Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan3
If Everyone Had A Gas Station At Home…
Here’s a funny thing I was just thinking: Imagine if the EV–gasmobile story were reversed and EVs were the dominant type of vehicle while gasmobiles were just becoming mainstream. Imagine also that gasmobiles only had a range of 60–80 miles, but that everyone had a gas pump / small gas station at home. If you had a gas station at home, would you care that there weren’t gas stations all around the city as well?
While this thought experiment is obvious to EV owners, I think it can help the rest of us to look at the charging story in a different light than we have been. The charging issue has been blown way out of proportion. Yes, it’s one of the few areas where EVs could still improve, but the reality is that charging an EV is already more convenient than going to a gas station to fill up your tank.
If I recall correctly, most EV owners thought before buying their EVs that they’d charge their cars every night, but they actually end up charging every other night.
I’ve said it before, but I feel like it can’t be said enough: The convenience of electric cars is one of their greatest benefits. The time savings from not having to go to the gas station is also a tremendous benefit. The lack of public charging infrastructure is a small issue that will be overcome.
The real concern for drivers, as I saw insightfully noted somewhere else recently, is when gas stations start going out of business because of the EV revolution. Then, people still driving gasmobiles will have a hard time fueling up their vehicles.