• Aug 11, 2011
Residents of Florida now have even more incentive to ditch their gasoline-burning vehicles in favor of an electric automobile. In the past year, Florida has become a plug-in vehicle hot spot. Well, sort of. There's a chicken and egg issue going on.
Finding a place to plug-in an electric vehicle in Florida is relatively easy. With some 70-plus charging stations installed throughout the state and 300 more coming soon, locating a charger in Florida ain't a problem. The problem, surprisingly, is buying an electrified vehicle in the Sunshine State in the first place. In fact, Plugin Cars says that, at this point, there are, "about zero electric cars on Florida's roads."

Tim Trudell of Orlando Utilities Commission says, "Orlando is now one of the most electric-vehicle-ready communities in the state." That's all fine and dandy, but without plug-in vehicles available, does it really even matter if charging stations exist?

Rick Frazee, owner of Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn on Orlando Avenue, had two charging stations installed courtesy of Coulomb's ChargePoint America program. To date, only two vehicles have charged up there. Frazee told the Orlando Sentinel that he may have, "overestimated how much people would use them," but he remains hopeful. As do we.


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      DMason
      • 10 Hours Ago
      The title of the article bemoans that there are 70 virtually useless charging stations. And then we're told "There's a chicken and egg issue going on." If "The problem, surprisingly, is buying an electrified vehicle in the Sunshine State in the first place", then clearly, the charging stations came first. This is the opposite of a chicken and egg issue. Don't you just cringe when journalists use a poor analogy or fallacious argument? Mr. Loveday, I suggest you read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_or_the_egg
      Kei Jidosha
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Florida is doing it right. Having existing public infrastructure will help Florida drivers get the full utility out of their new EVs. It’s California that has the cart in front of the horse. Where is the EV Project public charging infrastructure that was supposed to be installed by June 2011? Florida and ChargePoint put a spotlight on what California and ECOtality have NOT done.
      Spec
      • 10 Hours Ago
      And when they do get lots of EVs in Florida . . . . they'll discover that the chargers are still virtually useless. Or should I say that they will find that people 'use less' public charging than they thought people would. The vast majority of charging will be done at home and at night. A few people will charge at work. And almost no one will use public chargers.
      • 10 Hours Ago
      I have a Volt in Florida, and I just talked to a guy who ordered one in my area. The EV's are coming Florida!!!
      goodoldgorr
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Do you really think that can be a electric car recharger infrastructure like an hydrogen infrastructure. This is a petrol reseller internet website.
        JP
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        No there can't be an "electric car recharger infrastructure like an hydrogen infrastructure", the electric car infrastructure is already mostly in place, unlike the non existent fantasy hydrogen infrastructure. Thanks for playing gorr, predictable and dimwitted as ever.
          Marco Polo
          • 10 Hours Ago
          @JP
          Yes, well, poor old gorr does gets a little muddled from time to time. I'm not really a fan of hydrogen, yet it always amazes me that some folk dismiss the possibility of hydrogen distribution infrastructure, while extolling the virtues of the far more asinine 'Better Place'.
      Ziv
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Better to have them a year early that to put up with all the articles about people getting stranded because they got stuck in stop and go traffic with the AC on and ran out of juice a couple miles from home. Most of the early adopters will be pretty savvy about how far they can go but the whole idea is to get people that are less up to speed on BEV's to buy, as well. Side question, does anyone know what the percentage of energy is that is recovered by regenerative braking? I have heard as high as 50% and as low as 10%. What is the range a Leaf recovers and what is the range a Volt recovers? I wish I could ask about the FFE as well...
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @Ziv
        Regenerative braking adds about 10-15% to overall mileage. Not a huge amount. Makes sense when you think about it. How often while driving do you use your brakes? Typically about 100-200 feet every time you stop. Versus the miles you drive, it's a low percentage.
        grantisgr8
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @Ziv
        I've read that regenerative braking captures 30% of the *energy* that would have been lost to braking. The rest is still lost as heat. The range recovered obviously depends on how much braking you are doing. You could theoretically start off on the top of a mountain and by the bottom end up with more range than you started with.
      Ankur Shah
      • 10 Hours Ago
      5 Volts have been sold in Florida. Not bad.
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Because Florida makes Alabama look progressive. A real ass backwards state.
      mikemaj82
      • 10 Hours Ago
      unless you're on the highway
      JP
      • 10 Hours Ago
      If you want an EV in Florida you don't need to wait for the OEM's, there are some good conversion shops there. http://rebirthauto.com/ http://www.cleanpowerauto.com/
      Marco Polo
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Hey, 2WM, there must be quite a few 2 wheel EV's riding around in Florida? Or don't they count?
      Michael Walsh
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Give it time! LEAF reservations there are only now starting to turn into orders.
        hodad66
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @Michael Walsh
        I was able to order my Leaf on 7/30/2011..... may actually use one of the chargers off of SR 192 on the way back to the beach from Orlando.
          ELECTRIC4ME
          • 10 Hours Ago
          @hodad66
          One Leaf owner moved to FL after receiving his car in CA...
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