Should You Buy a Electric Car? – DIY Car Inspection with Scotty Kilmer

Should You Buy a Electric Car? – DIY Car Inspection with Scotty Kilmer

rev up your engines! it’s time for the Scotty Kilmer channel Are you are thinking about buying an
electric car, will if you are thinking it, I will give you some information to let you decide if you really
want to buy an electric car, and if so, which one do you want to buy, now I have
a customer as a Nissan Leaf, a little car, and if you don’t mind a little car, with
limited range, she’s happy with the car, now she recently drove early from
Houston to Galveston, which is about 60 miles, to go to the beach, but she was at
the beach all day, she had to wait for her car to recharge, so she can make it
back to Houston, now if you don’t mind spending over thirty thousand dollars
for a car with limited range and you’re going to do a lot of in town driving,
perhaps you’d want to buy one of these, or a Ford Focus Electric that’s twenty
nine thousand dollars, but look at this, here’s what a regular Ford Focus goes
for, a Gasoline Focus is sixteen thousand dollars, it’s about half the
price, so realize you’re going to pay a premium for electric cars, now if you
want range in an electric car, and insane speed, and money isn’t that big of an
object for you, you do want to check out a Tesla, their speed demon starts at
eighty thousand dollars, and man it is fast, they can go zero to 60 in 2.9
seconds, that’s one second faster than a Dodge Hellcat that has a 707
horsepower gasoline engine, and it can go up to 295 miles on a single charge, and
do realize this about electric cars, an electric motor only has one moving part,
gasoline and diesel motors have hundreds of moving parts, they’re much simpler
maintenance is no big deal, but you do have to recharge them, and unlike
filling up a gasoline engine, it can take a long time, if you use a conventional
112 Charger, it can take over four days to charge one of those batteries up, and
Tesla has a few of these Tesla super charging stations that use 240 volts and
real high amperage, but it still takes about an hour to recharge the battery,
and even if you have one of these 240 volt receptacles outside your house like
I do, it’s a lot lower amperage and that’s probably going to take about
eight hours to recharge the car fully, so if you want an electric car but your worried
about running out of power, you might think about a Chevy Volt, those can go 53 miles
on electricity and when that runs out they have a gas engine, so you can go a
total of 420 miles, so you’re not going be stranded anywhere, or again if money
is no object, you might think about the BMW car, it can go 114 miles on
electricity, then it has a two cylinder engine that it can run at, so you can get
to a gas station and keep filling it up for a total of 180 mile range, now as
time goes on, these cars will probably get somewhat cheaper, this is the Tesla
Model 3, which just recently has been rolled out for the employees only,
they started $35,000, so a wise person like myself, really thinks, hey maybe I’ll
wait until the prices come down and there’s more infrastructure for charging
systems, before spending that amount of money on a car, but ultimately it’s your
choice, and now at least you can make a wise decision and remember, if you have any car questions, just visit the Scotty Kilmer Channel, and I’ll answer them as soon as I get
back from paradise, assuming I come back.

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  • For the enviro-nuts, electric cars are NOT better for the planet. First off, the environmental impact of making the car (especially the batteries) is horrendous. Second, even though there's no tailpipe emissions on an electric car, you're simply transferring the pollution source from the car to the power plant. And since most electricity is generated with either coal or oil burning power plants… you get the idea. Add in the generational losses in transferring power from the plants through the wires, substations, etc… the pollution is even higher. But, some people believe if they don't see smoke (or water vapor) from a tail pipe, they've personally saved the planet. Also, in an electric car, you are required to fill the smug tank every 40 miles.

  • Some cars have electric and gas charger. When you run the electricity out the car will switch over to gas and charge the battery back up for the electric motor, so you don’t have to stop to recharge the battery.

  • For better or worse Elon Musk is the man of the hour. The new Steve Jobs. And I can't help but believe for the worse. First time I saw a guy hand over his life to a machine (Tesla autopilot) I hung it up right there for us.

