But the reality check on the Tesla—and the flock of EVs arriving over the next few years like the Mini E, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt—is something different than the green motoring panacea its makers market. The biggest problem being the inconvenience of these darn things.
As Kenzie experienced in the EV roadster:
“Following that all-night 220 volt charge, the meter inside the car promised only 293 km, and that was the so-called "ideal" range, as in, your Granddad is driving.”
I’m sorry, but as soon as cars become inconvenient, people look at alternatives. Er, like the bus.
Just look at diesel cars. The fact you can’t find a diesel pump at every, single gas station in the country is reason enough for a lot of buyers to take a pass on the derv drinkers because of the perceived inconvenience. I mean, we can't even get people to remember to plug-in their car's block heaters on cold winter nights.
Then you have to look at the irrationality of the treehuggers who go for EVs like raccoons at an open garbage can.
Hours of charging time and limited driving range make EVs toys for anyone who wants to drive outside of downtown or for more than a few hours.
More than likely, then, EV owners will own a second “real” (i.e. gas car) taking twice the resources in manufacturing and another valuable parking space.
Compared to owning a single, fuel-efficient, gas small car, like say a Honda Fit, EV ownership sounds pretty dumb to me.
Tesla grande frommage Elon Musk won’t have a problem selling 1,000 copies of the $145,550 U.S. cars by the end of this year. Like most manufacturers of ultra-luxury products, idiots with too much money have always been easy to find. I mean, I could probably round up 500 during a lunch hour stroll down Bay Street. And the real impact on improving the environment from ultra-low volume EV’s is questionable.
Look, forget about the Tesla. It’s a low-volume aberration. A technical freak that’s playing on the current “cars are evil” cultural zeitgeist. A guilt soother for the rich.
No. The big challenge with the Tesla—and EVs in general—will be in convincing the much more critical masses.
The best EV I’ve driven was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV this past summer.
Smooth, quiet and powerful, it offers few driving compromises. But as an owner, why would I pay twice as much (approximately $36,000) for a gas model of a car that already gets outstanding gas mileage without the charging and limited range hassles?
Same for the Mini E I drove about a year ago.The Chevrolet Volt that’s on the way next year solves the troubling EV range problem a bit with its tiny onboard generator that starts charging the battery on the fly after the initial charge has been drained.
But it will likely cost twice as much as a loaded model of Chevy’s new Cruize, and seat only four where the gas compact seats five.
So until I can buy an EV that drives as far, offers similar passenger and cargo space room, and costs the same as a comparable gas model, like I said, they’re pretty dumb.
Trust me. 50 years from now, historians will be looking at this first batch of EVs like we look at hoola hoops and black and white TVs today—cultural antiquities.