Sheetz gas stations in PA have 3 quick chargers that enable a LEAF to drive from Pittsburgh to State College, placed along the shortest/quickest route. They're close enough for i-MiEVs to use during the summer. They also have a few other ones installed further east, two of which are in Harrisburg.
This goes back to my thread about gen2 EV charging. All cars should come with a 20 kW on-board charger if their range is better than 120 miles or a 10 kW charger if less than 120 miles. From now on, any new J1772 station installed should be an 80 amp unit, the same output power as the Tesla HPWC and the max current available under J1772 AC spec. Regardless of quick charging, this would reduce the large gap in charge times between DCQC and L2. DCQC should definitely be placed at intermodal rest areas, convenience stores, and other visitor attractions that keep people busy for an hour or less (scenic overlooks/picnic spots in the mountain states), 80 amp L2 at restaurants, hotels, and other longer layover waypoints/destinations.
Don wrote:Yes, so long as they plan their route where they have access to the Supercharger network
Besides the Tesla nav system doing this automatically, the major routes across country (I-70 for example) are already covered. Granted there are states like Arkansas, North Dakota, West Virginia, west Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming that have little or no Supercharging, they will be getting them within the next two years (Tesla website has them listed under 2016, but I'm leaving a little breathing room).
I have mixed feelings about Hydrogen. I don't see it as an efficient fuel for vehicles since it basically is an inefficient energy storage medium that has losses during generation, storage, and use. It would make a viable alternative to natural gas if produced from excess grid power at night (preferably in place of or helping pumped storage hydro) for heating buildings and water.
(Ed, you have Don's statement misquoted as mine. If you decide to edit, remote the quote brackets with PV1 in them, as well as one of the [/quote] brackets at the end.)