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SeeClickFix: City adapting to electric vehicle charge stations

With more drivers taking up all-electric cars, the race is on to provide reliable charge stations. (Source: WAFF) With more drivers taking up all-electric cars, the race is on to provide reliable charge stations. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Trying to save money at the pump - or bypass it altogether - with an electric vehicle?

You won't get too far without a working charge station. At home, this may not be a problem. But being left without an outlet while out and about could put your driving plans to a grinding halt.

A plug-and-go system sounds simple, but that may not be the case if you depend on charge stations to be readily available and properly functional.

If there is a power outage or glitch in the power system, those stations could be tripped off.

That's the case, as many of you have told us on SeeClickFix, with the Level 3 charging station on Fountain Street.

This station has the capability to charge two all-electric vehicles within 30 minutes - but it's rather useless if it's not working.

Huntsville Parking and Public Transportation Director Tommy Brown says it's a learning process.

"We have to be vigilant to keep them online and operating," said Brown. "We're learning as we go."

And they are going up. There are an estimated 100 all-electric vehicle owners in Madison County, and 2,300 hybrid-electric vehicles between Madison and Limestone Counties.

With only a dozen charging stations within the Huntsville city limits, Nissan electric car expert Steve Winter says buyers have what they call "range-anxiety."

"More miles have been driven on the Leaf that any other electric vehicle," said Winter. "For this year, the range, according to EPA ratings, is 107 miles, which is considerably better than the 74 from last year's model."

Environmental Protection Agency ratings are what city leaders will use to challenge businesses around the area to add charging stations for their customers.

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