LAKE CHARLES, La. (BRPROUD) – A short video taken in Louisiana is going viral while gas prices continue to remain high throughout the United States.
Candace London Metz resides in Texas and she shot the video attached to this story around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, in Lake Charles.
Metz had just finished shopping at Sam’s Club and was on her way to dinner when she saw a long line of cars in a shopping mall parking lot.
The Texas woman was curious so she turned around and pulled into a Sonic Drive-In.
Metz describes next what she saw while shooting the video.
“When I first pulled up, there were only about 10 cars. As I sat there, they just kept coming and more and more got in line. At one point there were over 25 in line,” according to Metz.
What was everyone waiting in line for?
Metz said all of the cars were waiting in line at a charging station.
Is this a normal occurrence?
According to Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, this line was an anomaly. The station in question was experiencing technical issues that slowed the rate of charge substantially.
Candace Metz noticed that there was no one in particular running the station.
This is common as these supercharger stations are self-serve, according to Vail. “However, a tech was on site working on the chargers shortly after Metz observed the long lines,” says Vail.
The Texas woman was curious so she went up and spoke with a car owner who was charging their car.
Metz asked how long it takes to charge a car and how far can you go in the vehicle?
The owner told Metz that it usually takes 30 minutes but in this case, the charging machines were running slower because of demand.
The car owner said they were traveling and had to charge before they could go any further.
According to Vail, “most electric vehicle owners do not rely on superchargers for their daily commute.”
Vail continued by saying that most electric vehicle owners charge at home or at work.
The supercharger stations are generally used for longer journeys, Vail says.
On this day, it was taking more than an hour to charge one car, according to Metz.
Vail says fast chargers like the one Metz saw, are usually just used for charging up when you travel long distances.
According to the Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, she charges on a level 2 charger at home and wakes up with a “full tank” every morning. But on the rare occasion that she uses a super charger for road trips, the average charge time for her is between 15 and 45 minutes and usually cost between $9 – $12 to “fill up”.
“When I travel, I plan my charging breaks for when I want to stop for a rest room break or lunch. By the time I’m done, my car is charged.” Vail also said that charge time can vary depending on the distance you want to travel and the speed of the charger.
After seeing the long line and how long it appeared to take to charge the vehicles, Metz concluded that she will keep her car and pay $5 a gallon for gas.
On the other hand, Ann Vail will keep her electric vehicle as she says electricity is about a third of the cost of gasoline.