Recently, I filled up my car with gas. It took all of four minutes, which included a trip to the cashier to pick up my receipt.
Curious to learn how long it would take to charge an Electric Vehicle (EV), I went to the internet and found it took on average 30 minutes to 12 hours. The 30 minute time would only equate to a partial charge not a full charge i.e. a full tank. Granted time would not be a big issue if you charged your EV at home, at night, but it would, however, present a logistical challenge on the road.
The rush to change over, from traditional gas powered vehicles to EVs is overlooking the monumental work required in infrastructure improvements needed to support a majority EV fleet. Just to accommodate the 30 minute time frame, which is not realistic, it would require eight times as many charging stations as we have gas pumps now.
The rush to build EVs by almost all auto manufacturers maybe an overreaction, especially without concurrent massive infrastructure changes needed to support and service all the EVs.
I recently stopped at a very large convenience complex on the way to Gulf Shores. They have installed an unbelievable 120 gas pumps with almost all pumps in use. My math suggests that the station would require almost 1,000 charging stations to accommodate an all EV fleet.
I’m old enough to remember the long gas lines a number of years ago. We may be in for a repeat in the near future.
Just thinking. Is anyone else?
William A. Freise