Electric vehicle enthusiasts aim to boost the viability of the EV industry by encouraging employers to add charging stations.
August 3, 2013 - Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations.
But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would create a big parking problem, among other issues. Even if consumers bought electric cars in droves tomorrow, the infrastructure to keep them rolling would look much different.
Charging starts at home, with a charging station that can cost drivers $500 to $2,000. But the real key to extending the cars' range, and easing consumer fears of running out of power and getting stranded on the road, may well be getting large workplaces to add chargers — allowing EV-driving employees to double their commuting distance or to run more errands.
"That would really help increase the viability of the EV market," said John Boesel, chief executive of Calstart, a clean transportation consulting firm. read more>>>