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“Fumes never smelled so sweet”: Journalist Bashes Electric Cars after Attempting Road Trip in One, Charging It More than Sleeping

Things didn’t go so well when Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Wolfe attempted to travel all the way from New Orleans, Louisiana to Chicago, Illinois in a brand-new Kia EV6.

In fact, after completing what should have been a relatively easy road trip in a brand-new vehicle, the journalist was sick and tired of dealing with the slow-charging electric vehicle, complaining that she spent more time charging it than sleeping and that, once she was done with the experiment, gas “fumes never smelled so sweet.” And that’s despite the high price of gas.

Writing about the trip in a column for the newspaper, Wolfe chronicled the difficult journey and all of the many pitfalls of attempting a road trip in an electric vehicle.

Notably, the problems with the trip and car included the Kia having an even shorter range than she expected, difficult to deal with and finicky charging cables, charging stations that were somehow even slower than the already painfully slow speed at which they advertised being able to charge the electric vehicle, and the many areas of the country where there aren’t any of the relatively speedy charging stations, forcing her to rely on even slower charging ports.

In fact, the charging thing was such an issue that Wolfe complained that they needed to spend more hours simply waiting for the vehicle to charge than they spent sleeping, which is especially painful when compared to the few minutes it takes to fill up even a large gas tank.

Describing the problem with the charging stations and how some are advertized as being “fast” but really aren’t, Wolfe said:

The biggest variable, according to State of Charge, is how many kilowatts a unit can churn out in an hour. To be considered ‘fast,’ a charger must be capable of about 24 kW. The fastest chargers can pump out up to 350.”

The Blaze, noting some of those issues and how Kia attempted to explain them away, noted that:

Frequently, they were forced to make changes to their charted course and pre-planned schedule due to unexpected battery drains along the highway. “Factors such as average highway speed, altitude changes, and total cargo weight can all impact range, whether derived from a tank of gasoline or a fully charged battery,” a Kia spokesman later informs them.

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The same Blaze report notes the relatively small cost savings, particularly when compared to the wasted time spent sitting around at charging stations simply waiting for the battery to fill up, saying:

On a positive note, the pair spent just $175 on charging in comparison to the $275 they estimated they would have paid in a similarly-sized gas-fueled vehicle. However, “That $100 savings cost us many hours in waiting time,” Wolfe clarified, adding, “that’s not the whole story.”

So, slick as EV marketing might seem, the supposed cost savings and ability to plug a car in over night aren’t the full story. They’re fine when driving a few miles to work and back but, when it comes to making a long road trip, are in reality very far from ideal.

By: Gen Z Conservative, editor of Follow me on Parler and Gettr.

11 thoughts on ““Fumes never smelled so sweet”: Journalist Bashes Electric Cars after Attempting Road Trip in One, Charging It More than Sleeping”

  1. So…what I am reading tells me that the biggest hurdle in electric vehicles is the shoddy engineering that went into the design of the batteries. The second biggest hurdle would be the charging stations and their lack of proper engineering in charging rates. What is missing is the astronomical price tag of the vehicle itself and the cost to replace the battery pack entirely. There is no aspect of the electric vehicle ownership that would appeal to the average, middle-class American. Yet, despite every proven drawback, this administration is destroying our proven oil industry and the many good perks of owning gas powered cars and trucks. So going green is not real clean.

    1. ConservativeToTheCore

      Spot on! And given the unpredictable battery explosions & fires, you best not park your EV anywhere close to your home or in your garage. I hate jousting with windmills!

  2. Douglas L. Andrews


  3. i think the electric car is a joke not only the gost but the crap of charging i would never own one i dont even have a electric lawn mower nor would i want one

  4. The Fascist Biden Administration Could care less how expensive & inconvenient they are because it’s just the peons in the population that should, would or will be driving them! This President & His Whole Administration are Vile, Delusional Psychopathic Liars Who Hate the American People! 🤮🤮🤮🤮

  5. Government employees ( Congress and Senate) are chauffeured everywhere they go.
    The EV is another Yugo a POS.
    No more family vacations, no visits to see grandparents.
    Who controls the charging rate, the government. The more EV’s on the road the higher the recharge will increase.
    The brain dead idiot’s that put Biden in office will get what they deserve.
    America please don’t fall for this Democratic bs.

  6. When EV’s can deliver a power source that has the energy density and storage capacity by volume that internal combustion uses (fossil fuels), come talk to me. Until then they are an expensive device to virtue signal with.

  7. My question on this article about electric, what happens when they were out in areas with no power stations or electric such as the deserts?When they run out of KW power and batteries drained, were they towed? Demonic Democrats and their Sheeple agendas is evident through their governing, destroy the USA . We need God back into our country and faith.

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