- Nov 21, 2008
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Agreed. The problem with these kinds of transitions is that people naturally compare them to what exists. Okay, maybe I need to stop for an hour each way on a road trip that I take once a year, but if it takes me 10 minutes to get gas, and I fill up once a week, that's 9 hours of time a year I spend getting gas.Why? This is both an irrelevant and largely impossible standard to meet, particularly the first one. It's like saying gasoline can't compete with electricity until you can get gas at home. The vast majority of every EV's energy needs will be met by nightly charging at home. That doesn't mean that we don't need ex-home charging options for long distance travel and for owners without in-home charging, but your standard ignores one of the great advantages of EVs. Every morning you wake up with a full battery and you didn't have to go anywhere to get that. Faster charge times for empty batteries is certainly going to be useful and things are moving in that direction but EVs will never need anywhere close to the proliferation of gas stations.
Right now EVs are a luxury for most and there are still many who would have a separate road trip ICE in addition to their EV which obviously isn't a permanent solution, but you will never need as many charging locations as you currently do gas stations.
Plus, if charging is available in parking lots where I can stop and eat or do something while it charges, it isn't even that much of a hassle. With a 300 mile range, that's 4-5 hours of driving, and I want a break after that long anyway.
We do that for all kinds of things. How many people buy houses with a bedroom for guests that come once or twice a year or a kitchen sized for Thanksgiving dinner?Exactly. People love to point out the problems with EVs for niche use cases but seem to ignore that they cover the primary use case better than ICE vehicles do. I guess it's the same reason some people think they need a massive car for the once or twice a year that they do some big road trip or home depot run. They aren't wrong that their car was useful in those scenarios, but the bulk of their usage doesn't come close to requiring that functionality. As I've mentioned before, we have a big legacy SUV and I love having it for the few things our smaller SUV can't do, but it's far from an everyday thing for us.