Note: Before we begin. These ideas are not fully formed. I am adding here as a reminder for myself.
Gasoline is tangible. Electricity isn’t. Hence electricity does not require as massive a model for supply/chain/distribution as compared to the same model for gasoline.
Solution A – Make it more Distributed
So if we can make do with a relatively fewer amounts of electric vehicle charging stations. Then, how would we go about doing that.
Again and like I said, this idea needs to be refined. Just adding here as a reminder for myself.
Idea A deals with making the supply/chain mechanism more distributed as it is today or will be in the foreseeable future. Since the electricity grid is very pervasive. Thus, you need a mechanism to be able to tap into this grid. A system that would allow this to be done in a secure and traceable way.
This vision necessitates that the necessary protocols for security and authentication are designed. You would also need a mechanism that would allow the provision of financial transactions.
Once this system has been designed, then, theoretically, this would allow the electric car to be plugged into any given outlet. Any given outlet that is compliant with this solution.
Solution B – Autonomous drones that replenish themselves
Solution B is an idea that I just thought of. Basically you will have automated drones hovering around strategic points around the city.
These drones would have the ability to store, redirect and transmit electricity to a vehicle that is in need. A complete system would have to be designed in order to facilitate such a model. Because you will need a system for identifying (cars running low on energy), deploying, replenishing and then for the drone to return to base to recharge it’s battery.
Solution C – Self driving Segway/hybrid charging stations
Maybe a combination of Solution A + Solution C. Where the self-driving robot can tap into an existing electrical outlet and then charge the vehicle for you.
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