Next to the office building where I work, ExxonMobil just finished building a new gas station. I pass by it every day, and every day, I can’t help but think about what a stupid, short term, investment that was.
We don’t need another convenience store; there’s a Walgreens around the corner. We don’t need bad gas station coffee; there’s a Starbucks only a few blocks away. So why are they building it?
Oh, for the gas you say. Well, we’ll see about that.
One must have been living under a rock lately to have missed the electrical vehicle revolution started by a certain American made electrical car with a driving range of up to 280+ miles on one charge. With Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk in the driver’s seat and recently fueled by Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, this trend has only one way to go; up, up and up. Said scandal, I believe, is what I’d like to call a blessing in disguise, as the only way for VW to come back from this nasty, fossil fuel scam, is to go all electric.
Volvo just announced their EV coming in 2019, Porsche is building a luxury EV to compete with Tesla’s model S, Toyota has pledged to have a completely fossil-free fleet by 2050 (I think it will be sooner than that), Audi is making a whole line of electric cars, the list goes on…
Now that you’ve read this far into the post, it’s time for the fossil-lovers, also known as the corrupt crew, to say their “we’ll always need gas” line and their famous “your electricity comes from coal anyway” response. And don’t forget the “they can’t handle the battery disposal”. Ok, thank you, great input, way to think outside of the box on your part, I appreciate your insight.
There’s some truth to what “they” say. Heavy trucks, to name one type of vehicle, will probably run on gas or diesel for a while yet, and some areas are energized by coal or other fossils – for now. Trust me, that will change, there is no stopping solar. Toyota recently designed and built a solar driven power station for Yellowstone’s Buffalo Ranch, using old Toyota Camry Hybrid batteries (deemed no longer suitable for the auto industry, but have many years left in other applications), and solar panels so the park can run off the grid, noise free, pollution free. There are endless possibilities for batteries.
Back to the new ExxonMobil gas station on my way to work. I’m talking a two lane, two way street, 35 mph speed limit. Not a highway, not a freeway. No heavy traffic comes through here. No trucks will need to stop here for gas. And in only a few years, neither will any cars.
Which commuter, in their right state of mind, will stop at a gas station in 90 degree heat or zero degree winter air, to fill up their tank in the morning, when they could have had the car fully charged in their garage during the night? Who will opt for that old technology; pulling over, getting out of the car, touching those germy handles and buttons, while smelling that gas smell? Writing that reminds me of days when one had to find a pay phone to call home and drive to blockbuster to rent a movie. Yeah, I don’t think anyone misses that.
Commuting, less than 280 miles per day, is what most citizens use their cars for every day, meaning most will buy an EV when the market is ready. I plan on hanging around long enough to see more and more gas stations go out of business. I think we should turn the land into urban parks; grow trees, flowers, and have picnic tables. With all the newly found fresh air and noise free streets, thanks to our electrical, silent, zero emission vehicles, that makes for a pretty darn nice coffee break.
ExxonMobil, you rich bitch, I can’t wait to see you go out of business.