Tennessee charging stations for electric cars are mostly idle

Tennessee charging stations for electric cars are mostly idle

Refueling units outnumber electric cars nearly 2-to-1

December 11th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Art Fields of Broadway Electric checks on a charging station. ECOtality unveiled its first public EV charging station at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue in Nashville in June. / SHELLEY MAYS

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POLL: Do you want one of the currently-available electric cars?

Charging stations installed with a share of taxpayers' money are twice as plentiful across Tennessee today as the number of electric cars they're designed to refuel, and most of the units go unused for hours or days at a time.

Car registration data show that 270 all-electric cars of various brands have been registered in Tennessee this year - 81 in Davidson and Williamson counties combined - but there are about 500 chargers available in public places to serve them.

The results raise questions about whether public money used to boost alternative fuel vehicles has been money well spent, at least so far.

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