I had a chance to talk recently with a friend who does what I do. Well, the both of us test drive and review new vehicles. What may interest you is something I found interesting – as regards which of us gets what, as far as press cars.
First some background. We’ve both been doing this for more than 25 years. We both used to get the same new vehicles to test drive. The vehicles being distributed to car writers by the same “press fleet” management companies contracted to deliver (and pick up) the cars on a rotational basis. It was a simple process. Car “X” would be delivered to him (or me or another journalist) for a week and then picked up and delivered to another journalist, in a rotation that lasted as long as it took to get the car in the hands of every journalist on the list.
Some of us got Car “X” sooner – some later. But we all eventually got Car “X.”
Now, some of us don’t. That “some” being car journalists like me.
Specifically, electric cars. I get them every now and then. But not nearly as often as my friend does. He just had three of them in a row. The last one I had (the Hyundai Kona EV; see my review here) was more than three months ago. You are probably thinking it has to do with politics – or rather, mine. I have made no bones about what I consider to be – what is – the pushing of electric vehicles, very much in the manner of the way “vaccines” are being pushed. Both are being pushed with a ferocious disingenuousness by forces that do not have our best interests at heart. If that were not true, then they wouldn’t be pushing them – because it wouldn’t be necessary to push them.
Res ipsa loquitur. It speaks for itself.
But it’s not politics that’s keeping me out of EeeeeeeVeeeeees while my friend is getting into them almost every week.
It is logistics.
Though we do the same thing, he does his in the city. I do mine far from one. He is less than 30 minutes away from the place where the press cars are kept. I am 240 miles and four hours’ driving time away. This latter has never been a problem – until now – because 240 miles is a short hop for any car that isn’t an electric car. If the driver leaves the place where the press cars are kept at six in the morning, he’ll be at my place by 10 or so.
But it’s not just that.
Not merely that he can drive straight to my place from the place where the press cars are kept, 240 miles (and four hours’ driving time) away. It is also that I can drive the car he leaves here, immediately. I don’t have to wait – hours – for it to recharge.
And – a week later, when he returns to pick up the car – he can leave immediately, too.
Even if the tank is nearly empty.
Not so with an EeeeeeeeeVeeeeee.
In the first place, most can’t make it to my place from the press fleet place without a stop – and extended wait – along the way. There are what the pushers disingenuously style “fast” chargers along the way here, but “fast” – as I have had the poor taste to explain, repeatedly – means at least 30-45 minutes.
Time is money. It costs the press fleet management company more money to send me an EeeeeVeeeee than it costs them to send me a car that can be delivered in four rather than five hours.
The time-wastage being compounded on the pick-up/return drive.
When the driver comes to pick up the discharged EeeeeeVeeee from me, he must wait (again) at a “fast” charger. Which he must drive to because there are no “fast” chargers at my or any other private residence – before he can drive the car to the next car journalist. Or he could wait at my place for at least the 4-5 hours it would take to recover a partial charge. Maybe enough to gimp him along to the nearest “fast” charger – which is 30 minutes away from here.
This is why – when it comes to me – the press fleet management companies will sometimes flatbed Eeeeeeeveees to me. That way, the EeeeeeeVeeeeee arrives fully charged and ready to drive. And – when the driver returns a week later to pick up the EeeeeeeVeeeee, he doesn’t have to sweat the battery being discharged because I was unable to “fast” charge it, at my place (the best I can do is “Level 2” charge it at home, which is the best anyone can do at home; and that means a trickle charge at 240V for several hours, at least).
But that takes time – and so, money. It is also a hassle – for the press fleet management company and their drivers.
As it will be for you and everyone else who is gulled into an EeeeeeeeeVeeeee, if they do not live in or very close to a city. There are “fast” chargers in cities and you may not even have to wait inconveniently since most in-city driving won’t push the range of an EeeeeeVeeee. But if you don’t live in the city – or rather (and better put) if you don’t want to live in the city – an EeeeeeeVeeee will make living there extremely inconvenient.
And that, I suspect, is a big part of the reason for this EeeeeeeeVeeee pushing. The pushers don’t want people living outside of the cities – where people are much easier to control – and EeeeeeVeeeees are the perfect vehicle to make that harder – and more expensive.
My mentioning these facts no doubt contributing to my not getting many EeeeeeeeVeeeeees to test drive.
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