David’s $2,000 Nissan Leaf is the gift that keeps on giving. This is an electric car with a battery so degraded that I bet charging a phone would cut his already terrible range in half. This is an electric car that now has a capacity worse than many of the electric motorcycles I write about. Pair that with an iffy EV charging network, and our poor hero got stuck.
Amazingly, you lovely readers are still commenting on that article, and the proposed solutions to David’s problems are ratcheting up in hilarity.
First, we have a serious comment from Dalton:
The fact that ev chargers dont have a credit card reader as standard is such peak StartUp tech bro culture bullshit. Out of touch people designing things they will never use very poorly.
Seriously, card readers are universal on modern gas pumps. You’d think a company building EV chargers would try to make the process as seamless as getting gas. Nobody wants to add more apps to their phone for who knows how many different charging providers. At the very least, with so many of the world’s automakers switching to Tesla’s NACS, hopefully, relief is on the way.
Alright, let’s get to the funny stuff. Parsko wants David to buy a new battery:
Can you please just buy a new battery!!!
Ben spices this idea up with:
…from Alibaba to make things more interesting
John S goes even further:
“So I stole the battery from Jason’s Changli for my Leaf and it caught fire twice in 10 minutes”.
This is so silly that it would totally be on brand for us. “I Converted My Nissan Leaf To Lead-Acid” is a headline I could totally see.
JBlues suggests a small gas generator:
Somebody needs to invent a small briefcase sized gas generator that can charge an EV to 10% or so in an emergency.
David adds another comment he found from Angry Bob:
I have an idea. What if we made cars that use some kind of fuel – maybe something liquid – that you could just dispense into an onboard container. It would be almost like using a charger but it would be done in just a couple of minutes.
I don’t know why, but this hits the funny bone just right. The sarcasm is just perfect. Have a great evening, everyone!