Whole Foods Market opened two stations last April in Austin, says company spokeswoman Rebecca Scofield. Whole Foods also installed charging stations at stores in Connecticut, Denver and near Dallas in 2010, She also added, “If the excitement is any indication, we’ll definitely see a big explosion in the use of these cars.” Yes, I’ll buy the creepy thing that you can’t hear approach you if a universal charging station is readily available everywhere, however, I never thought I’d find it at the grocery store. I’m used to be going to a gas station. Put it there. Get rid of all fuel vehicles. Let’s do it!!!
Stations are popping up all over America now even in some Best Buy locations. Michael Farkas is the chief executive officer of Car Charging Group, which owns and maintains the units and splits revenue with $3 dollar per hour stations. The equipment costs $2,000 to $6,000 plus installation; costs are partially offset by federal tax credits of up to 50%.
As more charging units are installed, he expects the practice at many locations of providing the service for free will end.