What's Wrong With This Picture: The State Of The EV Infrastructure Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture the state of the ev infrastructure edition

Good news! Google Maps will now point you to the nearest “electric car charging station” if you search for same, reports CR.

[Google] is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is developing a database of available charging stations (known as EVSEs, or electric vehicle supply equipment) around the United States. Installers of EVSEs have the option of having their stations displayed as public. When we were charging the Nissan Leaf at our facility, not a public venue, our chargers showed up on the Leaf’s navigation system; The navi in the Leaf is designed to remember sites at which it had been charged.

The bad news? Well, just look at that map. Unless you live in California, you don’t need Google to tell you where the nearest charging station is, you need a clairvoyant to tell you where one might someday be built. If you’re still struggling to understand why EVs need to be tested on a local level before the federal government spends more money subsidizing them on a national level, look no further.

[UPDATE: The screen grab above is not comprehensive. Surf over Google Maps for a closer look at EV charging stations in your area]

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    • Geozinger Geozinger on Mar 18, 2011

      Is this Patrick Michaels guy serious? His last dozen or so articles for Forbes were about HDTVs and Blu Ray players. Now he's reviewing the Volt? Or any car for that matter? Actually, he's not reviewing the Volt, he's bashing Obama and his new economic advisory pick, Jeffery Immelt of GE. He cites the price and the (apparently) exceedingly weak heater in concert with what appears to be a short driving range in winter weather. However, he offers no comparative pricing to anything else, except a gasoline Honda Accord (?), particularly no other electric car or car similar to the Volt, and no other electric vehicle's winter ranges are compared. How far would a Leaf or a iMiev go in cold weather? We won't find out from this posting. After a lot of complaining about Obama's choice, he seems to long for the maiaise days of the late 70's and plugs the remake of Atlas Shrugged. Again, why is this guy reviewing a car?

  • Fincar1 Fincar1 on Mar 18, 2011

    I understand that the mayor of Port Orchard, Washington, has worked to set up such a charging station there. Perhaps one of the less than 1000 Nissan Leafs that will be sold in the US this year (at the current rate of sales) will need it.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 18, 2011

    @ Mike Kelly. The only joke in that article is the yahoo that wrote it. What a piece of trash filled with inaccuracies. But hey, keep drinking the cool aid, seems you like the way it tastes.

  • Mike Kelley Mike Kelley on Mar 19, 2011

    I can't see EV's catching on anytime soon. Nobody who works for a living will pay the kind of money they are asking for a Volt, even with the massive federal subsidy on it. I suppose the feds will prop up sales by buying tons of them for bureaucrats to putt around in, but I doubt the public will fall in love with cars that are too expensive, won't go very far on battery power, and that either won't keep you warm or run down fast trying to. Like the Priuses before them, some Volts will of course be snapped up by pompous yuppies trying to out-do their snooty neighbors.