FORD’s CEO has spoken about the difficulties of owning an electric vehicle after taking a long-distance trip in an F-150 Lightning.
Mega boss Jim Farley admitted he faced “challenges” charging the Ford EV when he took it for a spin recently.
Farley posted a video of himself riding his car X profileformerly known as Twitter, on the way from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas in EV.
“Charging it was quite a challenge,” he said from behind the wheel.
“I stopped at one of the most popular charging stations in the country on I-5, where there is a large Tesla Supercharger network, and used a low-speed charger and took 40 minutes to reach a 40 percent charge .”
Public charging remains one of the biggest fears of potential buyers, preventing them from choosing a purely electric car.
According to a recent study by JD Power Associates, even in the first quarter of this year, nearly 21 percent of electric vehicle owners were unable to rely on public charging stations.
Whether it was a device malfunction, a lack of adapters, or a line so long it wasn’t worth the wait, Americans are still deeply dissatisfied with public charging on long-haul trips.
Of course, that’s true unless it’s a Tesla, which has a huge network of Supercharger fast-charging stations.
Farley released his statement shortly after publishing an article about a man who abandoned his F-150 Lightning because it couldn’t recharge and was forced to end his trip in a gas-powered vehicle.
Although most electric vehicle manufacturers contract with Tesla to use their supercharger infrastructure, this is still a slow and tedious process.
Without the lack of actual chargers for drivers to use, actual charging times are below expectations.
Farley acknowledged this, saying, “It was a really good reality check on the challenges our customers face.”
Currently, the F-150 Lightning is the second-best-selling electric truck in the country behind Rivian’s R1T, while the gasoline-powered F-150 remains the best-selling pickup truck for 41 years.
If he listens to his customers, the F-150 Lightning may be able to trump the Rivian R1T.