Monday, September 17, 2012

Chevy Volt: Charging at MSU

That big grin on my face is my utter glee at using the first public electric vehicle charging station at Michigan State University to charge my Chevy Volt. Get this. Two hours before the big game with Notre Dame (think tons of tailgate parties going on and very little parking available) and there was nary an EV (electric vehicle) in sight of the charging station, save for my Volt.

We pulled up to the parking ramp at the Kellogg Center and asked if the charging station was available. Yes, it was. Up the ramp we went, right to the parking place adjacent to the charging station which just happens to be a hop, skip and a jump away from the Breslin Center and Spartan Stadium.

 After fiddling with the credit card reader, we waltzed on to the game while the Chevy Volt, a made-in-Michigan PEV (plugin electric vehicle) picked up a full charge.

Returning late that night, we unplugged the Volt and drove on to our hotel, knowing that we would drive almost the entire 45 miles to Brighton on electric power. Very cool.
I am looking forward to the day when an entire bank of charging stations, say twenty or fifty or a hundred, line the parking ramps of our cities. That will be even more cool.
Copyright 2012
Wanda Hayes Eichler

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