I decided a few years ago that I was sick of standing in the snow at a gas station waiting for the person inside the building to finish selling that lottery ticket and turn the pump on so I can stand there some more babysitting it while it fills up and I freeze. The answer, of course, was to buy a car that didnít need gasoline, one I could plug into the house and go inside where itís warm.
Iím not a rich man, Iím a pensioner who is still paying a mortgage, so I looked for an affordable EV. Used ones are almost nonexistent, and I found out why when I finally bought one: it has a ten year warranty. They havenít been making them much longer than that.
I swore off new cars decades ago when my month old VW stranded me ninety miles from home with a bad alternator, but if you want an EV, new is your only choice. I kept seeing the Chevy Bolt advertised, but could never find one for sale at all. Then I found that they had stopped making them two years earlier.
Why? Well, battery problems, they claimed. Why just the not so expensive one, $30,000? GM is still selling electric Cadillacs and Corvettes, why no cheap cars?
I discovered after buying an EV that the only two advantages of a piston car to an electric one are the lack of infrastructure for long trips, and the high purchase price of the vehicle. Why high? Because only their flagship autos have electric motors, the ones that formerly had V8s.
My car cost $40,000. Itís absolutely the nicest, roomiest (except for the minivans) car I ever owned. My Dad had a Checker when I was about ten, they no longer make them. They were designed for taxicabs and Iíve never seen more back seat leg room than in one. My new Hyundai has more leg room except Dadís Checker than any other car Iíve ever seen, and although the Ď74 LeMans was a much bigger car, my new EV is much roomier. Itís a lot roomier than the Ď02 Concorde that was the same size as my new car on the outside. Why arenít the auto companies advertising how roomy EVs are? I never realized how much space engines, transmissions, and gas tanks take up.
I started trying to buy one when I realized that you donít have to babysit them when youíre charging. I didnít want to stand there in the snow filling a gas tank, but judging from most Facebook comments Iíve seen, I must be the only one who realized that. People seem to think you have to stand there when they charge. Why arenít they advertising this benefit?
Why arenít they telling you that your car can now heat your garage, unlike a piston car? Why arenít they advertising the fact that rather than the heat coming on when you get to where youíre going, you have heat before youíre out of the driveway?
Why arenít they telling you how well EVs handle, thanks to its crazy low center of gravity? Or how much faster they can stop, thanks to having two sets of brakes?
Why arenít they advertising the fact that electricity is five times cheaper than gasoline and diesel? The only way I found out was by buying one.
Why arenít they advertising all the advantages of EVs?
Why are only the top of the line autos like the Mustang or Cadillac EVs? Thatís an easy question to answer. The automakers are under laws from our and other governments that their fuel mileage average of all the vehicles they sell has to be under a certain number. The easiest way to do that is to make the expensive cars, the ones with big V-8s, electric. When your fastest car doesnít use traditional fuel...
But this, of course, begs a second question: why only the expensive ones? Because they donít want to make electric cars at all. The obvious reason is that they hate EVs. But why do they hate them and love the incredibly inefficient (my car will go 20 miles on the electricity it takes to refine a gallon of gasoline), obsolete Rube Goldberg device with thousands of moving parts to wear and break?
EVs threaten their business model. The businesses are set up so that GM makes almost as much profit from aftermarket parts, like spark plugs, belts, hoses, pumps, and so forth as they do on the cars themselves.
Gasoline and diesel vehicles all need periodic maintenance. Theyíre needy things, expensive to maintain, and the car company gets a cut of every repair of every car they sell. The drive train is a Rube Goldberg mess with thousands of moving, interlocking parts, any one of which fails can cripple the vehicle. A bad fuel pump stranded me in the bad part of town last year, and the repair was nearly $900 not counting the towing charge. The repair shop got half, Pontiac and other companies got the rest.
My new car doesnít have a fuel pump. Or spark plugs, or belts, or fuel injectors, or any of the other moving parts all the other cars Iíve owned since 1968 had and needed replacing. The motorís shaft IS its drive train! When was the last time your ceiling fan needed servicing?
More than likely that new 1976 Vega that cost $3,000 garnered more than that for GM in aftermarket parts. There may still be some on the road still earning money for GM. An EV has few aftermarket parts; tires, brake pads, windshield wiper blades are all I can think of. Hyundai wonít make any more money from my new EV like they would if it had a big six cylinder piston engine.
Which is a shame, because electric motors are all far, far superior to piston engines and transmissions in every way. But the nearly zero cost of maintenance is why the thieving billionaire car companies donít want to sell affordable EVs. In fact, they want to sell as few EVs as possible. If it wasnít for fuel mileage restrictions, Tesla and the Chinese would likely be the only electric cars you could buy.
But isnít this just a conspiracy theory? No, there was never a conspiracy, nothing needed to be said. Those people arenít moral, but theyíre not stupid, either. Ford and Chevy arenít making cars for a hobby, nor are they charitable organizations. All they care about is profit, and EVs threaten their gravy train.