Renowned online mechanic Scotty Kilmer, with over 55 years of expertise under his belt, recently weighed in on the contentious issue surrounding Ford dealerships and their reluctance to embrace electric vehicle (EV) sales. In response to the revelation that 400 Ford dealerships opted out of the company’s electric vehicle program, Scotty provided his insights, shedding light on the apparent disinterest of dealerships in promoting electric models over their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Scotty’s observations stemmed from Ford’s initiative, the ‘Model e’ certification program, launched in 2022, designed to catalyze the adoption of electric cars. Dealerships seeking certification faced substantial costs, needing to invest around $500,000 upfront, or a staggering $1.1 million for additional electric display models and enhanced charging infrastructure. This financial burden led to nearly 400 dealers withdrawing from the program, citing Ford’s requirements as a violation of the law, as stated by the Illinois State Vehicle Board.
Ford tried to mandate dealerships to install EV chargers and undergo extensive training, but many dealerships pushed back,” Scotty elucidated in a recent video. They’re telling Ford, ‘Please, no more electric cars until we move the ones we have.’ They’re just sitting around, unsold.
Scotty highlighted the logistical and financial challenges dealerships faced, further compounded by seasonal adversities. Winter is a tough time for dealerships, and for electric cars, it’s even more challenging. Cold weather drastically affects EV performance,” he pointed out, recounting a Ford F-150 Lightning truck owner who experienced a significant range loss of 90 miles in winter conditions.
The video, amassing over 85,000 views and 5,300 likes, sparked a wave of engagement in the comments section. One commenter lamented the closure of a local Ford dealership due to the overwhelming expenses associated with EVs, unsuitable for rural needs. Another suggested a hybrid model more aligned with specific requirements, akin to heavy equipment, emphasizing simplicity and versatility.
Scotty’s expert takeaways illuminate the complexities and reservations surrounding EV adoption within dealership networks, revealing the inherent challenges and disparities influencing their readiness to embrace electric vehicles in the evolving automotive landscape.