In the latest polar vortex last weekend, electric vehicle owners were struggling with charging. An EV requires a certain minimum temperature of the batteries for fast charging. Additionally, higher demand throws off availability of chargers and charging due to the maximum power to the stations, as well as the lines that start forming at stations due to slower charging rates. The infrastructure left many EV owners in a position where they couldn’t get a charge, leaving them to abandon their car and take a taxi or Uber home. This didn’t bode well for an industry that’s taking some hits. The second segment in this weeks show highlights another bit of bad news for EVs, accident rates.
Tesla owners have waited hours for a charge in subzero Chicago.