This is a complex argument as if you assume that new EVs are going to cost the same as new ICE cars, there are already signs that for some cars the price difference does not matter a big deal. As for older vehicles, you can get an EV like Nissan Leaf at cheaper price (depends on the yard) than a comparable same milage ICE car. So that argument that "I am only going to purchase an EV if the price is at parity with an ICE vehicle, else not" is archaic now, and probably continue to lose its bite as years go. Besides, one needs to have a change in the mindset as one settles for EV. EVs can be conveniently charged at home, and if EV makers agree to use a simple Type I CCS type charger for every vehicle or compatibility, then practically any business that allows people to wait for a while for transaction can double up as charging stations. Hence cafes, hairdressers, supermarkets, mall parking lots, are where people will charge their cars. You will not need a dedicated charging station such as "gas stations". Electricity is not gas, electricity is more ubiquitous.

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