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1:30 I won’t get back…knew all those factoids…
Nonsense, no oil changes , no tune ups, etc just brake pads less often and wiper blades, tires .
This video already has obsolete info.
This comment isn’t useful….. Because it has no specifics.
Agreed! Model S is under 2 seconds now (not just under 3), and a range of over 400 miles (not just 250)
Home charging is the biggest convenience of having an EV. I commute 160 miles a day, and I appreciate a lot not to stop for gas, especially if it is freezing outside 🥶
Most important questions not covered:
What is the average life of the battery?
How much is to the cost of replacing the old and worn out battery, how much is the new battery?
Batteries last hundreds of thousands of miles on average , teslas come with 8 year unlimited mileage warranty on battery and electric motors
I’m not sure anyone can answer this question. We had a Leaf for 5 years that never had any battery degradation, and now we have a Model Y for 2 years. I’m sure the Model Y battery will last for at least 10 years without any problems. I can’t imagine having to replace the battery.
What is the average life of a car?
How much is to the cost of replacing an old and worn out car, how much is the new car?
Too early to tell since the modern generation of EVs is only 10 years old. But many EVs have 8 year warranties on the batteries. The cost of batteries greatly depends on what the supply chain looks like in the future, likely much cheaper than now, which can be $10,000 or more in some cases. A little bit more than replacing an engine, but will likely need to happen less. Especially since a battery back consists of thousands of smaller batteries. Just the small amount of batteries that have gone bad can be replaced. There’s a shop in Arizona called Gruber Motors that is already doing that for 14 year old EVs. But that was early EV tech, things have improved a lot in the last 14 years.
Editors: Please do not BBC (Blow-up, Blur, Crop) ~4:3 photos and 4:3 films (or 4:3 films transferred to video). Stop doing “click to fill”. It may look OK on a computer screen (other than the unnaturally overly large image) but on a TV it turns to blurry mush. You are also altering/censoring the carefully composed and framed images by the historical photographers and cinematographers.
“Won’t break the bank” CU has noticed the price of all exotic metals needed for the batteries lately?🤔
Older Nissan Leafs shouldn’t be given such a blanket endorsement.
Great cars, but anyone buying one needs to be well informed.
6. The carbon footprint to construct a battery is enormous.
The closing comment about saving money over the lifetime of the vehicle is questionable because it depends on how long you keep your car. If you keep them 10, 15, 20 years like I do, then you’re looking at either 1) an around town only run-about because the battery will have such a reduced range, or 2) facing the unbelievably expensive proposition of buying a new battery. If it costs $4k to buy a new Prius battery (not including installation – these are the numbers I remember hearing so please correct me if I’m wrong), I don’t even want to know. Well, one thing I know is that that money you were going to save on gas will be just a down payment on a new battery pack.
BS olders models ? with half the battery life and capacity? looks like someone paid them to do this nonsense video
1. The first electric vehicles from the 1800s never took off because the batteries took much longer to charge than compared to filling a tank with gas. This is still true today. Teslas do not do 0-60mph in under 3 seconds. They do this “after initial roll-in” so they go 5-60 mph in under 3 seconds. This is not only disceptive marketing, it’s a lie. Check their website.
2. The battery being low to the ground has its advantages but also problems. Even a minor, 8″ flood that does not go up to the door jams can damage the battery and the battery cooling system, causing it to go on fire after the flood is over.
3. EVs cost less to maintain only up until the battery needs replacement, which is 100,000 – 140,000 miles. After that they cost MORE per mile, not to mention a sudden $7,000 battery replaceent bill. Not to mention that any Tesla depreciates in value more per month than it cost for gas in a gas-guzzling V8 truck.
5. That $10,000 used Nissan Leaf will have NO trade-in value by the time you are done with it.