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Monday, March 13, 2023

Ocala resident discusses impact of hurricane season on electric car owners

To the Editor:

What happens when the hurricanes come and we all flee in our electric cars? How are we going to charge the vehicle if it takes 20 minutes to charge (that is being generous) and you only get 200-plus miles to the charge? The lines for the charging stations will be phenomenal. Huge gas lines form before a hurricane; can you imagine the lines for electric chargers?

Imagine this: that charge you just got at the charging station runs out while you wait in long traffic jams on I-75. Cars are strewn all along the highways, causing more traffic jams and more cars to run out of “juice.” People are stranded on I-75 as the storm hits and emergency vehicles are unable to get to them. In addition, electric lines are down and no one will even be able to charge their cars to get food if they hunkered down at home.

This would be a disaster.

So, the infrastructure does not exist, and likely it is not feasible to rely on people to be responsible when a storm approaches to charge their cars before a hurricane hits or it is too late to take action.

Billy Budd
Ocala resident