The title of Rachel Wolfe’s piece in the Journal was “I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip. I Spent More Time Charging It Than Sleeping.” In it, the author describes organizing a trip with the PlugShare app and estimating charging hours based on the relative power of each public charging station. She emphasized that more charging stations could theoretically be accessible in the future due to the new infrastructure bill passed by the federal government.
For the time being, however, long-distance travel by electric vehicle has proven to be nearly difficult, saving only $100 and taking several hours. Wolfe claimed that the car’s battery nearly died on multiple occasions, causing them to miss several appointments. They were also required to take severe measures to reduce their energy consumption, such as unplugging their phones and lowering the speed of their windshield wipers.
“Over four days, we spent $175 on charging. We estimated the equivalent cost for gas in a Kia Forte would have been $275, based on the AAA average national gas price for May 19. That $100 savings cost us many hours in waiting time.” Added Rachel
Wolfe also detailed talks with fellow travelers: “The woman charging next to us describes a harrowing recent trip in her Volkswagen ID. 4. Deborah Carrico, 65, had to be towed twice while driving between her Louisville, Ky., apartment and Boulder, Colo., where her daughter was getting married.” She remarked that the woman had expressed feeling insecure when charging at night and that her family had persuaded her to give in her electric vehicle for a gas-powered vehicle.
The subsequent week, I refueled my Jetta at a nearby Shell station. The price of gasoline has increased to $4.08 a gallon.
I breathe deeply. Fumes never smelled so good.
More on this story via Breitbart:
Democrats are pushing drivers to abandon their gas vehicles despite the lag in available infrastructure, and the increased demand that charging will place on already-fragile electrical grids. In 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) banned gas-powered vehicle sales in the state by 3025.
Though many drivers are considering the switch to EVs, given high gas prices, the limited range on many vehicles, the variable performance of electric vehicles in bad weather, and the scarcity of charging stations has many opting for hybrid models, or traditional internal combustion engines.