Electric Cars are coming under a lot of scrutiny lately. It’s understandable, since Biden and his insane admin, think that people who can’t afford his $5 dollar gas, can somehow afford a car seat $60K electric car. That makes a lot of sense, right? Well, it does to a ding-a-ling elitist who lives in a bubble and has no clue how the American people actually live. And speaking of those pricey electric cars, we’ve been hearing of a lot of issues that have been happening to these cars.
Most of the spontaneous exploding for no foreseeable reason, that we see is something that’s uniquely “EV.”
We covered a story several months back about a Florida man who owned a Jaguar electric car, and it spontaneously exploded.
Another Jaguar I-Pace battery caught on fire without any crash after simply sitting charging in a garage. This is the fourth known I-Pace battery fire that seemingly started on its own, which is starting to be significant considering the relatively small number of units on the roads.
Jaguar also uses LG battery cells like the Bolt EV and Kona EV, which were both recalled for battery fire risks. Is this another Bolt EV battery fire situation?
The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first and only all-electric vehicle.
It came out in 2018, and we positively reviewed the vehicle for its sporty design in addition to its decent range and charging capacity at the time, but that was a few years ago.
The vehicle has barely been updated over the last four years, and it is now showing its age. But now, there might an even bigger issue with the electric SUV.
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But it’s not just the fires and the inability to get these things to charge fast enough, it’s also the very high cost of repairs and replacements. We’re hearing of batteries costing in upwards of $14K.
Who on earth could afford to drop 14K for a lousy car battery?
Well, that sounds bad, but what about paying over 6 thousand dollars for a couple of new taillights? How does that sound?
That’s what one man said has happened to him and his new electric Hummer.
Western Journal reported that if you can afford a 110K sticker price, maybe $3,045.48 per taillight plus labor and taxes wouldn’t mean much to you. Maybe you replace your car every time the ashtrays get full. (I know; it’s an old joke. I can’t remember the last time I saw a new car with an ashtray.)
The issue came up when an owner posted in a Hummer EV Facebook group about needing a “new passenger side rear light” for his vehicle, according to The Drive. (If I paid $110,000 for an automobile, I’d probably need to join a support group, too.)
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That driver was quoted $4,040 for the part alone, plus labor.
Even at the MSRP, The Drive noted that replacing both taillights would run an owner more than 5 percent of the total purchase price of the sport-utility truck. That’s … something else.
The Drive was unable to confirm the reason for that pricing, but the website’s speculation seemed reasonable.
“The taillights in the Hummer EV have small microcontrollers installed within them,” they wrote. “These chips control unique lighting functions in their respective lights, like the animations in the headlamps.”
OK, cool, I guess. But it makes me wonder if I could get a cheaper, animation-less version that just, you know, tells drivers behind me when I’m braking and turning and stuff. Cars did that pretty well 60 years ago before microcontrollers were even invented, I believe.
“Additionally, the Hummer EV is a fairly limited-run vehicle thus far, meaning parts are generally more expensive until economies of scale kick in,” The Drive added. That I can understand, and it provides at least some reason to hope that parts prices will moderate over time.
That’s a reflection of the newness of the electric vehicle industry overall, in part. Another reflection of that newness has been the problems with electric vehicles that keep making the news.
I stand by what I have said all along… we have a very long way to go before we can seriously talk about making electric vehicles a “real big thing” in this country. We’re nowhere near ready, and it’s irresponsible and reckless that Biden and his admin keep pushing this nonsense.
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