Electric Cars remain a tough sell in Houston


The argument for buying electric cars to "save the planet" remains ridiculous; production of the cars and their giant batteries is inefficient and often results in a larger carbon footprint than their combustible engine competitors. And while Tesla continues to grab headlines, hardly anyone is actually buying electric cars.

KTRH Car Pro Jerry Reynolds says a Tesla is one thing, but most electric cars are just too risky.

"Well, I think it's the inconvenience of having to charge the cars; I mean there's just a lot of issues and they look worse when gas is down around two dollars a gallon."

Reynolds says maybe it's just too soon.

"I think people just aren't ready yet. They want the power and they want to be able to go across the country without having to worry about batteries and that sort of thing."

Reynolds says demand is low even in places with the most subsidies.

"California, for instance, you drive an electric car you can drive in the HOV lane for free and on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit the state also throws in another $2,500 -- so it's ten grand -- and they're still not selling."

Even with the high profile introduction of Tesla's Model 3, which is quite a bit cheaper than its other cars, electric car sales have hardly been enough to make a dent in the overall car market.


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