A Florida family was once excited to purchase an electric car in an effort to help the environment. Now, it seems, they aren’t so sure.
After all, when a car battery costs more than the car itself … well, it can be an issue.
Our story centers around the Siwinski family of St. Petersburg, Florida. Or more specifically, Avery Siwinski, 17, who received the 2014 Ford Focus Electric vehicle from her parents. It cost $11,000 and was to be used to get her to and from school.
“It was fine at first,” Avery said, via KVUE-TV. “I loved it so much. It was small and quiet and cute. And all the sudden it stopped working.”
The problem? Well, it was the battery. And given that there is no gas involved, that’s a pretty big problem.
“In March, it started giving an alert,” she said. “And then we took it to the shop and it stopped running.”
Turns out, this is a fairly common issue with electric cars.
“The Ford dealership had advised us that we could replace the battery,” said Roy Sawinski, Avery’s grandfather. “It would only cost $14,000.”
Keep in mind the car cost $11,000. So replacing the battery would cost 3 grand more than the actual vehicle.
But wait. It gets worse.
“Then we found out the batteries aren’t even available,” Roy said. “So it didn’t matter. They could cost twice as much and we still couldn’t get it.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Ford Focus Electric has been discountinued.
“If you’re buying a new one, you have to realize there is no second-hand market right now because the manufacturers are not supporting the cars,” Roy concluded.