Guest Post

5 Reasons to Skip Electric Cars

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular as people are focusing on rising gas prices and going green. While there is no doubt that electric cars are better for the environment than traditional cars and just overall brilliant concepts, they aren’t necessarily the most practical choice. In fact, they can be a downright horrible investment. The five predominant reasons the average car buyer should avoid an electric car include:

The Availability

If you think that you just have to have one of the growing number of electric cars on the market, then you better get in line. Not only is there a long waiting list for these cars, but the wait lists can be so long, as is the case with Tesla, that you can expect to wait upwards of two years for a car. So much for driving a brand new car off the lot. By the time you actually get the car you ordered, a better model may have been introduced by someone else.

The Price

Electric cars advertise themselves as environmentally friendly and wallet friendly due to the lack of gas you will have to purchase over the life of the car. Unfortunately, there sticker price is so high that you will be using title loans just to afford your monthly payments. A Volt has a price tag of $40,000. For a mid-size sedan that is ridiculous. Tesla’s are even higher at $100,000. Even better is that an electric car costs between $2 and $4 a day to charge, and most with gas options will only take premium.

The Math

If you don’t like to think about how many miles you have left or how long you are going to have to charge your car so you can get from point A to point B, then you’re going to want to avoid an electric car. With a traditional car, gas is your only concern. With an electric you are constantly figuring out how many miles you have until your electricity switches to gas, or, if you own a Tesla, until you are just out of juice.

The Limited Service Options

One of the great things about owning a traditional vehicle is that you can pit repairmen against each other when your car needs to be serviced. You can shop around for the best deal and town, and stick with someone you trust. With electric cars, there just aren’t that many mechanics who know how to deal with them which puts you in direct line to pay way more for your servicing, and you are going to have to go with whoever is available – even if they seem like a sleaze.

The Charge

While some of the more hybrid styled electric cars can charge in four hours, those that are purely electric can take upwards of 8 to reach a full charge. While this is easy for the everyday commute, as all you have to do is plug it in when you head to bed, it can be a downright nightmare if you intend to do any long-term driving. A cross country drive could easily turn from a 3 day affair to a week-long debacle.

We all want to work towards creating a greener tomorrow, but putting yourself thousands of dollars in debt isn’t the way to do it. Once electric cars become a bit more available, we may see a reasonable price drop and more available mechanics, but until then, it is best just to avoid them.

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Comments (6)

  • I always say that being environment friendly is something which only the rich can afford, and your post brilliantly sums up my ideas regarding electric cars. This is definitely not an option available to people with small pockets-if not to say empty. But I believe the situation will definitely change in the future, as more electric car producers join the market and more models are introduced.

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  • Very nice post. I am sure, though, that it is just a matter of time (maybe a long time) before al of these probelms are addressed.

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  • I have an opposing point of view. I’ve been driving an EV for 9 years and powering it with kWh I generate from the sunlight falling on my roof. Thousands of new Volt and LEAF drivers are doing it, too. Let me take you through each point…

    The Price

    People base the value of the car they buy on the various attributes it has. Things like style, acceleration, efficiency, etc. Believe it or not, there are many Americans who also value things like using 100% domestic energy that can be made from wind or sunlight. They value not using oil that fouls our air, costs hundreds of billions of our dollars every year. So, a car that is very quick and powerful, makes no noise, and uses energy over which we will never fight a war, is intrinsically more valuable to a certain set of Americans.

    The question is, how many people feel this way? I believe the number is in the millions. It’s a matter of stressing that these attributes are available with electric drive. Once more people understand this, and buy the EVs, the word will spread and more people will begin to accept that these cars are absolutely worth what they cost. Then it’s a matter of getting the price down for the rest of the market. That will easily happen over time.

    The Math

    As someone who has used EVs for almost a decade, this “range anxiety” thing is only real for about a month or so. Once you get used to the car’s range, it’s not a big deal. This anxiety will further be reduced as more charge stations are installed, especially workplace stations.

    The Limited Service Options

    This one really shows the author’s ignorance about EVs. One of the best aspects of EVs is that they require virtually no maintenance. My RAV was 8.5 years old and had 91,000 miles on it when I sold it. It was still running exactly the same as when new, and the only thing I changed was two shocks. I never needed a mechanic other than for that and tires.

    The Charge

    The pure EV like the LEAF is not made for long distance driving, so complaining that it doesn’t work for that type of driving is not helpful. If you drive long distance a lot, you should opt for technology like the Chevy Volt. That will cover any driving needs you could have.

    Just like flat screen TVs, cell phones and computers, everything is a bit higher in the first stages of development. The benefits of electric drive are so important that we have to get there as quickly as possible.

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  • You have an interesting take on electric cars. They are becoming more popular as people start going “green.” We have to wonder whether people can really afford this.

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  • Add in the energy to produce these cars and dispose of them, and they are not even green at all. So I even doubt that they are better for the environment.

    We will have better tech someday, but we are not quite there yet.

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  • I know… I don’t think it is worth it. Why can’t they just be cheaper? That’s like everything else in the world… Sell us until we all have it and then drop the price.

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