Letters to the editor – Would you buy an electric vehicle?
Kind of over the top
Re: “Your Tesla is killing the planet – false incentives for EV use can do both harm and good,” by Ashley Nunes, Opinion April 17.
Whoa, that comment is way too high – Teslas aren’t killing the planet. Electric vehicles are extremely important to reduce CO2 emissions and slow down climate change. Yes, cradle-to-grave accounting is necessary, but important points are overlooked.
Emissions from the manufacture of cars account for only 10% to 16% of total emissions from cradle to grave, with the rest from burning fuels or charging, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Electric Vehicle Myths website. Many electric vehicle owners charge at home with renewable energy. Charging station companies like Tesla and Electrify America favor renewable energy.
New sources of lithium for batteries and recycling will further reduce the energy intensity of electric vehicles. In contrast, Teslas are saving the planet.
David Gray, Dallas
Expensive for a second car
This opinion column reads like it was written by the American Petroleum Institute. I’m hesitant to contest it because I don’t want to be perceived as a Tesla fanboy.
First, if you’re a Texan, you don’t get any discounts on your Tesla from the state. I’ve seen multiple reports that government electric vehicles, not just Teslas, are rapidly recouping their manufacturing emissions.
The claim that electric vehicles are bought as second vehicles is new to me. I think you would have to work pretty hard to convince people that you would use it as a second vehicle after spending serious money on new wheels.
I bought my EV after discovering a similarly equipped $70,000 replacement for my Ford F-150. So I kept the truck and rolled with an electric vehicle.
Sometimes I have to force myself to drive my truck so it doesn’t stand still for too long.
I think Nunes really has a lot to do if he wants anyone to believe that a Tesla or any other electric vehicle can beat all these big vehicles stuck in traffic or semi-trucks emitting emissions when they’re idling for hours not superior is ending at a rest stop.
Greg Stephenson, Lancaster
I believe the fossil fuel industry is scared of Tesla and the electric vehicle movement. This fear seems to manifest itself in a barrage of comments that are exaggerated and aim to create fear, uncertainty and doubt.
This comment by Nunes twists the issue, I think, with two claims: first, that people are buying EVs and they don’t drive much; and second, that government subsidies are bad.
Maybe people at Harvard Law School, where the author is a research fellow, buy expensive cars and don’t drive them. But the reality is that most people are buying electric vehicles to replace their older cars. It is well known in the EV community that people in two-car households prefer to drive their EV for the same reasons they bought an EV in the first place: cheaper fuel, cleaner energy, lower running costs and, in the case of the largest electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, they make the most modern and coolest cars.
Second, automakers receive government subsidies for the first 200,000 vehicles sold. Any manufacturer of new vehicles – gas, electric or something else – receives this subsidy to help them compete in a very expensive industry.
Tesla surpassed that number a few years ago, and since then they haven’t received any government subsidies for their cars. Thankfully, traditional automakers have finally decided to bet on electric vehicles. Buy them knowing they pollute a lot less, are extremely reliable, and are cheaper to run.
Jerry Andrews, Coppell
Introducing new technologies is expensive. Teslas and other electric vehicles are more expensive to buy than petrol and diesel cars. The battery is the most expensive part, but it lasts the life of the car and can then be swapped out to a different battery for a new car. In addition, the EV is likely to last 10 to 15 years with little battery degradation even if driven as a household’s main car. These batteries can be charged from almost any power source: the grid, solar panels, etc.
Gas and diesel cars require fuels that must be extracted, then refined, distributed, and then used. When not used, they degrade into other pollutants. Their use requires oxygen, which we need to live and to generate energy to move the vehicle. Unfortunately, this overall process is only 20% efficient; 80% is converted to carbon dioxide and released into the atmosphere where it is very difficult to remove and contributes to all kinds of respiratory problems.
Conclusion: We need to switch to electric vehicles as soon as possible. Tesla showed us it’s possible.
Problem: Finding a way to make electric vehicles affordable for everyone. The competition has to make it affordable.
Ray Johnston, Heather
I am surprised at the misleading thinking of some of our executives when it comes to electric vehicles. Current battery technology requires charging every few hundred miles. There are over 200 million registered vehicles in the country.
There’s no way our current grid can charge all those cars every night and keep us all cool at the same time. Time to find a power source other than batteries. Current technology will not work.
Harry Bomberger, Flower Hill
places to pin
President Joe Biden claimed that 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations would be built nationwide. My question is: Where is all this power supposed to come from? Can anyone answer this question with a realistic answer?
John Jeffry Green, Hickory Creek
Still too expensive
Subject: “Frito-Lay Has Electric Vehicle Delivery Plans – Company Buys 40 Ford eTransit Trucks for Carrollton Routes,” Wednesday Metro & Business Story.
The story about electric vehicles lacked the price comparison of the vehicles. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a Tesla ranges from approximately $44,000 to $129,000.
The majority of Americans will be discouraged when they see such high prices and realize they cannot afford to buy an electric vehicle. Until prices come down, this makes “greening” America all but impossible. Reality check!
Donald Jones, Wylie
The move of Elon Musk and his Tesla headquarters to Texas is the most momentous move to our state since Sam Houston left Tennessee in 1829. He came to Texas a few years later, in 1832.
Lee McNutt, Dallas
History on the side of technology
I find it ridiculous that opponents of electric cars and trucks say it’s because you have to check how far you can drive before charging, it takes too long to charge and there are so few places to go can charge their vehicle.
Similar criticisms were voiced when cars replaced horses and carriages, like no roads, no gas stations, and no regulations.
Many owners of electric cars now have sockets in their own garages. Newer models can be fully charged in 10 minutes or less. And new charging stations are being added every day in the USA
Several car manufacturers plan to produce only electric cars by 2030. Amazon goes green with electric semitrailers. Technology has and will continue to drive our economy forward. After all, who has a rotary phone anymore? Cell phones are everywhere.
Ronald E Larsen, Fairview
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