Sometimes it’s easy to fall into an echo chamber, especially on social media. Dealing with like-minded people is more fun and less frustrating, and when it comes to electric cars, the sheer volume of misinformation isn’t something anyone has time for. We know what works and what doesn’t, and those electric vehicle enthusiasts and/or environmentalists are willing to make sacrifices to drive an electric car, often to a much greater extent than the average driver.
For this reason, it’s important to pay attention when publications and people who aren’t part of the stereotypical electric vehicle crowd say good things or offer truly constructive criticisms of electric vehicles. In today’s example Fox News Cars Do a little of both.
It’s no secret that many conservatives love big, bulky SUVs, with Hummers being the most extreme example. The GMC Hummer EV has been able to outperform other electric trucks by months, but having something big, flashy, and ineffective really isn’t the point of trucks. People who enjoy driving pickups often commute in them, but they usually have at least occasional useful use for them, and in this case, the Hummer EV lags behind the Ford F-150 Lightning in a crucial way.
It turns out that (as I pointed out earlier in this article about driving electric cars in rural areas) a complete replacement part is important to many truck owners.
You don’t have to drive far out of town to get to places where roadside assistance services, like those offered by AAA or most insurance companies, take a long time to get to you. They always come on the pier, but my experience shows it can take more than 45 minutes. Even worse, if you’re outside of cellular networks, you may not be able to access them at all unless you have a satellite phone or you can call for help with something like a ham radio. It is much easier to just pick up a full-size replacement part and change it yourself and ride on it until you can get to a tire shop.
Even worse, you don’t have to get very far from the curb before the roadside assistance stops completely. Therefore, owning a courtesy car may be your only reasonable option.
The F-150 Lightning won the spare tire competition. As with other Ford trucks, the full-size spare tire is mounted under the trunk of the truck near the front bumper. Whether you’re towing, putting some stuff in the trunk of a truck, or towing some kind of camper casing, you can easily reach for your spare tire and do a quick tire change. It is easy, practical and safe.
competition yet? Not much. The Hummer EV doesn’t have a full spare space, and you have to use a heavy accessory rack to store spare parts in the rear cargo area. When traveling, it will get buried or you may want to skip the spare because it takes up the space you need for your luggage. The Rivian R1T has plenty of room to spare, but it’s accessible from inside the bed, so you have to unload everything from the bed to get to the spare.
It may sound silly, but if you live in or visit rural America frequently, as many Fox readers and viewers do, that’s a big deal, and one Ford got it right.
Featured image of Ford.
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