When McDonald’s franchisee Tom Wolf constructed his newest restaurant in Huntington, W. Va., late this past year, he mounted two chargers for electric vehicles so clients could charge their batteries while eating. At this point, the mounted charging station has been utilized a couple of times only.
“It’s for the future,” according to Mr. Wolf, who invested $6,385 on the chargers which are about the shape and size of a parking meter. He does not know anybody in Huntington who possesses a plug-in car yet expects which will change as soon as electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt and also the Nissan Leaf are more widely available.
Throughout the U.S., such machines are growing though it may be uncertain whether or not plug-in automobiles will prove popular. Walgreen Co. has chargers mounted outside four stores in Texas and intends to install more there along with San Francisco, Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. wants to acquire chargers outside several Tennessee restaurants within just months. , Gas-station operator, Murphy Oil USA, is evaluating one in Chattanooga, Tenn., to determine demand from customers.
Less than 15,000 all-electric automobiles are on U.S. roads today, according to Plug In America, a group advertising the technology. The Obama administration expects one million electric automobiles is going to be on the U.S. roads around 2015, decreasing oil reliance, however others anticipate it needs to take more time to reach that stage.