I was thrilled when I bought my first EV – it’s way more ‘stressful than I imagined,’ I spend all my time worrying

A TIKTOKER said she came close to bringing her car to a complete stop when she needed to charge her electric vehicle but couldn’t find a working charging station.

Niya Esperanza was driving her Hyundai Kona EV when she looked down and saw it was running low on charge.

TikToker Niya Esperanza was left extremely scared after barely making it to a public charging station


TikToker Niya Esperanza was left extremely scared after barely making it to a public charging stationPhoto credit: TikTok/niyaesperanza
She made it by hobbling her electric vehicle to a public charging station


She made it by hobbling her electric vehicle to a public charging stationPhoto credit: TikTok/niyaesperanza

To charge closer to her home, she diverted from her path and drove to a public charging station some distance from her home, but found that she could not charge her car.

“I drove really far away and didn’t have enough charge to get home,” Niya said.

“But I knew there was a charger about four miles away… When I got there, none of the chargers were working.”

Before she got there, the app she used to search for chargers reported that all rooms were functional, but most were either occupied or not working at all.

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So she started looking for another charging station again.

Esperanza searched for and found another charging station between her location and her home and tried to take her electric vehicle to the other station.

The most serious problem was that her Kona only had three percent of battery life left to get there.

“I come to this other station and all the other chargers have been used,” she said.

“It looked like they were all just getting used.”

Since Esperanza didn’t want to wait in line, she decided to try her luck at the charging station closest to her home.

When she was about three-quarters of the way to her house, her Kona’s charge dropped to one percent, and that’s when things started to spiral out of control.

“I can see I had a one percent charge and that’s what I figured since I’ve been riding it for a while reading Zero, I would be fine, but suddenly I just had no strength left,” Esperanza said.

“I went full throttle and literally nothing happened.”

Miraculously, her car never completely stopped or shut off, but she hobbled through two traffic lights and got to an open charging station.

“I’m literally still shaking from the stress that this put on me,” she said.

Commenters on her video gushed over users saying public charging stations were a big reason they refused to switch to an all-electric vehicle.

Recent survey results from JD Power found that 20 percent of electric vehicle owners arrived at a charging station and then left without being able to charge their vehicle.

“Well, I’m not convinced about buying an electric car,” one commenter said. “I prefer to stick with my petrol engine at gas stations, which are on every corner.”

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One user said her sister got rid of her Tesla after experiencing severe range anxiety, fearing what exactly would happen to Niya.

Another user brought some humor to a tense situation, saying, “Here’s a simple solution. Go to the charging station with a container and bring back a container with power.”


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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