Commenters have brought up two interesting types of “gas station anxiety” over the past several months. They’re quite different, but I think both are worth highlighting.
I’ll start with the most recent one, since it got me to write this article. The other day, I published an article about convenience being a top reason why electric cars would likely disrupt the gas-dominated auto industry. One of our clever readers switched the whole “range anxiety” overhype on its head and coined “gas station anxiety.” He or she note: “I have 2 electric cars in California and the convenience of no time spent doing smog checks is a big deal. The gas station anxiety is also a big reason to own an electric car.” I love it! Interestingly, this was also right after I published an article about “gasmobile buyer’s remorse“—about a former Chevy Volt driver who went with a Cadillac CTS when his lease expired rather than waiting a bit for the Cadillac ELR. This driver noted that he had serious buyer’s remorse and didn’t realize how much he would hate and dread going to the gas station so regularly again.
Unfortunately, I don’t recall on which article someone commented with this second type of “gas station anxiety,” but I think the commenter was actually one of our writers, Jo Borras. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) He noted that as the transition to electric cars really gets going, gas stations will go out of businesses. Of course, electric cars can easily charge at home, but gasmobiles need to go get their gas from a gas station. At some point, that’s going to become more of a pain and even more inconvenient than it is today. How much will used gasmobiles be worth at that point?!
Of course, aside from the above, there are two more types of gas station anxiety that are widespread issues today. There’s gas station anxiety that people have simply because they are sick of (and perhaps have genuine financial difficulty from) gasoline costs that pull away a significant portion of the money they have earned. And there’s the gas station anxiety that people have when they are well aware of the tremendous climate and health problems associated with the use of gas yet they are still driving gasmobiles. No fun. I’ve been there. And happy that I left that world behind about 10 years ago—one of the best decisions of my life.
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