A Colorado man learned how bad electric vehicles are for long-distance travel when he discovered it took him 15 hellish hours to drive from Cheyenne to Casper, Wyoming.
At around 180 miles, this is a trip that only takes about three hours in a gas-powered vehicle. But because he was in an electric vehicle, it took five times longer to cover the distance.
EV owner Alan O’Hashi now resides in Colorado but previously lived in Wyoming and makes frequent trips back to the Cowboy State. And while his electric vehicle is fine for making short hops around town at home, he found taking the vehicle for a long drive in sprawling Wyoming wasn’t a very good idea, Cowboy State Daily reported.
O’Hashi learned that using his electric vehicle for a long trip was definitely a different game.
“It was very difficult,” O’Hashi told Cowboy State Daily. “For example, (it took) 15 hours to get from Cheyenne to Casper.”
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The 15-hour drudgery was his first attempt to use his electric vehicle to travel to Wyoming. Since then he has also made the trip. But despite the experience, he was only able to shave four hours off that time.
The big problem, of course, is the lack of charging stations. And since EVs only travel a few hundred miles between charges, he’s had to be stuck trying to find places to charge – which were usually far away from him – and then sit idly for hours while his vehicle charges.
Certainly electric cars themselves are not always a problem, especially for local transport. Instead, the problem arises with the Biden administration’s attempts to force Americans to switch to electric vehicles, rather than allowing them to choose for themselves what type of vehicle best suits their needs.
Another problem is the fact that our entire electricity grid is not designed to charge millions of electric cars. Earlier this year, California urged EV users not to charge their cars during repeated summer power outages.
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The horrific experience spurred O’Hashi to write a book about his long journeys across Wyoming in an electric vehicle, entitled On The Trail: Electric Vehicle Advice and Anxiety.
“What I’ve learned from driving this thing is patience,” said the beat-up EV owner.
O’Hashi found several major issues that EV dealers don’t talk about.
First, he realized that when he’s out on the open road and runs out of juice to take him to the nearest charging station, he’s forced to pay the cost of a tow truck.
Secondly, he had to wait very different hours since there are three types of charging stations, all charging at different speeds. In fact, it sometimes had to sit overnight just to end up with enough battery power to only go 40 miles.
Level 3 chargers, for example, can deliver a full charge in about three to four hours. However, charging with a Level 1 charger at home may require waiting two or three days for a full charge.
Then there’s the fact that hilly roads drained its energy faster than flat roads, so driving through hilly terrain could cut its battery life by up to half.
EVs also incur huge long-term costs that the auto industry is desperate to keep customers from learning from.
Then there’s the serious mental aspect of driving an electric vehicle. The phenomenon has been dubbed “range anxiety” because drivers worry about making it to the nearest charging station before their EV fails.
In the end, O’Hashi said that EVs just aren’t suited for long-distance travel and the infrastructure needed to support them is many years away, even if America is trying to build that capability now.
O’Hashi isn’t the first to come across the futility of electric vehicles for long-distance travel. Another man found driving his electric Hyundai through Montana a nightmare. In some cases, 10 hours of charging only brought his battery to a 20 percent charge, which only allows for a few kilometers of driving. Then there is the case of the man who discovered that his electric truck was not suitable for towing, despite the manufacturer’s information.
The simple truth is that electric vehicles are not yet operational in much of the United States. Even in blue states, there are many areas with long stretches of freeway in the middle of nowhere, and there simply aren’t any charging stations where EV users can drive a few hours, charge, drive a few more hours just to recharge.
Of course, if individual consumers want to buy a far more expensive EV just to drive locally, that’s their choice. But the government’s idea that we should all be in an electric vehicle just isn’t a logical goal.
https://www.westernjournal.com/wyoming-electric-vehicle-road-trip-nightmare-man-spends-15-hours-travel-178-miles-across-state/ Man Spends 15 Hours to Travel 178 Miles Across State