Surprise: AP Notes 'Chicken and Egg Problem' With Electric Cars
Maybe now would be the perfect time for the former British Petroleum to market itself as BP:
A July 26 AP report revealed a “chicken and the egg” problem in President Obama’s push for electric cars. Only a “few hundred” public chargers exist, making it difficult for electric car drivers to venture further away from their home or get caught in traffic. AP reporter Joel Schectman quickly noted that the lack of chargers is a “fear that automakers must overcome” and reassured readers that help from (where else?) the government is on its way:
“Only a few hundred public chargers exist now, but several government grants totaling more than $115 million will help add thousands more, including in
Schectman reported that Obama has set a goal of 1 million electric cars by 2015, but that there will only be an estimated 16,000 public charging stations by 2012. Additionally, Schectman noted that it would take nearly eight hours to charge a car at a public charging station and that even a partial charge would take up to two-and-half hours. That’s enither practicaln or convenient, and Schectman had to concede that electric cars only “fill a certain niche but aren’t for everyone:”
“’I would not recommend this car for road trips," said Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary. "We see this as a city car, a commuter car.’”
Schectman did mention the failed EV1 from General Motors, which cited a lack of public chargers as part of its failure. However, while Schectman cited a lack of public chargers, the real reason was simple economics: the EV1 wasn’t in demand, so consumers didn’t but it.