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Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers
NY Slimes ^ | August 17, 2011 | JIM MOTAVALLI

Posted on 08/20/2011 1:22:56 PM PDT by upchuck

Costco, the membership warehouse-club chain, was an early leader in offering electric-vehicle charging to its customers, setting an example followed by other retailers, including Best Buy and Walgreen. By 2006, Costco had installed 90 chargers at 64 stores, mostly in California but also some in Arizona, New York and Georgia. Even after General Motors crushed its EV1 battery cars, the Costco chargers stayed in place.

Yet just as plug-in cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt enter the market, Costco is reversing course and pulling its chargers out of the ground, explaining that customers do not use them. Photographed last week, a charger installed at a Costco location in Rohnert Park, Calif. "Please be advised that this electric charger will be removed on Aug. 15th, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience," the note says.Courtesy of Plug In AmericaPhotographed last week, a charger installed at a Costco location in Rohnert Park, Calif. “Please be advised that this electric charger will be removed on August 15th, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience,” the note says.

“We were early supporters of electric cars, going back as far as 15 years. But nobody ever uses them,” said Dennis Hoover, the general manager for Costco in northern California, in a telephone interview. “At our Folsom store, the manager said he hadn’t seen anybody using the E.V. charging in a full year. At our store in Vacaville, where we had six chargers, one person plugged in once a week.”

Mr. Hoover said that E.V. charging was “very inefficient and not productive” for the retailer. “The bottom line is that there are a lot of other ways to be green,” he said. “We have five million members in the region, and just a handful of people are using these devices.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chevyvolt; cosco; evchargers
“We have five million members in the region, and just a handful of people are using these devices.”

nobama is crushed.

1 posted on 08/20/2011 1:23:05 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Laughing is a good thing.


2 posted on 08/20/2011 1:25:57 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: upchuck
Yet just as plug-in cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt enter the market,...

Yeah! This probably would have driven the number of users up to TWO a week!!! LOL!

3 posted on 08/20/2011 1:26:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: upchuck

This is probably a good idea anyway. With the new EPA regs, there won’t be enough electricity to supply charging stations during peak hours anyway.


4 posted on 08/20/2011 1:27:17 PM PDT by cc2k ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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To: upchuck

Well, if nobody is buying electric cars (because they suck for a number of reasons) than the EPA will just have to FORCE people to buy them, whether they want to, or not!


5 posted on 08/20/2011 1:28:33 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: upchuck
“The bottom line is that there are a lot of other ways to be green,”

They are shifting their efforts to a "green" high speed train that creates jobs. Here's a secret photo of the new prototype.

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6 posted on 08/20/2011 1:29:18 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: upchuck

The Green Energy folks are a bit slow on the uptake, however expect a 10-12 person boycott at Costco immediately!


7 posted on 08/20/2011 1:30:28 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (John McCain is a proud Ted Kennedy conservative!)
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To: upchuck

I watched a 60 Minutes’ segment of the founder of Costco..he’s a flaming libtard to the nth degree.


8 posted on 08/20/2011 1:31:25 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: upchuck

I think it’s a matter of injury/death liability. Those charging stations were a very attractive target for copper thieves, who would get fried by the 240V service.


9 posted on 08/20/2011 1:32:59 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Rick Perry: Looks like Joe Isuzu, acts like Grant Woods [AZ joke])
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To: upchuck

goood.


10 posted on 08/20/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: JohnD9207

make them peddle power chargers ,the green folk will be killing each other to use them


11 posted on 08/20/2011 1:36:46 PM PDT by molson209
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To: upchuck
Dear liberal, From economics 101 for idiots.

In order for a business to stay in business it need to make money. If they provide a service that doesn't make money they get rid of it or just close up and leave...capeiche?


12 posted on 08/20/2011 1:37:48 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: upchuck

BHO Chg Stn


13 posted on 08/20/2011 1:39:55 PM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: JohnD9207
The Green Energy folks are a bit slow on the uptake, however expect a 10-12 person boycott at Costco immediately!

Proof...Story comment #1: "Costco is making a mistake by removing these chargers and not installing the new standard charge stations. We have thousands of new EVs on the road today and next year there will tens of thousands. This technology is vastly superior to internal combustion and is good for our country. The businesses that support these forward-thinking people with charging infrastructure will gain loyal customers. Those that don't, won't"

14 posted on 08/20/2011 1:59:54 PM PDT by mykroar (I believe in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.)
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Thousands...ten’s of thousands...geez I haven’t seen a volt or a leaf in Dallas yet. But it is Dallas, and here in Texas we love the big carbon footprint.


15 posted on 08/20/2011 2:26:01 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (John McCain is a proud Ted Kennedy conservative!)
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To: upchuck

I saw a Volt at Costco. Hope the driver saw me pointedly laughing at the car as she drove past!


16 posted on 08/20/2011 3:16:59 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: upchuck

Yah, where Costco is coming to their senses, liberal West Coast states are spending millions in “stimulus” funds to install these chargers every 40 miles along the entire length of I-5 between Mexico and British Columbia.

Tens if not hundreds of millions...


17 posted on 08/20/2011 3:47:43 PM PDT by Bean Counter ("For every man there exists a bait he cannot resist swallowing.".....Nietzsche)
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To: max americana

“I watched a 60 Minutes’ segment of the founder of Costco..he’s a flaming libtard to the nth degree.”

I’ve never stepped foot into a Costco and never will.


18 posted on 08/20/2011 4:27:56 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
He may be a flaming libtard but if he was willing to fuel my car for free, I certainly wouldn't turn him down! (Maybe he'll consider giving away free gasoline.)
19 posted on 08/20/2011 5:52:23 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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The cost was passed on to all Costco shoppers, no doubt.


20 posted on 08/20/2011 6:03:57 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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