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Old 04-10-2013, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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CINCINNATI, April 9 (UPI) -- Grocery chain Kroger Co. said it would install more than 200 electric vehicle charging stations at stores in California and Arizona.

The chain is one of several retailers that have made moves to accommodate electric vehicles.



Read more: Kroger grocery chain to expand on charge-ups for electronic vehicles - UPI.com
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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When travelling in CA I stayed at a hotel that had a charging station. Immediatly another problem came to mind, how do you keep some idiot from parking his old POS car in the designated charging spot?
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: DC
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When travelling in CA I stayed at a hotel that had a charging station. Immediatly another problem came to mind, how do you keep some idiot from parking his old POS car in the designated charging spot?
The hotel could have the offender towed.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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The electric car and charging stations have a limited lifespan and here is why. If the electric car is the future (a big IF) then at some point manufacturers will begin to standardize on battery systems much like the big makes now standardize engines. Take GM or Ford for example. They have standard engines which utilize various engine control subsystems to alter power and performance but the basic engine remains the same. Engines are now often shared among different car manufacturers; you'll see Mitsubishi engines in Dodge products and so on. Same engine, different control systems.

At some point it becomes far more economical to change batteries than charge them. Given the needs of so many people to travel via car, there can never be enough charging stations to accommodate the travel patterns of most people. That becomes a self limiting factor in electric vehicle acceptance or use.

If batteries standardize and considering the design capabilities that are now available, quite possibly to do, one could pull into a service station and swap the battery instead of trying to charge it. The improvements in charging will go a long way for some people who have time but fast charging any battery system involves quite a risk, probably more than refueling with gasoline (JMHO). When we see the first battery go up being charged and it kills someone or damages a lot of property (and it will happen) you'll see a sudden re-evaluation of the how and why.

Changing the battery pack could be accomplished and the spent pack recharged in a controlled environment with safety measures and procedures in place than simply can't be applies when charging the battery pack in the vehicle.

Someone will figure it out and then cross country travel in an electric vehicle would be possible.

We'll hear about the electric car than explodes in a garage, so far they have burned but with an explosion things will change overnight.

I imagine too that it won't be long before someone figures out how to use an electric car instead of a pressure cooker. The energy stored in an electric car is many times what we'e experienced and the car being something everyone sees everywhere, how do you prevent or safeguard against that?

We now are wary of backpacks left on the street or other places but really, how are we going to think when electric cars are the tool? Which one will you decide warrants the call?
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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My US Employer had 'EV parking chargers' in 1974... and here we are... only 40 yrs later.

Impressive.
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