You will buy your first all electric car on June 4th, 2022

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Electric Car, Love Plug
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I bought my first hybrid 15 years ago but never made the jump to all electric. Today I spent quite a bit of time reading articles and listening to podcasts about electric cars. What I learned was illuminating. When I was finished, I determined that I would be able to step up from a hybrid to an all-electric car in a year or two. That’s right – no more than 24 months and maybe much sooner!

What would it take for you to buy one? Here is my list of what has to happen before I climb into a new electric car:

1. The darn thing has to go at least 400 miles on a charge. I take long trips and I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop every 200 miles and take an hour to charge up. Going from Wisconsin to California would take longer than the train (which is a lovely trip by the way).

2. You have to be able to charge it up in about 15 minutes, maybe 20 at the most. It’s OK to charge it in your garage overnight but when you are on the road that’s a different thing.

3. There have to be enough charging stations. What's enough? I don't want to go 5 miles out of my way.

4. The battery needs to be as eco-friendly as possible. Cobalt is not eco-friendly, and the supply is limited. It’s also quite dangerous to mine.

5. Guess what! Price is a big deal. When an electric car is about the same price as one with an internal combustion engine, I’m in. All these tacked on tax credits are just a cover up for saying we’re not there yet. This has to stand on its own.

Here is the good news. Let’s take them one at a time.

1. Both Tesla and GM are touting a new battery that will run for 400 to 600 miles on a charge and last a million miles instead of 200,000. That is a game breaker. They are saying it will be in vehicles within 12 months. Nice!