By Ophelia Garrett
All-electric vehicles may sound great in theory, but one recent model is proving to have more issues than expected.
A couple in Detroit recently decided to try out their brand new Rivian R1T, the latest all electric pickup truck. However, the once promised 314 mile range quickly turned into an average 100 mile range when they added a tow trailer, ba simple feat utilized by most truck owners.
Last November, the proud new owners started a cross-country trip using their new Rivian R1T. The couple used their all electric Rivian to tow a Ford Mustang Shelby GT on a flat-deck car-hauler trailer. The total weight — including the Rivian, the couple, their luggage and the loaded trailer — came out to 14,260 lbs. The approximate weight of the loaded trailer was a bit over 6,000 lbs — a standard load to tow according to WesternJournal.com
However, adding this weight severely cut down on their battery range, taking it from a range of 300+ to around or under 100 miles. And unlike the constant access to roadside fuel stations, charging stations must be included in a GPS plan lest you become stranded and forced to rely on a fuel generated charger. As well as a recent investigation showing only ¾ of charging stations are currently operational.
So as the Liberal Left pushes expensive ($79,500 for the R1T) electric vehicles as part of their “green” plan, the average American is nowhere near ready for this type of financial commitment, let alone the amount of time needed to stay on the road.
It’s yet another example of the Left’s refusal to understand the real issues of everyday Americans.
“Only 100 miles between charging stops and a lot of time spent on charging is not the only issue. A very big problem is the lack of drive thru charging stations. Because connecting and disconnecting the trailer is not convenient (especially so many times), in most cases, they parked with the trailer sometimes taking multiple empty stalls”- Mark Kane, insideevs.com