Electric cars still have one major disadvantage. Buying them used means that not long ahead you might need to change the battery? a very expensive part of the car you simply dont have options to save on.As a hellcat and jeep SRT owner I think I speak for the majority of people who have a V-8 engine when I say that it will be a very long time before the electric vehicle market is able to convince us to upgrade our personal vehicles to a silent, response less, non-enthusiastic vehicle.
But as a car reviewer, Tesla owner, and EV stock investor who has tested all of the Tesla vehicles, Volvo Polestar 2 and any other electric vehicle that comes to market (waiting for the Cadillac Lyriq) I must say that electric vehicles are definitely a better fit for most people who have a four-cylinder or a V6 car - even outperforming V8s.
The only real problem with electric vehicles at this point is the price. The R&D is expensive and those costs are being passed directly to the consumer. Only the largest of the Automakers have the ability and the experience to build high-quality EV without huge costs, but on average, an EV still costs "more" than an equivalently sized and equipped ICE vehicle. That will change, however, as the market retools towards EV.
Range anxiety is slowly becoming a non-issue. Building all new homes with built in EV chargers should be a standard to allow as many people as possible to charge at home- overnight.
The vast majority of us are not driving more than 200 miles a day and even on most long range road trips most of us are not driving more than 300 miles without taking a break.
Newer electric vehicles are offering between 300 miles and 500 miles of range. As long as we have a place to charge them which is easily identifiable autumn map and next to a rest stop, stopping for an hour and a half to charge the vehicle isn’t so bad. It gives the person time to nap, defecate or eat.
The other issue is that there needs to be more ubiquitous charging stations. It’s one thing to have them spaced every few miles but it would be a totally revolutionary thing for charging stations to be “everywhere“. They need to be behind movie theaters, behind grocery stores, behind malls and “everywhere“.
The only way that will happen is if individual stores and businesses get a tax break for setting up a high voltage charger at their place of business. Once charges are everywhere no one will have ranch anxiety because every single time they stop their vehicle they will be able to charge if necessary.
Tesla has done a great job setting up software that allows people to recognize the distance between chargers and remind them to recharge the vehicle when possible.
I personally would not wnat a used electric car when I would gladly choose from a variety of 2-6 year old cars I like.
Both sellers of used cars and buyers will share the decrease in value of such cars.
That's money lost.
Not long ago I convinced my father not to buy a hybrid, speciifcally for this reason. Apperently he did not think that in 6-7 years he will be up for one expensive mandatory repair.
That got me thinking, how many people are not aware of this fact? Specifically how many people who buy renewed and used electric cars?
I feel like there will be more dissapointed people who lost money on thesse cars simply because they dotn realize all the aspect of owning an electric car.