In this article, we give you 6 good reasons not to buy a Ford Mach-E! The opposite approach (encouraging our readers to discover this vehicle) is certainly more common. But we decided, for once, to go against the current. Indeed, if some find that this type of vehicle is the ideal solution nowadays, others are still resistant to it.
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In 2019, a Statista poll questioned the French on the reasons why they do not consider buying an electric vehicle. Thus, we note that more than 30% of the people questioned answered that they do not wish to buy such a vehicle because of the cost that the latter would generate. Around 25% of respondents also mentioned the lack of autonomy to ride. Reasons that we find in our top: so, let’s go.
If electric cars do not represent than 1% of the sale of new vehicles, it is because they present many constraints. Despite manufacturers’ efforts to improve their performance, they are still the last choice. From autonomy to accessibility, the quality of this new generation car does not manage to convince all drivers.
Autonomy too random
still too weak
The number one reason not to buy a Ford Mach-E is its battery life. In effect, the indicated value differs greatly from its actual capacity. If during the purchase the seller mentions its 400 km of autonomy, be careful. Manufacturers are making a lot of progress but autonomy is still too low for some users and loading times are long.
Indeed, between the theoretical value, reached during tests in completely favorable conditions (flat ground, constant speed, etc.), and the reality, the difference can be quite substantial.
In addition, over time, just like other battery-operated devices, the autonomy decreases. This problem of autonomy of electric cars creates among drivers a real fear of stopping halfway through, for lack of energy. In effect, running out of fuel worries more than 25% of the French population.
Today, the best electric models have a range of 400 km, it does not allow you to cross kilometers of road and drive as you wish, without taking a break. Moreover, it obliges a certain “economical” driving to be able to reach a correct autonomy.
As soon as you drive a little too “sporty”, you reduce the number of kilometers before the next charge quite considerably. Most of the time, the speed will be limited to 110km/h even on the highway. As soon as you push the mushroom to its highest point, that is to say at 130 km/h, the battery discharges quickly.
Decreased in winter… and in summer !
With heating and exterior lights on almost for the duration of the journey, the battery life of a Ford Mach-E decreases sharply. In addition, lithium batteries tend to work much less if they are subjected to extreme cold. It would then be necessary to opt for the new lithium-ion polymer batteries because they are more resistant to winter. Finally, resulting from the new technology in terms of ecological cars, they are much more autonomous.
And conversely, in summer, in addition to the fact that high temperatures also have an influence on battery performance, the use of air conditioning is also to be moderated. Indeed, the external environment such as the wind, the rain or the external temperature impact their autonomy.
Too much charging time
Charging time sets back more than one driver because it is variable depending on charging station and battery capacity of the electric car. Indeed, on a classic mains socket, such as you can find at home, it will take on average between 8 and 10 a.m.
It will therefore be wise to start charging your vehicle at night, in order to be fully autonomous in the morning and take advantage of the off-peak rates (usually between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.). To save charging time, you can also opt for a “wall box” which can recharge a vehicle between 4 and 6 hours. The disadvantage of this type of installation is its price, since it will take between 800 and 1,500 € between the box and its installation.
In some establishments, such as service stations, it is possible to find fast charging stations. In just 30 minutes, it is possible to recharge 80% of the autonomy of a battery. It will take the same for the remaining 20%. However, charging stations are not overcrowded, especially if you have to travel on the highways.
Arrangements that are too restrictive
After receiving a new Ford Mach-E, owning or setting up a garage is highly recommended, even almost essential. One of these projects necessarily requires an expense in addition to the price of the vehicle. If your electrical installation does not have a ground connection, you will really have to review everything to be up to standard.
Most current homes are already up to standard. Thus, electric cars can be charged on a standard socket and can be left in an individual garage, as we have seen. Unfortunately, the charging time is quite long. It then runs the risk of not being full at the time when the driver has to hit the road. But in addition, this is not not at all safe for home because the risk of blowing the fuses is great.
Also, this requires the owner to install a device to accelerate the charging of his vehicle. Added to the price of the equipment, such a project requires an investment ranging from several hundred euros to more than a thousand. And that, without counting the workforce. Indeed, the wall terminal must imperatively be installed by a professional and the configuration of the accommodation greatly affects the amount of the final invoice.
Too few electrical terminals
Despite the effort and the promise of car manufacturers on the improvement and multiplication of electrical terminals, the latter are still insufficient. There are many public or private establishments – such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centers – who do not have this facility.
Even if their number has increased considerably in recent years, it would still be necessary to wait for the charging stations to be sufficient for users. The fact that in some municipalities, residents who own or want to buy an electric car, still request the proliferation of electric charging stations proves the inadequacy of these for collective use.
Far too high a cost
This is one of the main obstacles to not buying an electric car… the price. It is still a brake on the purchase of electric cars. The cost of an electric vehicle is considered higher than its thermal engine equivalent. The general impression is pay more for less.
Compared to a model of the same size, the difference in budget is rarely enough to offset the advantages of the low cost of using them. For some models, such as the Renault Zoé, you also have to be willing to pay a monthly battery rental subscription, unless you pay a high purchase price.
Thus for such a model, the checkout costs more than €24,000 (excluding bonuses) with an additional subscription from around forty euros for small rollers at €119 in unlimited mileage. With the purchase of the battery, the same model will cost almost €33,000. Moreover, he will be hard to find cheaper on the market.
Of course, the government is encouraging the purchase of electric cars, with bonuses and aids more or less interesting depending on the situation of each.
Ecological… but not too much?
Electric cars are sold by all manufacturers (and the government) as environmentally friendly vehicles. If the car emits zero CO2 emissions, she’s still not clean.
Indeed, it still pollutes by the molecules released during braking and by the abrasion of the tires and the road surface. The main problem stems mainly from the electricity that drives them and which is rarely produced properly.
What’s more, the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars is extremely polluting. China, which produces most of them, is one of the countries with the largest fleet of electric vehicles. However, its CO2 emissions continue to grow, in particular because of the coal-fired power stations useful for the production of batteries.
A European agency has communicated that production generates between 1.5 and 2 times more harmful products than old cars. Used in the manufacture of batteries, heavy metals are also another ecological problem. If electricity production is taken into account, one kilowatt-hour consumed is equivalent to more than 100 kg of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases emitted.