No EV for Me Edition – EV Interest is Flat

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THE CAR COACH REPORTS:

August 21, 2015

 

No EV for Me Edition – EV Interest is Flat

 

EV vs Gas Cars
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Last week I discussed a potential EV game changer from Audi that is in development: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/08/14/audi-ev-batteries-lg-chem-samsung-sdi/ This could be the first EV that I would consider buying because of its 311 mile range, strong chassis that could likely tow a trailer, and Audi’s reputation for near perfection.

 

However, Audi’s EV SUV is still a few years out. So what do we have in the meantime? Aside from the prohibitively expensive Tesla, our choices remain a slate of boring, low-range, electric novelties that most people don’t want.

 

Don’t believe me? Check out this article that states EV interest is flat: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/08/20/electric-car-interest-flat-study/

 

While the study referred to in the article states that most potential EV buyers are concerned with price and range–two very legitimate concerns–I have other objections when it comes to the EVs available today.

 

First off, why do so many EVs look like a shuttlecraft from Star Trek? Who said that just because these vehicles don’t run on gasoline they should look so abhorrently different from everything else on the road? Granted, some OEMs do a good job with their designs but the Prius and Nissan Leaf, the volume leaders, remind me of the love child between a Dust Buster and a door stop. I’m all for unique-looking vehicles but unique doesn’t have to mean odd.

 

Secondly, what happens if you run out of juice and there are no charging stations nearby? At least gasoline can be delivered to you via roadside assistance. This ties in with range anxiety but is indicative of a larger issue that I addressed last week as well: infrastructure. Until they build inductive charging roadways or install charging stations every 30 miles along our nation’s highways, it’s still a gamble to take a road trip in an EV.

 

Third, what’s up with battery technology (I’m channeling Seinfeld here)? Why is it that in a day and age when we can have Wi-Fi just about anywhere that reaches computers in our pockets, we can’t figure out how to build an EV that doesn’t require 1,500 lbs of batteries to operate? While we are making advances, EV battery technology seems stuck in the 1970s. I can remember playing with RC controlled toy cars and recharging my Ni-Cad batteries with every use 30 years ago.

 

We have a long way to go when it comes to EVs. No wonder interest is flat.

 

But what do you think?

 

Post your comments at https://laurenfix.com/car-coach-report/

 

 

My Final Thought:

 

The hyperloops are coming: http://gizmodo.com/it-looks-like-weve-got-ourselves-a-good-old-fashioned-h-1725484968

 

I’m very intrigued by this potential mode of transportation since there are very few limits regarding speed and friction. It could be a more efficient and faster mode of transportation versus flying.

 

I’m just not sure I want to be hurled around in a tube like money at a bank drive-thru.

 

But what do you think?

 

Post your comments at https://laurenfix.com/car-coach-report/

 

Love Your Car! See you next week!

 

–Lauren Fix

 

 

 

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