The electric car market has been growing rapidly in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. We have amazing cars and sturdy electric trucks. While most electric cars are stylish, fast, powerful, and offer the latest luxury features, that’s not good news at all.
We were promised zero emissions and green refills that could last for days, but we are not there yet. When it comes to electric cars, there are still some drawbacks. So while the future is approaching the corner with electric cars, the bigger question is how soon.
Availability of Electric Vehicle
Although electric vehicles are exciting and new, their purchase and delivery is currently the biggest challenge. After the government ordered the increase in electric cars, we saw that every major player in the automotive field was moving, but not fast enough.
Manufacturers, including Ford, KIA, Subaru, Toyota, GM, Jeep, Chevrolet and others, have announced plans to offer upcoming electric cars or electric cars soon. An interesting but also disturbing area is electric trucks. We’ve seen newcomers like Rivian drop out of the R1T, but supply constraints and the difficulty of creating a new car brand from scratch have been difficult.
Even a well-known brand like Ford is struggling. Ford plans to produce and sell about 40,000 units of the new F-150 Lightning EV this year. For comparison, Ford sold more than 700,000 gas-powered F-150s in 2021, which is a significant difference. The company is unable to produce enough F-150 Lightning trucks to meet demand.
Another great example is Tesla. In early 2022, Tesla broke all delivery records despite supply chain problems, but that’s still not enough. If you order any Tesla model today, it will not be delivered to your door for several months, if not more. In fact, many models will be sold out by mid-2023.
Although every major player in the automotive sector is working on fully electric cars and trucks, it is difficult to find one in reserve. Then, when you do, some dealers add more crazy prices than double the price.
Demand is high, but supply is small. And don’t worry about some prices lately.
We recently saw a scary story on social media claiming that electric cars are more likely to die and get stuck in traffic jams. Explain that they are dangerous, that they do not come with heaters, that the air conditioner is not efficient, and that the electric car’s battery will run out in about three hours during a traffic jam.
This is a complete lie, but it is not difficult to understand why some people are reluctant to buy a home. Location anxiety is real, but it’s not hard to avoid if you plan accordingly. That is, you can’t hit the nearest gas station to get fuel, and instead you have to look for a gas station. Then, after doing this, it takes a little longer than filling a tank with gas.
For example, the all-wheel drive main Hyundai IONIQ 5 SE travels a total of 256 miles with a single charge, but improved models bring it closer to 300 miles on each charge. Tesla’s most affordable Model 3 in the standard range (no longer available) covered a total of 220 miles per charge. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not very good.
For comparison, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra gas-powered car can cover a distance of about 462 city miles and about 602 highways with a full gas tank.
Electric cars come with more efficient engines, larger battery packs and faster charging speeds day by day. But for now, distance anxiety will still be something for many. The future looks bright, but it’s not exactly here yet.
Filling time and speeds
Another aspect of EVs that old gas-powered car enthusiasts are quick to point out is the charging times and speeds, and they don’t go wrong. Filling an electric car takes more time than putting gas in my truck.
Electric cars are designed to be easier, require less maintenance and make driving more fun. But when you start worrying about where to fill your car, how long it will take, and whether you can find a fast charging station, some of that fun quickly dissipates.
In 2021 Business Insider One in five homeowners in California said they switched to gas-powered cars again due to charging problems or difficulties. Keep in mind that new charging stations appear every day, but you still need to take this into account when making a purchase decision. More importantly, you will want to consider charging times, speeds, and prices in your travel plans. However, you’ll be fine for short daily commutes to work, and you can simply recharge at home.
We didn’t want to dwell too much on the cost of filling an EV here, as it is constantly changing due to location, time of day, and more, but that’s another concern. Undoubtedly, these days it is cheaper to refuel a house than to buy gas, but electricity prices are rising.
When it comes to electricity, what about the electricity grid? This is another common argument on social media, but to be honest, the question is still under discussion. I have read countless articles that if the network is managed properly, it can better manage the growth of electric vehicles. You can also find reports from The Washington Post and others that the network is nowhere to be found.
I’m not so sure. We’ve seen power grid problems in California and Texas. And here in Las Vegas, last summer, the energy company asked everyone to use less air conditioning during peak hours. Imagine the same struggles, but millions of electric cars also need juice.
Given that the battery inside the F-150 Lightning EV can power any home for 3-10 days, depending on usage, it shows how much power electric cars really need. In 2020, about 276 million cars were registered in the United States. Yes, most of these are not daily drivers, but what happens when you need to fill 20 million EVs or 50 million?
How will the power grid of almost every major manufacturer, which needs juice to keep the battery full and ready for daily commuting or travel, be managed? Now I’m not saying that the power grid will not be able to manage or scale it with The growth of electric cars, but this is still a concern.
Just as battery capacity, range, and other issues need some improvement, this is a potential problem that will need to be addressed. Otherwise, homeowners can refill their cars during off-hours to save money.
Americans love pickup trucks. The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for 45 years in a row. This is due to the perfect mix of utilities, commuting, work and freedom. You can go to work, take your family to dinner, then pack up and go to camp on the weekends.
However, over the past few months, we have learned that while electric trucks are incredibly exciting and make many promises on the road and on the road, towing will remain a painful place for the near future. Until recently, a number of tests showed that electric trucks lose about 50% or even more of their range when towing a trailer or boat.
So, if you have to travel more than 300 miles on a charger, but have a new F-150 Lightning EV loaded with the whole family, equipment and trailers, you will need a charging station 150 miles or less away. just to be safe. Then you have to stop for 20-30 minutes to refill. Again, this is not the worst thing in the world, and home buyers are easily aware of these challenges, but it is still a problem that we hope future cars can solve.
Electric trucks are still new and exciting, and (as it is written) there are only two in the state – the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T. Finally, we will see the new Chevy Silverado EV, 1500 EV of RAM in 2024 and several other models. Until then, we may have better technology to drive our electric cars and trucks.
I’m not here to tell you not to buy an electric car. There are many good reasons to buy one. It’s a reminder that technology is new and evolving, and the future of the all-electric car that I dream of isn’t here yet.