Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was flabbergasted over this surprising problem facing electric vehicles

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Electric vehicles have to overcome a growing number of obstacles for widespread adoption.

One emerging challenge for their owners could spell doom.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was flabbergasted over this surprising problem facing electric vehicles.

The hype around electric vehicles hasn’t matched the reality.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Democrats pushing the “Green New Deal” aimed to have them completely replace gasoline-powered vehicles on the road.

Consumer demand for electric vehicles has collapsed after drivers discovered the logistical nightmare that comes with owning them.

They have terrible range and drivers have to rely on an unreliable and oftentimes incompatible network of public chargers.

For renters like Ocasio-Cortez – who lives in a luxury apartment in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood – there are even more hurdles to owning them.

Renters a major problem for the electric vehicle agenda

A challenge for the mass adoption of electric vehicles is the more than 100 million Americans who rent or live in condo associations.

“The transition to EVs in the United States will hit a deep pothole unless the more than one-third of the 124 million households that rent can be convinced to purchase an EV,” systems engineer Robert Charette wrote in IEEE Spectrum. “More importantly a compelling case must be made to tens of thousands of condo community associations as well as the millions of rental property owners that they should install EV chargers.”

Homeowners can pay thousands of dollars to have an electric charger installed on their property.

A renter often has no place to install a charging station or has to jump through a number of hoops to do it.

Tenants who want to get an electric vehicle are also going to be hesitant to pay the steep costs to have one installed – if they can – knowing they’ll move out shortly.

Condo owners often have to deal with going through their condo association to get approval to have them installed.

Landlords don’t have an incentive to install charging stations on their properties because of the lack of widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles are too pricey for many renters

Charette told The Center Square that many apartment buildings have “a high percentage of people who can’t afford to pay their rent right now.”

The high price of an electric vehicle is outside the reach of many renters who are struggling to make it.

Older apartment buildings have electrical issues installing chargers and require significant costly upgrades.

Homeowners buy electric vehicles at six times the rate of renters because of these obstacles.

The lack of accessibility for renters ensures that electric vehicles will never see mass adoption.

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