As the roll out of electric car models increases from one year to the next, some transportation industry analysts are worried that the nation infrastructure will not be up to the task of charging so many electric cars on the go. Most all-electric cars have a range of about 100 miles, but that is likely to go up as models are further refined and as battery technology advances. Yes, it is likely that in perhaps 5 to 10 years time there will be an economical electric car which can travel 350+ miles.
But where will they charge up?
I think that in this case, free market economics will encourage roadside restaurants like McDonald’s to offer free, or low-cost, charging services for electric cars. In fact, some McDonald’s are already going “green” and doing this. (If only they could serve healthier food as well.)
If it takes 20 to 30 minutes to charge up your car, then you could spend this time shopping or eating a meal. And there are plenty of restaurants which would like to have your business. Besides, McDonald’s and other businesses often offer free Wi-Fi, and the technology used to charge electric cars is much older. Likely though, newer energy storage devices and batteries will be built from carbon nanotubes and exotic composites, and will take only minutes to fully charge.
Most likely the biggest strain on the nation’s roadway system will be on the roads themselves.