The oil industry vs. the electric car – POLITICO

Electric vehicles could make up nearly half the fleet of passenger cars and trucks by 2040. But oil and gas companies are striking back.
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Oil companies and car dealerships have been hampering electric vehicle progress for a decade. Despite this, ev demand and sales continues to grow. Imagine how far the ev infrastructure would advance if millions of dollars was not spent on thwarting electrification of transportation.

While dealers will argue they provide better service and buying experiences, the truth is they make most of their profits on servicing vehicles. Electric cars have near-zero maintenance. Aside from changing wiper blades every year , a Tesla Model S only requires a service visit every-other year. They may replace some battery coolant or brake fluid. And they will come to your home or office to do it. Near zero waste and environmental impact. Near zero profitability for the car dealers. This is the real reason they oppose direct EV sales so vehemently.

Oil’s opposition is obvious. They stand to lose 20% of transportation related business in 20 years. So they buy politicians to pass laws and create fees to hamper ev adoption. In South Carolina they charge $120 extra to register an ev — a fee due every two years. They claim it is for ev owners fairs share of road maintenance as they won’t be collecting their 4-cents/gallon fuel tax. The reality is that EV owners end up paying FOUR TIMES as much in fees as the state would collect from old-fashioned gas powered equivalents.

There is a reason EV adoption is growing. It is no longer because environmental hippies want them. It is because they provide a vastly superior car ownership experience. The vehicle is “fueled up” every night in your driveway ; Waiting for you the next morning with 200+ miles of range. More than enough for the daily needs of 85% of Americans. They never require you lose a day of work every year to deal with pain in the ass dealership service centers that try to up-charge on every little thing they can find — selling $8 oil filters for “only” $45 installed. Not too mention they are fast and efficient. Most Tesla models can reach 60mph in under 5 seconds. Some, like the P90D can do it in 2.6. That is blindingly fast. Add in the fact that you can comfortably seat five adults and all their travel bags in a car the gets 102 mpge and you can start to see how ev adoption continues to increase.

And if you think high end EVs like Teslas are not affordable, think again. Your Honda Odyssey or Chevy Suburban cost a good bit more than a model 3. Your BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus likely cost more than a Model S or X — with far inferior performance and efficiency.

Despite the million dollar efforts to hamper ev growth, the writing is on the wall. The superiority of electric vehicles for personal transportation will, thankfully, win this battle.

You can thank Elon Musk for nearly single-handedly effecting this change. His repeated investments in Tesla to keep them alive and prove evs are viable allowed them to survive long enough to force the hands of every major auto manufacturer in the world.