Originally Posted by glippy
And there's simplicity. Electric motors are a lot simpler than internal combustion engines and surely must be a lot less maintenance, no?
I dunno. I would have agreed with you with the technology 30 years ago, (points, frequent spark plug changes/gapping, carb adjustments, expected rebuild at 80K miles) but not today. Internal combustion engines are super reliable, it's generally the stuff we connect to them (transmissions, Ac compressors, power steering, etc) that breaks, and an electric car's versions of the same thing will likely break just as often. And no one ever has to rewind an IC engine. And then there's the battery issue.