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Scotty Kilmer explains why electric cars will soon be “dirt cheap”

Published: 17/Mar/2020 22:17 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 9:09

by Bill Cooney

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YouTube auto personality and mechanic Scotty Kilmer has predicted that Teslas and other electric vehicles will drastically drop in price going forward into 2020.

The work of Tesla and other manufacturers in the electric car market have only seen their products become more common in the last few years, but Kilmer says even though they’re more readily available, you can’t force people to buy them.

With oil and gas becoming more expensive in recent years, some may have presumed more people would switch over to the less expensive option in electric cars, although Kilmer said many still seem to prefer spending money on good old gasoline-powered vehicles instead.

Scotty Kilmer
Kilmer worked as an author and auto mechanic before starting his YouTube channel, which has over 3 million followers.

Sales of electric vehicles in China, where most of them are produced, were down 77% in the last 8 months, according to Kilmer.

“Now this is before the Coronavirus stuff,” the YouTuber clarified. “You can force someone to make something [electric cars], but you cannot force people to buy it.”

The Coronavirus’s potential effect on the price of oil is another problem electric cars may have to contend with, as it may actually fall in due course, on top of being an untested technology when compared to gas cars as well.

“If oil is cheap, if gas is cheap, that’s even less of an incentive for people to go out and get electric cars,” the 66-year-old continued. “There’s less incentive for people to switch to an electric technology that really hasn’t proven itself.”

Teslas, and the likes, have also been mainstream for much less time than their gas-powered counterparts, which can make them less convenient to operate as well.

“There’s less infrastructure for it, takes too much time to charge the vehicles,” Kilmer pointed out. “Takes you two minutes to fill it up with gas, might take you 20 hours to charge up your electric battery.”

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In the market for a Tesla? 2020 could be the year to buy.

Top Gear star James May even said he had the same issue with electric cars, that they take too long to charge and it doesn’t last long enough, in a recent video, but whether or not the market for this type of product changes drastically as Kilmer seems to be suggesting remains to be seen.

If you hear all the potential problems facing electric vehicles and still decide you want one though, 2020 could turn out to be the year to pick one up.

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TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
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Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.