After plugging a brand new $80,000 plus car in to his home charging system, a man was stunned to learn that the hi-tech vehicle would take four days to charge.
However, as the world scrambles toward an all-electric automotive future, many of the downfalls of EVs are being overlooked, or just plain ignored.
One of the most talked-about EVs to emerge is the all-electric version of the ultimate gas-guzzler – the GMC Hummer.
To quote motoring journalist Matt Farah, the old Hummer “smells like climate change.”
But now, the biggest villain in the Left’s war on fossil fuels has become the poster child for “woke” off-roading.
The GMC Hummer, starting at $86,645, is now a truck you can charge at home just like it was any other appliance.
Easy, convenient, “cheap,” and you can boast to your friends that you’re “saving the planet.”
It’s the perfect solution, right?
After plugging it in, the screen tells him that all is well and his expensive truck will be fully charged in just four days’ time.
Although, if you’re in a rush and don’t have four days to wait, you could speed up the process by installing some expensive special equipment.
Then it will take, at best, one day to charge.
The video begins with standard 120V charging — or Level 1 charging – which is the standard current your home already offers.
“Right now it’s about 6 p.m. on Tuesday,” the man says.
“And it says it will be full by Saturday at 10:55 [p.m.], which is four-plus days of charging. Wow.”
To be fair, however, this won’t be how most Hummer owners will be charging their vehicles.
Level 2 chargers are upgraded home stations that deliver a significantly higher amount of electricity than your regular home circuit would be able to deliver.
But they require special equipment and installation.
According to Compare.com, the cost of a Level 2 charger is about $500 without installation, which must be done by a professional electrician.
However, our intrepid Hummer driver had one of those — the JuiceBox, a 240v charger – already installed in his garage.
“Now it says it will be done tomorrow by 6:30 [p.m.],” the video narrator says.
“So about 24 hours of charging from four percent to 100 percent.”
Of course, you don’t have to go to full charge; the vehicle’s screen says the Level 2 charger was adding 14 miles of range per hour.
However, when you can fill a gas-powered truck in five minutes and not have to worry about installing a fast charger or leaving your truck plugged in every night, that’s not exactly easy or convenient.
And charging electric vehicles isn’t exactly free either.
Especially if you decide you don’t want to charge your Hummer at fast-charging stations that can get the job done in two hours, rather than at home.
A Car and Driver report found that a visit to an Electrify America charging station costs over $100 to “fill up” the Hummer at 43 cents per kilowatt hour.
This is roughly consistent with how much it would cost to fill up a gas-powered Hummer made in the final production year.
Although Electrify America does provide a membership program that reduces the cost by roughly one-quarter.
If you charge it at home, you’ll only be spending about $35 to fill it up.
You’ll just be waiting quite a while.