Talking Cars 354: Everything You Want to Know About EVs

This all-questions episode covers buying vs. leasing, how temperatures affect driving range, and much more

Main theme: With dozens of all-new, pure-electric vehicles set to debut by the end of 2024, and interest sparked by high gas prices, EVs have become an even hotter topic than usual. (Learn about automakers’ EV plans.) Because EVs remain a new and, for many, a curious unknown, we’re devoting this entire episode to answering the bevy of EV-related questions we’ve been getting from our loyal and inquisitive “Talking Cars” audience. 

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Audience Questions

  • My parents have ordered their first EV, a Cadillac Lyriq. Is there something similar to an “EV 101” resource I can point them to that would have the answers to all their questions?
  • If you were advising someone who has their eye on an EV today, would you suggest that they lease or buy?
  • Is there any type of break-in period for EVs, equivalent to the break-in rules that owners’ manuals outline for vehicles with internal combustion engines? 
  • What EVs would you expect will remain structurally sound and free of rust to justify an expensive battery replacement years down the road?
  • A recent snowstorm and traffic jam in northern Virginia got me thinking: What would have happened if many of those were EVs? Would the batteries have lasted long enough to keep occupants warm? 
  • I’ve heard that cold weather decreases EV driving range, but what’s the story with EVs in hot climates?
  • What happens the moment an EV runs out of electricity? Does it just stop in the middle of the road?
Talking Cars 354
"Talking Cars" panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Keith Barry.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

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Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)