GetOffYourGas wrote:Can you explain to your mom why she should grab the gasoline pump, and avoid the diesel? If so, I don't see why she couldn't also understand that *this* EVSE will work for her car, but not *that* EVSE? It's a hassle for sure, but assuming different standards are clearly marked, it is hardly past the ability of the average person.
Its a good point, but its more akin to explaining why you can get diesel here, but not there, and gas here, but not there. And at this pump you have to use this credit card, but on this one you can only use the other one.
Also we are simply used to the idea, it is very old. As I said for people who are tech savvy or are early adopters these things are trivial. But you can't dismiss the fact that many people stuck to their old flip phones or RIM phones for way longer than they should have.
As someone who resolutely refuses to give up his flip phone (my first and only cell, which I only caved in and bought in Dec. 2007, and which doesn't even have a camera; it's a phone
, FCS), I resemble that remark, even if I am fairly tech savvy.
But in my youth I spent 9 years living in a home without a phone at all, and 6 or 7 ditto without a (working) car, so my standards of what's essential as opposed to what's nice to have differ from most Americans.
I agree that different standards do make things more difficult, but a lot of the added difficulty can be eliminated through better signage (color coding of the different charging standards, say) plus a little more education during the buying process (admittedly difficult given the low level of knowledge of the typical car salesperson). Different cards will go away eventually, or at least be cross-compatible through joining networks ala' ATMs. So, while I agree that multiple standards do cause some extra difficulty in the early stages, I expect they'll fade away to manageable by the time BEVs cross the chasm. Besides, it gives early adopters another topic to pontificate about!