Stay-at-Home Charging May Be Electric Cars’ ‘Killer App’
The “killer app” for the electric car may not be its extended range, its quiet ride, its lower maintenance, or that whole self-driving/car-sharing futuristic stuff, after all. It could be as simple as the convenience of “filling up” at home.
Compared to “the inconvenience factor of having to stop and pump gas,” customers are drawn to the “convenience, security, and comfort” of charging their cars at home or work, Darrin Gess, product manager for GM’s electric Chevrolet Bolt, told Bloomberg in an interview.
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With prices falling and vehicle ranges now sufficient to reassure drivers that “they could achieve the day’s activities with a few surprises thrown in,” Gess sees his company’s vehicle as “the tipping point that’s going to raise awareness” in the market of the practicality and economy of electric cars.