Can You Force Americans To Buy EV’s?
I’ve spent significant time over the past couple of years driving all sorts of EV’s in Detroit. Test driving cars is always interesting – but driving EV’s provides a new set of problems for people – concerns that aren’t easily dismissed.
Are EV’s fun to drive? Yes.
Are EV’s the future of the automotive industry? Yes.
Are we able to support an EV based auto economy in the United States? No.
This was a tough podcast to record because of the nature of the EV’s and the politically charged environment – click here or below to check it out
There are two types of EV’s on the market. The first is simply a better (electric) version of an existing platform. The best example on the market is the F150 Lightning. It looks like an F150, acts like an F150, just electric — and noticeably better to drive. I had one during the winter months and it was a breeze to get around in during a snow storm. But then there’s the charging. No fault of Ford’s – but trying to find a fast charging in station was like finding a Lions playoff victory (I know, cheap shot).
Frustration quickly set in when I’d arrive to a charging station only to discover it was NOWHERE near the charging rate advertised (or expected). Suddenly 20 minutes would turn into an hour.
These are all things that will be worked out…eventually. But not now.
The second type of EV is the unique version – something different to drive. The best example being the Kia EV6 – different looking, stylish interior with an open feel and unique features that lets you know it’s…well, different. A glass knob that flips over in the center console when you get in – subtle material changes in the seats and trim, and styling cues that jump out.
So here we are – there are plenty of EV’s in America to be had. But are they cost efficient and should we be made to buy them? It’s an interesting debate and push/pull economies like ours. Hope you enjoy the podcast.