Essay on Technology Is Developing Very Rapidly
Interviewee: But battery technology is developing very rapidly, and what is more important is the fast charger technology is developing very quickly as well. I mean, I 've long argued, it 's not really about range, it 's about the speed of refueling. If you have a petrol or diesel car that only does 100 miles, but it only takes a minute to fill up, you 're not really going to be that bothered about it. But the problem is, traditional electric vehicles took five or six hours to charge up, and then it becomes a problem. If they only take 20 or 30 minutes to charge up, I mean, that’s like stopping for a coffee or something, and people can live with that. That’s really what we’re moving towards. In fact, Tesla is now saying that with its latest generation of superchargers, they can have an 80% charge put in in about 10 to 15 minutes. That’s a quick coffee, really.
Interviewee: In my world.
Interviewer: I agree with you. It depends on how long the queue is at the coffee shop, so you could be providing that as an elective.
Interviewee: Well, they have suggested putting coffee shops alongside chargers. Yes, that’s right. Combining those as a new business model: coffee shop, perhaps a small shop next to a charger.
Interviewer: Do you think there will be an onus on the – Not so much an onus, sorry. Do you think it will go hybrid car first? Like people will switch first to hybrid, then to electric? Or how do you --
Interviewee: Yeah. For a long…