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No One Else Built Charging Stations, So Automakers Will Do It

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Just a few years ago, automakers had a largely uniform response to questions about the construction of refueling stations for electric vehicles: “Not my job.” Today, they’re starting to realize that no one else is going to build stations at the scale needed to stimulate sales of battery-powered cars, so they’ll have to do it themselves. “Charging infrastructure is a bottleneck,” says Andreas Tschiesner, head of the European automotive practice at McKinsey & Co. Carmakers are “ready to get the ball rolling because nothing is happening on its own.” Volkswagen, Daimler, Ford Motor, and BMW have teamed up to create Ionity, a company that’s building charging stations across Europe. VW has formed Electrify America, a unit that will spend $2 billion on stations in the U.S., and the German company is considering a similar operation in China. Porsche is installing chargers at dealerships and is working with BMW and Siemens to develop ultrafast charging. And Japan’s big manufacturers have set up a company to promote installation of quick chargers.

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My question how will the auto companies overcome the difference in the charging connectors? Tesla uses one that is incompatible with other automakers. Time for an industry standard charging connector system!

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 Charging an electric car is the equivalent to 12 cent a gallon gas and the cars have less maintenance. 

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Businesses are not rushing to invest in EV charging. Many of us would be driving hybrids or 100% electrical long time ago if someone could underwrite initial infrastructure costs and provided min stimuli to make a switch. Only the govt can do it. 

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Plus and minus, two sides of the medal.... Fast charging results in a higher failure rate in batteries necessitating costly repairs and replacements. The idea of electric cars is appealing but has application in more limited travel. Downtime for an electric car makes it useless for distance travelers.

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10 hours ago, Pavel said:

My question how will the auto companies overcome the difference in the charging connectors? Tesla uses one that is incompatible with other automakers. Time for an industry standard charging connector system!

Easy: Different connector using a variable voltage/current charger.  Not difficult at all to make.  The chargers are already this and only need a different plug and the switching.  The problem is to make it idiot proof.  This requires the addition of a data port connex or user input...

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10 hours ago, ThunderBlade said:

Businesses are not rushing to invest in EV charging. Many of us would be driving hybrids or 100% electrical long time ago if someone could underwrite initial infrastructure costs and provided min stimuli to make a switch. Only the govt can do it. 

UH,..... NO.  Private sector is already doing it.  Government can make it impossible to do by sheer incompetence due to regulations and hurdles put in their way. 

Fiat always fails in the end

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Tesla is done, next year an electric suv 7 passenger 400 mile range, 0-60 in 3 sec will be selling for a lot less than teslas sedans. the tesla S range is only 237 to 315 mi battery-only and starts at 76k. competition from this co and from others such as vw will be fierce. 

 
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14 minutes ago, Top Oil Trader said:

Tesla is done, next year an electric suv 7 passenger 400 mile range, 0-60 in 3 sec will be selling for a lot less than teslas sedans. the tesla S range is only 237 to 315 mi battery-only and starts at 76k. competition from this co and from others such as vw will be fierce. 

 

If you are right, I am wondering how a small annual decrease in oil demand would affect the price of gasoline and crude oil. Other opposing fuels such as natural gas, ethanol, methanol, hydrogen, biodiesel, biogas, propane may have a larger cumulative effect also. 

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Don't feed the troll...talking charging stations and no mention of Tesla's lolololol....

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Also this new co, has one of the fortune 10, as a customer who will buy all their fleet trucks from them, dont think tesla has any corporate buyers, who are buying fleets of teslas. I think tesla's biggest hope they have now, is trying to put elon musk on a one way to mars.

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