Here’s Why Charging an Electric Car Can Suck - And It’s Not The Reason You Think!


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  • W W
    W W  3 weeks back

    Nicely done Tommy. Good facts and information here for everyone that has no idea on how all this EV stuff works. :)

    • ferkemall
      ferkemall  3 days back

      @spacegreycoralred Licking an American 110v plug is one thing lick a UK 250v one and your brown bread ! /LOL

    • Bitbyebit
      Bitbyebit  4 days back

      The Fast Lane Car journalists my ass!

    • dchawk81
      dchawk81  5 days back

      @The 3d-printed Cat I see.

    • The 3d-printed Cat
      The 3d-printed Cat  5 days back

      dchawk81 they considered the grid as a good back up. Also they sell the extra electricity to the grid.

    • dchawk81
      dchawk81  5 days back

      @The 3d-printed Cat If you're off the grid and stable it doesn't make sense to even go back on the grid.

  • James Crawford
    James Crawford  7 minutes back

    iDubbbz is that you?

    • V R
      V R  27 minutes back

      Heck I’m a millennial and having to have all those app accounts and keep track of the different charge times, type of ports, when the charger is active, finding where the next one is on a road trip, and adapters is ridiculous. The infrastructure needs to be standardized and just have the option to pay with cash, card, or Apple Pay. #KeepItSimpleStupid

      • Erte 27
        Erte 27  30 minutes back

        And what do you do for an hour or two since your car is charging and you’re out and about?

        • Peter Creagh
          Peter Creagh  30 minutes back

          What this story did not say was the faster you charge the shorter your battery life as fast charging creates heat.

          • Peter Creagh
            Peter Creagh  54 minutes back

            So you have to use up mobile data on your phone which has to be added to the cost of charging. In the US not only do you have to wait around for ages for the car to charge but there is also a lot of mucking around interfacing your payment. In New Zealand there is a thing known as the KISS principle "Keep It Simple Stupid" which this is not.

            • Linda Tucker
              Linda Tucker  58 minutes back

              He didn't really demo charging at home. I plug in before I go to bed, and when I wake up 7 hours later, my battery is fully charged. No time wasted.

              • Brian Brewster
                Brian Brewster  1 hours back

                I would much prefer a video titled: "Help - Stranded in BumPhuk Egypt in Tesla With No Charger Available" A compilation of true life horror stories of customers that went through these maddening scenarios. That would make anyone rethink plunking down $40K - $60K on a Tesla car I would think. But in the meantime, thanks Tommy for awakening us to the ongoing charging horrors awaiting e-car owners in America. Until this problems are all smoothed out - hard pass.

                • Brian Brewster
                  Brian Brewster  2 hours back

                  Here's a radical, forward thinking thought: since you are using an electric car with an array of sophisticated computers, why not store somewhere inside your vehicle an authorizing encryption charging schema that pre-authorizes your car whenever and wherever it travels to automatically pay for charging said vehicle? Man, maybe I should work for Tesla. Imagine how convenient this would be for the tens of thousands of Teslas in operation in the U.S. My big question to owners is this: WTF do you do waiting around for hours and hours waiting to charge your car if you are in a remote area, not shopping or doing business nearby?

                  • Brian Brewster
                    Brian Brewster  2 hours back

                    2:28. "Remember how I said that all these new manufactureres use a standard plug - the J1772 plug? Well ... I kind of lied to you because Tesla - they use their own proprietary plug, which really really sucks." And should be freakin' ILLEGAL! This is exactly why I would never own a goddamn Tesla or an Apple phone as they both are guilty of this nefarious use-our-own-plug gimmickry. Too bad we don't have federal laws to ban this practice. Then there's the other issue of having multiple energy company vendors you need to sign up with. And lastly, these hours-long charge times are unrealistic. I can fill my 20-gallon Jeep Grand Cherokee in less than 5 minutes and be on my way, to drive around 225 miles uninterrupted. Man - how in the world are people supposed to convert over to this wonderful clean energy concept with all these mind boggling hurdles?

