Here’s a great idea. As green vehicles (like hybrid and electric vehicles) become more popular, there’s going to be a need for service stations that specialize in them.
These could be fueling/recharging stations. Or maintenance and general service stations. Or both.
Since green vehicles have different internal systems and parts than traditional gas-and-oil vehicles, they’re going to need specially-trained mechanics. Green vehicle owners will probably trust a service station that specializes in their cars, over a general-purpose service station too.
The stations could be outfitted with environmentally-friendly facilities. Like solar panels and energy-conservation equipment at the very least. Since a significant portion of green vehicles are within California, the first few pilot stations could start here.
Some of the challenges include still a relatively small (but growing) number of consumers, rapidly changing and advancing technology (which, operationally, would be a huge hurdle), a lack of parts suppliers, and a lack of trained mechanics. The break-even point may not be for a few years and would require significant capital. There’s also the real estate to worry about.
However, if you were to establish a presence and brand right now, by the time this trend hits the mainstream, you’ll have secured a strong position in the market.
I’d love to do this if I could, but don’t have the know-how or capital. But if you do, I’d love to put up some capital and help out in any way that I can!