Same type of people who build and pay for all those gas stations: businesses. The bill is paid immediately when one charges (card swipe, or smart charger knows the smart car).I am wondering who is gonna pay for all the "charging pods" and who will stand good for the power bill.
I expect the underlying theme of a thousand like minded posts is a powerful reluctance to give up that "I have made fire" feeling that goes with riding around on top a combustion engine. It's been that way for a 100 years, and it is not to be lightly. Possibly what's needed is a series of demonstrations where a large vehicle battery is catastrophically destroyed in a way that intentionally causes a large fireball, or even some Nikola Tesla like showmanship that adds substantial arcing. Think that will scare people off? Not a chance, with Hollywood exploding ten cars per second. Instead, a dramatic battery explosion will bring them (men anyway) on-board immediately.also, those connectors and cable don't look like they'd be any fun in parts of the world that have harsh winter conditions. Ice and snow packed into the connector on your car, then some "brainiak" gets out his truck key to dig ice out of the end and (insert the smell of bacon here)
people are scarey enough with gasoline
I say a lady "pressure wash" her trunk lid with about a gallon trying to muscle the hose to the wrong side of her car.
a "full service" fueling infrastructure would be much better (for in town) as it would control access and help with a minimum level of safety...
On a rewatch of The Matrix the other night, it occurred to me Hollywood had exactly the same problem with vehicles of that dark and pessimistic future. Morpheus's ship could not simply be allowed to quietly electro-glide along, even though stealth was clearly a life and death requirement throughout the plot. They had to add in all those over the top arc effects to show off some Real Power (tm).