Should You Buy An Electric Car?

Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 49 years, helps you answer the question "should you buy an electric car." Learn the truth about electric cars and make a logical decision.

Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 49 years, helps you answer the question "should you buy an electric car." Learn the truth about electric cars and make a logical decision. You may decide yea or nay, but learn what's behind them first.

Learn about electric cars and then make an informed decision

Hey Scotty, did you know that the Chevrolet Bolt with a B, which you forgot to mention in your video, is just out of testing. It costs $45,000 and can go 250 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Model S 75D is $84,000 and can go 235 miles on a single charge. Cold weather can dramatically decrease range, as well as if you're towing a 5,000 pound trailer in a Tesla Model X. The 90D version is $111,000 and can go 225 miles on a single charge. You also got the pricing all wrong. What you mentioned is the base price, not for a typically equipped version. For example, the Nissan Leaf is $35,000, the Ford Focus EV is $40,000 (an SE with the 1.0 liter ecoboost is $22,000), and the Chevrolet Volt with a V is $36,000. You even forgot to mention the Toyota Prius Prime, which is $31,000 and can go 20 miles on a single charge. But the gas engine often kicks in within that 20 mile period. I love the Tesla Model X in the beginning of the video. If you want an electric car, but can't swing $90,000, you can get a used Model S for as low as $56,000. Plus if you get a used Tesla, you get free supercharging, which will charge from empty to 80% full in as little as 30 minutes. If you get a new Tesla, you have to pay for supercharging. Aside from some errors, I give the video a 94% grade. Additionally, the acceleration from 0-60 for the Tesla Model S P85D is 3.5 seconds, not 2.9 seconds.

I was going by base prices, and with electrical cars in their infancy, things change quickly. The acceleration figures for the model X is 2.9 seconds, given to me by the tesla people in houston at their showroom. They wouldn't let me test drive one, so I can't say. I must say though, they are a rather snobbish bunch and I doubt I'd want to fork my hard earned money over to such people. As it stands now, from what I've seen, electric cars are more of a Yuppie thing. Perhaps that will change over time, but with high pricing, I don't think so.

Experts are quoting the magic figure of $100 per 1 kw/hr of battery storage to make electrics price competitive with gas models, and signs are Tesla is mighty close to hitting that number with its new battery mega factory. That's down from $1,000 per kw/hr 6 years ago. So guys this can happen - sooner that we think, gas cars will go out like film cameras - remember those?

BUT, there is no infrastructure for charging mllions of cars. The electrical grid would collapse with that kind of drain. And most countries are NOT putting serious money into infrastructure these days.

Electricity demand peaks during the day nd drops at night. There is a ton of unused generating capacity sitting around which could be run to charge cars at night. It would actually make life easier for the grid not to have to turn on and off generators all the time.

tons of nonsense, here in Texas we get brown outs from all the heavy AC use 24 hours a day. millions of cars recharging would melt the wires off the poles.

Er... no. A Tesla does 3 miles on 1 kwh so even if you drive a 1000 miles a month it will use 300 kwh - and you guys down there can easily suck down 2-3-5 thousand kwh anyway

IF hundreds or thousands of guys were charging them with fast chargers, believe me, the wires would melt off the poles in many texas neighborhoods. Lots of our wires are still from the 1950s in downtown houston. Many don't even have insulation left on them. You can even see the lights dim at night when the AC cuts on and off in many houses.