Submitted by yanik_bl on October 17, 2013
For many people (myself included) the issue with buying an electric car is twofold:
First is a range anxiety - I sometimes drive more 200 miles per day and have to come back the next day (another 200 miles). Considering that the place I drive to has only 110V outlets, I would not be able to charge the car enough overnight to make it back.
Second (and much bigger) issue is that I live in a building and my parking lot/garage does not have any electrical infrastructure to charge cars. This is a huge problem for electric car adoption if big cities.
The solution I thought of might be as simple as requiring every gas station have 440V charging facility for electric cars. Considering that average gas-powered car spends about 5 min at gas station and brings about $1 in profit to gas station owner, then requiring electric car owner to pay maybe $10 plus actual electricity usage might come to the same profit margin. (in addition to whatever electric car owner might buy after spending much longer on gas station property)
This way both range anxiety and charging issues for big cities would be dealt with while also making sure present gas station owners have continuity to their business...