My rant about electric cars…

As some of you may know I drive a Tesla…

I got my Tesla model S brand-new over four years ago…

And I’ve driven just over 62,000 miles…

I’ve also completed many road trips over the years…

Some over 3000 miles..

And what’s the most I’ve driven in one day?

582 miles!

That was the road trip Dave and I did where we drove non-stop from Land’s End in England to John O’Groats in Scotland…

Obviously we did need to stop along the way to charge…

Charging a Tesla is dead easy…

Tesla has installed superchargers in locations literally all over the planet…

And it only takes about 20 minutes to charge enough to make it to your next stop…

How do you charge a Tesla…

1. Pull up at the supercharger…

2. Plug the cable into the car…

That’s it… 

The car automatically starts to charge…

I think this one of the reasons Tesla has been so successful…

They’ve made the user experience really good…

Simple to use…

Very similar to what Apple did with the iPhone….

However the story is very different if you’re not a Tesla driver…

Let me tell you a little story about what happened to me yesterday…

Yesterday I was driving from France back to the UK…

Now this is a trip I have done many times so it’s very familiar to me…

However yesterday I decided to leave 30 minutes later than I normally leave…

 

Boy was that a big mistake... 

 

I almost missed my train!!

Normally I charge my car before I get on the train at the Eurostar terminal…

I normally give it a quick zap of 15 minutes which is enough to get me to the next supercharger in the UK once I get off the train.

However yesterday I arrived at the EuroStar terminal and they were already giving the last call for the train…

I plugged my car in for four minutes to give it a very quick zap…

I just managed to get onto the train…

In fact I was the last one to drive on…

When I got off at the other end I realised I might not have enough power to get me to the next Tesla supercharger which was 25 miles away!

The car was telling me I would have 1% of battery left when I arrived at the supercharger in Maidstone.

So I decided to go to a non-Tesla charger run by a company called ionity…

I’ve never used the ionity charges before…

There quite a new network and have only been around for a couple of years…

The problem with them is that their pricing is just crazy…

£0.69p per kilowatt-hour…

Pretty crazy when you consider most people in the UK pay around £0.12p per kilowatt-hour at home for electricity.

Anyway I arrived at the charger about 10 minutes after getting off the train…

I only planed to charge there for around five minutes which will give me enough power to get to the Tesla charger…

However there was a problem…

I couldn’t get the damn thing to work!

Why is it that all non-Tesla charges are either broken or really difficult to use.

This is a new network with modern charges…

The charges look really nice with a big 17 inch touchscreen…

However the touchscreens are almost non-responsive you have to hit the icons six or seven times before anything happens!

Reminds me of touchscreens from the 1990s!

So I plugged my car in..

Hit the icon on the touchscreen about six or seven times before it did anything…

And then realised that I couldn’t use my credit card to purchase using contactless?

It said on the screen I had to download their app or scan the QR code on the charger.

So I scanned the QR code with my phone…

This took me to their website…

It asked me the number of the charger I was using…

I then realised that none of the charges had numbers on them!

There were only four charges so I systematically tried each one…

I wasted over 30 minutes of my time faffing about and still couldn’t get it to work…

Bear in mind it was raining and there’s no cover, plus as an Internet marketer I like to think of myself as quite tech savvy…

 

Who the hell designs these things! 

 

car chargerSo I set off to Maidstone in super economy mode in my car…

I turned off the heating…

And I limited my speed to 50 miles an hour….

In fact by the time I got to the charger the range of my car was at 7%…

I definitely won’t be using the ionity charges again…

How can a CEO of a company whose spending tens of millions on charging infrastructure in the UK think this is okay?

If a piece of technology is vital infrastructure…

Wouldn’t you want to test it with people who are not tech savvy?

In other words go and find some non-computer literate people give them an electric car and tell them to charge it at one of your charges…

Then see what happens…

What problems do they have…

Can they easily work out how to use the product…

Surely this is just common sense….

Are the companies who install these charges just stupid? 

Can you imagine pulling up to a petrol/gas station and then realising that you could only use their pumps if you were a member?

In other words you have to have a membership card…

 

Or had to download their app and enter your credit card details into your phone…

Or you had to scan a QR code on their petrol pump????

The worst part is this problem isn’t just limited to Ionity..

This is problem that I run into whenever I use a non-Tesla charger….

And that’s why when people ask me what electric car they should get…

I advise them not to buy an electric car unless it is a Tesla…

Simply because right now the charging infrastructure is either broken or too complicated to use…

But then I guess this is what always happens with new technology…

You get a load of companies all scrambling to be the 1st to the marketplace…

 

What happens? 

 

You end up with a load of incompatible systems…

And no standards…

It usually takes one company to shake things up…

And then everybody else follows…

Remember what happened when the iPhone was released…

Remember what phones were like before the iPhone….

Do remember what computers were like before Windows and the Apple Macintosh…

And I guess the same thing has happened with Internet marketing….

It used to be really complicated to make money online…

You had to be a genius computer whiz kid….

 

You had to understand how to… 

  • Use Dreamweaver to build websites..
  • Understand how HTML code worked…
  • Be some sort of NASA engineer to work out how SEO worked…

And this list could go on and on….

However these days it’s relatively simple to make money online….

It really just comes down to a couple of key factors…

Having a product that pays you a recurring income….

And access to a list of people who want to buy that product….

This Thursday on Thanksgiving I’m holding a special live training class…

Where I’m going to reveal exactly how I put those two things together to start making sales within 7 days… 

Click here to sign up 🙂 

The best part is you don’t need to spend any money on paid traffic…

And you can be up and running and making sales within 7 days…

Oh yeah and you don’t need to be some sort of NASA engineer to make this work….

In fact this is perfect for anyone who is a complete beginner or never made any money online…

I look forward to seeing you on the training this Thursday,

 

 

Sarah Staar

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