- Sedalia, MO
- 2012 Golf R Stg3 APR
Anyone else feel that waiting for 20-30minutes for a charge is terrible or am I in the minority and hating too hard? Obviously not at home, but when you're out on the road.
Anyone that says standing around for 20-30 minutes every 200-250 miles is fine is;
A) a drooling moron
Technology is supposed to ADVANCE, it is supposed to make life easier and better. They didn't invent the microwave and give it to housewifes saying "You know that roast it used to take you 8 hours to cook in the oven, now it takes 16 hours!!! Awesome right?!?" Were they massively sized? Yes. Were they expensive? Yes. Did they improve life? YES. The internet; better. DSL modems; better. Fiber lines; just pure awesome. Smartphones? Oh come on, so much better than the Motorola brick flip phone. Technology moves FORWARD.
Let's apply the same to EVs. Expensive? The Cheapest EV is a Chevy Bolt at right about $30k, and no one in their right mind would want a Chevy EV, you are likely spending $35k+ for something decent. How about the "old" tech? For $16k you could get a Versa, a Rio, or a Mirage. Step up to $20k and there's dozens. Fuel savings are a joke, you just paid $15k more to "save" money. Even at today's prices that is about 5,000 gallons of gas. The Rio gets 36 MPG combined, that means you would have to drive the EV 180,000+ miles before you BREAK EVEN ON THE COST over buying the Rio. That's about 12 years at a national average of 15k miles a year. That is the WORST investment short of a Maddof scheme or BitCoin I have ever heard of, so yes, they meet the new tech expectation of being expensive. Also that is ignoring finance costs which widen the gap even more.
I filled up the Touareg yesterday, it's a big tank (26 gallons) and it was at 1/4 tank so it took just over 2 minutes. Computer says 705 miles to empty (I never run lower than 1/4 so my 'effective' range is right around 500 miles and I hand verify range). Oh, I also had NO problem finding a gas station with diesel, live in a small town and there are 4 stations just on my way to work, a dozen in the whole town and 4 more in the tiny town I work in. No lines at any of them. So yeah, 20-30 minutes (after waiting in line) to go 250-300 miles if you believe their marketing and drive like a grandma is NOT advanced technology. Sure, it's great if you just use it for a town runabout or short commute car only. But then you still need to buy a real car to go on trips and for weekend activities. I thought the point was 'saving the planet', use less, minimalist? Now you are buying TWO cars, using twice the resources. More actually since a normal ICE car doesn't require massive amounts of rare earth metals.
It's a fad and a pipe dream with a cult following. Smoke and mirrors they sell you snake oil with promises as long as you don't look behind the curtain at the ugly truth. Thanks to the dumbing down of society and the destruction of common sense and independent thought that part is getting easier. Somehow we're supposed to ignore that the "growing pains" and "early adopter" period for this tech has been 15 years if we're generous. Improvements are minimal the only real difference is the prices came down, but that's just because they are making more of them and threatening everyone with mandated purchases. The next "advancement" from these greenies will probably be Flintstone peddle cars and the masses will eat it up. Call me when EVs have battery packs that weigh half as much, use over-the-air charging, and the AVERAGE is 200k miles before a battery pack replacement (that does not cost the same as just buying a new car). That will be technology advancement improving life, until then EVs are just stuck in reverse.