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- Jan 22, 2000
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Was just talking with somebody about this... What happens when we have made the shift to all EV for personal cars and people need to evacuate from a hurricane? Can imagine the thousands and thousands of cars stranded on I-75 in Florida because their charge ran out. I see this being a problem in areas along the South East and East Coast.
Do you see thousands and thousands of people stranded because they ran out of gas?
It'll be a problem for some, but not a massive issue. EVs also have an advantage in their efficiency. Many times you get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on evacuation routes. ICE vehicles usually sit at idle, burning gas, the whole time. EVs don't have to do that. Then there is the fact that battery range continues to greatly increase as the tech gets better. We now have EVs out there with 500miles of range. As we get closer to critical mass, we're going going to see more and more like that.
IMO, the more critical issue, is charging. It needs to get faster and we need more chargers. But on the flip side, how many times have we seen gas stations run out of gas during an evacuation? EV chargers don't have that problem as long as the infrastructure is still working. Usually, before a hurricane, that's still the case.
BTW, many Tesla vehicles are have their range limited by software. Tesla has been known to unlock that extra range in disaster areas or places that are in the path of a hurricane. They've also opened up their Superchargers to make them free.
The update unlocks the full battery capacity of 60 and 70 kWh vehicles through September 16th
Obviously that isn't going be the case for all cars though. For instance, we know Ford isn't using software to lock out extra range.