Washington State Finding Most EV Owners Charging at Home

Data shows more than 80% of electric "fill ups" are happening not at public charging points, but at home.

Published: 22-Nov-2011

OLYMPIA, Wash. - You've probably seen plum parking spots set aside for electric cars, maybe even shaken your fist at an empty space. More than a thousand Northwest drivers have hit the road this year with the first mass market electric cars.

Many of them are letting researchers electronically track their charging and driving behavior. That data shows more than 80% of electric "fill ups" are happening not at those public charging points, but at home.

Dick Hauser is living on the cutting edge. The retired economist in Olympia was among the first in the Northwest to drive home with a 100% electric Nissan Leaf.


2011 Chevrolet Volt can be charged using both 110V and 230V household current.

Installing a 230V faster charging system could run as much as $4000 extra, depending on how home is wired.

ORNL wireless demonstration unit

WBIR TV Channel 11 video report on National Lab research into inductive charging of electric cars.

Nissan LEAF with high voltage DC charger.

Public meeting to discuss electric car charging for multifamily housing residents in Santa Monica January 31st.


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