Which Charlottesville Neighborhood will have the First EV Charging Stations?

Electric car charging station

I can’t imagine that we won’t see charging stations in at least one new Charlottesville neighborhood in the next two years.

UVA has a charging station on in the parking garage on Central Grounds. And apparently Colonial Nissan has a charging station as well. The new Arden Place apartments have an EV plug. I thought I’d heard that the new Stonefield shopping center would have one.

But … which neighborhood will have charging stations? Which builder will offer them first? If the cost is really about $200, it seems like a no-brainer option, right?

Here’s hoping the City of Charlottesville doesn’t take this upon themselves to legislate as Palo Alto just has … we’re not close to Tesla, after all.

The city council in Palo Alto, California, unanimously voted Monday night to make a small change to the city’s building code that signals a big shift in the future of private transportation. Now, every new home constructed in town will have to come pre-wired with the ability to charge electric vehicles, a move designed to ensure the city that’s home to cutting-edge car-maker Tesla will also be home to the EV industry’s early-adopting consumers.

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  1. Stormy October 3, 2013 at 09:23

    Sounds like a Belvedere thing, no? That seems to be what they are going for these days.

    1. Jim Duncan October 3, 2013 at 15:09

      Belvedere or another new development … $200 for an add-on to a house is almost inconsequential and could be a good marketing ploy.

      One question I received yesterday is this: are all EV receptacles the same? Are they uniform or does Tesla have one kind and Toyota another kind etc. etc.?

  2. Mark October 8, 2013 at 12:48

    It won’t be more than a good marketing ploy. Suggested real estate listing text: “If you like coal and nuclear power better than oil, here’s a home with an EV charging station! Remember not to park your other two gas-powered cars in front of it!”

    1. Jim Duncan October 14, 2013 at 14:57

      I have no doubt about that.


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