Electrified automobiles had been better than 10% of the US market in 2021 and EVs had been about 5%. EV gross sales are rising at almost 100% YOY and will attain 25% of the US market in just a few years. That is excellent news for the trouble to cut back our dependence on fossil fuels. However there are nonetheless challenges for the EV market.
Vary nervousness and cost instances are among the many high causes that buyers keep away from EVs.
The Gotham Gal and I’ve owned EVs for eight years now and have struggled with just a few of those points. However we proceed to purchase EVs and like them to gas-powered automobiles.
This previous weekend, we took a five-hour highway journey with our brother and sister-in-law. We every drove our personal automobiles, each EVs. We drove our eight-year-old unique Tesla Mannequin S. They drove a Volvo XC40. We bumped into quite a few challenges that led us to name this highway journey our “vary nervousness weekend.”
The primary challenge that arose is that our vacation spot was barely past the vary of each of our automobiles. We wanted about 250-260 miles to get to our vacation spot and we each had about 240 miles of vary. So we chosen a cease for lunch that had EV charging stations.
Fortuitously, once we arrived for lunch, each charging stations had been free. They had been the one charging stations that we may discover on this small city. If both had been taken, we might not have been capable of cost throughout lunch and would have needed to go on a charging station hunt after lunch.
We had a leisurely two-hour lunch and once we received again to our automobiles, we had every gotten one other forty miles. That was sufficient to get to our vacation spot so off we went. We did get to our vacation spot with some spare battery however each of us had been under twenty miles once we arrived.
The resort we stayed out advised us they’d EV charging stations, nevertheless it seems what they’d had been two Tesla charging stations and we couldn’t discover an adapter to cost the Volvo XC40 on the Tesla charger. So the Gotham Gal and I charged our Tesla each nights on the resort however our brother and sister-in-law weren’t ready to do this.
The following morning we went on an EV charging station hunt and located an Electrify America fast-charging station which took the Volvo XC 40 from empty to full in about two hours. We left that automotive charging for a lot of the day and toured the world in our Tesla.
We charged our Tesla once more in a single day at our resort and we each had full batteries for the drive again. We picked one other lunch vacation spot midway dwelling that had charging stations and began the journey again.
Whereas the lunch vacation spot on the way in which dwelling did have each Tesla and non-Telsa chargers, the charging price was so gradual on them that we weren’t capable of get sufficient extra mileage over lunch to make it dwelling. So the Gotham Gal and I headed to a Telsa Supercharging Station and in about ten minutes received one other fifty miles after which made our method dwelling.
Our brother and sister-in-law needed to discover a quick charger on the town and did nevertheless it was not straightforward. And it took a good bit longer for them to get the additional fifty miles they wanted to get dwelling. However get dwelling they did and the vary nervousness weekend ended with none main points.
However here’s what we discovered from this journey in regards to the availability of charging stations on the highway in California:
- When inns and eating places say they’ve EV chargers, they principally imply Tesla proprietary charging stations that you just want an adapter to make use of in case you are driving one thing aside from a Tesla.
- When you find yourself on the highway, you want quick charging stations. The gradual selection, which is usually what’s on the market, solely work for an in a single day cost. So they’re OK for a resort however not for anything.
- Tesla has completed an unimaginable job with their supercharging stations. Vary nervousness is a signficantly diminished challenge in the event you drive a Tesla.
- Whereas Electrify America is doing a pleasant job of buildling out quick charging stations for non Telsa EVs, their charging stations are signficantly slower than Tesla’s superchargers and they aren’t almost as prevalent.
On condition that vary nervousness and cost instances are among the many high causes that buyers don’t buy EVs, it will make sense for the auto trade to come back collectively and standardize charging retailers and make investments closely in quick (tremendous quick) charging stations. Telsa can doubtless get away with its personal charging community and charging retailers, however everybody else can’t. I don’t perceive why this isn’t an even bigger precedence for the trade. It must be.