Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


If Everyone Had A Gas Station At Home…

December 30th, 2013 by  

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?

home gas station

The closest thing I could find to a “home gas station” on Shutterstock.

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.

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  • Wayne Williamson

    I’m surprised by your statement that most ev owners only charge every other day. My smart phone I plug in every night even though there is 70% charge left. My laptop I leave plugged in all the time. My tablets get plugged in when they get low or I know I’m going to need them for extended periods.

  • Tom G.

    Well let’s see; isn’t this what we will be facing in about 20-30 years; I mean the reverse of the above. Very few gas stations and charging capabilities everywhere.

    Time has a way of clarifying what might become true.

  • wattleberry

    Can you imagine the hue and cry over safety issues, bearing in mind the stringent gas-station regulations ?
    Notwithstanding the Tesla fire incident, every ICE vehicle is effectively an unexploded bomb [diesel less risky] and much would be made of this.
    It may well have stopped any further ICE development in its tracks!
    BTW, the ad showing domestic appliances with small engines is my favourite-a classic.

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