Ultimately we’re all going to find yourself driving EVs. However that’s nonetheless a very long time off for many people. For now, automakers are on a gradual rollout of EVs earlier than eliminating gasoline powered fashions solely within the 2030s. As of March 2023, there are at the moment 40 completely different battery electrical automobiles obtainable on the market from varied automakers. However not all of us are exhibiting as much as sellers to purchase them.
For me it’s all about vary. I was what’s referred to as a brilliant commuter. In numerous components of the nation, that would have a barely completely different which means, however right here in Southern California, a brilliant commuter is basically an individual with a particularly lengthy work commute. Technically, it’s 90 minutes or extra, however I measured it in miles. Only a few years in the past I used to be commuting over 180 miles a day to work. And I wasn’t alone.
Rising housing prices have pushed individuals inland, so it’s not unusual to listen to somebody driving 50+ miles a day. These sorts of distances received’t work for EVs, particularly for those who’re in heavy site visitors or hotter climates that require you to crank the air con. However typically I simply drive an excessive amount of for an EV to work for me. My automobile is 5 years outdated and has almost 160,000 miles on it. Whereas a few of you might roll your eyes at somebody saying they want over 400 miles of vary to be comfy driving an EV, do not forget that EVs infrequently come near their EPA estimates. And also you need a car that you should utilize for extra than simply commuting.
So now we go to you, the reader. What’s maintaining you from shopping for an EV? The truth that they’re costly and exhausting to seek out in some areas doesn’t assist issues. However there’s gotta be extra to it than that. Tell us within the feedback.