KlutzNinja wrote:Electric cars suffer a gradual loss in battery range over time, especially if the owner uses fast-charging frequently, which is hard on the battery. But otherwise electric cars appear to be more reliable overall than internal-combustion engines. A lot of the things that go wrong to cause a certain car to be deemed “unreliable” often has to do with the engine or transmission, and electric cars have neither. Batteries and motors are much simpler to maintain over time, as there are far fewer moving parts involved. Their “transmissions” seem to be simpler than conventional transmissions as well. Some of this simplicity also applies to hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Not sure about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles like the Mirai, however; those are basically electric vehicles powered by hydrogen, but I’d imagine similar reliability.
The switch to electric from gasoline will happen at different rates in different places. I think I read Holland has set a ban on the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2025, which is a lot sooner than most other places. The entirety of Volvo’s lineup will be electrified to some extent in the near future. Meanwhile Toyota has taken their sweet time developing fully electric cars, but they have so many hybrids that they don’t really need to, as far as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards go.
With such a stigma around EVs in America, not to mention a strong sense of nostalgia and heritage towards gasoline cars, I’d imagine the transition here in the States will take so long we’ll probably be fighting North Korea or something for last place lol. As good as EVs are getting, and as popular as Tesla is, EV sales are like 1.2% of all auto sales in the US. Not sure what the total is if hybrids, PHEVs, and Hydrogen vehicles are included, too. The obsession with buying American trucks will also prevent a full transition for us into full-EV, as they are some of the best selling vehicles in here. Unless the Big 3 go electric, and only electric, which you can bet most truck owners will fight and complain about lol, a fully electric US is a pipe dream, sadly.
Sorry for the ramble.
Many of the things you say are on point. I am into EVs and keep up to date with the latest news on them. The problem with the US is that many manufacturers will not bring their electric cars over to the states because Americans obsession with SUVs. Right now there just isn't enough choices in EVs in the US to attract enough people.
I got a model 3 because it was one of the few EVs that compete in its group against BMW 3 series, Audi A4, and others.
Tesla has done well because it offers competitive EVs with a high list of standard features that the competitors make you pay more for. Tesla is still not enough though as they are still charging premium prices, and right now the used EVs have too short of range.
When EVs become price competitive with their gas counterparts, then will the market change. Other countries are way ahead in EVs then the US. EVs will take over though, just too many benefits versus ICE vehicles. Some nice models out there too.