As gas prices continue to rise, more and more drivers are turning to electric vehicles to ease the pain at the pump. However, buying an electric vehicle is no panacea to our current problems, and unless the infrastructure holds up, it could be just as dreadful.
According to AAA Gas Prices, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States is currently $4.252, while in California it is $5.855 per gallon. With prices continuing to rise, drivers line up to save money while they can.
Most automakers have pledged to introduce more electric vehicles, with many brands from VW to Maserati even promising to go fully electric by the end of the decade.
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However, it doesn’t matter how many electric vehicles are on the road if there is nowhere to plug them in.
—Ben Bergman (@thebenbergman) March 20, 2022
EV drivers on Facebook and Twitter were quick to point and laugh at ICE owners queuing to buy gas, but now the shoe is on the other foot as vehicle owners electric vehicles are forced to wait for other electric vehicles to charge – sometimes for hours. to finish.
Look at these ICE vehicles lining up to pay $5.39 a gallon.
— Jilianne 🇺🇸 Tesla FSD BETA Tester (@JilianneParker) March 15, 2022
If there are any weak links in the EV scheme of things, it’s charging time and station availability. Even with the DC fast chargers available, you’ll need at least 30 minutes to get a healthy charge to around 80% (sometimes even less) of battery capacity. High demand on the power grid also means chargers are unable to keep up, leading to even longer charging times.
The US government plans to install 500,000 new charging stations across the map over the next five years, but the majority will be Tier 2 chargers that can only replenish about 25 miles of range per hour of charging.
The effects of inadequate EV infrastructure are already starting to be felt, and time is running out for companies to catch up to meet people’s needs.