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  •  I want one... (3+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, JeffW, elwior

    ... but I don't have off-street parking. Would be weird to run an extension cord out to the street, no? :)

    •  I've seen EVs plugged in on streets (2+ / 0-)
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      Kalex, elwior

      in the UK, with the cord running across the sidewalk to an exterior outlet of a building. The car owners even put out a little traffic cone to warn people of the cord. Obviously not a designed charging point, just a few folks figuring out how to keep their EVs charged.

      There's plenty of plans and designs for public free or metered charging stations. One that really seems to be a great idea that needs a couple of major initiatives to happen nation wide is to place solar panels in the parking lots of shopping malls so visitors could recharge their EVs while shopping. Would be a multi-benefit project. Some designs put the solar panels over the parking spaces, like the roof on a carport. So the parking lot and the cars stay cooler since there's less radiant heat being absorbed by pavement of the parking lot and the cars while parked. The energy produced by the panels would not only charge EVs, but could provide some percentage of the energy use of the mall itself.

      It could be a revenue-creator for the mall if metered like parking meters, or could be an enticement to owners of EVs to shop at the mall and charge their EVs for free. Looks like a pretty large win-win-win if properly designed and executed. But it needs enough EVs in a metro area to make the conversion of the parking lot cost-effective, even with factoring in the energy saving to the mall by producing some large percentage of their electricity needs. Of course, many people are hesitant to buy an EV until they know there's places to recharge as needed. Once there's some critical level of ownership of EVs/charging stations in a metro area, projects like this should be plentiful, becoming common place in a decade or two.

    •  That won't work. The car needs to be no more (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW
      Would be weird to run an extension cord out to the street, no?
      than 20 feet away from the electrical outlet.  Unless you expect to have a garage fairly soon where you could park it, I recommend that you not buy one now.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 07:56:06 PM PDT

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