Exactly. I'm also not against them, however politicians saying they're a good idea, doesn't mean they are.I'm not against electric vehicles. I have no plans to ever buy a Tesla (unless I start hearing the quality is improving).
For my personal use (compared with a Land Cruiser), electric vehicles don't fit (yet). The charging network just isn't there. I like to drive too far off the main roads to be confident. If I have to carry a gas generator, why not just start with a vehicle that runs direct on gas? A neighbor just got a Rivian and tried to take his first road trip. The charging stations he had mapped out were all broken so he drove another hour to find all but one station broken. The one that WAS working was only charging at 30% capacity. It took hours to charge his truck.
For driving around town within safe distance of your house, I think the concept is awesome.
Never even considered the part about chewing through tires, but makes total sense. Your experience sounds pretty consistent with many others I've read. I want to like the idea of EV's, but for someone who lives where we have almost 5 months of winter, and I can often be 3 hours from the closest city, it's just a non-starter for me.We lease a '22 EQS and own a '21 GLS 450. The EQS is one of the most impressive driving experiences I've ever had, and the cabin is a thing of beauty. We installed Tesla solar panels and a battery which has really made sense for our family. The car is energy efficient and when things are working as intended it's amazing.
Driving around SoCal with the EQS is OK for my wife. She's pretty good at managing range and finding charging stations if need be, but I have found range anxiety to big a question in mind, so I really don't trust the thing for long road trip duty.
Before we installed our home charger, we had to find public stations. Our experience, in 2022, was not great. The high speed chargers were either fully occupied, or broken.
The EQS has some weird software quirks that make it a little more complicated to just "put the key in and drive". There have been a couple of incidents where the thing either needed to reboot or gave us malfunction error due to an errant over the air update error.
Maintenance on this car is a lot easier, but because of the weight and it's driving dynamics the EQS shreds tires. We didn't get 10k miles out of them, and they're not your run of the mill tires.
I looked at Tesla models, and I just wasn't all that impressed with the vehicle, or the buying experience. I had some concerns about the build quality and frankly it felt rather spartan for the price.
I've found myself thinking I want an easy to drive, easy to own car with enough room to take the little people along for a fun day at the beach or on the trail. We rented a Prado this summer (we own a home in Dubai) and had a blast in the dunes. The GLS is an OK car, but that too has some build quality issues that are disappointing.