But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars?

B-Z Electra King 1956

B-Z Electra King 1956

Trump is ascendant not because he’s a freedom jouster but because the people are exasperated with a clueless (and contemptuous of them) party apparat that for years has been trotting out one inbred Bush after the next, with Bush-like things in between such as Mittens and Ted.

This is not a cheer for Trump. It’s a jeer at the elites.

The auto industry is just as clueless — and contemptuous — of the people who are its customers.

Witness the hilarious article in Automotive News last week bemoaning the fact that electric vehicles are a hard sell.

h/t Marvin

  • G

    “…the hilarious article in Automotive News last week bemoaning the fact that electric vehicles are a hard sell”

    Oh for Pete’s sake! Come up with an electric vehicle that:
    1) Is as powerful as a gas powered vehicle.

    2) Gets the mileage per power up / fill up as a decent mileage petroleum vehicle.

    3) Is as fast fill up with energy as a petroleum vehicle. It doesn’t take me 8 hours to fill my tank with gas. (If you can charge the battery pack from dead to fully charged in 2 minutes, you’re perfect).

    4) Has batteries that last the entire lifetime of the vehicle. When I say the entire lifetime I mean THE ENTIRE LIFETIME. If the car is still running 50 years from now then the original battery pack should be running it. A petroleum car still could have the same fuel system. The electric car should still be running on the same battery pack.

    5) Is 65% of the price at the dealership as a regular petroleum car. You are introducing a new product to consumers. If you are trying to break into a new market you have to be overwhelmingly attractive.

    Satisfy these requirements and you will not need to push electric vehicles. They will fly out of the show room.

    Anything else is just social engineering BS.

  • BillyHW

    I don’t think it’s so much the auto industry as it is all the onerous government regulations telling them what to build.

  • Waffle

    A friend sent me this the other day:

    If you want to argue with a “green” person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the below:
    Note: However, if you ARE the green person, read it anyway. Enlightening.
    Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors…and he writes…For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.
    Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the
    battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh
    battery is approximately 270 miles.
    It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.
    According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.
    $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
    The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000………So
    the American Government wants proud and loyal Americans not to do the math, but
    simply pay 3 times as much for a car, that costs more than 7 times as much to
    run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across the country…..Where do I sign ?

    • simus1

      The Dolt’s original engine spec was for premium unleaded gasoline.
      Probably still is.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Hybrids have plummeted 26% in resale value in the last few months alone. When gas is cheap there’s no economic break even point for a compact or sub compact car that costs $30,000. In fact ALL subcompact cars have plummeted in resale value .

  • simus1

    This wouldn’t be the same auto industry that refused to build decent cars beginning big time about the1980s and got congress to rig things for SUVs ? That ploy resulted in huge increases in the sale of “trucks” that the Japanese couldn’t begin to build plus the vehicles were income tax depreciating assets for self employed professionals with hobby farms.

    The sellers made out like bandits.

    What delusional hypocrites.

  • Samuel

    The EV-Hater’s Guide to Hating Electric Cars – http://www.plugincars.com/ev-haters-guide-hating-electric-cars-107560.html

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    When it is thirty degrees below zero the battery dies.

    • Clausewitz

      You’re already limited to 50km in the summer, that would drop to 20km in the winter. Who’s going to pay for the batteries once they need to be disposed of? Someone’s going to get reamed for that environment disaster, and as always it will be the taxpayers.

  • Daviddowntown

    Because their not totally stupid.