Future technology is not about the latest smartphone, television, or appliance. It is about electric vehicles. Really, just check this headline from Gear Patrol magazine: The 35 Electric Cars We’re Most Excited to Drive in the Future

The driving technology has arrived. No problem there.

I see two hurdles to a robust EV industry.

First, a system of EV chargers needs to be as convenient as a gasoline fill-up. Not the case now, though companies, cities, and states are trying. Consider, though, that the network of gasoline stations has been built over decades. Consumers have had decades to learn how to do their own fill-ups.

Second, which is part of the first issue, is time. After a gasoline nozzle hits your tank, a car can fill up in two minutes. Not the case with EVs. The Level 3 (fastest) charge can get a car battery up to 80% in 30 minutes or more. Level 1 and 2 chargers take longer. I’m sure the technology will improve.

In the meantime, though, here’s the problem: “The U.S. will need the kind of highway charging stops that make drivers want to hang out for half an hour…” says Bloomberg News.

The answer is a fuel stop that keeps you busy, providing time to charge. Maybe it is a shopping center, a restaurant, or movie theater.

Or maybe this is it. Bloomberg News points it out, “…this Texas big-box retail chain may have the right formula.” The fueling station is a place called Buc-ees. Big box is a great description, too. It is huge, like half the size of a Target, with varied food options, retail, games, and … “Buc-ee’s crown jewel is its bathrooms, which are well-lit, abundant, cleaned around the clock, and by some measures are considered the best bathrooms in America.”

The lesson is that with all the new technology, sometimes the most basic things help solve energy issues. I have never been to Buc-ees. I see a road trip in my future.