2018 Fusion Energi Burgundy Velvet Platinum
One other very important factor in the future of EVs is electricity availability and cost. Recently California because of rolling blackouts reversed a ruling and is allowing four older natural gas powered generating plants to remain open. I'm not commenting on renewable vs. fossil, simply that the entire electrical grid isn't keeping up with demand and will continue to be problematic with additional usage. If the most populous State in the USA can't keep AirCons running during a heatwave think about when a larger percentage of the 15.1 million automobiles registered in that State are EVs. Nuke plants four to five years and Solar five to six years to online. Wind three years but are expensive, noisy, land intensive and like solar not always a viable alternative. Once again this post is NOT about the benefits vs. disadvantages of any type of electrical generating plants simply the decision to make a decision (by those who are in a position to do so) that is critically becoming more time sensitive and on a cost basis that people are willing to pay to plug in.It also depends on what you drive.
Believe it or not, the US national average age of registered cars is over 11 years, so you can expect the average consumer mileage of 22 mpg (possibly less). That equates to the average consumer paying .10¢ a mile. I wouldn’t be surprised if such averages are what’s used in the new Electrify America pricing structure.
That said, and to the points made above, the typical EV buyer is well-off enough to own a home, and most likely have a vehicle (or multiple vehicles) no more 3-5 years old. If properly targeting the cost based on the majority of current EV buyers, the rate per kWh has to come down a bit for price-parity.
For true EV adaption in the US, the actual cost of the vehicle has to have price-parity. All the EVs coming out are just too costly for the average consumer in the US. The 2019 median individual income was $43,206. So, for 50% of all Americans, one year gross salary is less than the starting MMe MSRP. The averaged 2019 individual income was $62,518, equal to the MMe GT MSRP. And the Mach-e is far from the most expensive EV coming to market.
I am glad EA made the steps so far to help bring down EV ownership costs. But the industry as a whole has to do more.
PS- I apologize for the statistics storm. I hope all of you are having a wonderful day.
PS: Anyone with Netflix, David Attenborough's most recent documentary, "A Life on Our Planet" is visually beautiful, thought provoking, and not political.