This doesn’t just apply to the long drives electric vehicle owners take and it isn’t just for recreation.
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.”
Last week the Biden administration said Tesla would open its Supercharger network to non-Tesla owners by the end of 2024. The plan includes 3,500 Tesla fast chargers and 4,000 of its slower, Level 2 chargers — a small number in Tesla’s sprawling network. Setting up an account on Tesla’s app is also required for access.
These owners blew a hole in their wallets buying their $60,000+ electric cars and Tesla opening its Supercharger network may be too little too late. In ight of these and other problems associated with electric vehicles (like the price tag to even maintain them), it is small wonder that many electric car owners are going back to gas-powered cars. With each hurdle electric car owners experience results in a future fossil fuel powered vehicle owner down the line.
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