JohnWasser wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:29 am
Last night I was watching a YouTube video about the Continuously Variable Valve Duration mechanism in some brand of car engines. After seeing how complicated the mechanism was I was thankful I had switched to electric and no longer had to worry about the thousands of moving parts in a modern ICE
At risk of going off topic, this added complication is one reason I chose to forego the REX. Obviously, I don't need it, otherwise I would have reconsidered.
But your comment brings to mind the steam locomotives at the train museum and at the local historic railroad. It's a marvel how the tech progressed from fairly simple leather belt driven boilers on wheels, to the gargantuan and infinitely complex 1940‘s era SP 4294 cab-forwarded articulated beast on display in Sacramento, which gave way to the much simpler diesel electric.
And yet the i3 and other electrics bring new complications, such as complex cooling systems, an even higher reliance on non-user serviceable electronics, and the "unknowns" many potential buyers grapple with, such as trusting invisible charge levels vs. something familiar that we can see and touch, gasoline (eww!).
I'd love my EVs to be as reliable / easy to diagnose / work on as my old electric R/C buggy.