If you thought the electric vehicles were a good idea, then you probably don’t live somewhere with cold weather. Turns out the electric busses are a complete disaster in any location where it’s a tid-bit-nipply. News reports on the electric vehicle failures are staggering too, dropping like cold pancakes on a diner floor every other week. From what we’re reading, it shows that places like Duluth and Twin Cities are having a really bad experience with the electric bus trials.
The report says the electric buses can’t travel as far in the cold. The electric busses are breaking down twice as much. The electric busses were advertised to go X amount of miles, but realistically need to recharge a lot sooner. To be fair, anyone with a working brain could have told you this would happen. All this push towards electric and we see failure after failure, showing the electric vehicles just can’t compare to the gas machines. Not yet, at least.
We have the exact same problem with our gas-powered car batteries in the cold weather. If our battery isn’t charged very well, or running low on energy, then it sometimes struggles to turnover in the cold. Once we get the car started, we’re good – but we need to make sure our battery is in good condition for the winter or we could run into an issue here or there. Now imagine your entire car is powered by a battery and it’s winter. Bad news waiting to happen. Sounds like a bad investment to me.
MinnPost did a report on their failing electric bus problems, saying the following:
Both the Twin Cities and Duluth have had problems with their battery-electric buses. For one, they can’t go as far as their builders advertised, in part because of the cold weather. Metro Transit’s accordion electric buses were touted to go 150 miles on a single charge. “Using garage chargers alone, electric buses can remain in service for 70 to 75 miles before needing to return to the garage; with on-route chargers, electric buses were scheduled to be in service for up to 90 miles before returning to the garage,” Metro Transit spokesperson Drew Kerr said.
Imagine having to recharge twice as much because the company said one thing, but reality was another. I’d be pissed. What a waste of time. Fill me up with that gas and let me drive. This electric nonsense is for the birds. The report gets worse though, saying the following:
Metro Transit’s battery-electric buses are also less reliable than their diesel-fueled counterparts. A September 2023 presentation to the Met Council’s Transportation Committee showed the battery-electric buses broke down twice as often. The buses were also unable to meet 20% of their scheduled operating miles because they needed battery replacements, which were performed under warranty amid supply chain issues. However, their reliability is better than what it was in 2021, when they were out of service for most of the year because the agency could not charge them at their garage.
Breaking down twice as much??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? People have places to be, they don’t have time for your little electric bus that couldn’t. Let’s just stop testing these electric vehicles in public until someone finally designs an electric vehicle that doesn’t suck. Breaking down twice as much is the perfect reason I would throw every single electric bus into a giant field, blow them up, and not ever go back to electric again. Not unless Elon Musk tied a rocket to it and drove a bus route himself. Imagine Elon Musk driving an electric SEPTA bus in North Philly. That would be epic and he’d probably get robbed. I’m just sayin’, bad things happen in Philadelphia. Go Birds.
Don’t forget about the electric bus that caught fire. Watch the video below: