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.