Here's how the weekly trip to the gas station will become obsolete:
Obviously, Tesla owners have charge stations at home and in various places around the interstate highway system.
But, via the work of Solarcity, shopping malls and other retail establishments will install solar carport parking very close to the entrances to places like Macy's, Apple Store, Starbucks, and even Walmart. As soon as the car is parked and plugged in, the iPhone or Droid phone recognizes a customer charge account, offering free charging during the shopping experience if retail purchases are made. Payback points, and the like will tease the Tesla owner to make purchases and get charged cheaply of for free during the shopping experience. Over time, the number of charging ports will multiple, and gas guzzling vehicles will be pushed to park farther and farther from the store entrance. Brandname association with zero emission tech will enhance corp image and spur sales.
As critical mass of electric vehicles increase, employers will incentivize longer hours at work with access to subsidized electrical power. Again, Solarcity contracts with employers, likely high tech ones at first, to install rooftop solar panels to supply electric power not only for the office building HVAC and lighting, but also for commuters. Ideally, employees would receive even greater incentives for using public transit and carpooling, but a benefit program of low cost electric car charging would keep many employees happy.
Meanwhile, cities like San Francisco and New York will stop renewing gas station licenses, making access to fossil fuel within the inner city more expensive and difficult compared to recharging batteries.
Eventually, Tesla battery tech will reach a critical threshold of 1000 miles driving range, or some kind of extremely fast recharge capability, making long range driving so practical, nobody will want a gas engine vehicle anywhere.
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