TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "EV hype or reality? It's all news" (Jamie Butters, Dec. 9): I was in the automobile aftermarket business for 50 years. My experience is that a small portion of society will jump on new technology. The Toyota Prius was one such item, but interest waned. Tesla is another example. Of course, one needs to install an expensive charger and limit driving to a regimented format.
Trouble is that today's internal combustion engine is extremely reliable; fuel is available everywhere and is cheap; maintenance is available from coast to coast; and parts suppliers exist in abundance. People who purchase used vehicles instead of accepting a new vehicle's ridiculous initial depreciation look for young vehicles with lower mileage. Most cars easily reach 150,000 or more miles without any serious mechanical issues. So why even look at a new electric vehicle that depreciates like a rock, or a used one that has (generally) no useful warranty?
The dealer is an idiot if they promote EVs. No maintenance or service needs exist for EVs. Repairs and F&I are keeping the typical dealer solvent. Their real estate and grandiose facilities are extremely costly. Sales of most models do not cover operational expenses, so why would they promote EVs that will eliminate the profit side?
An issue Butters didn't address is the lack of competition in the electricity market. Rates go up; where do you go? Brownouts or no electricity at all are now normalized by utility firms as service interruptions.
A.M. deLANGE, Reisterstown, Md., The writer, who is retired, was an oil company engineer and an independent provider of vehicle servicing.