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I think people often ignore charging issues, especially for city cars. Most people live in flats with street parking, there's absolutely no infrastructure existing at the moment to solve the problem that those people cannot charge at night.

I wonder how big a problem that really is. Folks in flats with street parking also have good access to transit. Cities will become incentivized to convert parking meters to charging stations using street light power. People often can charge at work, and for some cars, rapid charging is an option. Also autonomous driving taxis are coming, despite the challenges, and so more folks might subscribe to a car as a service, either Uber or Zipcar. So between these various changing transport options I wonder if flat dwellers parking their commuting car on the street is something soon to be viewed as an anachronism.

> Folks in flats with street parking also have good access to transit.

Which isn’t very helpful if you need to visit places that don’t have good access to transit.

For example my parents live in a small town about 30 minutes away by car. If I were to visit them by public transport that would be a 2+ hour journey. On a weekday. Most of my visits are on Sundays and that’s a whole different story. It would practically be impossible to visit them without taking a day off work.

> Which isn’t very helpful if you need to visit places that don’t have good access to transit.

When you want to go out of town, either you take a train or bus, or if it's out into nature / rural areas with poor bus service - you rent a car. Some cities even have a "car pool renting" service, e.g. car2go: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car2go

Hence, Zipcar.

It's a bit of chicken and egg issue, and it will get better over time, but I think that right now, and probably in the next 2/3 years, it's going to be a big problem.

I'm not saying that it's insurmontable, just that price is not the only thing that stops people from buying electric right now.

I'd love to see it happen, but what's the incentive for cities to add ubiquitous charging like that?

What’s the incentive for cities to have the ubiquitous street parking they have now?

Hopefully they get to make a lot of money from that.

I guess if apartment renters have no easy alternative the city could charge a high premium, and it would be worth it to have overnight charging instead of chasing down a station on your own time.

Air quality is one. Wanting to help with climate change is another.

I keep seeing this as a main issue with EV's. But it's something that can be changed. In Amsterdam most streets have electric charging points. The city made it really easy to apply for one, and lets you skip the (multi-year) waitlist for parking permits. My friends with EV's just charge it in the streets, no problem. I don't see why other cities couldn't do the same.

We have no charging at our beach house, but there are over a dozen charging stations at the Target down the road, and at least some are usually empty.

It's simple enough to spend an hour charging while buying groceries, and as this model builds out it will be even easier to get a full charge while out running errands.

Even without home charging, it's still easier than stopping at the gas station...

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