Plug-In Car Owners Charged Up By Blocked Charging Stations

Los Gatos charging stations are not exclusive, allowing ICE-age cars to park in sports, blocking them for electric car owners who need to recharge.

Published: 06-Feb-2013

Sales of hybrid and all-electric vehicles are expected to climb this year, with predicting they will grab 14 percent of the 2013 automotive market. Virtually every car manufacturer has at least one hybrid or EV model for sale, and Toyota has four in the Prius family. Indeed, says Prius has hit the big time--it is now the third top selling vehicle in the world.

But people still worry about how far they can drive on a charge and if charging stations are near enough when they need to "fill up." It is particularly worrisome to EV owners who don't have the option of switching over to gasoline as hybrid owners do.

Los Gatos has four charging station locations: the Elm Street and Grays Lane parking lots, next to the library at the civic center and near the post office on N. Santa Cruz Avenue.


Ecotality Blink electric car chargers are attractive, but reportedly problem prone.

Despite hefty government funding, the company's electric car charging stations are faulty and its 800 number useless, write John Voelcker.

Technician sets up Aerovironment fast charge station near Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Cross Washington and Oregon proved relatively easy with amble fast charge stations; California, on the other hand, provide a challenge for Tony Williams and his daughter.

AeroVironment residential charger is relocatable.

The station comes with an installation kit and mounting template and retails for $1,099.00.


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