Finally, the age of the electric car is dawning. It's good to see the government moving in the right direction. The benefits of electric transportation is vast. However this has been driven organically by the private sector already and now we are close to the hump of going mainstream (5 to 10 years). For all those naysayers of government intervention and subsidizing the industry, the fossil fuel industry is even MORE subsidized. WAY more. It's not even an argument. ALL businesses are subsidized through tax laws. And energy (which for the past 100+ years has been the fossil fuel industry) is subsidized even more directly.
My visions of an EV economy are underway. Had those since the 60's racing slot cars. You just needed to race one of those to know that eventually electrics would supplant all ICE technologies as being inefficient (35% maximum; electrics 98%).
Here we go again: elites in government deciding to push people where they would not voluntarily go. When you need the force of the state to push your ideas, that means your ideas are weak.
Happy to know that finally Government is waking up to the game. Kudos. I hope they post proper signs at these charging stations so that gas cars don't hijack our spots. Unfortunately I face this situation every day. Dumb and arrogant idiots park in EV only spots.
Paul Anthony
I would like to see these charging stations offer outlets for bikes as well. I went to a hotel in an ebike and they got all bent out of shape when I plugged in a bike to be charged while I ate at their restaurant. The bike was not parked in anyone's way and the outlet was next to the bike so no trip hazard. I wish bike racks had this option
PiperTom, the gummint isn't coming to take your gas hog away. Years from now, there will be clubs and shows for you, just as we have Model A clubs now. And there will be gas stations as long as you can provide sufficient demand to support them. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be enjoying a cheaper, more efficient mode of transport. The future will not be like the past. Stay in your comfort zone, and you can be part of a living history re-enactment some day.
@gizmowiz8 That's something of a false equivalency. The electricity needs to be produced somewhere and AFAIK, no electric production method approaches 98% efficiency, the closest being hydroelectric at 90%.
I support the new charging stations, but once critical mass happens with EVs, there will be so many of them out there, they'll outnumber the charging stations by 100k:1. Price is one of the things keeping EVs out of the hands of the people, and I still can't believe that an electric motor, gearbox, and battery cost ten times more than an engine, transmission, exhaust system, intake ducting, radiator, heater core and ducting, exhaust and engine heat shields, extra smog devices, and gas tanks. Can you? I'm thinking that the State makes more money on inspecting, smogging, gas taxing, etc. than they'd like to admit, and it may go away once ICEs are gone, or severely diminished in number.
Please use the term "also" - when the US finally also does what other countries do. When the US has established an "infrastructure" you can develop technology for this - and not the other way around. You are correct, Tesla is one player, because they sell abroad and use no fancy battery technology. Nissan, BMW, MB and Audi - even Porsche can develop battery technology because they have an infrastructure of charging points to relate to, which makes it possible for them to make and sell battery-powered cars. Any other "inventor" will now have to sell their ideas and technology to those with an infrastructure. This makes remarks about US technology as visionary as some remark of Mr. Donald Trump. Well, finally the US can start to develop, but being a late contender, has to comply with the rest of the world.
I'm sorry to see the private sector won't fund the research some people would like. Lobbing the bankrupt (owes more than it can pay) govt. to fund your pet project is morally wrong as well as impractical. It's the moral equivalent of crony capitalism. The govt. has to take by force all the money it gets since it consumes but never produces (on net). The irony is this public funding will slow development. Funded researchers get paid to research. Success means the job is done, funding stops. See cancer "research" which goes on, and on and on.