Some Electric-Car Public Charging Stations Get Used, Others Don’t: Why?

Posted by Mike Confino, February 20, 2015

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Nearly five years ago, as a tidal wave of charging stations were rapidly planned for some West Coast regions, in support of a new wave of all-electric and plug-in vehicles, the question may have become, ‘Where can the stations be installed?’—when it shouldn’t have budged from, ‘Where should they be installed?’

And therein lies one significant likely regret, among policymakers and advocates—and one likely reason why, today, so many publicly available charging stations sit mostly unused.

Federal data, as compiled and reported earlier this year, showed that public chargers installed as part of the EV Project were utilized only four percent of the time, versus 42 percent for home-charging unit.

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