Charging challenge: Are electric vehicles worth it?

FILE - A Electrify America Charging Station for electric vehicles is seen at Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, Ill., Jan. 29, 2023. The Biden administration will propose new automobile pollution limits this week that would require at least 54% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030, ramping up quickly to as high as 67% by 2032. That's according to three people briefed on the plan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) (Nam Y. Huh, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Electric vehicles continue their charge into garages across America.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electric car sales in the United States increased from 0.2 percent of total car sales in 2011 to 4.6 percent in 2021.

Of course, you can charge your electric vehicle (EV) through a simple setup at your home. But what if you live in a condo, or apartment or hit the road on a cross-country trip that made cars so popular in the first place? Will you be able to keep your EV juiced? It’s not like there’s a charging station on every other corner like gas stations.

A recent Automotive News article took a look at the infrastructure it will take to meet the Biden administration’s goal for zero-emission vehicles to make up half of the new-vehicle sales by 2030 — including the construction of 500,000 charging stations — about a tenfold increase from today. In the Fall of last year, all 50 states received final approval to begin construction on the first nationwide network of EV charging stations that places one roughly every 50 miles along interstate highways.

We are working on a story to see if there is a solution to the EV infrastructure problem and we’d like your help to figure it out. So, we want to know, how many current EV drivers think their purchase was worth it. Have you ever gotten stuck on a trip because you couldn’t find a place to top off your battery? What if an emergency, like hurricane evacuation orders occurred, and you had to hit the road before you were fully charged?

If you don’t own an EV, do the current number of charging stations and real-life scenarios like the ones listed above keep you from purchasing one?

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