Q&A time: submit your questions/worries about EV ownership

11w ago

Hi everyone, I have the chance to speak with a leading professional in the world of EVs and I would love to hear what sorts of things you wish to know about electric cars. Are there any worries you have about EV ownership? What is stopping you buying one now? Why won't you consider one? And any misconceptions you want answering would be most appreciated. The Q&A will be coming to DriveTribe shortly...

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  • Can I put a towbar on one, so that I can tow a diesel generator and make my own PHEV?

      2 months ago
    • Yes you can. If you order a Tesla, you’ll need to request one at the time of ordering as you can’t fit one afterwards

        2 months ago
  • How much range do things like ac heated seat etc eat the range

      2 months ago
  • Just to make it clear up front. I don't hate EVs. I believe, hating a technology is pretty much like fighting windmills. The problem that I have with EVs is that they are forced upon us by politicians. The rest of this posting was originally an answer to 's rant a couple of days ago. I believe it's still valid.

    The thing is, in my lifetime I have seen quite a number of technologies come and go. Vinyl discs and audio cassettes have been replaced by CDs, which in turn have been replaced by content streaming from the net. Same for video cassettes. CRT TV sets have been replaced by flat screens. Fixed line phones have been all but replaced by mobile phones. The list goes on.

    The difference, however, is that all those technologies were driven by market demand and that technological solutions competed against each other. VHS won against Betamax and Video2000, MS-DOS won against CP/M-86 and many others, LED won against plasma. Other technologies just came and went like those huge TV sets with a projector inside, some weird game consoles, PDAs, netbooks or some early attempts at video discs. And let's not forget that at the very beginning of motoring ICE cars competed with EVs and steam-powered vehicles. It was a battle of ideas ultimately decided by what customers wanted to buy.

    Now things are a bit different with EVs. This is political. Governments want to ban ICE powered cars at some point in time. So it's not about me making a choice based on what I think is best for me. It's about someone I maybe even didn't vote for taking the right to choose away from me. I don't like that at all.

    There was never a need to ban vinyl discs or audio cassettes, people just gradually stopped buying them so companies stopped making them. That said, I guess you can still buy them somewhere if you want to.

    Look at mobile phones. When they entered the market they had pretty much the weight and the size of a brick. They were also expensive, both the devices and the calls. All that improved very quickly but this was due to progress in technology and engineering and also due to market demand, not because some politicians banned fixed line phones.

    I'd like to see the same process happening with EVs. Let them compete with ICE on equal terms, no government subsidies, no tax rebates, no nothing. May the best man win.

    What happens now with EVs and ICEs is pretty much as if the governments had ordered us to use mobile phones while you still needed a backpack to carry one.

    I'd like to see companies building EVs because people actually want to buy them and because they can make profit from them, not because they were banned from producing anything else.

    BTW, Tesla doesn't yet make profit from EVs (www.electrichunter.com/ev-news/tesla-makes-money-co2-certificates#:~:text=According%20to%20CNN%20%2C%20the%20Tesla,cars%20darkens%20the%20success%20story).

    I'd like to be able to say at some point in time: yes, I think I'm better off with an EV instead of an ICE powered car so I'll go and buy one. I don't want to be forced to do it because they slap more and more taxes on ICE cars and petrol so you can't afford them any longer (like they do in Norway). At the end of the day that's about freedom, in that case about freedom to choose.

      2 months ago
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        2 months ago
  • how hard is a tesla model s to LS swap?

      2 months ago
  • I have concerns about future self-driving cars (I don’t want self driving cars). What is the future with self-driving cars (as EVs are a sorta gateway to self driving)

      2 months ago
    • I'm with you. Self-driving cars take away our freedom to drive, and essentially do what a thoroughly modernized public transportation system could do more efficiently, more safely, and better for the environment.

        2 months ago
    • Yeah. They sound like they’d be quite boring to me

        2 months ago