**I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip. I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping.**
**Our writer drove from New Orleans to Chicago and back to test the feasibility of taking a road trip in an EV. She wouldn’t soon do it again.**
**By Rachel Wolfe, The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2022**
**Sales of pure and hybrid plug-ins doubled in the U.S. last year to 656,866 — over 4% of the total market, according to database EV-volumes. More than half of car buyers say they want their next car to be an EV, according to recent Ernst & Young Global Ltd. data....**
**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.**
**But that’s not the whole story....It turns out not all “fast chargers” live up to the name....**
**“How long could it possibly take to charge the 30 miles we need to make it to the next fast station?” I wonder. Three hours. It takes 3 hours....To save power, we turn off the car’s cooling system and the radio, unplug our phones and lower the windshield wipers to the lowest possible setting while still being able to see. Three miles away from the station, we have one mile of estimated range....“Charge, Urgently!” the dashboard urges....We figure 11 hours should be plenty for a trip that would normally take half as long. That is, if absolutely everything goes right....** [end quote]
OK, that’s just a fraction of the story.
These intrepid travelers didn’t run out of juice between charging stations, but they met a woman had to be towed twice while driving between her Louisville, Ky., apartment and Boulder, Colo., where her daughter was getting married.
Would I buy an EV?
Nope! Non! Nein! Nix!!!
Maybe a hybrid ICE/ EV. But not an EV.