Oils4AsphaultOnly wrote:jlv wrote:I don't see that at all. I don't think 3 minutes pumping gasoline to put in 400 miles of range has anything to do with how widespread gas stations are.mux wrote:Really, the only reason gasoline refueling is so relatively quick isn't due to the high energy density of the fuel alone, it's mainly because of how incredibly widespread gas stations are so you can always find one along your itinerary.
Have you factored in the travel time to get to the gas station? If there wasn't one around the corner, you'd have to make a trip to the gas station (could be a 5-15 min detour). You could combine it with a costco run, but now you have to add a 15-min line-wait.
Sure, that can be an issue locally, but on road trips? Where's the gas station on an interstate? Right off the exit, usually along with a few others plus a collection of fast food restaurants and maybe motels. And for added convenience, odds are there's such a collection of stations at every major junction, plus gateway towns to major recreation areas, and sometimes inside those areas, and generally there'll be one station no more than every 30 miles apart. Regardless of the type of energy storage and replenishment, that sort of density is necessary to maximize speed and convenience on trips, and Tesla has devoted most of their SC construction this year (in the U.S., at least), to providing that density along major routes, to the detriment of expanding the network's coverage to new areas.