EV Charging is an Ongoing Issue

Detroit Free Press - October 29, 2012

The thirst for elec­tric­i­ty is some­what unique to down­town Detroit (Michi­gan) which has a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of Volt own­ers (because GM makes Volts and head­quar­ters there).

What are the biggest issues deter­ring EV buy­ers today?

The thirst for elec­tric­i­ty is some­what unique to down­town Detroit, which has a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of Volt own­ers.

But it illus­trates a broad­er issue that con­fronts elec­tric-vehi­cle own­ers through­out the coun­try and is slow­ing the pace of EV adop­tion. There’s just a smat­ter­ing of pub­licly avail­able charg­ing sta­tions through­out the U.S. Though more come online every day, charg­ing infra­struc­ture is still lag­ging.

There are 4,688 EV charg­ing sta­tions through­out the U.S., com­pared with about 129,000 gaso­line sta­tions, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Ener­gy and the Cen­sus Bureau.

Here are five charg­ing issues the auto indus­try faces:

  1. Duel­ing tech­nol­o­gy
  2. Few pub­lic charg­ers
  3. Charg­ing takes hours
  4. You must have a garage
  5. Elec­tric­i­ty demands
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