EVs are a bit of a controversial topic. Their environmental benefits post-assembly and manufacturing are tremendous. But, how about the manufacturing price?
Are they worth the cost? It's a great first step to moving to an "electrified" everything household.
We have a '19 Leaf and a '13 Prius v. When the Prius is laid to rest we will replace both with Tesla products. These will be our last car purchases before retirement. The House will have PV installed this summer and will be 'off-grid capable' but, grid tied with a battery bank (net-positive energy is the goal). Being independent/responsible for our own energy production is very important to us. (We'll also do the same for water & waste)
So, is it worth the cost? I'd say for us it is!
Love my Bolt. I can do 99.9% of my driving with it. This includes Vermont's winter. Range is no longer an issue - exception travelling/vacations.
The winter kills the overall efficiency. On the coldest of days I don't do better than a 30mpg gasser in terms of $/mi. So in the winter I might as well have a hybrid.
On a 40k mile average its equivalent to $/mi of 55mpg ($2.65/gal and $.178/kwh)… so I might as well have a hybrid … except when it comes to climate impact. On a cleanish grid it comes out ahead. In any climate remotely warmer than Vermont it will fair much, much better.
My next car will be a plug-in hybrid, hopefully with a good 60mi electric range and possibly all electric drive with gas generator (like the Volt)… and hopefully big enough for the growing kids and vacations!
Interesting. Has anyone heard of the reverse? In extremely hot weather, how does an EV fare. I'm in Phoenix and know that our solar panels lose some efficacy over 105 degrees; so what about EV's and constant AC usage and the heat?
Before we purchased our 2015 Leaf, I did a lot of free research on sites like MyNissanLeaf.com which is largely an owners' forum and other sites. You'll enjoy a large volume of helpful feedback from drivers in many different climates. Short story is that high temperatures can lower battery performance. There may be sites dedicated to the brand of EV you are considering, but there are a lot of Leaf owners. The national EERE site might be helpful as well: https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/maximizing-electric-ca...
Our experience is that running the AC continuously does not reduce mileage more than 10-15% of maximum range.
I'm on EV's #3 and 4. (Bolt and Tesla)
Never going back. They are simply better.
Off brand EV's not great for long distance, or even regional just yet, but that should sort itself in a year or two.
If you get an ICE vehicle, lease. There is going to be a residual issue when you go to sell or trade in if you buy. Soon people simply won't want gasoline cars.