During a rally in Michigan, President Trump mocked electric cars, but it sounded like he had a few questions about the technology. Here, we try to answer them.
As Trump was going after the Green New Deal in his speech, he briefly mentioned electric vehicles (via Fox News):
“And it’s got to be, of course, an electric car. Even if it only goes, what? 160 miles? What do you do? It’s 160 miles. Darling, where do I get a charge? Where do I get a charge?”
Do electric cars go 160 miles? Yes, indeed they do President Trump.
Actually, some electric cars available today have a range of over 300 miles on a single charge and the EPA currently lists over a dozen electric cars with a range of over 160 miles, which is enough to cover over 90% of trips Americans make on the road.
Where do I get a charge you ask?
There are currently over 20,000 charging locations in the US with over 57,000 charging points. It’s not perfect, but it is already an impressive infrastructure and it’s growing every day.
Charging networks like Tesla’s Supercharger network, a made-in-the-US charging network exported throughout the world, now covers most of North America and Europe. It’s both rapid and easy to use.
A vast majority of users prefer them to gas stations, which are dependent on oil prices fluctuating based on geopolitical events happening thousands of miles away.
Not to mention that many people can charge their electric cars at home. It’s actually where most of the charging happened. People come back home at the end of the day, plug-in their car, and it is fully charged by the time they need it the next day.
If you ever want more information about electric vehicles and how they are actually critical to the future of the American auto industry and all the jobs that come with it, please don’t hesitate to ask more questions about them. We will be happy to answer.