                    • Old Favorite
                      Old Favorite  3 hours back

                      15:00 no I can't live like that I'm sorry.
                      If you preferred electric car that's on you but somebody like me go all over the place with my truck I just don't have the time or patience for waiting for 60 minutes or 2 hours of charging it just easier just refill the like 2 to five minutes of revealing gas hey that's what I prefer. Electric cars make noises that can rival engine noises and also go long range and charged short oh that's one IHOP in that electric cars but right now NO.

                      • Old Favorite
                        Old Favorite  3 hours back

                        Nice video my friend see how electric cars going to be like to charge up or refill the car. I got no problem with electric cars but it's just not for me I'm just going to stick with gasoline it was quick fast to reveal your car and I just prefer to engine noise. But is a good video to learn about what type of electric charging ports to charge your cars.

                        • Mike
                          Mike  7 hours back

                          This video is basically an ad for why tesla superchargers are far superior to any other charging station. No app to juggle, nothing to tap, you just plug in and it charges, and payment is automatic. It routes you to charging stations automatically as you drive. Also 99% of EV owners charge overnight and never have to think about this, using superchargers on road trips, only stopping when you were going to eat anyway.

                          • Julian Phillips
                            Julian Phillips  9 hours back

                            5kw? In my country the chargers are up to 50kw... Bit more decent. I'm sure once the infrastructure gets installed there will be more high power chargers available.

                            • John Parola
                              John Parola  10 hours back

                              Don’t buy electric or you will be constantly frustrated

                              • fresatx
                                fresatx  14 hours back

                                My gas car will fill up in 3 minutes..... Electric Vehicles suck. I guess the good thing is that you get to meet other asshole white people who are also spending an an hour or two to do what takes me 5 minutes or less.

                                • humboldthammer
                                  humboldthammer  14 hours back

                                  The Neo Eon Currency will solve all these problems on 09/23/26.

                                  • Anthony Efx
                                    Anthony Efx  14 hours back

                                    I have to go to my parents house to help them switch the input on the tv. I can already picture the call from my parents. The car is not charging can you meet us here and help us get it to work

                                    • chopper680
                                      chopper680  15 hours back

                                      Hmm with gas you can fill you tank in mins and go, with the electric it takes hrs and hrs
                                      The gas tank are universal in the country,with electric no standards... I think I'll wait for them to get their act together

                                      • James King
                                        James King  21 hours back

                                        15mi/hr charging rate? Yeah that needs to be fixed to at least 100mi/hr if they really want to replace has cars for long drives.
                                        Also, this showed I think the 2nd biggest issue, lack of standards. Every gas car has the same gas tank slot and as pumps use regular card payments (some use Tap & Pay too).

                                        Until these big issues get fixed, I really can't justify going EV.

                                        • 9Spank9
                                          9Spank9  21 hours back

                                          So what do you do when the charging station is closed? Shouldn't they be open 24/7? DUH - I am keeping a car with an internal combustion engine. Remember too - as everyone goes on the electric bandwagon gasoline prices will decline sharply! So I am going to ride by the folks with their dinky little electric cars - driving my Rolls-Royce in style! TO HELL with those 'green' econoboxes that double as a rolling coffin!

                                          • 9Spank9
                                            9Spank9  21 hours back

                                            ok, we're on a very long trip and in need of a charge station. We pull up to the 'plug' enter the info - only to find '404 PAGE NOT FOUND' - or a similar error message we cannot control, then what? We call the card's non-customer service line only to be put into a holding what, we're already late AND no electricity in our batteries - so what now? Wait until the program is fixed while camping out at the only recharging station for miles and naturally there are no more tow trucks available because a major ISP has internal issues and has shut down to re-boot - now what? Order food from an autonomous delivery service because, remember your ISP is down - now what? No food, no car, and no Smartphone - now what? Back on "Feetwood" as mankind started out? They say life repeats itself - I surely hope not! They also state 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - OK folks, your systems are down so let's see that first step - in unison!

                                            This is why I am ALWAYS going to have an internal combustion engine powered car at my disposal so I can wave good-buy as I drive past stranded motorists! This way, I don't have to worry about my stolen Smartphone with ALL of my banking information and my car's electronic coding. What are you going to do when you wake up, get ready for work only to open the front door to find out your handy-dandy autonomous electric car has left without you showing up in your parking spot at work because the computer savvy kids across the street you pissed off hacked into your car's security system? We haven't seen the GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY yet -

                                            • Mountain Rambler
                                              Mountain Rambler  23 hours back

                                              Just wait till you need to buy new battery !

