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Bellingham to get first high-speed electric vehicle charger in statewide project

Discussion in 'News' started by zack, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Unfortunately, lots of negative comments added to that story...
     
  2. roblab

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    Yeah, and almost all the comments could be made about gasoline supplies and oil. Subsidies, pollution, etc., etc., what is needed is some education here, but even with all the information at the fingertips, it doesn't happen.
     
  3. tdelta1000

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    Gentleman... the negative comments show that people are afraid of change or are unwilling to change. If the launch of the Model S goes off without a hitch then maybe people will begin to accept EVs as part of the automotive future.
     
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    This sounds confusing to me!
    Why not pay for the electricity used, instead of getting it free?
    Simple solution for simple problem?
     
  5. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    Unfortunately it's not as simple as it sounds.

    There will be a fee for electricity at most of the stations, which will be on private property. But at the two rest-stop stations (which are public property) the state is unable to charge for electricity due to a complex set of laws--largely concern about the state competing with private interests. The state is also not allowed to give things away at taxpayer expense. So...they need to find a sponsor to give it away at the sponsor's expense.

    In practice, this is no big deal. L2 chargers at two rest stops in the state are hardly going to get any use, especially with DCQC stations in range. I'm not sure why the state even put these in.
     
  6. Robert.Boston

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    Sounds like Plug in America should step into the void here.
     
  7. ChadS

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    We did consider that. But I think it's a better match for the state's EVA's to band together and sponsor them. Better yet, use an organization like Adopt-A-Charger, which was created just for this purpose. I believe we pointed the WA DOT at Adopt-A-Charger, but I'll check to make sure that really happened.
     

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