GetOffYourGas wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:02 am
Surely there is a better thread to have this discussion than one ostensibly about profitability of EV charging.
It has certainly ranged well beyond the basic topic, discussing PHEVs, FCEVs, incentives and taxes, the effect of AVs etc. OTOH, many of these are inter-related. Perhaps the "Are PHEVs a transitional technology" topic would suffice for those sections, assuming someone can prise those out of the rest (and good luck to them!). [Edit
]: Actually, given the wide range of topics which my and WetEV's arguments have covered, maybe moving the posts to WetEV's "Mink hole, like a rat hole but much much nicer
" topic would be more appropriate. I'll post my replies to his posts in that topic, hopefully tomorrow.
One area where incentives are on- topic is that seriously raising fuel or carbon taxes so that fossil fuels are more expensive than charging anywhere in the country would transform charging infrastructure, especially DC QCing, to a profitable business model. That would provide the incentive for companies to build and operate them without being dependent on government subsidies, or for car manufacturers to build them as a marketing expense, massively increasing the rate at which the infrastructure expands.
As any such major increase would be massively unpopular here and politically impossible for years if not decades, we should at least try to gradually increase the fed. fuel tax to catch up to inflation and then index it to that. It apparently needs to be raised about 15¢/gal. to make up for 28 years of inflation since it was last raised in 1993, so doing it over a 3 (5¢/year) or 5 year (3¢/year) period should be a priority. AFAICT there's no mention of that in the current infrastructure plan, but drivers should be bearing the cost of the wear and year they themselves cause directly. On a related note, my corner gas station just hit $4.00/gal. for the first time in two or three years, presumably still fallout from Texas.
Additionally, as fossil fuel taxes will inevitably decline as the transition to AFVs continues, it will be necessary to start now to implement alternative taxes for AFVs if not all vehicles, preferably (axle) weight-based mileage fees that don't raise privacy issues. As AFVs are heavier than comparable ICEs they'll pay a bit more in that area, but as they'll be paying less or nothing in fossil-fuel taxes that will incentivize buyers to switch without any need for government subsidies.