EV Charging: Perk or Privilege?

Installing public charging stations generates jealousy in some people.

Published: 23-Jan-2012

They drive whisper-quiet cars, zing past you in the parking lot, and use dedicated charging stations just a few steps from the front entrance. Electric car owners enjoy many perks, and there’s a growing frustration among owners of conventional cars about the charging stations popping up at places like Ikea, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and other stores -- especially when the spots in front of them are empty.

“This makes me think drivers of electric cars must be a little disabled,” one customer who did not want to be identified told FoxNews.com about the charge ports at a Goodwill store in St. Paul, Minn. “They are usually health freaks, so I wonder why they don’t mind walking a half-mile back to a charging station.”

Meanwhile, charging stations are being installed at public libraries, sports stadiums, and even airports. In some cases, the electric vehicle-only parking spots are located closer to the front entrance than the handicapped spaces. Yet, even an advocate for green living says the charge ports are superfluous.


Selected Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in central Florida will now offer electric car charging services.

Buffalo Wild Wings to Offer Electric Car Charging

Simulated installation of Smart Charging Dock prototype in multi-family housing unit garage.

Smart Charging Dock features open architecture to ensure interoperability with the thousands of individual utilities nationwide.

NRG eVgo fast charging station.

NRG Energy plans to install a total of 70 Freedom Stations in the DFW area by end of 2012.


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