The biggest obstacle preventing electric vehicles from being ideal cars to use for a trip is that they have to be charged. Charging an electric vehicle isn’t like filling your tank with fuel, it takes time. What this also means is that you have to add charging times to the overall planning of your trip. This, in turn, means you have to be sure of where the charging stations are as well as their level because this will determine how long your charging session will take.
It should also be noted that sometimes fast chargers are a bit slower than advertised, which means a person could assume their EV is good to go, only to drive for a bit and realize they need to charge again.
“I rented an electric car for a four-day road trip,” said Rachel Wolfe of the Wall Street Journal. “I spent more time charging it than I did sleeping.”
As we speak about the current state of the electric vehicle charging grid and how imperfect it is for certain long-range situations, we don’t mean to discourage the use of EVs. However, people go on vacation to relax and have a good time, not to constantly stress about having enough power to make the journey. The solution to this problem is a more stable system of charging stations. This will come, but it’s not here yet. Until then, when it comes to long trips and rental cars, it would appear that the benefits of gasoline still outweigh the wait times inherent with an EV.