A WOMAN has slammed electric cars for their false promises of low cost and long range.
Madison Haven has warned others about the hidden problems and costs of owning an EV and explained why she phased out her EV after “cat fishing.”
Electric vehicles are taking the world by storm as many motorists seek to reduce both their emissions and costs by replacing their fuel-powered engines with electric powertrains.
However, customers consistently report the difficulty of finding charging stations and the unexpected, immeasurable costs of electric cars.
TikToker Madison agrees with these complaints, sharing that her personal experience with an EV was not the dream she was sold.
In the VideoShe shuts down her complaints by declaring that she was “delighted” to have a Tesla – “they’re so smart, they’re the iPhones of cars.”
TikToker raves about their clever features like preset heating, lane change assist, blind spot cameras and keyless entry.
Still, she was frustrated with the frequency with which her EV had to be charged.
“On average, you have to charge 20 to 30 minutes for every two to three hours that you drive.”
“Elon [Musk] but he’s out here fishing for us,” she says, explaining that it turns out her Tesla’s promise of a 300-mile range was actually half that.
“It’s stressful,” she says, especially when she’s “alone and on an unfamiliar path and knowing there’s a chance I might run out of battery.”
Madison then adds that charging was a lot more expensive than she expected.
“You still have to pay the electricity bill at home or at the supercharger, and every time I stopped it was an average of $20 (£15.50).”
Their complaints are backed by expert calculations showing that it could take almost a decade to break even after purchasing an electric vehicle.
The US Department of Energy calculator helps calculate cost comparisons between fuel and electric cars.
The calculator assumes a 55 percent stop-and-go driving mix and uses the American average of 15,000 miles driven per year.
For example, the 2023 Volkswagen ID 4 EV costs around £30,373 ($38,995), while its same-size equivalent, the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan costs £20,991 ($26,950).
That means customers will have to incur an additional upfront cost of £9,382 ($12,045) to switch to electric vehicles.
The calculator then predicts that EV owners will save £1,094 ($1,404) annually by charging their cars instead of buying fuel.
Dividing the initial cost of the electric vehicle by the annual fuel savings, it would take about eight years for the purchase to break even.
A recent report showed that owning an electric car will become even more expensive in the next year or two.
The new data showed that the average cost of ownership for electric vehicles rose by £158 year-on-year, mainly due to higher insurance prices.
The average premium for electric vehicles has increased by £121 year-on-year to £687.
In comparison, the typical insurance premium for a petrol car is £659, up £101 on last year.
Myong Hong claims he has been inundated with problems since buying the car and wants to warn others about it.