The Electric Car Reality

A company called Faraday Future has unveiled its new concept electric car called the FFZero1. It has been described as looking like a cross between a Corvette and the Batmobile. It has 1000 horsepower and can exceed 200 mph. It can go from zero to 60 mph in less that 3 seconds. It even comes with a helmet to provide oxygen and water to the driver. Whoa, what’s that little tidbit? Is this thing going to put me in the position that I can dehydrate and be deprived of oxygen? Are my passengers doomed to ride with me? And on what highway in America can I exceed the speed limit by 130 miles per hour? I understand that this is a one seater concept car, but really!?! What are you really going to manufacture for consumers to purchase that’s realistically functional.

That is the ridiculous world of electric cars. It controls only a whopping 1% of the market and you want to know why? They are expensive, they run on batteries and there are no accessible, and reliable places to charge them.

You know, the electric car is not a new phenomena. The first electric cars were produced in the 1880’s. When the horse (1 horsepower) reigned supreme. They were actually popular around the turn of the 20th century until the dreaded, evil production of cheaper internal combustion engine cars crushed them out of existence.  And the big oil companies actually put in an infrastructure of “filling stations” that could provide the fuel to feed the combustion beasts every couple of miles or so. Not to mention mechanics that could repair them when they quit running. Then in the 1970’s, the real, bonafide car companies took a shot at it during the “energy crisis” and watched it flop again. It just wasn’t feasible.

So there’s your problem electric car manufacturers. Already written in history. If somebody is going to plop down  an extreme amount of hard cash on an electric automobile, they want to be able to go more that 250 miles before they have to “fast” charge it to 80% in 30 minutes at some establishment in the boonies, as opposed to the 15 hours it normally takes at home. The last thing consumers want is the range anxiety of leaving their hometown on a cross-country jaunt, to run out of battery power in Hayseed, Montana, where I am sure there is not a 30 minute to 80 % power up station at the local, fashionable four-star restaurant called “GAS & EATS HERE”.

When you can make electric cars cheaper than a mortgage, can get more range than just 250 miles, can guarantee a convenient power outlet every 20 miles in any direction and  can speed up the charging process to the

same time frame that one can fill a tank with gas, then folks will begin to take your vehicles seriously.  Oh yeah, I am sure big oil companies will jump right on your bandwagon to help you succeed to put them out of business.

The FFZero1 describes itself as the “Tesla Killer”. Hate to burst your tiny bubbles Faraday Future but Tesla’s been dead from the beginning, and has no future resurrection anytime soon.

Touché.

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