May 21

Secrets of David Oneal and the last gas station

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  The first gas station in the U.S. that has been completely transitioned from a petroleum station to exclusively charging EVs opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland.

  • RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958, made the switch.
  • Depeswar Doley, owner of the station, was unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts and decided to go to 100% EV charging.
  • There are more than 20,700 registered electric vehicles in Maryland, and the area also has an electric taxi service in need of more charging infrastructure.

The first gas station in the U.S. that has been completely transitioned from a petroleum station to exclusively charging EVs opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland.

RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958.

Depeswar Doley, owner of the station since 1997, said he was already unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts — such as limiting the use of multiple suppliers, including clauses that extend contracts when a certain volume of sales is not met and limiting maintenance support. These business factors already were pushing him to consider other options.

A nudge from his daughter was the final step in convincing Doley to make the switch to EV charging.

“My daughter, who is 17, she is the one who convinced me after I told her that I was going to talk to the [Electric Vehicle Institute] guys,” Doley said.

Doley said he’s not too worried about how the switch will change his business income.


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