What’s the truth about electric vehicles that their promoters don’t want you to know? Well, there are a few.
One is that they take forever to charge and the batteries run out quickly, particularly when it’s cold or the car is weighed down with something like a trailer, so using them for road trips or any use other than commuting within a relatively small ranger with one driver and/or a driver and a few passengers is impractical.
Another is that, as James Woods recently pointed out on Twitter, the time they take to charge could present dangers for people, particularly women, at gas stations.
Still another is that they’re highly expensive, so even if you save money on gas made more expensive under the Biden presidency, it takes years for that added cost to be worth it.
Then there’s the fact that, so long as the power grid is based mainly on coal, natural gas, and petroleum-based energy generation, that’s pretty much what the EV is powered with, as it’s powered off the energy grid.
But those facts are all more or less well known at this point. There’s another, lesser-known one that’s now cropping up as the vehicles, and more importantly their batteries, age: replacing the battery is a massive expense.
Such is what happened to one gal named Avery Siwinski, a young girl who was excited to start driving her first car. Soon enough, the used EV’s battery died…and the cost to replace it was massive. KVUE, reporting on that, notes:
Avery Siwinski who is 17 years old was excited to get a car to drive herself to and from school. Her parents spent $11,000 on a used electric car for her. It’s a Ford Focus Electric. The car is a 2014 model, with 60,000 miles.
“It was fine at first,” Avery Siwinski said. “I loved it so much. It was small and quiet and cute. And all the sudden it stopped working.”
Avery Siwinski had her car for six months before her dashboard started to light up with problematic symbols.
“In March, it started giving an alert,” she said. “And then we took it to the shop and it stopped running.”
“The Ford dealership had advised us that we could replace the battery,” he said. “It would only cost $14,000.”
$3,000 more than what the family bought the car for. And that quote didn’t include installation and labor costs, Ray Siwinski said.
Ray shared that Auto Nation offered to buy the car off him, offering him $500 for it.
After weeks of research, Ray Siwinski said there aren’t any other options to fix the car.
“Then we found out the batteries aren’t even available,” he said. “So it didn’t matter. They could cost twice as much and we still couldn’t get it.”
So the battery dies, the cost to replace it is unfathomably high, and then the car with the dead battery is worth almost nothing. Not exactly a best case scenario.