Wish I had written this piece.
Lifted from Charging points still sticking point for electric vehicle drivers | ZDNet
It was 1909 and you did something that resulted in you being derided by your friends, picked on by the luddites and simply ridiculed by most of those you encountered: you bought a car. The press was full of letters to the editor about the noise and the stink that these things brought with them. On more than one occasion cars were destroyed by organized public groups protesting them in their community.
If you owned a car you had a huge problem; how were you going to refuel the thing? There were no car dealers at the time - your car was shipped to you. In most communities the General store had to be convinced to carry gasoline which these new engines ran on. That was ridiculous too as everyone knew that gasoline was a waste product from the refinement of kerosene which everyone needed. Gasoline was essentially free since most of it was dumped into our waterways by the refineries.
If you were lucky you lived in a town with two or three other "Horseless Carriage" owners and you could get some buying power... and perhaps the kerosene dealer would come by your house with a hand or horse drawn cart filled with gasoline for you auto.
It took 20 years before "service stations" became the preferred method of fuel delivery on a national basis. I don't think we should expect anything different when it comes to this new technology...