Xavier and Alice Stevenson wanted to know what it was like to drive a Tesla, so they rented one from Hertz for a road trip from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.
They knew the electric car would need to be charged during the trip, but the brothers didn’t expect how often will they need to plug it in, they realized it Car will take longer to load in cold Which he did in late December.
However, there came a point when “the battery discharged faster than it charged,” explains Javier. business Insider,
When they ran out they could drive the Tesla for at least 2 1/2 hours before it needed to be charged. “We end up stopping every hour or half an hour to charge for an hour, then an hour and a half, then 2 hours,” he explains.
“So besides wasting time, there was a time when recharging cost $25-$30. Just a day, we stayed 6 times to cover that cost“, assures Javier.
Hertz states on its website that according to Xavier, renting a Tesla was “always cheaper than gasoline”, but he says this statement is far from the truth.
The first time the brothers called Hertz, Xavier reported that the agent told them “I’ve had nothing today but calls from Tesla; I don’t know why they’re having problems.”
A spokesperson for Hertz said business Insider that “we have not experienced a significant increase in customer communication about batteries in their EV rentals. However, battery range varies by vehicle manufacturer and can be affected by many factorsLike weather and driving conditions.”
Stevenson wasn’t the only one to experience Tesla’s charging problem when it got really cold. A 44-year-old radio host from Lynchburg, East Virginia, told business Insider that it was 19 degrees (-7 C) when he got stuck just before Christmas because his Model S not loaded,
Xavier explains that Hertz told him went to the nearest branch to get a new car, “However, they don’t have a Tesla there, not even an equivalent, so I go back to the Nissan Rogue Sport, at least it’s cheaper.”
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