Skip to comments.Charging stations not getting much use (outnumber electric cars in Tennessee)
Posted on 12/19/2011 7:18:06 AM PST by Libloather
Charging stations not getting much use
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Charging stations in Tennessee outnumber electric cars and many aren't used for hours or even days at a time, according to a newspaper investigation.
State data analyzed by The Tennessean show that about 270 all-electric cars were registered in Tennessee in 2011 while there are about 500 charging stations set up in public areas to serve them (http://tnne.ws/s2Mldg).
The Tennessean said it visited more than 12 charging units over a 2-day period this month and found multiple cars refueling at only one site - Nissan's automobile plant in Smyrna. Nissan makes the Leaf model electric car.
The Tennessean also monitored the website of ECOtality Inc., the California-based company that built and installed the chargers. One station charged two cars while another station charged one in a day.5, according to the paper.
Officials with ECOtality and proponents of electric cars say the numbers aren't surprising because a critical mass of charging stations is needed to build confidence in all-electric vehicles. They said the units shouldn't be expected to get constant use until more cars are on roads.
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It would be far more cost effective to install CNG refueling stations than this idiocy.
CNG is a far more practical alternative motor fuel possibility.
Maybe once sanity is restored to America the charging station can be used to give LIB moonbats electoconvulsive-shock-therapy. Possibly...only possibly will that restore some amount of sanity to them.
Does that mean a day and a half, or half a day?
With much fanfare, one was installed in Topeka...I have never seen it in use.
I assume these were built by Obama fundraisers with taxpayer funds. To save the economy and environment of course...
I thought that most of them had been shut down because they were catching fire.
One? Talk about going around in circles.
Just ask the people of New Mexico how they like paying for that Rail Runner train connecting Albuquerque to Santa Fe.
Why are these people who call themselves progressivists so hell-bent on taking us back into the past?
Would they need to put these every mile and a half or so?
Right now, the gas stations are about 20 miles apart on the Turnpike and most cars can go about 400 miles between fill-ups. With electric cars getting 30 to 40 miles on a charge with a light load in late springtime (or early fall) on level ground ... Well, you do the math.
Hah! Try the CT busway from New Britain to Hartford, 6.9 miles, for close to $600 million. That's working out to close to a hundred million dollars per mile.
Diner in Austin has a half dozen that occupy handicap parking spots.
If that isn’t testament to liberalism I don’t know what is.
My theory: "Progressives", particularly the watermelon types (green on the outside, red on the inside) believe, like Obama, that our capitalism based economy is evil and must be replaced by a Marxist, egalitarian, share the wealth based society.
This can only happen by destroying the current capitalist system and building their dreamed of Marxist Utopia from the ashes of that system.
If you study the relationship between energy consumption and standard living you will find a strong one to one relationship. When our energy consumption increases our standard of living increases - the machines are doing more of the work and we are doing less. This is, for the greenies the opposite of they want. They need us to experience a falling standard of living so we will revolt, demand government action and turn over the reins of power to the Marxists.
We took the first really big step along that path in 2008, thought better of it in 2010 and it remains to be seen what the American public will do in 2012. I'm hopeful but not confident.
Shovel-ready project. Kinda like Cousin Earl’s ‘ol Coon dog...
The progressives want 5 people to do the same job, make the same money and get the same benefits.
Then the progressive becomes the administrator of the department, makes more money, gets more benefits and does no work.
Sort of like unions and union bosses.
I used to drive a lot on the CT interstate highways. Traffic would be backed up for miles on the main highway, while over to your left was the bus lane, completely empty.
I cannot imagine why the people who got stuck in that traffic every day kept voting for the idiot politicians who did it to them. But they just keep saying, "More, more, give us more!"