Electric Cars Do They Live Up to the Hype?

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Electric cars cost between $30,000 to $40,000 for a basic model. You can get a pretty nice gasoline powered car for that money. So why buy an electric car? Good question. They say it is cleaner for the environment to drive one. It uses less gas, so less pollution, right? Well the answer is maybe. You still have to charge the batteries, where does the power come from to charge them. Well if you live in Nevada probably from power plant fueled by either coal or oil. You are basically just postponing the use of gas. Another issue with the car is that by nature the configuration is more complicated. You still have a gasoline powered motor plus an battery powered option as well. When you hit a certain speed the use of gasoline kicks in, also the charge only lasts so long. So an electric car is probably better for around town and shorter trips. When the motor switches over to gasoline the motor uses part of its power to recharge the batteries. Electric cars are getting better, but they are still expensive.

The battery is warranted typically for 50,000 miles. It costs between $5,000 and $6,000 to replace the batteries. Not to mention all the toxic wastes generated from the disposal of the batteries. I guess some parts can be recycled, but of that I am not sure how much. Anyway the environment still takes a hit. The average gasoline powered car lasts over a 100,000 miles easily if taken care of. Usually with little maintenance, except for brakes and tires and oil changes. All these things are common to both types of vehicles. So if your car only lasts 100,000 miles you have an additional expense of at least $5,000. If you want it to last longer you will spend $5,000 for every additional 50,000 miles, plus all the other regular costs. I did not check in the relative cost of what replacing the motor would be. I am sure it will cost more than the its gasoline-based brother. It is still new technology, so fewer garages will be able to work on them.

I don’t know about you, I am just not feeling the need to switch to an electric car. However, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

(Update 4/16/2021)

This is an update on the electric car debate. Since I originally wrote this article more information has come to light. I always wondered what the allure of the electric car was and why there was such a big push for them. With the current technology present, they really can only serve a limited purpose. Their range is somewhat limited, which rules them out for long distance travel. Many of the cars are rated at 300 miles per charge. This sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t when you include some criteria. The 300 miles distance measured is on fairly flat roads. Anybody living out west knows that our roads can be quite mountainous. So the range is going to be shorter. Also the more cargo in the vehicle the more work the the motor has to do, so the more energy used, also reducing the range even further. Who can remember family trips in the station wagon or minivan? There were likely 4 or more people in the car and you were usually pulling some type of trailer or camper. How far do you really thing an electric car could get you under these conditions?

I am sure that the individuals pushing the electric car knows this. After all it is pretty basic and common in the US. Electric cars are OK for city travel with limited driving distances. Many cities have problems with air pollution, mainly r/t car emissions, so electric cars will certainly help here. But don’t forget as I stated earlier in this article you still have to charge the batteries.

So as I asked already, why are we pushing them so hard under this administration? When you are at a loss for a reason or cause follow the money. At one point in time the US was the largest producer of rare earth metals. This was in the 1990s. Due to environmental and issues our country lost the advantage. Now we only produce a small portion of the rare earth metals that we consume. The vast majority of these metals comes from our biggest competitor, China. We also know that the Biden family has strong financial ties to China. There is another fact that you may not be aware of, one I just found out myself. Rechargeable batteries require these metals in their manufacture. With the increase in electric car production, the demand for these metals will skyrocket. It will also make us more dependent than ever on China. I don’t know about you, but I think increasing our dependency on the ever fickle China is a bad idea.

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