There are signs all across the US that indicate plug-in vehicle popularity is on the rise.

ChargePoint Station

ChargePoint Station

Take, for example, the uptick in usage of charging stations at Hanover Mall in Pennsylvania.

The stations were installed there in early 2012.  Initially, they were seldom used.  In the first 12 months of being in the ground, only approximately 150 charging events occurred.  In the past 9 months, 219 charging events took place.

That may seem like only a minor improvement, but growth is growth.

John Gilbrook, project manager for National Grid, the company that partnered with Hanover Mall to install the stations, stated:

"They seem to be doing very well. The usage continues to grow."

"Considering the first 12 months of usage of roughly 390 kilowatt hours, the stations’ usage has grown to almost 2.5 times that in only the last nine months. Assuming the holidays will be a busy time for the stations, I would estimate we would be on track to realize an annual growth rate of near 300 percent."

In case you were wondering, the chargers at Hanover Mall are free to use and have been since they were placed in the ground.

So, the next time you hear a story told of how chargers never get used, remembers there's always the untold story of the chargers that get used more and more each and every day.

Source: Wicked Local