of difference, as was the case in the Hyundai case. It is regularly a double digit difference, with EeeeeeeeVeeeeees – which you’d think would be Big Deal – especially in view of the fact that EeeeeeeeVeeeees don’t have much range to begin with.
A few – all of them priced well over $40,000 – are advertised as being capable of going 300 miles or more on a full charge. The more “affordable” models – such as the $27k Chevy Bolt – advertise around 250 miles of range, or about half the range of most current cars. Even very high-performance cars, such as the Dodge Charger Hellcat – which is powered by a supercharged V8 – is capable of traveling almost 400 highway miles on a full tank of gas.
That means if the actual range turns out to be double digits less-than-advertised, it’s more than just a gyp. It could be the difference between getting there without having to stop – and wait. Possibly overnight.
It’s true that if you drive a Charger Hellcat like a bat out of Hell, you will have to stop sooner, too. But you won’t have to wait much – because you don’t have to charge the Charger. So its range doesn’t matter.
It takes just a few minutes to completely refuel a non-EeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeeee to full, as opposed to 30-45 minutes to install a partial charge (about 80 percent full) in an EV – assuming you are first in line at a “fast” charger. It cannot be fully charged “fast” because that can damage the battery – and if you own an EeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeee, you will want he battery to last as long as possible, due to the replacement cost of an EeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee’s battery being almost as much as the cost of the EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee itself.
That means your actual range, after a “fast” charge, is 20 percent less than advertised – and that’s before you resume your drive. That means, if your EeeeeVeeee advertises a 250 mile range, it’s down to just 200 miles.
But now comes the real rub.
Or rather, the gyp.
The EeeeeeeVeeeee’s range is also going to be much-less-than-advertised if it is very hot out and you use the AC, to stay cool inside the EeeeeeVeeeee. If it is very cold out, running the heat will also result in a more than a few MPG’s equivalent range reduction, too. So – to elaborate our example above a little bit more – if you had to stop to “fast” charge your EeeeeeeVeeee that advertises a 250 mile range, you are now down to 200 miles – on account of only being able to partially “fast” charge to 80 percent, costing you 50 miles of range vs. what was advertised. If it’s a very hot day and you run the AC, your range is likely to drop by much more than the handful of MPGs Hyundai got sued over.
Same goes for the cold.
The EeeeeeVeeeee that gulled you into believing you could drive it 250 miles turns out to be an EeeeeeeeeeVeee that only goes maybe 150 miles.
If It’s an EeeeeeeeeVeeeee truck – and you use its advertised towing capacity – it might be only 80 miles.
It’s a pretty Big Deal, you’d think.
Add to the mix the fact that EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeees also lose range if just left sitting untethered, because EeeeeeeeeVeeeees are constantly using battery power, if not always plugged in, to power their battery heating and cooling systems. Even when the EeeeeeeeeeVeeeee is not in use, because too hot or too cold is not good for EeeeeeeeeeVeeeee battery packs.
There is one other facet to this gyp that ought to be mentioned, too. It is that if you regularly use all or most of the EeeeeeeeVeeeee’s range on a full charge, it is likely the battery pack will need to be replaced sooner, because heavy discharge-recharge (especially “fast” charging) cycling is what accelerates ‘wear and tear” on batteries, generally – eventually leading to a reduction in their capacity to be fully recharged to what was originally advertised. Eventually, they can no longer hold charge enough to power the EeeeeeVeeee – and then you’ll need a new battery pack for your EeeeeeeeeVeeeee.
Juxtapose the above with what happened to Hyundai. It was sued because cars it sold that were advertised as delivering 40 MPG didn’t quite deliver on that promise. But none of the offending Hyundai’s lost range just sitting in the garage. None lost double-digits more range due it being hot – or cold – out. Use of the AC affected the range only trivially; use of the heat not at all (heat being a free byproduct of the combustion that powers a non EeeeeeeeeVeeeee).
And even if the range on a full tank turns out to be less than advertised, the non-EeeeeeeeVeeee’s tank can be refueled to 100 percent full – as opposed to the EeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee’s 20 percent empty , unless you want to risk damaging the battery.
Finally, the gas tank doesn’t get smaller over time – unlike an EeeeeeeeeVeeeee battery pack’s charge-holding capacity.
And – so far – no one has sued. Probably because most current EeeeeeeeeeVeeee owners are also EeeeeeeeeeVeeeeee apologists – who bought their EeeeeeeeeVeeeee to show the world how committed to being “green” they are – and who are now probably too embarrassed to admit how stupid they were.
It’s of a piece with “anything but the vaccines” to explain why young people are “suddenly” dropping dead and developing the health problems of the very old.
Those who boosted the shots and took them, themselves, are loathe to admit they were gypped.
But I thought you might like to know – before you are.
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