QOTD: Will An Affordable EV Help You Go Electric?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we covered Tesla's back-and-forth on whether it will or won't build an affordable EV.

One of the biggest reasons not to purchase an EV that I hear is that the MSRP of most EVs is too high, even considering tax credits. Does that ring true?

Or, if you're EV hesitant, is it because of some other factor or factors, such as range, driving experience, lack of charging infrastructure, et cetera?

In other words, will the availability of cheaper EVs make you pull the trigger on an EV?

If it helps, take Tesla out of the equation and think about a $25K EV sold by Ford or GM or Honda or whoever.

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Apr 26, 2024

    Saw this posted on social media;

    “Just bought a 2023 Tundra with the 14" screen. Let my son borrow it for the afternoon, he connected his phone to listen to his iTunes.

    The next day my insurance company raised my rates and added my son to my policy. The email said that a private company showed that my son drove the vehicle. He already had his own vehicle that he was insuring.

    My insurance company demanded he give all his insurance info and some private info for proof. He declined for privacy reasons and my insurance cancelled my policy.

    These new vehicles with their tech are on condition that we give up our privacy to enter their world. It's not worth it people.”

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    • FreedMike FreedMike on May 05, 2024

      "With EVs (and eventual grid connection), it is much easier."

      The story you posted - assuming it's true - involved a Tundra, which is not an electric vehicle. I think you just posted evidence that disproves your argument.

      Regardless, I'm not sure how a vehicle would be easier to "track" based on its' propulsion type. All you need is a "grid" connection.

  • Groza George Groza George on Apr 26, 2024

    My next car will be a PHEV truck if I can find one I like. I travel a lot for work and the only way I would get a full EV is if hotels and corporate housing all have charging stations.

    I would really like a Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier PHEV

  • El scotto El scotto on Apr 26, 2024

    1. Please make an EV that's not butt-ugly. Not Jaguar gorgeous but Buick handsome will do.
    2. For all the golf cart dudes: A Tesla S in Plaid mode will be the fastest ride you'll ever take.
    3. We have actual EV owners posting on here. Just calmly stated facts and real world experience. This always seems to bring out those who would argue math.

    For some people an EV will never do, too far out in the country, taking trips where an EV will need recharged, etc. If you own a home and can charge overnight an EV makes perfect sense. You're refueling while you're sleeping.

    My condo association is allowing owners to install chargers. You have to pay all of the owners of the parking spaces the new electric service will cross. Suggested fee is 100$ and the one getting a charger pays all the legal and filing fees. I held out for a bottle of 30 year old single malt.

    Perhaps high end apartments will feature reserved parking spaces with chargers in the future. Until then non home owners are relying on public charge and one of my neighbors is in IT and he charges at work. It's call a perk.

    I don't see company owned delivery vehicles that are EV's. The USPS and the smiley boxes should be the 1st to do this. Nor are any of our mega car dealerships doing this and but of course advertising this fact.

    I think a great many of the EV haters haven't came to the self-actualization that no one really cares what you drive. I can respect and appreciate what you drive but if I was pushed to answer, no I really don't care what you drive. Before everyone goes into umbrage over my last sentence, I still like cars. Especially yours.

    I have heated tiles in my bathroom and my kitchen. The two places you're most likely to be barefoot. An EV may fall into to the one less thing to mess with for many people.

    Macallan for those who were wondering.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on May 05, 2024

    @VoGhost - The earth is in a 12,000 year long warming cycle. Before that most of North America was covered by a glacier 2 miles thick in some places. Where did that glacier go? Industrial CO2 emissions didn't cause the melt. Climate change frauds have done a masterful job correlating .04% of our atmosphere with a 12,000 year warming trend and then blaming human industrial activity for something that long predates those human activities. Human caused climate change is a lie.