Q: Thanks for the possibility to go over electrical motor vehicles.
John Mitchell, Castro Valley
A: Modern columns on electric motor vehicles prompted dozens of responses from readers who like electrical motor vehicles, and many others who are anxious about them.
Q: I’ve experienced two electric powered cars and trucks. I was the very first person in San Francisco to get a Honda Fit EV. With an 80-mile array, it was generally a town vehicle, wonderful to go to Oakland and again to Santa Clara with a cost by plugging into a 110-volt outlet for an hour. I experienced it for 4½ many years.
I have had a Tesla Design S for 5½ decades. I bought just one with a 245-mile variety, but you can get them with nearly a 400-mile variety now. I have absent spherical journey equally to Los Angeles and Tahoe and charged while I received anything to consume. By the time I was completed having, the vehicle was completely ready to go.
With the Tesla, if you enter your desired destination in the navigation program, it tells you the place to quit to charge and for how prolonged. I have never been involved with array.
Lauren Friedman, Daly Metropolis
Q: All of these people today indicating no issues with selection are forgetting that in several parts of the nation, there are no public charging stations for hundreds of miles. For illustration, there are none in the 132 miles in between Terrific Falls, Montana, and Chinook, Montana, and none in the 484 miles on Highway 2 amongst Williston, North Dakota and Glacier National Park.
Jim Murdy, San Jose
A: Let’s maintain the battery charged and hold rolling…
Q: Holy provide chain complications, Batman! Though I partly concur that range anxiousness is exaggerated, if you are producing about Teslas, you must include the glacial rate of repairs.
When they get the job done, I really like my electrical-run magic carpets (practically absolutely free to cost from my very own solar power), but woe to you if your Tesla will get so a lot as a door ding (it took about two months to cosmetically fix a slight fender bender.) I’ve been waiting in excess of a 7 days for a 12-volt battery replacement.
We dared to just take our Tesla out of Silicon Valley. When the 12-volt gets weak, it is supposed to let you know, but nope, catastrophic failure without the need of warning. Following the 12-volt’s sudden demise, the significant battery tried to assistance the minimal battery until eventually the little corpse spewed all about. We waited 10 days for a mechanic to check out our pile of dangerous squander to hopefully fix a regime maintenance difficulty that any individual could have corrected in an hour on a normal motor vehicle.
A: Today’s is the initial in a sequence of columns in what I’m considering of as EV Week. More Thursday.
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