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How many folks want an EV

pianotuna
Traveler II
Traveler II
Hi all,

How many folks want an EV?

Would you plan on towing with it?
Regards, Don
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azdryheat
Explorer
Explorer
No thank you to having an EV and I especially don't like how the government is forcing them on us.
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wildtoad
Explorer II
Explorer II
All our vehicles are paid for, are well maintained, and until there is a really good reason to swap them out for an EV, ain’t gonna happen. I have no real issues with EV’s other than cost and ability to be towed four down. 99% of our daily driving is well within most EV’s advertised capabilities, and charging at home would suffice.

I wonder what age groups the EV proponents have tested the electronics with. With many seniors not being able to work new smart phones, smart TVs, can’t deal with steaming services vs basic cable I see a bunch of frustrated drivers.
Tom Wilds
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RetiredRealtorR
Explorer
Explorer
EV? Absolutely not. At least not until I know I can get a full day of driving under my belt (traveling), so the range will need to be well in excess of 400 miles. Also, not until the infrastructure is in place to make charging as readily available as buying gasoline.

Now, a hybrid, that's a totally different story, and I'd by one in a heartbeat.
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thomas201
Explorer
Explorer
Well give me 450 miles with the heater or A/C running, and a competitive total cost of ownership and yes. For the past 5 years, I make two 424 round trip mile journeys to NJ each month to visit my MIL. The nursing home does not have a charger, and it is my only stop for more than 5 minutes. The Honda CRV and the F250 (with aux tank) can get the job done. I will keep making the trip until I or my MIL pass. Sometimes I miss a trip, but not often.

I am the one that thinks EV's are a dead end. The path forward is stripping CO2 using amines from the air (just like subs, or cleaning CO2 from natural gas), then use U of Pittsburgh catalyst to make carbon monoxide, split hydrogen out of water, and use the Fischer–Tropsch process to make gasoline and diesel. Look for it to come to a Ford class carrier near you. After all, a gallon of jet fuel delivered to a carrier at sea has gotta be expensive. The fuel produced, will just blend in with the rest.

This is also a storage scheme for renewable power from solar and wind. I think the cost of this method will make it work.

midnightsadie
Explorer II
Explorer II
not for us. or not till they,ve been around for another ten years.when china runs all EV,S then I,ll buy one.

Reisender
Traveler
Traveler
zjtins wrote:
The all use CVTs which only last about 100k miles, then $5k to replace.


CVT’s in electric vehicles? Which ones.

Groover
Explorer II
Explorer II
zjtins wrote:
The all use CVTs which only last about 100k miles, then $5k to replace.


Sorry but they don't. No transmission at all on Tesla's and most other EVs. The motor is geared straight to the drive wheels. No gear changes, ever. To reverse it you change the current flow to the motor. Maybe you are thinking of hybrids but not all of them use CVT's either.

I own a Tesla Model Y. We really like it. We have towed with it some but it isn't rated for the trailer that I tow the most. So far traveling hasn't been a problem and Tesla is building more chargers every day.

If I had a Cybertruck I would tow with it but I haven't reserved a place in line so that is probably 5 or 6 years out. I probably won't need one by then.

nickthehunter
Traveler II
Traveler II
I would consider it when they become affordable, dependable and capable; not there now and I don’t see it happening any time soon - despite the “mandates” currently being demanded. Mandates are just as easy to change as when they were first thrown down, just as soon as it becomes expedient to decide a “change” is needed to keep your cushy perks coming.

Sorta like prohibition, things have a way of evolving.

shelbyfv
Explorer
Explorer
Cptnvideo wrote:
We have one vehicle (see signature) and full time. And we're 75 years of age.
I have no desire to own an EV and don't ever plan to own one.
If all the current vehicles were EVs, then the problem would become how to charge them all. And how long will it take for all electric production to be "green"? And at what cost?
At 75 you are good to go as you are. 😉

zjtins
Explorer
Explorer
The all use CVTs which only last about 100k miles, then $5k to replace.

Lwiddis
Explorer
Explorer
Today's EVs would be perfect for the wife. 250 miles is plenty. But her 2018 Equinox is too new.
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Cptnvideo
Traveler
Traveler
We have one vehicle (see signature) and full time. And we're 75 years of age.
I have no desire to own an EV and don't ever plan to own one.
If all the current vehicles were EVs, then the problem would become how to charge them all. And how long will it take for all electric production to be "green"? And at what cost?
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8_1_Van
Explorer
Explorer

gbopp
Explorer
Explorer
I'll consider an EV if, the price comes down and the batteries are cheaper or the manufacturers have a reasonable battery lease program.
It would be a DD andI would not use it for towing.

Microlite_Mike
Explorer
Explorer
I think eventually it won't be a choice. If we want something to drive it will be an EV. When it comes to towing we may have to downsize our trailers in order to be able to tow them or take really good care of our current tow vehicles so they last the rest of our lifetime.

More and more States are adopting the "California Model" which is outlawing the sale of fossil fueled cars (and most likely pickups) in the next 10-15 years.

Tent/Popup trailers will certainly become more prevalent and 14'high, 40' long 5th wheel trailers will most likely disappear or be permanently parked.

The reality is that even the commercial truck operators, from local delivery to over the road freight transport, are looking at electric trucks (some even driverless). Rail transport will eventually become like that in Europe and other countries with overhead power wires or locomotives with battery banks to move them in areas with no overhead power.

The change is happening regardless of our thoughts or desires.


FWIW, I have had a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) for 5 years now and it's been great. 90+ percent of my driving is on battery and my gasoline expense down an average of $400/month before the recent rise in gasoline cost. Saving even more now.
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