No, the Interstate 95 traffic catastrophe would not have been worse if everyone had been driving electric vehicles.

Charles Lane argued in his Jan. 4 op-ed, “Imagine Virginia’s icy traffic catastrophe — but with only electric vehicles,” that if the backup had been “an all-electric affair,” electric vehicles “might have littered the highway for miles.” That is wrong, and I would know. I was trapped on I-95 for twelve hours in my electric vehicle

I am grateful that I was driving my standard-range Tesla Model 3 when I hit traffic. While fellow drivers ran their engines to stay warm, my EV directed power solely to temperature regulation. As other drivers then fretted about their dwindling gas reserves, my EV continuously monitored my power supply. Because EV drivers charge at home and in the community, we are less likely to have just a partial charge, unlike other drivers, who rarely drive on a full tank. And when those drivers eventually scrambled to overwhelmed gas stations, my EV directed me to a convenient nearby charger.

This disaster was precipitated by snow and poor management, not EVs. Let’s not forget that pollution from gas-powered vehicles is exacerbating extreme weather. Fortunately, my EV performed admirably during this crisis. But if everyone drove EVs, perhaps we would have avoided this debacle in the first place.

Dan Kanninen, Washington

The writer is a former White House liaison at the Environmental Protection Agency and a partner and chief executive at the political strategy firm STG.