There was a time, not too long ago, when even some new vehicles wouldn’t start in the morning. Fortunately the vehicles were simple and the owners experienced enough to hit the starter with a hammer or push-start it. Open the hood on any modern new car and it’s a safe bet that the starter motor is not even visible.
Dealing with a disabled new electric vehicle is something else altogether. When Autoweek’s Rory Carroll was unable to remove the charging plug from his 2014 Tesla Model S test vehicle, a special Tesla Ranger (no joke) had to flown out to his house to help with the repair. The repair work kept the Tesla was stuck at Carroll’s home for two days and required parts to be shipped over-night from
While the repair work was seemingly trivial, it was unlike anything ever performed on conventional car. I cannot recall a fuel hose nozzle ever being stuck in the gas filler, disabling the engine. This makes me think about the long-term costs of repair of electric vehicles. While the amount of maintenance is greatly reduced on EVs (no oil changes, to timing belts), it seems as though it will be the little things that will keep the EVs from moving. Chances are that there will be a lot of those little things too, and none of them will be cheap.