Chevy Volt is Better For The Middle Class Than Tesla Because Electricity Is Always Cheaper Than Gas
Yesterday Jeff Spross published a story in The Week called saying the middle class doesn't need Teslas. It needs Chevy Volts. Do you agree with it or no? The topic created an active debate at GM Electric Vehicle Owners Group on Facebook. Joe Real agrees with Spross' opinion. Here is what Real writes. Do you agree with him? See his thoughts below.
For the moment I agree. The Chevy Volt 2017 and 2018 is cheaper to drive long distances than a Tesla Model 3.
Tesla is charging $0.26/kWH on its supercharging stations for their Model 3. Other charging stations charge you much higher rates that it is still cheaper to drive on gasoline than paying for electricity at these charging stations.
The free public charging stations are on their way out when a lot of electric vehicles are out. It would be a pay to charge, and the charge station owners would be ripping your wallets off. I fear that the price of electricity at these commercial charging stations would be the show stopper for the adoption of electric cars, especially to those without charging access to garages when living in multifamily housing rental units and they'll be at the whims of the owners of charging stations for the price of charging.
Right now, it isn't pretty rate.
For home owners, you'll have no problem as electricity is always cheaper than gasoline at off-peak rates and you charge while you sleep. However, it will bite your wallet if you are just using a pure electric car and you decide to take a long distance trip with it and have to recharge from commercial stations.
That brings us to the Chevy Volt, and you can seamlessly switch over to cheaper fuel on very long distances. It is still faster to "recharge" the Volt without having to plan your very long trips around charging stations.
Until the prices of electricity from charging stations be as cheap as your off-peak rates at home and the charging stations are ubiquitous, the EREV concept like that of the Chevy Volt with at least 50 miles of battery range would be perfect as your primary vehicle, and it will be for a very long time.