I’m not sure why some journalists want to compare Tesla charging stations to Gas stations, but let’s do a (semi) fair comparison for fun.
According to the US Census Bureau, there are 121,446 gas stations in the USA.
As of the start of 2014 there are about 22,000 Tesla Model S cars in customer’s hands in the USA (Maybe another 3,000 in Europe). I estimate at least 95% of USA owners charge at home (i.e. their own fueling station).
So ignoring Superchargers, we already have 22,000 * .95 = 20,900 fueling stations just for the Model S. In less than two years, that number should grow beyond 60,000, or about half the number of gas stations in the USA!
Now some may point out that home chargers are not the same as gas stations. That is definitely true, as few ICE vehicle owners have a gas pumps installed in their house, and fewer still bother to leave their house every morning with a full tank like we can with home charging.
With home charging you never have to wait for a pump to be available at a busy gas station, breathe those carcinogenic fuel vapors, and endure poor weather while you pump. In fact, often you have to drive out of your way to refuel at a ‘convenient’ gas station wasting time and fuel.
Of course, at the gas station you get the privilege of paying 3-4 times the cost of the same fuel needed by the Model S. I’m also not aware of any ICE owners who can fuel for free at home with solar panels.
It’s clear to me that Tesla charging stations are quite a bit better than gas stations!