[Oeva-list] More Charging locations

Ralph Merwin rmerwin at aracnet.com
Mon Sep 5 22:10:56 PDT 2005


I like the idea of getting businesses to install recharging stations.
It's one of those chicken-and-egg problems though.  If there were more
charging stations, more people would be inclined to use EVs, but until
more people are using EVs, businesses don't feel inclined to install
charging stations.

It would be good to target a specific business or chain like Costco.
It would help if we could show them how many EV people would visit
their stores if charging was available.

It might also help if the OEVA could arrange getting the equipment
from the EAA and maybe even help with the installation (although this
would probably be just ditch digging and other manual labor since the
electrical work needs to be done by a licensed electrician).

I know of three Costcos in the Portland area: one in SE off Sandy Blvd,
one in Beaverton by Tek and I think another one in Tigard?  Are there
others?  The one with the most EVs near it would be the best to approach

Assuming we can get businesses to install charging stations, we would
then want to make a point of going to those businesses and using the
stations, and make sure the store managers know the stations are getting
used by paying customers.


Theoldcars at aol.com writes:
> I would like to contact Costco about installing  charging at their stores. 
> As a business owner I know we could get better results  if we added a page to 
> our web site listing public charging locations. If we add  this page I know I 
> can get us more charging locations. I would like to see the  charging 
> locations have both 220 and 110. 
> This would also help raise public  awareness that we are here and using 
> electric vehicles for transportation. In  the Portland area that most people do not 
> need a range of 100 miles. Having more  charging locations would dramatically 
> increase the life span of best  current affordable technology we have in 
> batteries lead acid. Sealed  lead acid batteries can go from 500 to over 3000 
> cycles. If charged after using  20 or 30 percent instead of 80 percent you will 
> get many more miles and  years of added use doing this. 
> I believe it would help to have the web  site done before I contact Costco.I 
> have heard  they will not pay for the equipment but they might cover the 
> labor. We can get  the Avcon chargers from EAA. If they run a circuit for 220 
> adding another run  and a plug for 110 is no big deal.
> Another place is the park and rides. Anyone know of the  contact for the park 
> and ride locations?
> Is everyone for doing this?
> Don  Blazer 

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