“Gas stations are not massively profitable businesses. When 10% of the vehicles on the road are electric many of them will go out of business. This will immediately make driving a gasoline powered car more inconvenient. When that happens even more gasoline car owners will be convinced to switch and so on. Rapidly a tipping point will be reached, at which point finding a convenient gas station will be nearly impossible and owning a gasoline powered car will positively suck.”
-- Geoff Ralston
@smays There are a massive amount of older cars on the road, and electric vehicles' useful lifespan is probably not as long as gas vehicles (unless they improve battery tech or come up with a better way of leasing or renting just the batteries). There may be a tipping point with regard to electric vehicles, but it may also be immediately followed by a new equilibrium in the absence of other factors.
@smays Some people have tried swap-able batteries (i.e. renting batteries and never owning them, and getting them swapped out at a station when needed), but chicken and egg problems. One recent example:
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