Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Electric-Car Charging

One of the realities of today's world is the existence of electric cars, including hybrids that run on both electricity and gas.

Finding a place to refuel an internal combustion engine car is not a problem unless you're stuck in the mountains or desert somewhere remote where there aren't any gas stations around.

It's a little more difficult to find a place to charge up your car's batteries. Although they are situated in places either convenient or inconvenient, such as your workplace, those who run them are reluctant for members of the general public to plug in and recharge.

The reason? The cost of electricity. Somebody has to pay for it, and it's the company that owns the recharge station.

Recharging isn't as easy as you would think, even if your company provides a recharging station. My son, who lives in California, works for a company that has free plug-in stations for its employees. The problem is that by the time he gets to work, they're all occupied. It's like having to go to the bathroom and finding all the stalls in use, no?

So it's refreshing to see free charging stations sponsored by community-minded companies (albeit those with a message to promote and/or sell their services) set up around the community. Like this one in the Kamehameha Shopping Center, near Long's Drug. That one is sponsored by First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

Good for them. And lucky for you, if you own one. I noticed this one wasn't in use ... maybe those who live in the neighborhood don't own electric/hybrid cars? Even more fortunate for those who do.

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