Over the past couple of years, the popularity of electric vehicles has sky-rocketed, with consumers wanting to be on the cutting edge of technology. Alongside this, there is an undeniable political agenda to force drivers away from traditional gas-powered vehicles to ween off dependence on fossil fuels. For example, states like California have banned the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Furthermore, Biden is trying to coax consumers into buying these electric vehicles by spending taxpayer dollars on half a million new charging stations.
However, people are beginning to realize that electric vehicles are less convenient and reliable than they thought. Even woke ABC is admitting that owning and driving these vehicles is a “logistical nightmare” due to their inferiority to gas-powered cars. A story written by ABC states:
YouTube personality Steve Hammes leased a Hyundai Kona Electric sport utility vehicle for his 17-year-old daughter Maddie for three reasons: it was affordable, practical and allowed Maddie to put her cash toward college, not fuel. Now, the upstate New York resident has a dilemma many EV owners can relate to: finding available charging stations far away from home.
“We’re going through the planning process of how easily Maddie can get from Albany to Gettysburg [College] and where she can charge the car,” Hammes told ABC News. “It makes me a little nervous. We want fast chargers that take 30 to 40 minutes — it would not make sense to sit at a Level 2 charger for hours. There isn’t a good software tool that helps EV owners plan their trips.”
Compare this to filling up your car at a gas station which would take five minutes, maybe ten if you get a snack and use the restroom. This makes traveling even moderate distances a nightmare. Even if you look at Tesla, which is considered the industry standard for reliable charging, charging for a 200 mile range could take almost half an hour. Obtaining a full charge on the battery can take an hour.
The charging experience is so long that companies are beginning to design charging stations with retail stores to occupy drivers while they are waiting for their EV’s to reach a sufficient battery level. The article continues:
Sandwich chain Subway announced Wednesday it was partnering with GenZ EV Solutions to build “Oasis Parks” at select dining locations. EV customers can expect charging canopies with multiple ports, picnic tables, Wi-Fi, restrooms, green space and playgrounds to make the charging experience more “seamless,” Subway said.
Tony Quiroga, the editor-in-chief of Car and Driver, discussed how he wanders around different stores and restaurants while he waits for his EV to charge. However, Quiroga’s sister opts to drive a gas-powered car for the sake of convenience. The story reported:
Tony Quiroga, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver, has been forced to wander the aisles of a Walmart in Burbank, California, while the EV he’s testing that day sits and charges. He’s become a familiar face at a Mexican restaurant in Mohave, California, where a Tesla charger is located. A coffee shop recently opened nearby that caters specifically to EV drivers.
…Quiroga’s sister, who lives in Northern California, takes her internal combustion car — not her Tesla Model S — when she needs to drive across the state. Even Quiroga’s team of reporters has to carefully plan and calculate how far EV charging stations are when they conduct comparison tests among manufacturers.
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