published Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Tennessee charging stations for electric cars are mostly idle

Refueling units outnumber electric cars nearly 2-to-1

Art Fields of Broadway Electric checks on a charging station. ECOtality unveiled its first public EV charging station at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue in Nashville in June. / SHELLEY MAYS
Art Fields of Broadway Electric checks on a charging station. ECOtality unveiled its first public EV charging station at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue in Nashville in June. / SHELLEY MAYS
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Charging stations installed with a share of taxpayers’ money are twice as plentiful across Tennessee today as the number of electric cars they’re designed to refuel, and most of the units go unused for hours or days at a time.

Car registration data show that 270 all-electric cars of various brands have been registered in Tennessee this year — 81 in Davidson and Williamson counties combined — but there are about 500 chargers available in public places to serve them.

The results raise questions about whether public money used to boost alternative fuel vehicles has been money well spent, at least so far.

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Gjones said...

It would be very difficult to use the one in East Ridge, since people block it by parking in front of it all the time.

December 11, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
Emersization said...

Homeowners should have them built on their property, and maybe car washes should get into that business as well.

December 11, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
patriot1 said...

What a waste!!! Is it any wonder taxpayers are fed up with government spending and the attempt at social engineering.

December 11, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
librul said...

They would be used a lot more if ordinary folks who need them could afford the cars. People with enough money to buy an electric car would much rather drive up to the club in a German prestige machine.

December 11, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
lookinfour said...

Typical green movement crap. All these great ideas that on the surface make sense but 99% of the population can't use because they cant afford it. Taxpayers yet again pay for what only the well off can afford. More political hype.

December 11, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
brokentoe said...

I agree with librul. People are struggling. Most are driving cars that are more than 15 and 20 years old. Many just can't afford the newer cars with dural gas and eletrical fillup options.

December 11, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Waiting for "Cold Fusion" makes more sense than the building more charging stations at tax payer expense. Mr. Oboma believes this type of energy infrastructure will some how match the effectiveness the popular mass production Model T's and other such offerings had upon Congress in early and later outlays for land acquisition, road construction and bridge building.

Mr. Obama aspires to provide an tax payer funded (directly or by government loan guarantees) electric energy overlay zone over our existing highway system. No one meed to tell Sinclair where to build the gas stations on for our friends in Dalton where to hang their chenille offerings on US 41 back in the day.

The Obama policy is nothing but a come on like this very famous come on arising from a corn field, "If you build it they will come."

My bet is that electric not come into mass use until a way is found to manufacture batteries holding at least 3 times the present storage capacity in a comparatively small package at a price that works on the street. Other than this investment in the future, the Federal government should stand back and let the market work. If US citizens choose to drive electric, they should do so by paying the full and true cost of such a vehicle as apposed to tax breaks for consumers who Mr. Obama believes are making the right choice--His choice.

December 11, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.
jesse said...

librul just NAILED IT!the folks that could benifit can't afford it .the! the folks that got the bucks wouldn't be cought dead in one .

i can hear one o themcast iron trophy wives tellin papa "if you think i'm gonna drive into the country club in an electric car you better git a divorce lawer!!" lol!

December 11, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Everybody sing,,,, O bama Hey Bama, Bama bama ho, Bama Hey, Bama ho Bama, J.C, J.C. won't you smile at me, Bama ho Bama hey, SUPERSTAR?


Tell the rabble to be quiet, We anticipate a riot This common crowd Is much to loud Tell the mob who sing your song That they are fools and they are wrong They are a curse They should disperse

December 11, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
jesse said...

let me give you a good example of how the system works1 the first tee was started to give inner city kids a shot at the game of golf!a lot of folks donated gear and time to get it going! NOW go to a participating golf course and watch what comes thru the gate! you got HOT MAMAS driving B.M.W.'s,lexus,mercedes and porche dropping off their kids w/cart bags full of $1500.00 worth of ping,mizuno, callaway clubs on $500.00 carts!they pulled their kids out o the country club set and some how got them into first tee for free! IF you look real close you MIGHT see ONE dark face in a sea of white ones! THIS is the kina sh#t that makes my blood boil!!

December 11, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Hold up there jesse, the First Tee is a good program.

Who wouldn't want their kid to have the chance to learn about good sportsmanship and responsibility with the game of golf?

