Know where the nearest gas station is? Of course you do. So does your phone (i.e., Google). If you’re on a road trip and need to fill up your tank, no problem: You’ll see signs every few miles for upcoming rest stops, all of which have gas stations. Same goes when you’re driving a rental in a foreign country. The phrase “I can’t get gas” is rarely (if ever) uttered in modern civilization.
But how about a charge for your electric car? Houston — let’s get Detroit, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn on the radio, too — now we have a problem. There are many reasons that electric vehicles have not taken off yet in America, but this issue is at the heart of every one.
After all, considering most U.S. drivers don’t crack 50 miles in a day of driving, range anxiety is more charge anxiety than anything else. If there were a charging station near your job and you could leave home and work with 80 miles of range every day, there’d be a lot more EV drivers.
Here’s the thing: there are many more chargers than people know about. They don’t get the fancy, state-sponsored signs our friends operating gas stations do, but they’re there if you look hard enough. For the situation to change, we would have to see stuff like this change. Then you’d have more people feeling comfortable buying a plug-in. (Credit President Obama for giving it a shot with his massive EV initiative.)
Here are the five lingering EV charging problems that have to be fixed.