- A brother and sister rented a Tesla and found they had to stop six times in one day to charge it.
- Xaviar Steavenson and his sister Alice drove from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.
- They said other customers with rented Teslas had called Hertz with similar charging problems.
Xaviar and Alice Steavenson wanted to find out what it’s like to drive a Tesla, so they rented one from Hertz for a road trip from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.
They knew that the electric car would need charging en route, but what the siblings did not expect was just how often they’d need to plug it in.
They realized it would take longer to charge the car after the weather turned so cold in late December.
However, it got to the point that the “battery would drain faster than it would charge,” Xaviar told Insider.
When they set off they could drive for at least two and a half hours before needing to charge the Tesla. “We ended up having to stop every one to one and a half hours to charge for an hour, then an hour and a half, then two hours,” he said.
“So beyond the lost time, it also got to the point it was between $25 and $30 to recharge. Just in one day, we stopped six times to charge at that cost,” Xaviar said.
Hertz said on its website that renting a Tesla was “always cheaper than gas,” according to Xaviar, but he said that claim was far from the truth.
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