Charging Electric Vehicles

“I am convinced many comments are from tree-hugging crazies living in their parents basement that don’t have an EV. Many advocate plugging into a standard ac outlet. My owners manual says that is only for an emergency and constant use will result in battery damage. To say nothing of the 39 hours it would take to fully charge.”
See Electric cars still face a big hurdle: the charging system
I saw this comment about EV-adoption and reflected. Clearly, there are at least two schools of thought:

  1. I need to drive hundreds of miles as conveniently as I commute to work, shop or pick up pizza.
  2. I want the best tool for the job and like a small/short-ranged EV to minimize cost.

I only drive long distances relative to the range of my long-sought Solo EV a few times of the year. Clearly, it’s silly to drive a Cadillac luxury car all year long just for those few trips. I can easily drive all the way to Edmonton in the west or Toronto in the east stopping frequently to recharge the Solo if I’m happy to stop along the way and smell/see/taste the terrain. I’m that guy. I used to drive 14-16h just stopping for chips, pop and gasoline but no more. I want to enjoy the trip not be exhausted at the end. I want to stop and smell the roses/trees/bison rather than just drive on. If I can do that for a couple of cents per km rather than twenty-five or so with a gas-guzzler, so much the better. All I need are charging stations within the range of my EV. On major routes, they are there.

Further, Solo has a small battery. Even at 120V it can do a complete recharge in 13h, about right for a meal, a sleep and another meal. With commonly available Level 2 chargers, the recharge only takes 3h. Perfect! The larger EVs with the longer ranges need DC fast chargers to do better because they have huge batteries like 100kWh compared to 20kWh for Solo. Also, it will be unusual to need a full recharge as stations are randomly spaced. One might need only half a charge on average, less for the local commute/errand.

So, while there may be some that need huge batteries and fast chargers, many of us don’t need either. Those aren’t barriers to entry to the EV market. Availability of EVs is. If one can’t go to a dealer, kick the tires and take a test-drive, most won’t buy an EV. That’s the case where I live. There are few dealers selling EVs and they don’t have inventory. Put that on the makers. They make large profits making and servicing gas-guzzlers. They only offer EVs to boast of a planet-friendly capability. Stop buying the gas-guzzlers and the EVs will come. Stop buying gas-guzzlers from the old makers and buy an EV from the specialists like Electra Meccanica. They’ve made the investment and are committed to delivering product now not next decade.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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