SC plans 80 electric car charging stations

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 7:55 AM
Last updated 11:39 AM
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COLUMBIA — Local governments across South Carolina are planning to set up 80 car charging stations as new electric cars arrive in the state.

The State newspaper reported today that a nonprofit organization called Plug-In Carolina is coordinating efforts to set up places where vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf can be recharged.

Plug-In Carolina has obtained grants from the South Carolina Energy Office and gotten support from public utilities to help with the projects.

Local governments in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, Conway, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, Rock Hill and Union each plan to install charging stations. The first 40 of them open Dec. 8.

But Plug-In Carolina's Jim Poch says the primary charging place for electric cars should be at home.

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Chillen
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Chillen 11/22/10 - 10:36 am
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If this was a money maker,

If this was a money maker, private industry would have done it.

But, this is a losing cost venture so the government does it. Now keep in mind, all these electric car buyers already got huge tax credits for buying their tiny death traps so they are quite close to becoming welfare recipients.

Congratulations SC taxpayers. You just became environmentally-friendly. Enjoy the "Plug Ins"

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bdouglas 11/22/10 - 12:12 pm
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Great, so that makes 2

Great, so that makes 2 charging stations for every electric car actually in SC!

rdbike
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rdbike 11/22/10 - 12:37 pm
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Remember ...these new

Remember ...these new electric cars are just commuter cars. They are not for use for extended road trips. Not yet. It will take private industry involvement to expand the number of available plugin stations, resulting in more sales of these high priced golf carts.

bentman
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bentman 11/22/10 - 01:40 pm
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Without government subsidies

Without government subsidies there is no market for the car.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 11/22/10 - 01:50 pm
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The problem is ... as others

The problem is ... as others have pointed out ... the all electric cars aren't cost effective.

I liked McCain's idea of rewarding whoever came up with a new battery that would make the electric car viable with $300,000,000. Once we get over this technological stumbling block ... then private industry would do the rest ... providing of course the government gets out of their way.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/22/10 - 02:20 pm
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ronrlw Whoever invents such

ronrlw Whoever invents such a thing will make $300 million on their own. It would be fantastic! Financial expert Gerald Celente believes that some miraculous innovation in alternative energy is the only thing that will bring the USA out of the slump we are in. He might be right. I hope the best & brightest are working on it (without govt grants).

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 11/22/10 - 02:52 pm
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McCain's idea was to buy the

McCain's idea was to buy the rights to the battery and then make it available to the industry to use. While you are probably right in that whoever invented it could make the money on their own ... that's not a sure thing depending on how much of business man he is. What it does it takes the guess work out of it and puts it high on the priority list for several industries and even Universities.

As far as it being the only way out of our slump ... I don't think so as a matter of fact even if the battery was to be developed today, it would take years to develop the car(s), create the infrastructure and get enough cars on the road to make any difference in the fuel consumption. Our best bet to get out of our slump is to develop the opportunities we already have ... along with ... developing the technology for the future.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/22/10 - 03:05 pm
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"Our best bet to get out of

"Our best bet to get out of our slump is to develop the opportunities we already have"

Removing the community organizer and his minions would help too. We made a good start earlier this month, now we just have to finish the job in 2012.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 11/22/10 - 03:10 pm
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Chillen - unfortunately we

Chillen - unfortunately we won't have that opportunity for another 2 years. But we can stop his program of destroying our nation.

The bad thing is that he already has enough inplace that he can continue dragging down the US without anymore laws ... using the EPA and ObamaCare.

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