The problem I have with electric cars isn't the concept of having an electric car, but how it will affect the used auto market. Currently electric cars are sold at a premium and I feel like the tax incentives offered by the government are seen by the manufacturers as a bonus and a reason to mark up the price of the vehicle and as such they are currently over priced. In addition with the battery making up a large percentage of the cost of a car (much like a transmission on a CE vehicle) replacing it is cost prohibitive once the car reaches a certain age (same as a transmission). So what I fear is that people will drive these until the battery is nearly done (approx 7-10 years) and unload it on the used market. We will likely see cars with only a percentage of the capacity and that requires a full charge to run because he battery is worn out. Potentially you could end up buying a used electric with a range of 5 miles and a battery that costs 9,000 dollars to replace if you take into account improving technology will keep the price flat, so no discounted batteries for you if you use OEM.
Today if you shop around and are particular you can find a decent car for a little over 2 grand from a private party, and that car will likely last you 2-5 years if you buy a domestic car, longer for imports depending on make. Electric cars however will likely start much higher from private owners looking to recoup their money and for those offered by used car dealers they'll be forced to replace the battery adding to the expense of the vehicle. Essentially electric cars are poised to trash the used market.
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