                                              • dane rude
                                                dane rude  23 hours back

                                                This system is broken already.any gas pump will fill any car or container

                                                • dane rude
                                                  dane rude  23 hours back

                                                  I bet everyone will loose or leave the adapter behind.

                                                  • Karl Gruner
                                                    Karl Gruner  23 hours back

                                                    Excellent video! I was thinking going EV, but not any more. Will wait until charging stations become more standardized and a lot faster!

                                                    • Abel Gonzalez
                                                      Abel Gonzalez  1 days back

                                                      Imagine phone battery dies while trying to connect with this machine to charge your car.

                                                      • Paul Adams
                                                        Paul Adams  1 days back

                                                        Fully charged batteries that you can change out in a minute or two would eliminate the need to wait for charging. That's how it should be done.

                                                        • Obaidiah Evans
                                                          Obaidiah Evans  1 days back

                                                          Malaysia can’t relate

                                                          • BearKire
                                                            BearKire  1 days back

                                                            Nah, the situation is a lot better in Europe. All cars (expect Nissan) uses the same plug (even Tesla’s) and public chargers (third party) can charge up to 170-350 kW. However, I wouldn’t drive electric if I hadn’t installed a home charger.

                                                            • Msizi Ngubane
                                                              Msizi Ngubane  1 days back

                                                              There should only be superchargers, how long until tesla squeezes a buck of the charging

                                                              • trustbuster23
                                                                trustbuster23  1 days back

                                                                This obsession with how long it takes to charge an EV is wildly overblown for most people's daily lives. How many miles do you normally drive in a day? How many hours do you sleep? As long as the charging rate is fast enough to get more energy into the car every night than you take out of it, even very slow chargers are going to work fine for most people's real world usage.

                                                                This "you've gotta charge it for 3 days" stuff is very misleading, because you don't let the thing go flat and fill up once a week like you would with a gas car. Instead, you fill up every night. And if you think that sounds like a hassle, you are wrong. It takes 2 seconds to plug in, and 2 seconds to unplug. One of the unexpected privileges of owning an EV is that your "gas station" is now right in your house and you no longer need to waste time going to the gas station every week. If you spend just 5 minutes a week filling your tank, I guarantee you that you are spending considerably more time filling up your car than I do.

                                                                So even with a dinky little 110V charger, you can likely put more energy in overnight than you use the next day, assuming you have a typical commute. Consider this: I have a Volt and a 40 mile (round trip) commute. I never even bothered to put in a L2/240v charger. I have an almost flat battery every night when I get home from work, and every morning I have a completely full charge off the 110V charger, and the charge finishes a few hours before I leave the house in the AM, so I am not even using all that time to charge. And if I bought a Tesla, I would probably still not put in the L2 charger. Because I would have no trouble staying ahead of my normal usage with the 110V charger, and I could go plug it into a L2 charger at work or at the mall nearby if my usage suddenly spiked unexpectedly.

                                                                Yes, you still want an ICE if you want to drive across the country. And you also probably want a gas engine if you can't charge it where you park it overnight. But anybody who lives in a house and doesn't drive huge distances every day can likely fit an EV into their daily lives pretty easily and with virtually no hassles.

                                                                • OKstang77
                                                                  OKstang77  1 days back

                                                                  Can't they cover the car in solar panels and add a big wind generator spoiler on these cars and go forever?

                                                                  • Lyle Barnard
                                                                    Lyle Barnard  1 days back

                                                                    I thought electric cars were supposed to make your life easier I think I'll just stick to the old-fashioned gas combustible engine I can fuel up 500 miles of range in about 3 minutes very educational video for sure

                                                                    • May16Joe
                                                                      May16Joe  1 days back

                                                                      Even if you can charge your car in an hour on a Tesla, it's still an hour to wait and if you are on a rush, have to wait at least half an hour. Also it's a no no for road trips so it's still useless for the majority of people until the technology gets better and better.

