I thought so too but Hurricane Ian showed me if you had a gas car there was no place to fill it for 2 days after here in north Orlando. Stations didn’t have gas and most were closed in a 5-ish mile radius around me. All Superchargers and CCS chargers were operational except for a few stalls in Daytona where I heard about a fallen tree crushing a charger.
I had power throughout Ian and my workplace did too so I could have also charged there.
Car rental agencies that rent non-Teslas are in for a world of “newbie EV” pain.
I’ve owned various CCS EVs - ID.4, Mach-E, BMW i4, MINI electric, etc. and they require more knowledge (you need apps to pay for charging, app to help you find chargers, to know the difference between L2 and DC charging) and then driving up to a Tesla Supercharger and plugging in.
Altough I love EVs, unplanned road trips are the weakest spot of EVs. And that was your first EV experience. This was a perfect storm. I am honestly impressed that you were able to figure out public fast charging even though you were not prepared for it at all. That ecosystem is still very nascent and rough around the edges.
It’s also a challenge for firefighters who have to use between 8,000 to 12,000 gallons of water to put out the fires, more than 10 times as much as a gas engine-based vehicle
Which we as LH’ers knew (EVs are a conspiracy by union fire fighters who get bonus pay for re-ignited blazes)
The issue has gotten so bad that some tow truck drivers in Florida have refused to pick up flood-damaged EVs. Tim Baker, a tow truck driver, told ABC News that one car he picked up caught on fire after he brought it to his lot.
More room for the brined Range Rovers and Maseratis.
Fredrickson said the simplest way of avoiding an EV car fire is moving the car away from a potential flood area before a major storm, and if a car is submerged in salt water unplugging it from the wall before power is restored could be key to preventing it from bursting into flames.
He forgot discharging the battery before a hurricane (removing it’s ability to help you escape), and putting the car in rice after the hurricane.
He said there could still be hundreds of EVs stored in people’s garages in Florida that could turn into potential fire hazards once power is returned to the grid.
Aren’t there at least that many Bolts with open recalls?
So EVs are so awesome, I need to “know about” them before driving one? LOL. Every rental I have ever had, all I knew about them was get in, start car, drive. It’s all you need to know. It’s all you should need to know.
While probably true, I think the hope is that this won’t be the case in the very near future as the infrastructure continues to get built out and as we make continued advancements to make them more affordable.
Hertz made the right choice going with the Teslas simply because a non EV driver can get in and drive. Curious to see more stories like OPs if these EVs come out to colder climates and add in faulty EA chargers.
Yeah, this seems much more like a rental car issue than an EV issue. Insert Seinfeld joke here about rental car reservations not actually meaning anything. You reserved a car and they didn’t have the class you booked. Has probably happened to most frequent travelers before.
For me, it was Budget in Maui. We reserved a SUV and got there amongst a crush of people and they had zero cars. Eventually we were eighth in line when a hard top mustang was available. All seven groups ahead of us declined and we said screw it, guess this is what we are driving (or not driving on all the dirt roads) after waiting an hour and not wanting to wait another 2+ hours.
Your options are take what they give you or go elsewhere. You chose to take what they gave you. Yes they shouldn’t have lied to you but a 15 buck an hour rental car employee probably didn’t even know what he was saying wasn’t true.