1. They have a short range of travel. Anywhere from 200-225 miles per charge for the least expensive models – Teslas have a longer range but at a PRICE! Teslas have a 520-mile range whereas the smallest of the EV\’s have a range of 60-100 but those are used mostly for in-city commuters.
2. Recharging isn\’t as fast as filling up at your local gas station. You plug in at night when rates are cheaper – but if you are traveling, and depending on how many people are ahead of you – expect at least 45 minutes up to 4 hours. There are different types of charges – Type 1 (at home) and Type 2 at fast-charge stations.
3. If you are paying cash (as we are) no tax credits. If you buy a previously used one at a Car Rental Sale with only 5000 miles, NO TAX CREDIT. They want you to finance it or lease it. The maximum amount for a car loan is $35,000.
4. Expect to pay higher car insurance. I don\’t exactly know why if they are cheaper to run, and have fewer repairs. As much as 2/3 higher than a regular vehicle.
Here in California, even in my rural county of Shasta, we have EV Charging stations at Target, Walmart, etc. Truck stops on the Interstate – it\’s when you get further away, you\’re chances get slim. That\’s the deal – we like to travel to rural areas and the mountains. I grew up in San Francisco and lived in the urban/city areas. I don\’t really care that much to travel there when California has so much natural beauty in our rural areas. It defeats the whole purpose if we are resorting to using our 20-year-old van.
I am also concerned about the power outages we have. While my town supplies our electricity separate from the evil PGE if our power grid could not deliver, I cannot find one iota of information saying what would happen other than I\’d be stranded. In these times, you never know.
I\’m totally leaning against it. The husband for some reason wants to go electric and I am trying hard to turn him off of that idea. It would be great if we commuted to work. We don\’t. We don\’t drive that much and when we do travel, it\’s in the mountains or to the rural coast.
An electric hybrid sounds fine – then again we could get so much more for our cash if we went conventional combustion engine.
We\’ve got until 2045 herein California. Heck, I could be dead by then.