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      02-20-2020, 08:59 AM   #12

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Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
So even if you could charge in the time it takes to fill a tank of gas, the infrastructure that would have to be put into place to support those charging rates is the problem. Let's say that every gas station put in a enough fast chargers to accommodate a 50% market share of EV's. The power supply would be staggering. Think about large filling stations along major highways, there would actually have to be larger transmission lines installed to support them.
Right, but that's by and large a "throw money at it" problem. If it had to get done, it would get done. But the recharge time is a physics issue. It's a limitation of the what we know at this point in time. Even you go and science the shit out of it, you can't cheat it. I'm not saying that with an essentially unlimited R&D budget, we can't get EVs to go 250 more miles in five minutes time. Maybe we can. But you still need the man days to figure that out. How long? Who knows.

I'm also not saying the infrastructure isn't a challenge as well - it definitely is. But if we wanted to do it, if we really wanted it soon, we could pump it with cash and do it. The problem is there's no point in doing until you know people are going to use it. And people aren't going to use it until they can recharge the car while they buy a coffee and some Funyuns. It could be a quarter century until that's possible.
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