Maybe J.D. Power Should Stick to Ranking Vacuum Cleaners

Maybe J.D. Power Should Stick to Ranking Vacuum Cleaners

J.D. Power's latest press blurb on electric vehicle is none too pleasing to us.

Its title, "5 Pitfalls of Going Electric," certainly shows us where this is going.

There's not even an attempt by J.D. Power to notice all the positives associated with electric vehicles.  Instead, J.D. Power turns slight negatives into huge "pitfalls."

Yes, we're irked by this inaccurate message being sent out by the respected global market research company.  It's this sort of ill-informed nonsense that continues to hold back electric vehicle adoption.

Though J.D. Power's press release probably doesn't deserve the next few inches of screen space, we know that you (our readers) will see how off track these "5 Pitfalls" are.

Ugh...here now are those "5 Pitfalls of Going Electric" straight from the well-respected source:

Price

According to the J.D. Power 2012 Electric Vehicle Ownership Study, nearly half of EV buyers want to stop visiting gas pumps and eliminate gasoline expenditures from their budgets. But the data shows that electric vehicle owners paid, on average, a $10,000 premium compared with a conventional car with a gasoline engine. Unless you’re planning on keeping your vehicle for 8-10 years, you will likely not realize any cost savings by purchasing an EV.

Size

Most electric cars are small, and the packaging of the batteries can impact both passenger room and cargo space. New technologies are in development to reduce battery size while increasing battery power and range, but for now, it simply isn’t feasible for most families to fully switch to electric.

Reliability

Consumers have expressed concern about the reliability of electric cars, and some models have demonstrated reduced range in cold weather as well as reduced battery capacity as the vehicle ages. These factors may make leasing an electric car more appealing than buying one.

Range

A fully electric car can be driven only for short distances before its owner needs to find a place to plug it in and recharge the battery. Therefore, people with predictable commutes and regular schedules are the best candidates for electric vehicle ownership.

Charging

Using a standard household power outlet, it takes a long time to recharge an electric car; usually overnight. That’s why owners frequently upgrade to a 240-volt home quick-charger, which costs about $1,500, according to the Electric Vehicle Ownership Study. Charging away from home is a concern, too, from finding a charging station to obtaining an open berth in order to hook up and recharge the vehicle.

Let the discussion floodgates open...