How difficult is it to build an electric car?

Technologically, an electric car is much easier than with an internal combustion engine.It has significantly fewer parts, the technologies except the battery are mature and trouble-free in both handling and production. The battery is also not the big thing, at least not as problematic as it is always presented. The battery technology itself is also mature, the production is mastered overall and handling by the customer is also less problematic than with a combustion engine, where you have to do oil checks, the battery is largely maintenance-free and the Durability is similar to that of a bezine motor, as well as the cost. The only point that has not yet been resolved so cleanly is the susceptibility to fire in the event of an accident.

So why are manufacturers struggling so hard with electric cars?Quite simply, on the one hand, they have little experience with the technology. Small series like Tesla are something quite different from large series in millions of units. Everything has to fit from supply chain to production to service after purchase. Even small mistakes are quickly taken by the customer, whether in terms of quality or service. Tesla had to learn this painfully with its Model 3. No German automaker could afford a quality like Tesla. I wanted to buy one, but not a single one was just assembled. So it became a Nissan Leaf. You can see the decades of experience in the automotive industry.

But there is another reason why old-fashioned automakers find it difficult to build electric cars.Over the decades, they have built up a supply and service chain that is designed for internal combustion engines. As I said, electric vehicles are much simpler and require less maintenance, fewer spare parts and service intervals are much longer. With mine, as far as I can remember now, it’s 100000km, as opposed to 20000km for the previous vehicle.

The more electric vehicles there are, the less this chain of service and petrol stations is needed and it should also be remembered that car manufacturers do good business with spare parts, which is why they can often afford the actual vehicles with little profit for sale.This also threatens the well-established procedures with workshops and car dealerships.

Last but not least, the widespread use of electric cars also threatens a lot of jobs, far more than being created.We are talking about up to 5 million jobs in Germany alone with 50% electric vehicles. These are not so much lost by car manufacturers, but by suppliers and, above all, in the service chain. It’s not just that these cars don’t need gasoline, motorists like to take something else at the gas station and that’s their actual profit. That is precisely why politicians have a problem with electromobility, regardless of what they say publicly.

I haven’t driven to a gas station for about 2 years now, in the workshop the cart was the last time in April last year for inspection because of warranty, the kilometers to the maintenance interval I have never reached, always only the time and since they only have the Refilled with sliced water.Most electric car drivers will do the same.

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