With the release of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf within close time proximity, the strategic urban implementation of electric charge stations should also be near. The main questions for potential buyers involve both charging locations and charging availability. The Department of Energy has awarded eTec, a transportation research and development firm with 100 million dollars in order to strategically plan and erect charging locations throughout five U.S. cities, and it is unclear whether or not Detroit is one of the chosen cities.
Ideally, charging stations should be placed within areas people wouldn’t mind plugging their vehicles up for 30 minutes or so while they’re enjoying themselves. Optimal locations such as parks, markets, shopping and cultural districts are typical areas people enjoy passing the time away.
Detroit small business owners located throughout popular districts all wish for more foot traffic in order to increase sales. If implemented right, the charging stations could add more foot traffic, allowing hidden gems of Detroit to be discovered by future consumers.