Electric Vehicle Owners Report Short Battery Life, Poor Performance, Fire Risks, Despite White House Sales Pitch

While the White House is working overtime to stoke climate fears and sell electric vehicles, new owners might feel some buyer’s remorse. In a recent report, one couple says the constant need to stop and recharge added upwards of 11 hours to their road trip from Michigan to Florida. Similar stories have circulated about the drawbacks of electric vehicles, including their limited range, poor performance in cold weather, and even fire risks.

Bill and Joann Muller drove a total of 1,500 miles from Michigan to Florida. They say the trip required them to stop 12 times to avoid running out of battery on the road. Joann, writing for Axios, said she and her husband wanted “to see if America is ready for the era of electric transportation.”

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The couple said the lack of charging stations left them with “range anxiety.”

“When I left Detroit, the temperatures were in the low 30s, and the vehicle said it had a range of 216 miles,” Bill Muller said. “A Kia engineer told us that the cold would put extra stress on the battery, draining it faster than normal.”

He continued, saying that the couple drove through the freezing temperatures without cabin heating since they feared it would drain the battery too quickly. “After a chilly 151 miles, he arrived at the recharging spot with 16% left on the battery,” Joann said.

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According to her report, recharging their Kia EV6 took anywhere from 20 to 55 minutes at a time, depending on the battery level and speed of the charging outlet. According to Joann, a cross-country journey is doable in an electric vehicle, but only if you map out the charging stations ahead of time to avoid getting stranded. She also warned that not every station is reliable.

“Know where your next charging stop is before you leave, and make sure to have extra range upon arrival in case that charger is inoperable.”

According to other owners, the problem with electric vehicles is not just their lack of range but their ability to hold a battery charge. In January, YouTuber TFLEV demonstrated his new electric Hummer truck. Due to the truck’s large battery, it required a week to charge completely.

Business Insider reported in January that another traveling duo rented a Tesla from Florida to Kansas. They required six charges along the way and said that, at points, the battery drained faster than it could charge due to the cold weather.

That same month, a Norwegian shipping company banned electric vehicles on its ships, saying the batteries’ risk of combustion created too severe of a security risk. According to the Washington Examiner, a company spokesman stated, “An electric car fire will be very hot. There may be a risk of explosion, and toxic gases will be released… We will never compromise with the safety of the passengers and crew.” The Examiner also reported that insurance companies were beginning to issue warnings about the risks of spontaneous battery fires.

Despite the technology being unreliable and even dangerous at times, the Biden administration has made its best effort to push it on the American people. At a January conference, Pete Buttigieg, who famously tried to market electric cars as a solution to high gas prices, said, “The industry is going electric… It’s true here, and it’s true around the world.”

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According to Axios, electric vehicles make up just 5% of new car sales. They account for around 1% of total vehicles on the road.

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