Sure, it's like the LED vs, incandescent lighting discussion. "freedom lovers" in Texas and Oklahoma started hoarding incandescent bulbs rather than switch to "expensive" LED or CFL's. Long term cost of ownership due to electric consumption was not part of their decision making criteria. They looked only at the initial cost.
Also not part of their thinking: the extra heat load that incandescents generate which must then be dealt with by more air conditioning.
Yes, LED's are more expensive at purchase, but total cost of ownership? Way less. I just replaced some (more) 4 foot 34W florescents with ballast bypass 16W LED's from Cree. With a CRI of 90+ the light quality is way better and I've just cut my electric use in half.
So EV deniers can talk about higher upfront cost, but that difference continues to shrink. Meanwhile, my brakes are basically lifetime and my service schedule is crazy. Visual inspections, tire rotations, passenger air filter replacement. And every 5 years, cooling system and brake fluid replacement. That's it! Most I can easily do myself, but I'll let the dealer do the cooling system.
No doubt and no argument, Chip. Still, both my Volt and Bolt were early production and had no issues. An oil hose leak at 30k miles on one and the battery recall on the other. Neither are what I'd consider a first year production line issue. Both were a part supplier issue. YMMV
So I'm not saying there can't be issues. The Hummer EV had some roof panel leaks for example. Not sure if that was assembly, part, or bad design, but it was fixed. Some Gen 2 Volts are experiencing BECM failure. Again, a faulty part, not an assembly issue.
I had the same thought process as well, but then problems started....I'll explain:
1. LEDs have many advantages, but in a vehicle, the manufacturers don't make them as replaceable bulbs, but as sealed units, so when your light goes out, it's a $1500 bill instead of a $6 bulb you could easily replace yourself. Also, in cold weather (Canada), incandescent bulbs are better to melt the snow from your headlights while you drive.
2. About breaks...You're right, but only in a good climate. My rotors rust out completely every 3 years or so, so it doesn't matter if I use the or not. I have never had the privilege of replacing my breaks with actual usage-wear.