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I've had my Jeep Wrangler 11 years it has never been to a mechanic. Better build quality?
That's really remarkable, particularly for a Chrysler product (not known for quality/reliability). I take this to mean you do all the work yourself.
 

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I've had my Jeep Wrangler 11 years it has never been to a mechanic. Better build quality?
There could be two reasons:

1. You never drive the Jeep
2. You don't consider yourself a mechanic ;)

I don't think many think that Jeep/Chrysler products have better build quality than other domestic makes. Back in the day, Jeep might have had.
 

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I wonder if EV production will peak very shortly. I have a hard time believing we could ever replace the ICE car with and EV cars with the current battery technology. It seems to me a pure EV car with a range of only 100 km's or less would be better for the environment than one with a large battery that has 500 km range.
 

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That's really remarkable, particularly for a Chrysler product (not known for quality/reliability). I take this to mean you do all the work yourself.
I change oil/coolant/differential/transfer case, rotate tires 4 sets of tires, 4 windshields, 2 sets of brakes, . Still has original spark plugs, belts etc though lol. 145km's so far much of it in the dirt plus I've towed it another 110,000 miles (motor home is from the US). It's just a good solid built toy...not for most people.
 

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Interesting ... it was a mix of myself and mechanics for oil, replacing brake pads, tune ups for the Ford Escort I drove for sixteen years. I don't know the final kms as I gave it to my brother who drove it another two years before being hit by a DUI drive that totaled it. It was at 296K km when he took over (no towing involved).

Oil was changed at the 10K km mark regularly. It was a manual shift so nothing was done for the gear shift. What was beyond regular maintenance was one battery and one alternator. IIRC, the battery failing was the one trip to the garage/mechanic outside of regular maintenance.

I was expecting to need to replace the gas tank like a previous Escort but I guess the rust proofing was better for this one.


For the range it was driven, East to West was Cranbrook, BC to Montreal, QC. North to South, was Edmonton, AB to Tampa, FL. The most memorable trip to Tampa was driving through hurricane Andrew to have the morning sunrise reveal the damage.


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I think the end game is that all vehicles (EV and non-EV) get a registration tax, perhaps proportional to kms driven by odometer reading. I think trying to penalize EVs is just political haymaking. Wait until a meaningful proportion of the fleet is electric to see how that goes over with the electorate.
 

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So, as expected, one provincial government has decided to charge EV user fees of $150/yr: Environmental economist says Sask.’s new electric vehicle fee is 'mind-boggling'

Given that the fuel tax rate is $0.15/L, that'll be the equivalent of 1000 L a year. I wonder if they just picked $150 for the nice round number.
The idea that people have to pay their fair share is "mindboggling".

The whole purpose of the climate change wealth redistribution plan is to take oil and gas money and give it them.
The idea that you should have to pay for the roads you're driving on is shocking to them, they really think they're entitled to have someone else foot the bill. Heck in the article they want more incentives to pay for their new car.
 

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I think the end game is that all vehicles (EV and non-EV) get a registration tax, perhaps proportional to kms driven by odometer reading.
Doubt it. A flat registration tax is easier to administer, otherwise you would have to set up a system where the government has a process to confirm how much kms were driven.

Yes, the driver would self-report, but you'll still have the situation where people under-report their usage and the government may want to check.
 

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Doubt it. A flat registration tax is easier to administer, otherwise you would have to set up a system where the government has a process to confirm how much kms were driven.

Yes, the driver would self-report, but you'll still have the situation where people under-report their usage and the government may want to check.
Random audit + fine for incorrect reporting?
 

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So, as expected, one provincial government has decided to charge EV user fees of $150/yr: Environmental economist says Sask.’s new electric vehicle fee is 'mind-boggling'

Given that the fuel tax rate is $0.15/L, that'll be the equivalent of 1000 L a year. I wonder if they just picked $150 for the nice round number.
That's one step in the right direction.

Another needed step is an enviro-fee/tax used for recycling EV batteries and that the batteries go to an approved recycling place. By approved I mean one that captures a very high percentage of the materials in an environmentally friendly fashion. This should be manditory and regulated nation wide.
 

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Random audit + fine for incorrect reporting?
Honestly, seems like extra overhead for minimal gain, as I imagine most people are going to be honest. I'm just thinking to the service center where I get plates renewed and I imagine it could get busy (not much staff). Plus most people do it on-line so they are staffed accordingly.

Another needed step is an enviro-fee/tax used for recycling EV batteries and that the batteries go to an approved recycling place. By approved I mean one that captures a very high percentage of the materials in an environmentally friendly fashion. This should be manditory and regulated nation wide.
Sure, I mean we do that with motor oil right?
 

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Sure, I mean we do that with motor oil right?
We do. All auto service centres have to collect used oil and sent it to recycling facilities for re-processing. The Bowden 'refinery' in Alberta was set up at one time to do exactly that and to environmentally dispose of the separated contaminants. It think it closed though some years back and I'd have to research where used oil now goes for re-processing.
 

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Sure, I mean we do that with motor oil right?
Exactly, I have 2 oil recycle depots 5 mins from my house for DIYers.

I think they need to get proper EV battery recycling in place before the flood of old batteries starts to happen.
 

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We do. All auto service centres have to collect used oil and sent it to recycling facilities for re-processing.
I think they need to get proper EV battery recycling in place before the flood of old batteries starts to happen.
Wouldn't be too much different other than logistics. Auto wreckers would set up a contract with recycling companies to dispose of the batteries. There are at least 4 companies in Canada, only 2 I think are currently operational, can't tell what stage the other 2 are:

When it comes down to timelines, you're looking at 5-10 years before you start seeing a rise in old batteries. More than likely 15-20 years out if we consider 15 year car life and the EV car boom is starting now.
 

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When it comes down to timelines, you're looking at 5-10 years before you start seeing a rise in old batteries. More than likely 15-20 years out if we consider 15 year car life and the EV car boom is starting now.
Good recycling places do exist, I'm saying they need to put out regulations so that those places will be used.
 

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Good recycling places do exist, I'm saying they need to put out regulations so that those places will be used.
I doubt they need regulations to specifically single out these companies any more than there are regulations to dictate what oil recycling firms to use. The only thing I can think of is that there is some government certification process.

Presumably, these companies will pay for the battery salvage, which is probably a better deal than what an auto wrecker would get if they just dump the batteries.
 

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I doubt they need regulations to specifically single out these companies any more than there are regulations to dictate what oil recycling firms to use. The only thing I can think of is that there is some government certification process.
Since the push to EV is meant to be "green" I think the recycling should be certified "green" as well.
 
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