Here We Go – Again

  • August 5, 2023

You may remember when Ford announced the debut of the Lightning – the electric version of its best-selling half-ton pick-up truck. Ford said it would sell it for just over $40,000 – which would have meant it cost about the same as a non-electric F-150 similarly configured (crew cab, short bed, etc.)

Emphasis on said – and would have.

Within less than a year’s time of its debut as a new-for-2022 model, Ford increased the Lightning’s price to around $60,000 to start (emphasis on to start to reflect the fact that this price was what you paid to get the Lightning with the battery that only took you maybe 240 or so miles – if it wasn’t too cold outside. If you wanted the one that might take you 300 miles, you had to pay several thousand dollars more to get it).

Well, here we go again – before we even got started, this time.

GM had promised to offer a battery-powered version of its Blazer SUV for around $44,000 to start.

Emphasis on had promised.

That promise has just been reneged upon. GM will not be selling the battery powered Blazer for around $44,000 when it becomes available in early 2024. Instead, the new base price will be $60,215.

For this sum, you get a battery-powered Blazer that might go 279 miles before the proverbial screen goes dark – and you walk. Assuming it’s not too cold (or hot) out.

But wait – good news! – Chevy also plans to offer an EV Blazer with an upgraded battery that might go 320 miles – if it’s not too cold or hot out – for just shy of $62,000.

Meanwhile, you can (for now) buy a Blazer with an engine for $35,100 that will take you 426 miles – in city driving – and 562 miles on the highway. Emphasis on engine – and will – because vehicles that aren’t powered by batteries are not meaningfully affected by the weather in terms of how far they go. Also – as this column has made mention of previously – a battery powered device’s range isn’t really its range for another reason:

If you run low, you’ve run out of time.

The $35k Blazer can be driven to the fullest extent of its range, to the point it is running on fumes – and in no time to speak of, you can be fully fueled and back on the road again. For that reason, it is neither a hassler nor a risk to run it down to almost empty. But if you are driving a battery powered device and it’s running low – and you haven’t got time – you are going to be screwed.

That’s why it’s necessary – in the real world, where things come up you didn’t anticipate – to always leave enough range (charge) in reserve, for just-in-case. Those who say otherwise are not being serious.

Or they are being disingenuous.

So, a battery powered device such as the 279 mile Blazer EV has a real-world-usable range of maybe 250 miles, the approximately miles of range 30 putatively left to go being the range you don’t want to burn through, so as to avoid being screwed for time when you haven’t got it to spend.

How many people are going to want to spend $15,000 more for such a battery-powered device? Probably about as many as the number who’ve ponied up to buy Ford’s battery-powered devices, such as the Lightning. Which isn’t even a blip on the radar relative to the hundreds of thousands who buy non-electric F-150s each year.

Meanwhile, the battery-powered devices are doing what they excel at doing – which is not moving. There is a two-months’-plus backlog of inventory awaiting buyers, who may never come. The idled fleets of these things cannot be swept under the rug. Even the lugenpresse has been reporting it.

It isn’t hard to understand what the issue is.

Aside from the True Believers – most of whom can afford a second car to mitigate the problem of having to wait and plan around the wait – most people prefer not to spend more to get less, so long as that option is still available to them.

But what will happen when it no longer is?

As this column has wondered aloud about previously, that may well explain this battery-powered Kamikaze operation. The car companies that have “committed” to this “transition” to battery powered devices have been given assurances. They will be able to make money on EVs when people are forced to buy EVs by forcing people to stop driving anything that isn’t an EV.

It’s either that or they’re literally suicidal.

But are people stupid?

Apparently, a good many aren’t. They are becoming wise to what’s up. It’s why unsold EVs are stacking up like the bodies that never did during the (cough) “pandemic.”

At this point, who but the deluded few still believes the lie that EVs are going to get cheaper?

Is it not of-a-piece with “safe and effective”? And perhaps people begin to see there’s another commonality shared between EVs that few can afford and many do not want and the “vaccines” that did something other than immunize the recipient.

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