With a rented Chevrolet Bolt, a mother-daughter duo wanted to move from California to Nevada. But the road trip with the electric car supposedly turned into a hell of a trip.
More and more car rental companies are also offering their customers electric cars – including Hertz. The U.S. company ordered masses of electric cars from Tesla. But models from other manufacturers such as the Chevrolet Bolt are also in the fleet. Its range is around 400 kilometers, but a mother-daughter duo didn't get anywhere near that far on their road trip from Fresno to Las Vegas.
Together with her mother, Grisselda Arroyo rented a Chevrolet Bolt from Hertz on Friday, May 19. Allegedly, the electric car was the only car available. But that's not all, the road trip to Las Vegas lasted twelve hours, twice as long as normal. It wasn't cheaper either.
Chevrolet had to charge every 90 minutes: Despite 100 km/h
Arroyo told Fox26 News that they couldn't drive the Chevrolet Bolt faster than 100 km/h or use the air conditioning because you lose charge. And even so, she had to charge the electric car every 90 minutes. What she didn't know, however, is that many of the charging stations along the 650-kilometer route through California and Nevada have problems. A pair of siblings driving a Tesla from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas, reported similar problems.
The Chevrolet Bolt can actually travel up to 400 kilometers on one charge. © Chevrolet
"Vandalism, some didn't work at all. Others simply place operators in specific locations without connecting them. For some of the charging stations you have to download an app. So you have to go to the app and hold your phone on the little thing and scan it," Arroyo told the news channel.
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Unnerved, the mother-daughter duo broke off the trip to Las Vegas, where they wanted to look at real estate, and returned to Fresno. "I don't recommend anyone to buy an electric car. They say it's good for our planet and stuff, but they have to find a better way to do that," Arroyo stressed. Which allegedly spent around 200 euros on charging costs.
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It is difficult to prove whether the statements are true. However, doubts have been corrected, because the cost of charging seemed very high. And also the range that the duo could drive does not quite fit the factory specification of 400 kilometers. It seems more likely that the two started the road trip biased or did something wrong. A look at Hertz's website would have helped here. There, the car rental company explains how electric cars work and are charged. And also how to drive them. Still, Hertz waived the charging fee for Arroyo and her mother when the Chevrolet Bolt was returned. And the duo didn't have to pay anything for the second driver either. Many users on Twitter and Facebook blame Arroyo:
- "She doesn't know anything about electric cars. It should stay with the combustion engine."
- "She doesn't know how an electric car works?"
- "Going on longer tours with an electric car requires some experience. Once you have them, the additional time required is small."
- "Fresno to Vegas is 640km. In the Bolt this is done with 2 charging stops, in Mojave and Baker, each around 35 minutes, with the first section of the route being about 2h35min driving time. If the story is true, then this woman must also need help tying shoes."