Several US Cities / Suburbs Still Lagging Behind on Charging Station Installs
The author of this post resides in a chargerless suburb (population roughly 60,000) in Southeastern Michigan (some may same I’m a Detroiter, though that’s not quite accurate). Sure, there are some stations in the area the nearest one being roughly 15 miles away), but for the most part, charging stations are non-existent here.
This, it seems, is the norm for most US suburbs. Sure, major cities in the Midwest have a few chargers here and there, but rarely does that infrastructure extend to include the ‘burbs or minor cities.
Case in point: the city of Toledo, Ohio has just 3 public charging stations.
Toledo isn’t even what we’d consider a minor city though, as its population is in the 290,000 range.
Why only 3? Well, a fourth is coming soon, but some cities are so far off pace it’s a joke.
Other cities in Ohio have more chargers; Columbus has 34, Cleveland 17, Cincinnati has 15 and Dayton has 9.
What’s even worse for Toledo is the location of these three charging stations. While they might technically be “public,” they’re not located in what we’d consider public places. The stations are at Lourdes University, the Yark Nissan dealership and at Re/Max Masters in Perrysburg.
Often we hear of chargers everywhere out in certain areas of California, but the bigger picture sampling of the nation as whole says that chargers are still nowhere to be found.
Certainly, most charging takes place at home, but without the presence of a public charging infrastructure, we feel the message received by the general public is that there’s no support for the plug-in vehicle infrastructure.
Maybe this author is just annoyed by the lack of chargers in his area. Maybe I’m just ranting. I’ll stop so that the discussion can begin.
Source: Toledo Blade