Submitted by bigez1 on February 8, 2013
Perhaps this post is a bit premature because EVs on the road don’t number in the tens of thousands. However, if you were to believe what EV critics are claiming about the limitations and dangers of battery powered vehicles (range + unpredictable battery drain+ the lack of charging infrastructure), by now the air waves and internet should be littered with stories of stranded EV owners (even one or two examples would go viral IMO). The only examples I could find are journalist reviewers marooning themselves on purpose in what I consider silly attempts to make (mostly negative) points. For example, in a recent article in un-Fortune-nate magazine, the writer and his father set out to find out “how far can you go in a Tesla?” Fair enough. The test was a 700 mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco (isn’t that trip only +-400 miles?). Whatever…. Anyway, according to the writer, the answer came 15 hours later after the Tesla ran out of charge leaving them stranded and frustrated sitting in a parking lot for an hour - the time it took to recharge enough to get to their hotel 20 miles away. If I’m not mistaken, aren’t there two (2) Superchargers between LA and SF? I understand the writer’s objective was to test Tesla’s driving range, but who would deliberately drive past gas stations if they needed gas simply to prove a point? Besides, Tesla’s rated range is already widely known - the EPA published this data last year. Silly I say. Again, if this is an example of “real” driving behavior then where are all the stranded EVs? I welcome your comments.