What’s the truth about electric vehicles that their promoters don’t want you to know? Well, there are a few.
One is that they take forever to charge and the batteries run out quickly, particularly when it’s cold or the car is weighed down with something like a trailer, so using them for road trips or any use other than commuting within a relatively small ranger with one driver and/or a driver and a few passengers is impractical.
Another is that, as James Woods recently pointed out on Twitter, the time they take to charge could present dangers for people, particularly women, at gas stations.
Still another is that they’re highly expensive, so even if you save money on gas made more expensive under the Biden presidency, it takes years for that added cost to be worth it.
Then there’s the fact that, so long as the power grid is based mainly on coal, natural gas, and petroleum-based energy generation, that’s pretty much what the EV is powered with, as it’s powered off the energy grid.
But those facts are all more or less well known at this point. There’s another, lesser-known one that’s now cropping up as the vehicles, and more importantly their batteries, age: replacing the battery is a massive expense.
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Such is what happened to one gal named Avery Siwinski, a young girl who was excited to start driving her first car. Soon enough, the used EV’s battery died…and the cost to replace it was massive. KVUE, reporting on that, notes:
Avery Siwinski had her car for six months before her dashboard started to light up with problematic symbols.
“In March, it started giving an alert,” she said. “And then we took it to the shop and it stopped running.”
“The Ford dealership had advised us that we could replace the battery,” he said. “It would only cost $14,000.”
$3,000 more than what the family bought the car for. And that quote didn’t include installation and labor costs, Ray Siwinski said.
The dealership then offered $500 for the car, a car that had become essentially useless because the battery had died and needed to be replaced for a massive cost.
What made the problem even worse was that the battery isn’t produced anymore, so the dealer has been unable to get a new battery to put in the car. Thus, the car has sat inoperable and useless in the AutoNation lot while the family decides whether to shell out over ten thousand dollars for a battery that the dealer might not be able to get.
So the battery dies, the cost to replace it is unfathomably high, and then the car with the dead battery is worth almost nothing. Not exactly a best-case scenario, and one that’s unique to electric vehicles.
Commenting on the problems with EVs, Avery’s grandfather said “If you’re buying a new one, you have to realize there is no secondhand market out there because manufacturers aren’t supporting the cars.”
Perhaps that combustion-powered car isn’t such a bad idea afterall.