Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

                      Failure and cars come hand in hand.  When most people think of failure and cars, they think of their brakes failing, their battery dying, or having a flat tire.  When I think about cars and failure I think of what cars have succeeded in today’s society and what cars are failing.  We have all heard the hype about the electric car.  It saves so much energy and lowers your gas spending.  But what about all the problems with this car?  I read an article at and according to them, did an analysis of the electric car market and found that even with higher gas prices, people just aren’t going to buy them. The obvious fact is that electric cars in the US cost too much and don’t go as far on a charge as the distances people actually drive.  The price for a 2013 Chevy Volt is around $31,000.  This does not sound any more expensive than an average new car but when you compare gas prices to the time you spend charging your car, gas will always win.  Most people are driving around all day, whether it’s going to the grocery store, work or to class.  People don’t have the time to sit and wait for their car to charge.  Nine times out of ten I would almost guarantee that people would rather go get gas than wait for their car to charge.

 Another problem is that there are over 100,000 gas stations in America and only 2,600 EV charging stations also said “Charging a vehicle only at home at night is insufficient for some consumers’ driving habits; other consumers are simply plagued by range anxiety and do not want to risk being stranded.”   So the car is supposed to be the future but there are kinks that still need to be fixed.  My personal opinion is that the electric car is a failure.




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