04/21/2019 (Sun) 20:33:00
>Why wouldn't you buy an electric car now?
Because nobody makes an electric car now. Instead what they make are Facebook apps on wheels. If I could buy an electric car instead of a drive-by-wire data-harvesting wifi-enabled Internet-of-Things rolling turd then they'd definitely be in the running for my next car.
The first Leaf was a cheap hatchback with a battery pack and an electric motor bolted in. They got it right the first time! Make more of those, simplify, keep going down that route... but nooooooo, now they cost $40,000 and have phones and Sirius XM and maps and a bunch of other stuff that has nothing to do with just being four wheels driven by electric motors and a battery pack.
My ideal electric car is little more than a golf cart. It has rack-and-pinion steering, hydraulic brakes, a mechanical ON/OFF switch, and no touchscreen, wifi capability, or neural nets.