Letter to the Editor: Electric cars cheaper in long run

As President Reagan once said, “There he goes again!” In this case, it is Mr. Stevenson of the Ceasar Rodney Institute (“Giving to rich to fuel expensive electric cars,” Oct. 9) harping about the cost of electric cars, urging that any incentives or encouragement for electric cars only benefit the rich.

Au contraire. A recent study compared the lifetime costs over five years of a Tesla Model 3 and a Toyota Corolla. As the Clean Technica article, points out, there really is no comparison between these two cars in that the Tesla is a far superior car, faster, smarter, sexier, etc.

However, the bottom line is that, although the Tesla has a slightly higher initial cost, the cost of fuel for the all-electric vehicle is much less and the maintenance costs are much less, resulting in the conclusion that the Tesla is cheaper than the Toyota over five years of ownership. It is likely much cheaper over 10 years of ownership, as those lower fuel and maintenance costs make the electric Tesla look even better.

Then Mr Stevenson says that electric cars cost much more than gasoline cars. Some electric cars like the Tesla Model S cost more than cheap gasoline cars, but the Tesla Model S is a luxury car, comparable to a Ferrari, which costs a whole lot more than a Tesla S. The more reasonably priced Tesla Model 3 can be had for under $40,000, which is about the average cost paid for many vehicles, including the country’s most popular vehicle, the Ford F-150.

And lots of moderate income people, like my friends, have purchased electric cars. The more that we buy electric cars, the less expensive they will get as volume production lowers costs. You can get a used Nissan LEAF all-electric car for under $10,000.

The first mobile phones were huge and cost a lot. Who bought the first ones? Early adopters, mostly rich people. Thank goodness for those rich people who were willing to be the pioneers.

Thanks to those who will install solar panels on their roofs to power their electric cars and save our planet from global warming. Saving the earth for our grandkids apparently doesn’t seem to affect Mr. Stevenson’s calculations.

Charlie Garlow
Rehoboth Beach

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