Honestly, when I really reflect on a time when 100% of vehicles on the road are plug-ins, and I think about all those people wanting to do road trips, and I think about charge times, and rude people and lack of charging etiquette, and lack of sufficient charging, well, I just can’t even wrap my head around it, and even I begin to wonder if it is possible to service millions of people doing simultaneous long-distance road trips in BEVs.
I certainly don’t want to head out on a road trip from here in Denver to Santa Barbara, where I drove my Chevy Bolt in Summer of 2018, knowing that I might face hours-long waits just to cue up for a DCFC station because tens of thousands of people are heading along the same interstate corridor that I am in BEVs at the very same time and also need to plug in for 30 to 60 minutes every 200 miles.
Who wants to be doing that — duking it out for charging spots, waiting in long lines, worrying about people unplugging you when you go to lunch, etc.?
Seriously, what does this all ACTUALLY look like if EVERYONE is road tripping at the same time in an EV, millions of people across the United States?
Have we EV advocates really actually, truly contemplated this in a real way and moved our minds beyond the present we are currently in where, say, 1% of road trip drivers are doing DCFC vs. 99% tanking up with gasoline to a time in which 50%, 75%, 100% of drivers on a road trip are doing DCFC?
Can we, with a straight face, tell non-EV drivers this is all going to work out, absolutely no problem? And if we do, on what empirical/concrete basis are we claiming it will all work out?
What do you think: Is it going to work (right away), or we going to be (inevitably?) going through a time of a lot of frustration and exasperation when we move from 1% of Americans with EVs to 20%, to 50%, to 75%+ with literally millions of them wanting to do a long-distance road trip at the very same time?