A few things need to happen to allow electric cars to really become a standard mode of transportation. Let’s get the discussion going so the innovators get the message and make the necessary adjustments. The message is that we want electric cars but we also want the “convenience” we have become used to with the gas powered cars of the past 100 years. Change is resisted so let’s make change something to look forward to.
First of all, we need to be able to “gas up” easily and in just about 5 or so minutes. Not the 1/2 hour or more that the electric car industry seems to be touting as its objective. Their idea is that we will enjoy stopping in for a coffee or to eat or something like that. That is a corporate model, not a user friendly model. Rather, let us be able to just pull into a drive through bay, have our standardized battery pack dropped out and a fully charged one installed. This can be totally automated and take just about 5 minutes at the most.
Yes I do have a design in mind for the automated system. And I don’t know what I am doing. I just know how simple it can be. Those with the training and expertise can build it. In fact, if I can think of something like this, others can come up with even better solutions. They just need to think and do! Look what Amazon did with their order fulfillment centre.
It should be fairly easy to take the current gas stations and replace some of the pumps with a couple of drive through bays. When they dig out the huge storage tanks, they can put in the automated system for dropping out, replacing and charging the standard batteries. At the same time, instal large solar panels to assist with charging the batteries.
It should also be simple to build new stations as well. They will be clean and the cars will not be noisy or “smelly” and therefore won’t be much of a blight on the surrounding areas as they come in to get their batteries changed.
Standard batteries still allow for lots of competition for the auto builders. They can focus on the extras. So a key is to get everyone together and agree on a standard. I am not talking about the insides of batteries or cars here. I am just talking about the size and how and where they will be placed on cars.
Then we will have specialists to develop batteries while car builders can focus on what their cars will be able to do with the new form of “gas” power (electric batteries). They can focus on developing better motors for driving the wheels. They can focus on developing more reliable ways that cars can take over so much of the mundane parts of driving. Of course, I hope they can speed up the whole process perfecting cars that will drive themselves and we just have to be passengers.
Tesla is doing much to move this along. We need to get the others on board. We need good range per charge. We need quick and easy “charge ups” while travelling.