31: electric stations
in the very near future
Can I reduce the chore, expense, wastefulness, and time sink of filling up gas at a station?
While electric charging at home is a thing already, the cost of charging can be just as expensive as gas pumped in your car. Tomorrow’s gas station is going to be a cost competitive alternative fuels station.
Some of this already exists. But it will be more prominent at better cost as we bring the price of electric vehicles down.
Rivian is marketed as the outdoor electric adventurer alternative, but I could easily see families who want more space than what Tesla currently offers (model Y’s seven seater is weak on space comparative to practically every other gas SUV) to be a prime target for more daily use.
During the COVID pandemic, the global supply of vehicles plummeted. The relative cost of any car has been higher. With commuting demands decreased, an electric car option is more attractive to some. For others in the car market, buying a somewhat inflated gas vehicle for now and waiting for pricing of electric cars to come down makes sense.
The future of gas stations would be a non-manned station with electric charging posts while there is an outdoor “play” area (or commercial center) nearby. Patrons could easily double down on outdoor time while the vehicle charged in a conveyor belt process.
I don’t see gas stations getting replaced. Electric vehicle adoption isn’t high enough.
For now. With companies like Chargepoint, we are going to see a whole new future a lot sooner.
“Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not” – Ursula Le Guin
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