Realities of EV Adoption and Assurance of Time-Tested Vehicles

Realities of EV Adoption and Assurance of Time-Tested Vehicles

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Clement Pre-Owned experts found the 2024 EV revolution delayed. Currently, relying on reliable, time-tested cars is more prudent.

While the electric vehicle revolution is underway, our clients prefer to stick with tried-and-tested models.”

— Penuel Raj Clement, Owner of Clement Pre-Owned

ST.CHARLES, MISSOURI, USA, March 12, 2024 / — Clement Pre-Owned experts recently analyzed automotive trends for 2024 and discovered that the anticipated electric vehicle (EV) revolution may take a bit longer to materialize than initially expected. Decreasing demand from buyers for EV cars has prompted major automotive players, including GM and Ford, to realign their production strategies.

Reliability concerns are evident, with Consumer Reports indicating approximately 80% more issues in EVs compared to conventional cars. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) face even more problems, with nearly 150% more reported issues. At the same time, many drivers faced difficulty in finding trained EV repair technicians, and a reliance on dealerships for service raised concerns about maintenance costs and accessibility for EV owners.

Purchase cost remains another challenge for the EV industry, driven by the higher manufacturing cost, particularly in expensive battery technology. While cost-effective to operate, the initial purchase price acts as a barrier for many consumers, with few models available below the $30,000 mark. In this regard, used cars turn out to be a worthy alternative, as electric vehicles depreciate pretty fast.

“Opting for EVs that have already been cured of “child sores” is a prudent choice,” said Penuel Raj Clement, Owner of Clement Pre-Owned. “While hybrids and electric cars remain viable eco-friendly options, it’s essential to recognize that newer cars may encounter potential issues even in traditional categories, not to mention technological innovations. But there are cars, like the Toyota Prius or Tesla Model S, that have already shown their potential, and if you buy a three- or five-year-old model, you can expect several years of problem-free driving for nearly half the cost. At Clement Pre-Owned, we understand the paramount importance of reliability and safety. All our vehicles undergo meticulous inspections to ensure quality, providing consumers with peace of mind and confidence in their vehicle choices.”

Production difficulties and recalls complicate matters for many automakers. In February 2024, Tesla, Honda, Jeep, and Kia issued recalls for their electric vehicles, ranging from driveshaft problems to issues with automatic assisted steering and door latch controls.

Moreover, the number of complaints from EV drivers has increased during severe weather in early 2024. Low temperatures exposed weaknesses in lithium batteries, affecting their capacity to retain a charge and diminishing driving distance. As a whole, range anxiety is a growing concern, with individuals worrying about the number of miles an EV can cover before locating a power station and enduring a potentially lengthy charging session. However, efforts are underway to improve the situation, with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocating funds for the installation of 500,000 EV chargers across the U.S.

Despite the challenges, the experts believe that the EV revolution remains on the horizon. A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that approximately four-in-ten Americans (38%) are inclined to seriously consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase, with the highest loyalty among younger people from Gen Z, who are particularly concerned about environmental issues. But in a rapidly evolving automotive landscape of 2024, prioritizing time-tested reliability becomes imperative for consumers seeking trustworthy options.

About Clement Pre-Owned:
Clement Pre-Owned, a division of Clement Auto Group, presents an expansive selection of used vehicles in Missouri. Their distinctive offerings include Certified Pre-Owned vehicles accompanied by manufacturer-backed warranties, adherence to ISO service standards, a 30-Day Price Match Guarantee, transparent no-haggle pricing, a 30-year/300,000-mile Clement Assurance, complimentary trade evaluations, and the convenience of both online and in-store shopping. Committed to delivering excellence, Clement Pre-Owned guarantees a superior car-buying experience characterized by quality, transparency, and customer-focused services.

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