Commentary: I’m ready to trade in my electric car. Here’s why (

He’s in California, the most auto electrified state in the country with about half of all EVs and the largest charging infrastructure anywhere.

But he’s found long waits for charging station access, broken chargers and no chargers:

I could fill up a book recounting the many frustrating and absurd experiences I have had charging my car over the last three years and three months — and I haven’t even hit 23,000 miles on the car yet.

Things are improving, but if the pace of change over the last three years is an indication of what’s in store for the next three years, the policies to push increasing numbers of EVs by California and the Biden administration are in trouble. It’s not enough to set sales targets and offer tax credits. If we want people to embrace fully electric cars, we have to make it easier to charge up away from home.

Politicians and environmentalists significantly underestimate the time it takes to build major infrastructure. Take a look at California, which is building just 25% of it’s 500 mile high speed rail line over 20 years – and is so over budget that the system may never be completed.