Electric Cars Prices, Range and Charging

Electric Cars Prices, Range and Charging

Editor Wakesho

Some car manufacturers use the term "electrification" to include hybrid (HEV; for example, Prius), plugin hybrid (PHEV; for instance, Prius Prime), and battery-electric (BEV; for example, Tesla) cars. Also, there are statements that EVs cost about  $60,000 or more.

Here are some of the EVs with their range and cost
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with a 263-mile range costs $37,990.
Chevrolet Bolt EV with a 259-mile range costs $36.620.
Hyundai Kona Electric with a 258-mile range cost $37,390.
Kia Niro EV with a 239-mile range costs $39,090.
Ford Mustang Mach-e with a 300-mile range costs $42,895.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD with a 353-mile range costs $46,990.
Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD with a 326-mile range costs $45,690.
Within the next few years, lower-cost BEVs with a shorter range will become available.
There are  misleading statements that it takes 20-minutes or longer to charge a BEV. L. David Roper, a physics professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, gives his experience on owning an electric car. Since 1 January 2020, his Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD has charged 135 times in the garage. He set it to start charging at night when power plants are not busy to finish at about 80% charge at 6 AM. It takes him less than 1 minute to plug it into a 240-volts charging station. It has been charged small amounts on trips about 20 times.

According to Roper, the only time one should charge a BEV to  100% is the night before a long trip at home or at a hotel where Tesla has installed charging stations similar to the one in my garage (about 10-kW power).Tesla has installed Superchargers (150-250-kW power) for charging during long trips at about 100-mile intervals on significant highways. Tesla BEVs can plugin with automatic credit-card payment. At 85-years age, he finds that he needs to stop more than his Tesla does! Other BEV brands have access to fast-charging stations along major highways installed by Electrify America, EVG0, and other companies. Charging stations along major roads are at shopping centers, hotels, and other commercial locations, including many gasoline stations.

"I find it very pleasant that I do not have to smell gasoline at a gasoline station, often in bad weather." Says Roper. He adds, "I send electrons from our solar array into the electric network during sunny days, and I get some back in return when I charge my BEV at night."