It’s a whole lot simpler than you think.
Not to toot my horn too loudly, but this is a big deal. I am a freelancing idea guy connecting the dots for people I meet at home in Pittsburgh and while traveling abroad. I love thinking up new ideas and concepts but rarely put them to use — this time it’s different. I am counting on all the shares and claps I can get on this lonely Medium story. The more we get, the higher chance the right people will see it and put my ass to work. I leave the heavy lifting up to the fan(s) of this story, you’re the real hero(es).
Some of this is a joke, obviously, but the mechanics of this solution are not only 100% realistic but they’re also happening already. They’re used in the same industry and are poised to turn EV battery power into an economical commodity. One separate from profit-seeking C-Corporations and oil sheiks abound. Every piece of the puzzle already exists and operates successfully.
A smaller version of this model is operating today in Taiwan. Nationwide. Yes, it is a for-profit company doing the deed. But, there is no reason why we can’t enlist our hard-earned tax dollars to work on something as efficient that caters to the masses.
There are two main parts to this solution. Number 1 is political willpower. Number 2 is the willpower of car manufacturers. There are zero technical roadblocks. There is not a single thing getting in the way of making this plan into a reality.
Today, all plugin hybrid and fully electric vehicles come equipped with main battery packs of varying sizes. The batteries are located in different areas within the car and I’m they come in many different shapes and configurations. My wife and I own a Volvo XC60 that has a smaller battery with a range of between 30 and 40 miles depending on the weather. Our vehicle-battery setup is undoubtedly different than a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius.
In this futuristic, gas-saving society, every plugin-hybrid, and fully electric vehicle will have space for an extra auxiliary battery. The aux battery (for short) will be smaller than the vehicle’s main battery and be easily accessible to swap in and out with others of the same or similar size.