Originally Posted by son_of_siggy
Travel time to and from the gas station is included, and yes sometimes it takes 5-20 minutes to fill up by the time I count going out of my way, filling up, getting back to the route, etc. We also live in a town with 20k people and 1 gas station. I'm sure if you actually timed your fill-ups, not from when you actually put the filler into the tank, but inclusive of detour, waiting in line, entering the card, etc it would add up to more than 5 minutes.
And not everyone lives directly in line with a gas station where it's convenient to fill up on the way to/from work. But again, we adjust our lives and make behavior modifications to make things more efficient, and we'd learn to do so with an electric car. What's more efficient than filling up at home? I get home, get out of the car, grab the cord from the wall and snap it in. In about 10 seconds I'm filling up. And once the technology is there to actually decrease the fill time, and/or increase the range people will be falling over themselves to not go to the gas station.
I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever had to drive out of my way to fill up my car. I think that the vast majority of the regularly driving public has a gas station on the way to the majority of their destinations. I don't think I could find a 20mi route within a 100mi radius of my home that doesn't have several stations. Where do you live that you pass them so rarely? That seems very strange to me. I lived in rural New Hampshire for 4 years during college and even there you would pass gas stations regularly.