Since the earliest days of the industry, when gasoline was sold in small batches by pharmacists, generations of auto dealers rarely have had to worry about how their customers planned to refuel the vehicles they bought.
Pumps are everywhere. But plugs? Not so much — not yet.
As automakers jostle to impress Wall Street investors with their latest electrification plans, dealers have to ask: Is a grid that already strains in some areas to keep up with air conditioners and bad weather suddenly going to be able to reliably juice up millions of new vehicles? John Luciano, a Volkswagen and Toyota dealer in Amarillo, Texas, said: "I know the guys in California and some of the others that are really selling a ton of EVs are starting to get concerned."