I published a post on electric cars a few years ago. Since then, they have made a few improvements. I saw on TV where a man was going to make a car where the batteries could be recharged in five minutes. I would be satisfied with thirty minutes. On long distance trips, it would allow me to eat while my car was being charged.
I really do like the concept of electric cars. I saw a Tesla the other day. It was very impressive. It never made a noise and it had an impressive appearance. Still, I wonder how the driver stayed warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Here in the Memphis it does get above the century mark in the summer and well below freezing in the winter. The thing is, gasoline motors generate heat. In the winter, we take advantage of that. For cooling, the A/C compressor is driven by the engine. Would someone like to tell me how the Tesla does it. I can’t imagine such an expensive car existing without heat and air.
Regardless, there are still some problems, ignoring the creature features. If, suddenly, everyone was to go out and get an electric car, our electric grid would likely be taxed beyond its limits.
Speaking of tax, we who drive gas cars pay a road tax. It varies from state to state, but it helps to pay for our roads. Those that drive Tesla autos get to use the highways for free. I don’t know. It might also apply to the battery powered trucks. Eventually, the governments at all levels aren’t going to like that. When and if electric vehicles become numerous enough, they will figure out a way to collect taxes on the vehicles. There are a number of ways to do it and I would suspect there are a few that are already considering it.
So. Whatever you are paying to run your car now, you might want to figure that you will likely pay a little bit more. Let’s figure out what a fair amount would be. Nowadays, I use about one gallon of gas for every 28 miles, more-or-less. I guess, for that gallon, I pay about 25 cents. (I remember paying 25 cents a gallon, gas and taxes. Things sure have improved.)
At any rate, that means that those driving a Tesla should pay a little less than a penny a mile. Maybe that would mean a meter placed in each car by law. Maybe the driver would pay in advance as the rest of us do. On the other hand, he might pay as with any other utility. Once a month, the odometer is read and the driver pays based on his mileage.
It could also be done electrically over the internet. The car would send a signal to the billing authority and a credit card would be billed. I’m sure people smarter than I am have considered it.
I have no idea how it will be done, but those of you driving electric cars might as well get used to it. You will start paying road taxes too.
Then, there’s those pesky batteries. They just don’t last forever. Occasionally, they will have to be replaced. I have no earthly idea how much that will cost, but when I look at the cost of replacing my laptop battery, I get the feeling that they don’t just give the things away.
Maybe, sometime in the next few decades, we will all drive electric cars. I hope so. As I said, I do like electric cars. I just don’t know if I would like paying for them. Besides, I really like my A/C and heater.