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rangerrebew:

Surprising number of EV owners switch back to gas power, study says

The study looked at owners in California specifically and found home charging was a huge factor in people dropping the EV lifestyle.
 
Sean Szymkowski
May 4, 2021 9:14 a.m. PT
 
For nearly one-fifth of EV owners, it was one-and-done.
Tesla

As so much of the world works to pivot away from fossil fuels and the internal-combustion engine, a new study from the University of California, Davis, published in the journal Nature Energy last week, showed some concerning signs for what the auto industry still needs to get right. According to this study, which looked at California EV owners specifically between 2015-2019, 18% of electric vehicle owners switched back to a gas-powered car. For plug-in hybrid owners, 20% of them flipped back to a car solely powered by an engine.

The major takeaway from the EV flip-flopping lands in the lap of charging -- specifically at-home charging. The lack of reliable Level 2 charging at home (that's a 240-volt plug) was a major factor leading to EV "discontinuance," as the researchers called it. That makes sense. If you don't have a place to charge reliably, it makes it a lot harder to enjoy the benefits associated with an EV, including an overall lower cost of ownership. Public charging infrastructure remains just OK, with many stations down for maintenance, or simply not close enough to drivers, even in California, where chargers are more common than the rest of the US. And charging times at a public station still aren't on par with gassing up a car.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ev-owners-switch-gas-power-study/?TheTime=2021-05-18T05%3A48%3A22&PostType=link&ServiceType=twitter&ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&UniqueID=A7ED027C-B79C-11EB-BF4E-972E3A982C1E

thackney:
I am surprised it has not become common to build the charger into the car and use a standard 30A, 240V receptacle (like for an electric clothes dryer).

Faster charging from an outside unit could be available, but quit requiring a special electrical service for homes built without the capability.

DefiantMassRINO:

How do you charge your electric car to escape a wildfire if the electric companies have shutoff the power to prevent even more wildfires?

Weird Tolkienish Figure:

--- Quote from: thackney on May 18, 2021, 02:09:37 PM ---I am surprised it has not become common to build the charger into the car and use a standard 30A, 240V receptacle (like for an electric clothes dryer).

Faster charging from an outside unit could be available, but quit requiring a special electrical service for homes built without the capability.

--- End quote ---

i"m suprised they don't use a "swappable battery" type deal where you can just drive to a gas station like place and swap one out.

thackney:

--- Quote from: Weird Tolkienish Figure on May 18, 2021, 02:26:57 PM ---i"m suprised they don't use a "swappable battery" type deal where you can just drive to a gas station like place and swap one out.

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Seems like a good way to replace your new battery with an old worn out one.

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