Audio of a 911 call made when US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s staff jammed an electric vehicle (EV) charger has been released.
This week, NPR reported that Granholm’s recent four-day trip from North Carolina to Tennessee ran into an unforeseen problem when a member of his advance team used a gas-powered vehicle to block a station charging for electric vehicles, fearing that his caravan would not be able to do so. to recharge once you arrive at your destination. As a result, a couple with a baby called the police, claiming the parked car was preventing people from recharging their vehicles.
“I’m calling because I’m at the Grovetown Walmart at the charging station and there’s literally a non-electric car taking up space and saying they’re saving the space for someone else.” , the woman told the 911 dispatcher. “And that holds back a whole bunch of people who have to charge their cars.”
“There are other people waiting to charge and they are still there and they are not in electric cars,” she continued. “The sign says you can’t park here unless you charge.”
A police officer eventually responded to the call, but a police report was never filed. NPR reporter Camila Domonoske, who accompanied the caravan, said the trip highlighted some of the problems faced by those wanting to take long trips in electric vehicles.
“I drive an electric vehicle myself and have tested many others as an NPR automotive reporter. I know how easy it can be to recharge when things are going well and how annoying it can be when things are bad,” Domonoske wrote. “Along with Granholm, I came away with a major conclusion: non-Tesla electric vehicles have a road trip problem, and the White House knows there is an urgent need to solve this problem.”
The NPR report further states that those around him “sometimes had to confront the limitations of the present. Like when his caravan of electric vehicles — including a luxury Cadillac Lyriq, a big Ford F-150 and an affordable Bolt electric utility vehicle — planned to quickly charge in Grovetown, a suburb of Augusta, Georgia.
“His advance team realized there wouldn’t be enough catches for everyone. One of the station’s four chargers was broken and others were busy. So a Department of Energy employee tried to park a non-electric vehicle near one of these working chargers to save a spot for the next Secretary of Energy,” he said.
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