And this is probably the biggest point of contention when anyone talks about electric vehicles, EV, is that they require very little maintenance. So how will car makers adapt to this new business model and craft some that are financially viable?
The gist, is that all you need to do on an EV is change windshield wipers and eventually the suspensions after 60,000 miles, as many have reported on Plug In America. Can you imagine a car with no oil changes, spark plug changes, valve adjustment, gear box change? Even changing break pads would be every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. How does that sound for your wallet? Obviously, it doesn’t work very well with the current car makers’ business model that heavily depend on after sales service and regular maintenance.
Little Moving Parts. An electric engine basically has one moving part compared to hundreds. The chances of failure are slim. Add to this an instantaneous torque and horsepower curb and voila… Efficiency. According to the Torontoist, everything started in 1990, when the California Air Resources Board, CARB created the Zero Emissions Mandate, ZEV requiring 2% of new vehicles sold in the state to be emission-free by 1998 and 10% by 2003. GM got an early launch with its EV1 in 1996. Like any EV, it required no gas, no oil changes, no mufflers, and rare brake maintenance.
Car makers have to be pushed to offer a working business model to make electric cars. We can subsidize manufacturers all we want, but nothing will happen until they find a way to make money on them.