At some point in the near-term future, I’m going to write a special report with the working title “Relieving Range Anxiety.” You’ve probably heard the commonly used range anxiety label describing worries car shoppers can get over electric vehicles running out of battery juice somewhere, and being stuck on the roadside and waiting for a tow truck or a specialty jumper cable guy to come save them.
Plug-in electric vehicles are the focus of these worries, but actually, every type of green machine has the need for extended range and plentiful fueling stations, whether you’re talking about fuel cell vehicles, natural gas vehicles, propane autogas, or biofuels. There are about 160,000 retail gas stations in the US now, but not much in the way of electric vehicle charging stations or other alternative fuels. This is a very big issue for the long term success of green machines.
So here’s some of the homework I’ll do, and topics to cover:
- Details on charging stations, numbers and locations
- Details on alternative fuel stations, numbers, and locations
- What’s next for plug-in electric vehicles – range extension for pure EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs, how charging will be more efficient and plentiful
- What it’s like for other alt fuel vehicles in realistic range and new technologies
If you’ve got any questions on the topic, or ideas on what should be included, please let me know.