Can You Live In A Disaster Area With An Electric Car?

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Earlier this month when Hurricane Harvey was about to cause havoc on Eastern Texas, Forbes contributor Ellen R. Wald wrote a piece for Forbes entitled Hurricane Survival: My Chainsaw Doesn’t Run On Solar Power. In it, she argued that it’s impossible to own a plug-in car, live in an area prone to major disasters, and be safe.

As someone with a lifelong connection to the oil and gas industry, it’s no surprise that Wald is a little less than convinced that electric vehicles are up to par yet (although she does admit in her piece that at a future point she believes that might change), but it got us thinking.

Can you live in an area prone to natural disasters, be it due to extreme weather or a seismically active zone?

The answer is yes, with a few caveats and prerequisites, such as changing your electric vehicle charging behavior, and buying a few extra things that will enable you to use your car as so much more than a form of transport when a disaster hits.

Watch the video above to find out more, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and support Transport Evolved via Patreon at And if you want to find out more about running your home on the power stored in your electric car’s battery pack, you’ll find more information here.

Disclaimer: As with any natural disaster, you should always adhere to emergency orders issued by local government or emergency services in order to stay safe.


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