Welcome to the brave, new world! One where everything is green, vehicles have zero emissions, and everyone is living in peace and harmony. Except of course the vast majority of folks that can’t afford or don’t want expensive, inconvenient electric vehicles. Guess those people are walking! Despite not being anywhere near ready from an infrastructure perspective, the Biden administration is ironically still charging at the windmill of electric vehicles and zero emissions. Who cares if poor people can’t afford gas, or a new electric vehicle. The Dems hate poor people anyway, so this plays right into their plans.
While the cost to purchase a new EV is super sky high, even for the cheapest entry level models, making them out of reach for Joe Sixpack making 20 bucks and hour and raising a family, the cost to service and replace component parts is also proving to be just this side of insane. There have been reports of new batteries costing upwards of 15 thousand dollars, and with all the technology involved, you can rest assured that even the most minor issues will blast your pocketbook. Check out what it costs to replace a taillight in a Hummer.
The owner of a Hummer electric truck was shocked to learn replacing his tail lights is a rather expensive venture.
“Had a shocker today,” the owner wrote in a Hummer EV Facebook group. “A new passenger side rear light for the Hummer EV; $4,040 just to buy it.”
Electric vehicle owner learns replacing a tail light costs over $4,000 https://t.co/FjgSiZNZkh
— Rob Mattox (@RobMattox2) November 14, 2022
It’s been a more common practice in the last couple of decades for automakers to make replacing small things like headlights and turn signal lights so difficult that you have to take it to a dealer to get it done. This just helps pad profit back into the company. After all, if you can buy a replacement light for a Hummer and do it yourself, Hummer isn’t making any money.
Car review website the Drive confirmed General Motor’s list price for one tail light is $3,045. Without factoring in labor, the list price for a set of tail lights runs for nearly $6,100, a cost equaling more than 5% of the Hummer EV’s MSRP.
“The taillights in the Hummer EV have small microcontrollers installed within them. These chips control unique lighting functions in their respective lights,” the Drive suggested as a reason for the high price. “Additionally, the Hummer EV is a fairly limited-run vehicle thus far, meaning parts are generally more expensive until economies of scale kick in.”
Technology is understandable. Putting super complicated technology in the taillight is unnecessary, except to simply pad company profits. Certainly, something like this is also not under warranty so the consumer is stuck with a massive bill, or just no taillight.
Maintenance expenses, in addition to software mishaps that have left EV drivers stranded , have drawn criticism in relation to the United States’s push toward electric vehicles.
It’s more of a shove than a push, and I’m afraid more people are going to be pushing their dead EV’s off the road when lower cost entry level vehicles become available, or more used are on the market. It’s not a pretty picture, but hey, at least they will be zero emission! Zero usefulness too.