Re: Elon may be right
"If you had a fast-charge station at the halfway point that could do 80% charge in 20 minutes, electric is competitive to gassing up. (Yes, you can fill a tank in 5 minutes, but typically gas stops aren't constrained by fuel fill time)."
And a full charge in something closer than an hour. Thus, depending on how close everyone wants to get to a full charge, You need something like 4 to 12 times as many chargers as gas pumps. Then you need the electrical transmission infrastructure to deliver that current. And because of the shorter range, people will have to charge more often than filling up, which means more vehicles wanting to recharge than fuel.
So, 20 times as many chargers? 30? more? For longer trips, it may be necessary for all vehicles making the trip to recharge, while the only gas or diesel vehicles needing to fuel will be those of drivers who forgot to fill up before leaving the starting point, and those in the middle of even longer trips.
"If you need to drive straight through with no meal stops, yes, gas/diesel is currently your only option at the moment."
Ah yes, the recharge while you eat meme. This keeps coming up, along with the 80% charge in 20 minutes thing. Somehow there is an implicit assumption that everyone will manage to line up, order food, get served, eat it, pay, and get back to their vehicle no later than the end of charging. Even now that's optimistic. If the restaurant becomes 5 times busier than now because of all the people eating while their car charges, then a lot of people won't be that fast. All those cars parked at chargers waiting for the owners to get back will slow things down a lot... and maybe double the chargers needed above and beyond all previous numbers. Also, random variations mean that some of the time there will be no free chargers - particularly during heavy travel periods. Add that wait to your charge/eat times and a long trip becomes quite a bit longer due to the various delays.
Longer trips means more tired drivers. Driving while tired has been shown to be equivalent to driving while impaired by alcohol. More impaired driving = more accidents = delays = even longer trips.
The last long driving trip I took was more than 4600 km (>2800 miles) one way. We had two drivers and fueled two or three times a day, including once at the day's stopping point. We were moving 12 to 14 hours each day. That trip would have been impossible with a battery EV. (We also switched drivers every 2 or 3 hours, and the resting driver generally got a good nap, so we were all right for level of fatigue.) The trip took a little over 3 days in winter conditions. It was very cold a good deal of the time (-30 or lower overnight) which would have impacted the range of an EV, as well. We were lucky enough to end up on some closed interstates (not sure how that happened) and winds were high enough to blow away the snow (flat middle of the continent) leaving the pavement bare, so we made very good time. We never saw another vehicle in that stretch, doing about 85 mph the whole while. The faster you go, the sooner you need to recharge, and the greater the impact on trip time. Not good.....