Interesting note from wsj today – 3-18-21
With the exception of electric-vehicle juggernaut Tesla Inc., most auto makers aren’t running their own charging networks. But with limited charging opportuni-ties often holding consumers back, Volkswagen has shifted gears and announced plans to operate 18,000 public fast-charging stations in Europe by 2025.
Also in the same article:
In addition to the company’s existing European joint venture Ionity—which also involves BMW AG, Ford Motor Co., and Daimler AG—the total includes 8,000 fast-charging stations in Europe that Volkswagen said it would build with BP PLC, half of which would be at BP and Aral filling stations. In Italy, Volkswagen will team up with Enel SpA, the power company, and in Spain with electric utility Iberdrola SA
I have long advocated that current gas stations have a great opportunity to provide electric charging stations. They have the space, the infrastructure is easy, and it enables people to use their mini marts. If they don’t do this – it’s a slow decline to obsolescence.
As for me – i love the Italian model of gas stations. Go in, get a perfect espresso, a snack etc, fill up and hit the road. Since electric charging takes a little longer right now – capitalize on a captive audience to buy stuff or services. Want a haircut with that 1hr charge up? Sounds good to me !