  • Electric cars are only for pussies. there is no good reason to buy or drive one. Electricity costs money, and you put just as much or more pollution in the air just at the power plant instead of at the car. Ranges and charging times are getting better, but still, who really needs it? worst case, you can run a gasoline or diesel vehicle off any substance that will burn, with a few modifications of course. So why go electric? Only if you're a pussy.

  • The answer is no. Unless you are suckered by hype. You will never be ahead financially. They are secondary toys for the wealthy.

  • Nissan Leaf/Renault Zoe loses 20% charging capacity in 5 years. Tesla Model X/Model S loses 10% in 10 years because of the thermal management. But it costs shitload.

  • The good news, if you want to try an electric car, is that the used Leaf's are relatively cheap. a 13 or 14 still charging all bars on the battery with only 20k miles or so is $12,000 to $15000. Carvana usually has several.

  • Surprisingly fair assessment though it should be noted Tesla fast chargers run on higher voltages which can charge your car in about half an hour. Standard outlets (120 volts) can have your Nissan Leaf charge overnight (8 hours). The 4 day figure sounds exaggerated to me but maybe it came from a car with larger capacity? Also note that like the lithium ion battery, in the device you're likely reading this on, charging to 75% takes significantly less time than charging to 100%. keep up the good content Scotty

  • You can get a Federal Tax Credit of up to 7,500 dollars for buying a "plug-in electric drive" vehicle, but the tax break ends when the manufacturer reaches total sales of 200,000 units. The program has been in effect since 2010, so I assumed the tax break has been wiped out by sales, but, no, none of the manufacturers, except Tesla, have come even close to 200,000 (Ford is about halfway there, Bimmer has about 61,000. $7,500 Is just not enough of a "discount".

  • I don't think the 8 hours for the Tesla is a big deal. A neighbor of mine, his Tesla is gone everyday, I assume going to work with it, comes home, and he plugs it in his 240 V at night, charges as he sleeps and by morning hes good to go.

  • A Tesla bought in Norway will have a an extra 10,000 put on the tax because the only thing they could come up with was it weighs more than a petrol car, if they can't get you on the emissions they will get you on the weight it's a sick world, Norwegian government is a bunch of piss flaps!

  • Electric cars make sense if you live in huge cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Toronto, or Chicago where there is a lot of start/stop traffic or where gas is expensive (Honolulu). Doesn't make as much sense to drive one if you live in the suburbs or in rural America.

  • The Long Bay Beach Resort! Did you go to the Soggy Dollar bar on Jost Van Dyke? Breakfast at Sebastian's?

  • Hey you forgot to mention a big factor, our battery technology currently sucks and to be frank the battery will go within 6-8 years and will cost thousands to get a new one…. don't get me wrong I do actually like electric cars but I'm gunna wait a couple years for better batteries 😉

  • Why no mention of the gm bolt? The bolt can be had for about 30k and has a range of 238 miles. Also, why not mention that there are going to be about 140 all electric cars by 2020?

  • Charging takes too long and almost anything can adversely affect range, even just running the AC will shorten range exponentially. Wanna charge your phone? That’ll be a few miles. Heated seats? Hope you weren’t planning on running those errands

  • Pretty much hit the nail on the head. I have been looking at purchasing an electric car since I don't drive much and have a Grand Am 04 that is around 70k miles on it. I could keep that around but the yearly cost of upkeep vs getting a electric that will have a lot less in maintenance would be worht it. But only if its used. Those are good deals for around 10k for something under 30k miles. That will leave plenty of mileage/years on the warranty and they are relatively cheap. Or a Chevy Volt used also is a good deal since gm overcompensated on the battery and the 53 mile range on it is extremely conservative as far as margins go. But buying a new electric is dumb unless it's a Tesla which likely will hold it's value. And maybe the Bolt but that is uncertain on how well the value is retained over a 5 year period. Point being buying a new electric is pretty dumb.

  • I know better technology is on the horizon for EV cars and Tesla cars will depreciate due to the new technology.
    I'm not anti EV but they won't at this stage tow my boat 600km on one tank of charge (fuel) like my petrol 4×4 does so easily.
    I like watching the Rich Rebuilds channel and his journey rebuilding broken Teslas.

