Charger Usage in Ann Arbor
It took awhile, but now there's an overcrowding issue that needs to be solved.
More than a year ago, the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan installed 18 public charging stations. Initially, these chargers were seldom used, but now they're basically at capacity.
At the Libray Lane parking structure there are 6 public chargers. Those chargers are essentially in use 80% of the day.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) tracks usage, which allows Dave Konkle, DDA energy programs director, to definitively state this:
"It's not that unusual to see all six charger spots filled up in the Library Lot. We are getting something like 80 percent use of our car chargers each day."
As Konkle says of the Forest Avenue chargers, eight plug-in vehicle owners coordinate with each other on a daily basis to make use of only two chargers:
"They park there all day, so they have little notations and a little system where once their car is charged, they call in the next guy, and they come and they just move their car and let the next guy charge."
University of Michigan professor Vicki Ringold says she doesn't even bother to try to get a charge at the Forest Avenue site anymore, as it's just too crowded. Instead, Ringold make use of the chargers at the Ann Ashley site.
Ringold adds that there's typically a lineup of plug-ins waiting to charge at all of the various sites around the city.
Luckily, the DDA realizes that there's an issue and that more chargers are needed. The process is now underway to get additional public charge points installed.