During the late 1800s and early 1900s, cars mostly used gas. There were a few electric cars but they did not go over well. The reason is a different subject.
I’m not sure. I have not done a great deal of research on the matter but I don’t think the federal government did a thing to help establish gas stations. I suspect they did not pay for one of them. It did not require so much as one pork-barrel project to get them started. Even so, they did build them from one coast of the nation to the other. It was sort of done as a result of capitalism. People saw the need so they built gas stations. Others saw the need so they started hauling the gas to the stations. Still others saw the need so they started refining it. Oddly, some people actually started drilling for it… all without any help or encouragement from Uncle Sam.
Now. My little question. Just why is it that the FOCs think the federal government needs to subsidize charging stations for electric cars? (For those who don’t already know, they are trying to put it in one of the infrastructure bills.) My suspicions are that the FOCs have figured a way that it will fatten their wallets and enhance their power.