lol, how silly can you get trying to jump the shark. it is one excuse and one contrivance after another.Total "refueling" time for BEVs is much less than for ICE vehicles. Compare the 30 sec. to plug in the charger at home to the 10-15 min. time of the ICE with every refuel. A 30-60 min stop on a long trip isn't that big a deal. Recharging takes some planning so most do it as a scheduled bathroom/rest/food break (which you're supposed to take every two-three hours anyway). The Tesla lounge looks like a great location for that.
My son's Tesla S is their preferred family trip vehicle over their Highlander Hybrid. My '13 Volt is not our preferred long-trip vehicle.
There are trade-offs with BEVs and long-distance driving, for sure. For example, if you regularly take long cross-country trips, the refueling time for a Tesla would add up. But *most* people don't travel those kinds of distances with any significant frequency.Needing a playground for a fueling station just demonstrates how NOT ready for prime time BEVs are. Taking an hour for what normally takes five minutes is why no one I know who owns a Model S ever takes it anywhere. Too much hassle. It would be tres more impressive if there wasn't food, a play area, or a lounge.
Kettleman City already is a 'service/rest area'. The "refreshments" part is superfluous with many popular establishments within walking distance.It's a good idea on their part to make the stations 'service/rest area' types of places. I'd be interested in knowing just how many people visit one of these stations in a given day/week/etc...
Spoken by a person without young kids Having to stop twice (there and back) with getting my kids out of the car, keeping them behaved, getting them fed, getting them back in the car, etc... is torture to begin with.A 30-60 min stop on a long trip isn't that big a deal.
You might be saying that with tongue-in-cheek, but, truer words were never spoken. One hour of strenuous activity - the kind that makes you perspire - four or five times a week will add years to one's life. Also, eating a BIG breakfast (including vegetables) and tapering off to little more than a snack at night is waaaay better for you than the reverse (latest thinking). So, putting that wait time to good use by exercising is the way to go. Tesla...add that stepper machine or eliptical trainer!!!Most Americans could really benefit if would use that time "waiting for a charge" to do a little running in place or jogging to get their heart going. Maybe a little stepper or peddle device that could assist the charging process ..........
Here is a nice picture of another/different 40 stall Baker, CA one that came online last week: