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Going From An Electric Car Back To Gas: It’s Not Pretty

After returning my Chevy Bolt, I’ve been driving gas cars. What a difference.

I had been driving a 2018 Chevy Bolt but after surrendering* it to General Motors due to fire risk, I’ve been driving gas cars. Typically as rentals when I travel.

[Note: this updates an earlier article posted earlier this month.]

ICE (internal combustion engine) is dirty, loud, slow — plus skyrocketing fuel prices

I will never voluntarily go back to a pure gas car. Here’s why:

  • Fumes: I have gotten used to starting up my Bolt in the garage with door closed (for reasons I won’t go into here). That’s obviously impossible with a gas car because of the exhaust fumes. But even with the garage door open, the fumes linger (see this report). And if you shut the door too quickly, you can trap toxic fumes that can then enter other parts of your home, particularly if you have an attached garage.
  • Noise: Driving an electric car is essentially a noiseless, vibration-less (i.e., no gas engine shuddering) experience. Driving your average gas car is not. Even a brand new 2021 BMW Mini Cooper — which I rented for two weeks — is a jarring experience after you’ve driven an electric.
  • Acceleration: gas cars I’ve rented have incredibly poor acceleration compared to the Bolt.
  • Fuel: it costs more to fuel a gas car. Gas prices in Los Angeles are hovering around $4.50 a gallon for regular. With a gas car, I am spending north of $150 a month on gas (I live in Los Angeles). That drops to between $50 and $75 (roughly) — and sometimes less — a month with an EV via home charging.

EVs of course aren’t perfect. The problem that electric cars face is that the battery technology has not been fully vetted. Mass-produced gas cars have been around for over 100 years while mass-produced EVs for about a decade. Until EVs with reliable battery tech and long range are available at a reasonable price (under $30K), it will be a tough sell to the average car buyer.



*Here’s a longer explanation of what happened to my 2018 Bolt.

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