Even while EV owners and reviewers continue to lament short travel ranges, lengthy charging periods, and difficulties finding charging stations, the White House announced a number of executive measures this month to establish a national charging system for EVs.
According to a press release from the White House on February 15, Tesla Motors would “extend a portion of its United States Supercharger as well as Destination Charger network to non-Tesla EVs, aiming to have at least 7,500 chargers accessible for all EVs by the end of 2024,” which includes at least “3,500 existing as well as new 250 kW Superchargers along the highway corridors.”
The announcement indicated that $7.5 billion had been set aside in Biden’s 2022 infrastructure spending plan to advance EV charging infrastructure.
Consumers and industry watchers, however, have voiced their displeasure with the state of EV charging.
Steve Hammes, an automobile reviewer with a prominent YouTube channel, told ABC News that he was concerned about his daughter driving to and from college in her Hyundai Kona Electric sport utility vehicle:
According to Hammes, “We’re working through the logistics of where Maddie can charge the car and how easy she can drive from Albany to Gettysburg College. It gives me a little anxiety. It wouldn’t make sense to wait for hours at a Level 2 charger; instead, we want quick chargers that take 30 to 40 minutes. There is no effective software program for EV owners to use to organize their travel.
According to ABC News’ interview with Tony Quiroga of the magazine Car and Driver, the limited range of some EV models makes it much harder to find charging stations.
“Longer trips highlight EV shortcomings. People are hesitant to use them on lengthy journeys, which is why older EVs do not have 40,000 miles on them, according to him.
According to Breitbart News, Tyler Hoover, another automotive YouTuber, tested the Lightning F-150, Ford’s electric truck mode, on its range and towing capacity in September.
If a vehicle pulling 3,500 pounds can’t even travel 100 miles, Hoover added, “that is extremely foolish.” “This truck can’t perform typical truck tasks. It would be completely impractical for you to stop every hour to recharge, which would take around 45 minutes each time.
Similar to this, after certain performance testing, a Motor Trend review mentioned the truck’s “restricted towing range.”
By 2030, the White House wants to almost treble the number of publicly accessible chargers from 130,000 to 500,000.
The Department of Transportation will mandate that all chargers supported by its National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure initiative maintain 97 percent uptime reliability, according to the press release, which some observers believe is a far cry from the existing status of EV charging stations.
According to automotive journalist John Voelcker, the current incentive is to put stations in the ground. “It’s not ensuring that they function properly.”