Dalbir Bala, a Canadian man, just came out swinging against the disaster that EV trucks are after he tried taking his Ford F-150 Lightning EV on a road trip from the Winnipeg area to Chicago, saying that electric vehicles are the “biggest scam of modern times” because of how frustrating it was to use the truck.
As background, the Ford Lightning retails for well over $100,000, yet it has numerous problems that make it almost unusable for anything other than driving to and from work in a city. The range is far less than advertised, using it for towing drags down the range yet more, and it takes forever to “fill up” on charge at a recharging station.
Regardless of those issues, Mr. Bala bought one. Speaking to FOX Business, he said that he did so because he wanted an EV, thinking that owning one is the mark of being a “responsible citizenship these days” but also because he needed a truck both for work and for his recreational hobbies, such as fishing.
The truth about the failings of EVs hit him near-immediately, as he had to install two chargers to make use of the vehicle, one at home and one at work. That cost another $10,000, on top of the sticker price of the car and painfully high taxes on it. That wasn’t all, as he had to upgrade his home’s electric panel. That cost another $6,000. So, all in all, if cost him $130,000…plus tax.
Then he had to take it into the body shop for a repair after a minor accident, and that took six longs month for it to be repaired. When he finally got it back, he decided to take it on a road trip to Chicago. That trip was the final straw, as the charge frequency and timing made the trip painfully slow.
The fast charging stations on which he relied only charge EVs up to 90 percent to preserve battery life, meaning that each charge from 10 percent to 90 percent took two hours to perform and was only good for another 215 miles. Further, the electricity to charge the battery wasn’t free, or even cheap, costing $56 per fill-up, more than gas for the same mileage.
But they only filled up once, as when they made it to the second charging station, it didn’t work. Nor did the backup power station. So they were out of charge and the vehicle had to be towed to a Ford dealership, where he rented a gas vehicle.
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