Rally legend Walter Röhrl says he hasn't "got time to wait at charging points"

Walter 'Jeremy Clarkson' Röhrl

Whatever you think of electric cars, there are objective traits, advantages and disadvantages about them and one of the biggest issues, at least in the current state of things, is charging time. Even fast-charging EVs take at least 10 to 20 minutes to get to 50 or 80% of the charge and in a recent interview with a German newspaper, German Rally legend Walter Röhrl didn't beat around the bush and got straight to the point.

"I'm 74 years old," Röhrl said. "I haven't got time to wait at charging points". Our resident ICE advocate Jeremy 'Alfa' Clarkson said the same thing on numerous occasions both on old TG and The Grand Tour.

Mind you, they do have a point. The Tesla Model S 100D, for example, one of the fastest-charging cars available right now, still takes around 10-15 minutes to get to 40-60% of the charge (150-200 miles) using Tesla's Superchargers, which is still considerably slower than filling the tank of your car with fuel and this, lest we forget, is basically the best case scenario.

I still believe that charging time is an issue but it is not *the* issue. That's because, with a few exceptions, the infrastructure is the real deal breaker. But I guess that's a different conversation altogether.

Join In

Comments (35)

  • His perspective is valid and relevant for his age if he’s concerned with maximizing every remaining minute.

    With better charging infrastructure and battery technology, the current charging time complaints should be of little concern to most folks when compared to time wasted on other inane drivel humans waste time on in daily matters. Simple time management skills would eliminate a lot of unnecessary anxiety. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 month ago
  • For normal everyday driving it actually saves time because you can just plug it in over night and never have to worry about going to a gas station. Long distances are another story of course...

      1 month ago
  • I see EV's like this - they are not ICE engines. Change your perspective. They are not the same. Apples and oranges are both food and roughly the same shape but not even close to being the same. Same with EV's and ICE. Both are cars and roughly the same shapes. But they are very different machines requiring a different paradigm with which to view them. Change this. Everything will be ok. We will all still find our fun. ICE isn't going away yet. You can still downshift and floor it any time you want.

      1 month ago
    • Good one, but I'd like to think just a little more simple. I'm looking for 1 car that will:

      A: bring me to work and back

      B: let me travel long distances without too much planning and delays

      Read more
        1 month ago
  • Hes right

      1 month ago
  • Coolness will forever be defined by the noise your engine makes 😉 what was that..... Yours is silent? I am sorry about that 😬😬😂

      1 month ago