Once electric cars are ubiquitous, how can we re-purpose gas stations?

I answer a lot of questions on Quora. Many of those questions are about automotive things that may be of interest to CarNewsCafe readers. Like this one.

Once electric cars are ubiquitous, how can we re-purpose gas stations? Any creative ideas besides charging stations?

My Answer: For almost every “gas station” that isn’t directly on an entrance/exit from a freeway or major highway, fuel sales are only about a third of the business’ income and probably even less of its profit. Most income is from convenience store sales and their large markups as well as partnerships with other convenience businesses like fast food and the like. So I suspect that many will remain as they are with fewer or no pumps.

What I’m interested in are other out-of-box ideas. Like will mobile charging units, basically small trucks/vans with batteries on board for recharging parked EVs, become a thing? For both convenience (charge while you’re at work/airport/whatever without hoping for a charging dock) and for emergencies (roadside assistance). And what about mobile grocery/item pickup/delivery? If your car can drive itself, why not send it to the grocery store on its own to get your stuff for you? Services already in place do this with the driver only being the way the vehicle got there, essentially.

Those are the things I’m wondering about with EV adoption and autonomous driving.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.