  • I wonder why there are not reasonable conversion kits. Let's say convert a small truck with plenty of room for batteries and use Outrunner motors that replace the rear wheels. Can even pull the engine/transmission and place an equivalent weight in batteries.

  • When diesel first came out for cars fuel was somewhat hard to find. Now electric cars. I have seen one electric station where I live with one car. Most people are inpatient they will not stand in one spot for more than ten minutes (much less eight hours)

  • I just checked out a Toyota prius prime plug in 25 miles range electric 37,000.00 out the door my 2002 Lincoln contanentel gets 23 miles a gallon if I baby it gas is over 3.00 agalon for perimun so I thout I would check out a fule efishant car since my ac does not work anymore you are right scotty the extra 15,000.00 for gas/electric hybrid is not worth it yet to buy new charge up your battries

  • What do we do with all the old lithium batteries? Especially because electric cars have way more batteries than an ICE.

  • With the exponential growth of technology, cars that now get 250 miles on a charge will get 1000 in the future. Batteries get lighter, cheaper, more powerful, and less expensive every year.
    Ford is investing $7,000,000,000 (yes that's Billions) in electronic technology and GM stated last October that it is fully committed to the 100% elimination of the internal combustion engine.
    Babies born today will have as much exposure to gasoline powered cars in the future as we have to 8 track players today.

  • What about the Chevy Bolt? Scotty, please update this video and include the Bolt which has a 230 mile range and costs about $35,00 before tax incentives.

  • Prius Prime will most likely be my next car. In less then a year I'll God willing be able to upgrade from my 07 Prius

  • We recently picked up a 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. By purchasing last year's model, we got it for $28,600. That means the entire hybrid system and battery was only about $3000, because it's an SE Luxury which means premium electric leather seats, sunroof, premium wheels, lane keeping, sync3, i.e. $4400 of options, total cost was only $28,600 and it gets 44 real miles per gallon in the city. If you can get an old 2018 maybe you can get a similar deal ($5500 of ford cash and $4007 federal rebate) so the price will be low. If you buy one that's 3 years old it should be $13,000 – $14,000 and the battery still has many years left …

  • Tesla doesn’t have a “few” superchargers; they have tens of thousands. Also, it take far less than one hour to charge to full.

  • To be fair you should had compared the Focus Electric to the comparable version gas. Which would be the SEL Hatch which is $21,670. Plus the electric could end up getting some hefty incentives.

    Alsoo, it should be mentioned that within 30 mins the super charger would had shared 80% of the battery.
    People not knowing and with how you said it would think 30 mins would only give 50%.

  • Basic science: look up how long the batteries last before you have to replace it all. Hint, it's the same battery as your phone.

  • I just bought a 2015 Volt with 48k miles for 14.3K Cheaper than a Prius (what I had previously) at the same age and miles. So far I'm loving it, and charging on a normal outlet at 12Amps 120V isn't bad. Do check your wiring, and make sure it's a GFI outlet!

  • Scotty, even with the range extender the i3 doesn't go and and on and on…you should mention that!

    The best one is still the Volt Gen1 or Gen2.

  • CO2 recycling is going to move the internal combustion engine forward. This is great because there are so many people who refuse to drive electric cars because they don't have anything that makes driving fun. 

    Having a free revving engine, a clutch and gears makes going from point A to B so much more enjoyable that driving a 2 pedal go kart.

  • I want a car to be a car with a real engine, with those awesome engine revving sounds, with some gears and a clutch. Not a boring car like an iPhone.

