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Why Luckbox Readers Love Electric Vehicles

By:James Melton

We asked Luckbox readers about electric vehicles. Here is a compilation of responses from EV advocates.

The newly released Spring 2024 Luckbox is all about cars and trends shaping the auto industry. As part of our research, we asked readers their opinions about car-related issues. In a question about EVs, we asked respondents to give us their thoughts about electric vehicles, and Luckbox Nation didn't hold back.

The following is a compilation of reasons to buy an EV and never look back. We summarize responses from EV skeptics in another post available here.

EV drivers never going back

A significant contingent of readers owns electric cars and say they love them. They cite the driving experience, the convenience of charging at home and the joys of avoiding gas stations. Comments include:

  • "My company car is an EV and I would never turn back to gasoline. Even for private purchase I would consider buying a more expensive EV,"

  • "I'll never go back to ICE! Way too many advantages to my EV. PROS: Just about everything. Maintenance has been new tires and Washer Fluid. Mostly charge at home so no gas stations. Too many PROs to list. CONS: people are envious."

  • "I am six months now in my EV and I will NOT ever go back. The pros are: Easy charging in my garage, inexpensive compared to gas, really cool technology. Cons: Expensive charging when I'm away from home. Public chargers can be three to four times what I pay at home."

  • "Amazing driving experience and huge savings on maintenance cost, by far outweighing higher electricity prices. Will never go back to a gas car."

  • "I own a Ford Lightning truck and can honestly say that it is a great vehicle. I previously owned a Chevrolet Silverado truck, and the driving experience is not comparable. The acceleration and handling are far superior. The tech is great, and I just love driving it."

  • "We own a Tesla model 3 and have had it for 3 years. We love it. We charge it at home and use it for driving on trips that we don't need to stop for a charge. Love not going to gas stations, love the torque, love the styling and we have a gas vehicle that we take on trips."

Downsides and cautions

Our pro-EV readers offer some sage advice and warnings to those thinking about joining the electric vehicle club. They say newbies should consider the potentially higher repair costs and lack of service availability for EVs. And, as with all vehicles, not all of them are created equal.

  • "I own the Tesla Model 3. ... The downside is trying to get an estimate and then repair for minor bumps. Only one location in Denver! WTF? Tesla is the only car company that successfully built a long-distance infrastructure. ALL others have failed yet the government keeps pushing everyone to get EV. Great for suburban, terrible for rural."

  • "Downside of our Tesla is availability of service."

  • "Here's the rub, I don't take my EV if there is any question as to the range. The advertised range isn't even close factoring in normal operation (especially in the Texas summer with AC). 65% to 70% would be closer, but of course I'm apprehensive to really push those limits and end up in the middle of nowhere Texas, so it could be less. ...Batteries degrade and EVs can't last that long without replacing the expensive batteries."

  • "I am on my second electric vehicle. The first was a Chevy Bolt that we leased as we were more curious than committed. Our current electric vehicle is a Tesla Model Y performance. The Bolt was not great. It was clear that they took an internal combustion engine (ICE) car and bolted on EV components. Range, performance, charging station convenience, availability, and time to charge were all suboptimal. The Tesla is great. It is very fast, fun to drive, full of great new technology, constantly improving, and was clearly designed from the ground up to be what it is."

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James Melton is managing editor of Luckbox magazine. @JDMeltonWriter

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