All comers are welcome. Are you going to blame those who do show up for those who don't?

What's free about "$1,500 worth of clubs and $500 carts"(for those who choose to spend that kind of money on their equipment), and what kid is in the wrong for having a "hot mamma" anyways. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, that other "mamma" that you don't think is so hot has a husband that thinks she is just fine as can be.

On the actual topic, I have to agree with librul as well. There are many many other types of vehicles out there that will offer better performance, higher convenience, and a much longer viable life span for an immensely lower price than one of these lithium battery ogres that we're supposed to believe are actually good for our environment.

December 12, 2011 at 8:11 a.m.

If I agree with librul then am I agreeing that the Green Movement is a hoax, after all?

December 12, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
jesse said...

dao,you are missing my point!!

first tee was set up for inner city and minority kids to have access to the game!when the afluant got ahold of it and now that all you see!some kid on the corner of 23rd,and 4th ave that would like to learn the game ain't got a shot because all the mtn.folks done took all the slots!

December 12, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
nucanuck said...

The transition away from oil is estimated to take about forty years. The beginning of that transition is just underway. For most of us, automobiles won't be affordable.

How will America react when we have failed to prepare for the future on the bet that the oil would always be available somehow.

No, we are not running out of oil, but yes, we are running out of oil that we can afford. On top of that, depletion rates in the big fields are increasing and net exportable oil is flat to down.

How do we feel about bicycles?

December 12, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.
jesse said...


of course i ain't gonna be around to see it but in 75 yrs.we gonna be livin in 1875 again!!

December 12, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
dao1980 said...

jesse, I didn't think that the First Tee was set up for (or to favor) any particular type of kids, as far as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, elevation of residence in relation to sea level, or locational proximity to the center of a city goes.

If you have a child who wants to participate... from "23rd and 4th" or wherever the heck you are, go check it out!

If you can't make it over there today, don't blame the folks who can for your bad fortune or unwillingness to accept the personal responsibility to make it happen.

December 12, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Jesse, your not far off on when the oil age will end. Long term charts show about a two hundred year term with peak usage having hit around 2005, followed by about a forty year fall-off to nearly none left.

Interestingly, population growth closely mirrors the oil growth. For thousands of years population had remained relatively level until about 1800, the beginning of the fossil fuel boom.

I wonder if it will also follow on the downside? Could population be dependent on cheap oil?

December 12, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
Nosense said...

BlockquoteThe First Tee Mission: To impact the lives of young people providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

I don't see anything about inner city youth or minorities?

And what does this have to do with electric cars?

December 12, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
dao1980 said...

The First Tee has nothing to do with electric cars... sorry for getting side tracked.

Electric cars = stupid and bad for the environment, while at the same time being a necessary step towards the successful integration of more advanced technologies within the increasingly appropriate trend away from an oil dependent world-societal machine.

nucanuck brings an interesting topic into the conversation. The issue of population may be discussed more often with less guilt in the coming decades I am afraid to say.

Some may also dare to suggest it is not how much (in quantity) that any single person damages the environment that sustains us, but in fact how many people there are assisting mindlessly in it's decay and depletion....

I personally am rooting for the research at CERN in the various fields of quantum physics to shed some light on the ability of our species to create ways of affording and supporting our desire to further populate this planet.. and the space around it.

Sure the future may look scary from where we stand now arguing about oil, but it may be much brighter with the help of technologies we can't currently comprehend that will be developed within our lifetimes.

December 12, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
ChattyCharles said...

If the price of electric cars came down, environmentally friendly ammenities like this would get a lot more use. The problem here is the same problem at play elsewhere, everything that's "green" costs a lot more, and the average person isn't going to want to pay through the nose just to save the environment! I'm in the minority that cares enough to pay more out of pocket (and as long as my band gets enough gigs to keep making payments I plan on keeping my Volt), but if we want to see real change on the environmental side of things, we need to lower cost inflation and make these things more actively avaliable! Your average college student on a fry cook's salary is going to see the price for an electric car compared to the price of a used Subaru and make the obvious decision. We need to add more perks to these things if we actually want to lower our worldwide carbon footprint.

December 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.
ChrisM86 said...

Maybe as time passes these charging stations will get used more and more. It is an interesting peak into the future of automobiles!

June 11, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
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