First American Gas Station Converts Entirely To Electric Charging Station

As our 19th-century oil and gas industries desperately gasp to remain relevant, a gas station in Maryland has become the first in the United States to convert entirely to an electric charging station in a giant leap toward the future.

In the fight against the climate crisis, the global transportation system is going to have to make dramatic changes in the years ahead if we are going to save the planet. That means Americans are inevitably going to have to reject cars that run on oil and gas in favor of electric cars, a future Volkswagen is already preparing for by developing a fleet of electric-powered vehicles.

More and more Americans are making the switch. But the problem is that the United States is lagging behind when it comes to constructing power stations that can charge electric cars.

In Takoma Park, Maryland these servicing stations are largely placed in odd spots and only one electric car at a time can use it, resulting in a line that can frustrate drivers and cause some congestion in the area.

“They were fully utilized throughout the day; people were lining up,” Electric Vehicle Institute CEO Matthew Wade told CNBC. “The city was happy they were being used, but then they said, ‘Wait, no one can get in this parking lot, because these taxis are using these chargers.'”

Indeed, a fleet of electric-powered taxis roam the streets here, and that’s one reason why RS Automotive owner Depeswar Doley jumped at the opportunity to transform his gas station into a full electric charging station.

That, and because gas and oil just are not working for him anymore.

“That part of his business just wasn’t working, and he wasn’t happy with it,” Wade said. “And we said, well, we have this great idea. What do you think about converting it to an all-electric charging station?”

The decision was not easy. After all, electric cars do not dominate the roads, at least not yet. So the customer base is smaller. But Doley is betting on the future, especially since his own daughter gave him the final push.

“My daughter, who is 17, she is the one who convinced me after I told her that I was going to talk to the [Electric Vehicle Institute] guys,” he explained. “You notice there are not too many electric vehicles on the road. So it’s not something that I expect to become rich overnight or something like that.”

Another key factor in his decision was to do his part to help the environment and to serve as an example to other gas station owners.

“It’s a good cause [and] good for the environment,” he said. “I know this is a good cause, and this is something new. What I’m doing, maybe it will encourage other business owners and encourage the electric car business.”

With help from the Maryland Energy Administration and the Electric Vehicle Institute, Doley’s new electric power charging station is taking shape.

According to CNBC:

The station will feature four dispensers that connect to a high-powered, 200kW system. The system will allow four vehicles to charge simultaneously and reach 80% battery charge in 20 to 30 minutes. Drivers can go inside and sit in an automated convenience store with screens that allow drivers to track their vehicle’s charging progress.

That’s way better than waiting in line at a single station in an odd place.

Still, it’s a risk. But it’s one Doley is willing to take because whether the fossil fuel industry likes it or not, electric vehicles are the future.

“This thing is so new, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Doley said. “It might flop, or it might work out — we have no clue at all. We’re just crossing our fingers, and in the back of my mind, I know this is something good for the environment.”

And so far, the community overwhelmingly approves.

“Everyone gets behind it; it’s really neat,” Wade said. “It’s one of the few spaces out there that is not so divisive, and it gets people really excited.”

Even Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is hailing the progress.

“Maryland is proud to be a national leader when it comes to clean and renewable energy, climate change and the promotion of electric infrastructure and vehicles,” Hogan said. “This fully converted gas-to-electric charging station is a prime example of our administration’s commitment to the environment and transportation.”

Clearly, oil and gas cannot last forever no matter how badly industry executives want us to believe that it will. Oil and gas are finite resources and they are hurting our planet. The time has come to abandon this outdated industry and do something revolutionary like switching to electric. And people like Doley are leading the way.

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