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As Electric Vehicles Gain Popularity, What Happens to Gas Stations? – Slate


The family-owned ARCO service station in Van Nuys, right in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, was an institution in Hank Walker’s life. “There has been a gas station at that location for more than 100 years, first built when my grandfather had a vegetable farm there,” he told me recently. A few years ago, as the number of electric vehicles in L.A. began to skyrocket, Walker and the siblings and cousins he owned the station with asked themselves: Should they go electric, too? But when they did the math on converting their gas station into an EV charging hub, it didn’t pencil out. Not because the tech would be too costly, or the installation too complicated. But because of time.


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