  • We're considering a Nissan leaf between years 2013 or 2015. It would be a difference on a 99 Chevy Astro. It's true when it comes to traveling it would be iffy on the leaf, but seeing how we currently are we only do in town driving here in PHX AZ and maybe 2 times a year (about every 6 months) to visit my parents up in Prescott, which is about 80miles away, how would someone charge when other places do not have charging stations? There are currently 309 charging stations within 30 miles of were we live. Another question is, we live in an apartment. How would we charge normally? I'd assume take it out to charge at night at one of the stations every few days? Or maybe take it to charge at my fiances mom's because she has a house. Yeah the downside is charging time but I'm wondering if it's a good time/money investment? The ones we're looking at for next year are around 7,000$ used, not too bad for our budget. Thanks for the video btw 🙂


  • Quite easy to rebuild your combustion car to Electric these days. If you got some basic know how. Check out EVwest. They got everything to plug in an electric motor to your trans and go. Well not for all but many cars. Myself I'll just build my own trans adaptor.

  • As more people buy electric cars the incentives to own them start to go away as the price of electricity will increase dramatically. Think about this, your house only uses about 5000 watts when everything is turned on.
    5000 watts is only 6.5HP. Cars typically use about 100HP to move you down the highway.
    This means that if everyone switched to electric cars that electricity would become so expensive that we would start building generators to burn the surplus gasoline and diesel fuels just to keep up with the demand on the grid. The price of coal would rise so high that we would be mining coal everywhere.
    There would be rolling blackouts because it takes years to build on to the electric grid as more substations, powerlines, and power plants would be needed.

  • Hey Scotty what you know about the Citroen c zero i had do some research but still no much.greetings from Norway

  • A huge problem with electric cars that no one ever mentions is that the batteries die after so many charge cycles. It progressively looses range the more times you recharge until you have to buy a new battery. Just like your flashlight batteries, batteries are expensive.
    Cost a new battery for your electric car, and the come back to me and tell me how cheap electricity is. And for those enviornmenatalists, lets break down the chemicals in those batteries and how to safely dispose of them. Not to mention the chemical processes to manufacture them in the first place.

  • I like your take on electric cars. My big concern has been how difficult are they to work on. But sounds like they may not be too complicated. I'll be getting one in ten years for sure!

  • The only electric car I would buy at the moment would be a Tesla and that’s just cuz it launches after I’m bored of that I’ll sell it right away lol not going to buy an electric car I’m a car guy it’s against the rules

  • Conventional dealerships hate EVs. People buy them new, the customer drives off with them, and they never see them again because, apart from tires, they need almost no service. That's consistant with my almost 6 years experience with Nissan LEAFs. I've got a 2015 model that I picked up for $9600 three years later (bought out my lease at market price, not what was on the books). It works great for what seems like four trips to school each day, trips to church and the stores around town. It has been a tremendous run-about unit. Now, when we have to go on long trips we all pile into our super-reliable 2003 Chevy Venture. Fingers crossed, I am amazed at how little trouble these units have caused me. Orders of magnitude less trouble than that '96 Pontiac Trans-Am I gave up when I got my first LEAF. (It was an easier transition than you might think. At a stoplight, the LEAF is quicker with instant torque – lots of silent fun)

  • I will argue that you are wrong about electric cars and I will use your same problematic example. Ease of refueling. You mock lines at the charge stations – and you should. My employer allows EVs to charge at work. (free at the moment). These same cars also charge at home. Where do you naturally park your car? At work and at home!

    Ease of refueling – many women will not fill a natural gas vehicle. Every year gas station fires erupt – wonder what a natural gas station would look like on fire?

    Ease of refueling – more and more EV owners will invest in upgrading their home charging abilities – thus the genius of Solar City and why the two companies are tied at the hip.

    Projected battery life about 400,000 miles – can a gas powered vehicle claim the same?

  • Well done Scotty. In 5 years time BEV cars will be cheaper to buy then a ICE car. And it won’t need a driver. You start partying as soon as you have left work. 😜

  • If you don't own one keep yourself out of a review, the rest of your show is great but this one sucks. Sorry

  • Wrong. Because usually you don't need to do FULL charge.

    Also people keep car charging while they sleep. The do not drive 24 hours a day.
    The problem is only price.

  • I think an electric car is an amazing idea if you park daily at a garage that can take a fast charger.
    However, it sounds very risky if it's the only car of a family, unless the charge is >500km.

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