Why I don’t (yet) own an electric car

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At my job, I am asked all the time if I have an EV. People are surprised and, I think, disappointed because my answer is no. Here are my reasons, none of which are perfect, for not yet embarking on what I consider to be the future of motorsport.

bad time

That’s the big problem: It’s a terrible time to buy a car, thanks to record high transaction prices and record low options on dealership lots. I don’t like standing at the end of a long line to pay a high dollar for any product, which I suspect Farnoosh has his back to.

FTW used cars

I much prefer to buy high-end used cars, but they are also facing high cost and low supply, compounded by the fact that there are even fewer desirable used electric vehicles in the pipeline. Sorry, a first-generation frog-eyed Leaf just isn’t on my list. This situation will correct itself over time and I am not worried that a used electric vehicle will have some loss of autonomy; see my game from not long ago to give you a reality at the range you need – it’s less than you think.

beyond Tesla

There must be more to the story than Tesla, but right now this brand is essentially the US EV market and it pretty much has the emotion around it. But history tells me that two or three other major manufacturers, existing or new, will emerge with similar or even greater success, and I want to see how they do before I buy.

waiting for the monotony

I’ve covered many technological revolutions and they all have a similar arc, starting with convulsively innovative products before turning into a wonderful monotony of uniformly excellent offerings trying to make big news out of small improvements. This describes today’s smartphones, televisions, laptops and combustion engine cars, with products in each category doing the same as the other and almost equally. Electric vehicles are going to get there, that’s where I’d rather buy anything that depreciates.

Loading will be easier

I live in a single family home, so charging would be easy, but I’m also aware of a growing beat behind daytime charging outside the home, such as a new study from Stanford advocates that says this charging behavior pays significant dividends in in terms of network stability and cleanliness. Ideally, charging should be the same as parking pretty much everywhere, but we’re a long way from that.

Spend more, pollute more

You probably buy an electric vehicle to save money and protect the environment, but in the first couple of years you run the risk of polluting and spending Laterwhy you had a huge battery and car built and shipped, and why you spent a lot of money buying a car at historically high prices that you probably don’t have need. Both shortcomings can be recovered, but planning your purchase well can shorten both windows through better market conditions and improved technology such as…

solid state batteries

They can scale up to 2025 and can reduce an EV battery’s carbon footprint by nearly 40%, charge 80% in 15 minutes instead of 30, and last longer. – term value. That said, a solid-state battery revolution is still nebulous enough that I rate this concern low enough, but I also don’t want to be the last guy to buy a nickel-metal hydride-powered laptop.

Byzantine tax incentives

O US federal tax breaks for buying a plug-in car have recently changed and become a tricky needle’s eye, with about 70% of new electric vehicles not qualifying fully or even partially in the next two years. The new rules examine the source of key materials, the price of the car and where it is assembled. Automakers are revamping their processes to check the new boxes, but in the meantime, many desirable electric cars will cost thousands more than they would later. As I love used cars, this one is pretty low on my list, but maybe number 1 for you.

The other car with a plug

I have long thought that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are the unsung heroes of green driving, at least in the period between now and the truly popular adoption of electric vehicles. The latest PHEVs can handle most or all of your everyday driving without combustion and easily take long journeys using gasoline – goodbye range anxiety. The downside is that they’re less elegant machines, with two engines and an admittedly convoluted history, but try telling that to Akio Toyoda, whose family company knows a thing or two about hybrids and remains committed to them on a grand scale. . You might also be surprised to learn that a ranking by the transportation analyst firm TNMT PHEV slots have a smaller carbon footprint than a pure electric car.

Fewer miles to improve

I’ve been driving a lot less since COVID, and I think that’s permanent. Traveling, shopping and my interest in restaurants have just changed. Now I go days without getting into a car, something that was unheard of a few years ago. That means the benefits of any electric vehicle I could buy would have far fewer miles to act on, on the emission recovery and cost conundrums I mentioned above.

a weak link

I don’t like single points of failure in infrastructure, and electric cars help create one, as we supposedly electrify everything. Now I’ll always have several cars, most of them combustion, but if you’re thinking of making an EV your only vehicle right now, think twice or at least buy one that can be a power source and not just an energy consumer. .

By now, I’ve probably angered Tesla-rati, greenies, and colliers, but my work has taught me to be a savvy consumer, not an early adopter. I want more model choices, inventory size, technology maturity, purchase leverage, and federal incentive applicability than there is today. Waiting for it will only give me better technology and a more enlightened perspective.

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