Submitted by aaronw2 on March 28, 2013
Last Sunday I stopped by the Gilroy Supercharger to charge up after having a nice drive over highway 9 in Northern California. I also finally realized something. Recharging a car is not the same as refilling with gas. When I refill a gas car I basically have to stand next to the car and wait for the pump to finish. At a Supercharger there is no such requirement. I can spend the time I'd normally waste filling up doing other things like catching up on email, surfing the web, getting a nice meal, or going for a walk. The wait is not the limitation people make it out to be since it frees me up to do other things that are just not possible while filling up a car.
Charging is not a liability like I used to think but more of an opportunity to do something else and really take a break from driving. Now I could see that it would be more of a problem if there are people waiting to use the Supercharger.
The fact that it cost me nothing is also a big advantage. Instead of spending $40-50 to fill up my tank I can use that money to instead buy a nice meal or something else.
I just wish there were more Supercharger stations, especially in some rather out-of-the-way places.
Local businesses should jump at the idea. Now you have a captive audience who has time to kill and likely money to spend.