You can’t compare TX gas prices to CA electricity prices. Be consistent.
It’s not really fair to criticize telegraph for comparing Texas [whatever] to California [whatever], and then…
…hold up California’s acceptance of EV’s as some kind of model that’s going to be replicated across the rest of the country.
California has a lovely Mediterranean climate, the kind where EV batteries work best. Where don’t they? Where is really hot (the South & Southwest) or really cold (Northeast, North Midwest.) It’s also home to high tech, so even apartment dwellers have a reasonable shot of being able to recharge at work, something that has yet to penetrate the rest of the country in any meaningful way. And California has been offering additional state incentives which is unlike much of the rest of the country.
Just because 40% don’t have a garage/carport…try comparing for the bigger population of 60% that can charge at home – they will be the early adopters and, over time, some apartment owners will install chargers. Apartments near me installed them 3 years ago. Some people will charge at work most of the time, for free or for a reasonable price…thousands of chargers at Apple, Google, FB and other tech companies in CA.
Someday maybe the Caterpillar factory in Texas and the PPG plant in Pittsburgh will have them too, but it might be a while. Here’s a fun statistic: In California only 13% of EV owners live in apartments, so single-family homeowners are over-represented by triple compared to the population. Even in California! Where many of them - as you point out - have access to charging at work.
As for apartments and condos I can only speak from my own experience. I had assigned parking at my Boston Condo (I owned the space.) But it get to it I would have to trench across 3 other spaces, so (even if I could get permission from the board) the installation cost would be humongous. And my sister lives in an apartment complex (in Philadelphia) where parking is not assigned, so having an EV charger two buildings over wouldn’t be much of a help either. Eventually I presume chargers would become more ubiquitous, but it’s not the kind of place where the management is big on unneeded amenities.
Again (and again) I am not saying the transition won’t happen; I’m saying it is going to be a slower process than many are predicting - even as it happens quickly in some other, better “media covered” territories. I’m standing by my SWAG prediction of 50% penetration ever (reasonable lifetime) even in states like California which have “banned” ICE vehicles at some point in the future. I suspect they will find a lot of carve-outs and exceptions for those for whom EVs simply don’t work.