The filling station attendant, once an American icon, could make a comeback with the arrival of electric vehicles. But it likely will be short-lived. The proliferation of EVs will be accompanied by a learning curve, says Kristen Helsel, director-EV solutions at Aerovironment Inc., a California-based manufacturer of charging stations and battery-testing equipment. “(Recharging) will be like anything else: ‘Am I doing it right? Is it charging? Is it on?’” she says. General Motors Co.’s ...

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