The electric car revolution has begun.
If you find yourself in Takoma Park, Maryland, low on gas then you might be out of luck. After 61 years in business serving up gas to motorists, RS Automotives is the first gas station in the US to switch entirely to electric car charging. However, this isn't necessarily the owner deciding electric is the only way forward. The station owner, Depeswar Doley, isn't expecting to get rich from the change and from the news report by CNBC we get the feeling he resigned himself to ditching octane for kilowatts.
Doley revealed that he's unhappy with the way gasoline companies handled business. Mainly, that came down to contracts and issues such as limiting the use of multiple suppliers and clauses that kick in when a certain volume of sales is not met as well as limiting support and maintenance. He was already unhappy with the contracts a public works manager employed by the city of Takoma Park suggested he speak with the Electric Vehicle Institute. He did, and then his 17-year old daughter tipped him over the edge by pointing out it was "a real good suggestion."
The four pumps are to be replaced by four chargers with the ability to push 200 kilowatts each. That means compatible cars will be able to charge to 80 percent capacity in somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes. While the electric vehicle owners wait, RS Automotive has installed an automated convenience store with drinks and snacks available. "You notice there are not too many electric vehicles on the road. It's not something that I expect to become rich over-night or something like that, but it's a good cause [and] good for the environment."
Saying that, Doley received a grant of $786,000 for the conversion and Electric Vehicle Institute CEO, Matthew Wade told CNBC that the area has been struggling with not having enough chargers to meet demand, so being through the door early in Maryland could turn out to be profitable for a while at least.