                                                                      • John Gaudet
                                                                        John Gaudet  1 days back

                                                                        If ALL were universal like most appliances in a home, they would sell a lot better. I'll stick with my 4 cylinder turbo zero issues.

                                                                        • Jason Bristol
                                                                          Jason Bristol  1 days back

                                                                          Dear God, that's gotta suck. A gas fill takes a few minutes. I'm glad I don't have an EV.

                                                                          • Jay Barker
                                                                            Jay Barker  1 days back

                                                                            One thing every electric car fan boy ignores: Everyone gets home from work at about 5 P.M. and plugs their cars in---At 5:10 P.M. the grid crashes and doesn't come back on line for 2 days....

                                                                            • Jay Barker
                                                                              Jay Barker  1 days back

                                                                              If you live in an apartment or condo without a garage, just get a trailer with a diesel generator & tow it behind the car....

                                                                              • boozer74
                                                                                boozer74  1 days back

                                                                                Gas for me Tommy...

                                                                                • tirken eowin
                                                                                  tirken eowin  2 days back

                                                                                  No thanks. I'm not dumb, I know what electric vehicles are. I think anyone in America knows what they are by now as well.. Toyotas survey must have included some African and Asian markets or something.. but either way, there is no way in hell I'd wait around an hour just to be able to drive 15 miles... And then have to pay for that? Again, No thanks.. especially considering most oil and gas companies now recycle the CO2 they use to drill for oil, and the fact that some scientists say that CO2 levels are just now rising after being the lowest they have ever been, and plants love CO2, and we are nowhere near as hot as it has been during pre-historical times.. Climate change is a scare tactic.. sure, climate is changing, sure, humans may have something to do with it.. but is it detrimental to the Earth? That we don't know, and there is just as much evidence either way... Is it irreversible? Absolutely not, CO2 levels cycle up and down and have always done so, and the way CO2 and oxygen work, there can only be so much of either one, and then it starts to reverse.. this has happened time and time again, by natural causes. I'm much more worried about methane, plastics, chlorofluorocarbons, nuclear waste, and electromagnetic radiation pollution than I am CO2.. I'll be sticking with my Gas engine.. I do believe that hybrids like the Prius are a great idea.. They combine the best of both worlds.. but are currently too expensive to fix when something breaks down..

                                                                                  • CareBare Hair
                                                                                    CareBare Hair  2 days back

                                                                                    People need to be persuaded to have thse on every road - outside every house and business. Superfast charging is THE ONLY way to proceed.

                                                                                    • L Fraser
                                                                                      L Fraser  2 days back

                                                                                      Just tow it with a F-150 Raptor

                                                                                      • Itsuchi2
                                                                                        Itsuchi2  2 days back

                                                                                        Hey, I understand your intentions for this video, but I don’t think it’s helpful none-EV owners. You have them thinking charging is complicated for Tesla’s when it’s literally more convenient than pumping gas. I’ve driven gas cars until last year December, when I switched to the Tesla Model 3. I’ve never waited more than 20 minutes for a charge. Supercharging is over 300 mi/hr. The new versions are 1000+ mi/hr. My car is usually charged by the time I’m done eating lunch. If I still have 10-20 minutes left, then I just watch Netflix/Hulu/YouTube right on my touchscreen. I appreciate you letting us know what owning a non—Tesla is like, but horrible representation of what owning a Tesla is like. :)

                                                                                        • JetTech
                                                                                          JetTech  2 days back

                                                                                          Selling point: -Save money on gas with an EV. In return you pay money for charging stations? I’m confused...

                                                                                          • john N
                                                                                            john N  2 days back

                                                                                            Guy at work has a friend that had one of these Tesla cars and he sold the car because charging the car turned into a chore.

                                                                                            • BossSpringsteen69
                                                                                              BossSpringsteen69  2 days back

                                                                                              Where are the charge points? All over but no where to be found.

                                                                                              • Alvan5
                                                                                                Alvan5  2 days back

                                                                                                I appreciate the depth of info.
                                                                                                But real title should be: "For fast and simple and plentiful charging buy a Tesla" lol