As electric cars gain in popularity, cities and other public entities are debating what role they should play in keeping those vehicles powered and rolling.

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Bailey Jones

More charging stations bring more "green" tourists. Greenies are less likely to litter, do donuts on the beach, and drive like idiots. Galveston County has the engineering expertise and the manufacturing infrastructure to capitalize on the need for charging stations, both here and around the nation. I hope some clever entrepreneur takes advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Carlos Ponce

Quick charging will shorten the lifespan of those already expensive batteries. Regular charging takes hours. Those of us who use old fashioned gas and diesel can fill up in minutes.

Gary Miller

If gasoline and diesel don't cost $7 or $9 a gallon EV;s may not be sold by 2050. Electricity requires fuel to generate and wind or solar have even higher costs. Greenies will buy EV's regardless of cost but government has limits on how much it can subsidise.

Don Schlessinger


Ted Gillis

Did you just make up all that stuff, Gary? because it sounds like a bunch of disjointed BS.

Gary Scoggin

I 'm not a huge fan of EV's; I think hybrids, especially plug-in hybrids are a better solution in most cases. EVs have their place in things like commuters, local delivery fleets and maybe even buses. Applications where they don't wander far from home and can charge overnight.

Looking at total cost of ownership, there are a lot of variables but, in general, over the life of the vehicle, gasoline powered cars and EVs are pretty comparable at today's power and gasoline prices.

From an environmental standpoint, the breakeven CO2 emissions depend on the source of eletricity. For an area with hydro, i.e., carbon-free energy, it happens at about 8,400 miles. For a place with full coal fired electricity, the breakeven milage is much higher, about 78,700 miles.

In Texas, with electricity produced from 52% gas, 16% coal, 9% nukes and 21% renewables, an EV puts out about a third of the CO2 as a gasoline vehicle.

To the matter at hand, I think municipalities should stay out of the EV charging business. That's best left to private firms.

Bailey Jones

I am a big fan of EVs - even with the limitations on a tank of electricity. They are cheaper to operate, cheaper to maintain (fewer moving parts), quieter, cleaner (obviously), and provide better speed and torque than equivalent internal combustion cars.

The only downside is the lack of charging infrastructure to get from point A to point B. But I'm confident that the market will answer that need, and create new technologies and jobs in the process. At least one Buc-ee's is adding charging stations. It will soon dawn on someone that restaurant + charging station is a winning combination along highways.

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