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Costco to Remove Electric Car Chargers Because Nobody’s Using Them

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By Doug Powers  •  August 20, 2011 06:57 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Oh no… now where will Al Gore plug in his SUVs?

From the New York Times:

Costco, the membership warehouse-club chain, was an early leader in offering electric-vehicle charging to its customers, setting an example followed by other retailers, including Best Buy and Walgreen. By 2006, Costco had installed 90 chargers at 64 stores, mostly in California but also some in Arizona, New York and Georgia. Even after General Motors crushed its EV1 battery cars, the Costco chargers stayed in place.

Yet just as plug-in cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt enter the market, Costco is reversing course and pulling its chargers out of the ground, explaining that customers do not use them.

When a Costco manager in California was informed that there was a state-funded program that would allow them to upgrade the chargers at no cost to his company, he had a good point:

“Why should we have anybody spend money on a program that nobody’s thought through?” he said.

This guy makes too much sense to ever end up in elected office.

**Written by Doug Powers

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