TO THE EDITOR:
As I witnessed the mass evacuation in Florida this month, it crossed my mind that commonsense, true-life circumstances trump current mindsets and technology advances. The farthest an evacuee from Miami could get in the average, fully electric vehicle would be Palm Beach. Talk about anxiety from driving your EV too far from home: Imagine trying to charge your way out of a Category 5 hurricane. If someone believes we all should be operating autonomous EVs one day, I fear the real-life disaster it could create for millions.
But, as we all know, Teslas are nice alternative cars for consumers who can afford multiple vehicles. I’d like to know how many Tesla owners will know when their power goes out at home because they receive notifications on their smartphone via their smart car.
It won’t be a problem for most. They will be able to drive back home in the gasoline-powered SUV they depended on to save their life. There is a market and a place for electric vehicles, but slow down and consider reality. Hurricanes and other disasters usually mean no electricity is available. Simply put: Disaster means no power, which means you’re stuck. The good news is you may have enough battery power to get to a shelter. The bad news is they don’t have chargers.
JOHN LEE, Dealer, Panama City Automotive Group, Panama City, Fla.