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Electric charging stations could propel Detroit current and future businesses.

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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.

Comments

  • Patrick Rall-Detroit Autos Examiner 4 years ago

    My concern with this type of technology in areas like Detroit is theft and vandalism. I could see charging stations working in nicer metro areas but in and around Detroit those stations would have to be built like fortresses to last through the first night.

  • Scott Miller - Coulomb Tech 4 years ago

    ETEC did win an award to place charging stations in five different states. Michigan was not one of them. However, Coulomb Technology, another supplier of advanced networked electric charging stations, is in the process of getting a DOE grant to provide 5000 total chargers distributed among nine different regions across the US. The Coulomb regions are planned to be different from the five ETEC states. Southern Michigan is one of those regions, so if we get the grant, I would be interested in talking to you about your thoughts on optimal placement of the chargers for Southern Michigan. We have passed the technical hurdles for the grant and are in the contract negotiation stage. Coulomb is partnering on the grant with GM and Ford as opposed to ETEC who is partnering with Nissan. You can contact me at smiller@coulombtech.com if you are interested in more information.

  • Demario Tucker 4 years ago

    Thanks for the comments Patrick and Scott! I am interested in learning more about Coulomb and its endeavors for the southern Michigan region.