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TN Has More Electric Car Charging Stations Than Electric Cars?

Charging stations for electric vehicles are sprouting up across the region, but good luck finding a car plugged into one, observes the Chattanooga TFP.
Tennessee Department of Revenue officials estimate that at least 530 electric vehicles have been registered in Tennessee in the past two years, based on the number of buyers seeking a tax rebate. Spokesman Billy Trout said the department has issued about $1.35 million in rebates so far.
…There are about 700 public charging stations across Tennessee to cater to cars such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Smart Electric, Tesla S and Roadster.
…Most electrics cost $30,000 to $40,000, but some soar as high as $100,000 or more. The Chevrolet Volt, an “extended range” car, has a gasoline engine that recharges the battery but does not power the wheels. The Volt goes about 35 miles before needing a charge, while cars like the Leaf can go about 70, officials said.
Potential customers are encouraged with a $2,500 to $7,500 federal tax credit and a $2,500 rebate in Tennessee.

No Charging at Charging Stations (or very little)

Charging stations installed with a share of taxpayers’ money are twice as plentiful across Tennessee today as the number of electric cars they’re designed to refuel, reports the Tennessean. Most of the units go unused for hours or days at a time.
Car registration data show that 270 all-electric cars of various brands have been registered in Tennessee this year — 81 in Davidson and Williamson counties combined — but there are about 500 chargers available in public places to serve them.
The results raise questions about whether public money used to boost alternative fuel vehicles has been money well spent, at least so far.
Many of those units were installed by a California company that has received $115 million in federal funds to build charging locations everywhere from restaurant parking lots to hotel garages
…The fast-charging units cost more than $10,000 each to install, ECOtality has said.

At Driver’s License Stations: Promises and Skepticism

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says says everything is under control at driver’s license stations, where workers are ready to deal with an influx of citizens who now need a state photo ID for voting.
We realize this new law is increasing the number of citizens needing services at the state’s already overburdened Driver Service Centers. To help reduce the wait time for voters who need government-issued photo IDs, these citizens will be placed in the “express service” category when entering a Driver Service Center.
While there will still be some wait time, we intend to make that wait time as short as reasonably possible.

Citizens should just be sure they bring all the appropriate documents, he says.
On the other hand, Gail Kerr is somewhat skeptical.
Promises, promises. That’s what state officials have offered for decades about the long waiting times. Instead, they fudge the numbers by ignoring the time it takes to get to the first clerk. The state also has rules that are just plain dumb.
Ask Glenn Carter, who brought his 15-year-old to Centennial (driver’s license station) to get her permit. They had all their paperwork. But her school failed to fill in her address, Social Security number and father’s name on the proper form. She had an ID with her address, her actual Social Security card, and her father was standing right there with a valid driver’s license. But the clerk made the duo return to Hillsboro High so school officials could fill in those blanks.