In another sign that electricity may be fairing better than gas as an alternative transportation fuel, Kroger will install 225 more electric charging stations to bring its total to nearly 300. Electric vehicle convenience rises.
ECOtality, Inc (http://www.ecotality.com/) will install the Kroger charging stations, and ECOtality alone has built 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations.
The biggest obstacle to the adoption of electric or natural gas vehicles is consumer concern about fueling. Electricity charging stations, however, are being built installed in significant numbers in a few Western states, while little progress is being made in constructing natural gas fueling stations for the public. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not a leader in either electric vehicle charging stations or natural gas fueling stations.
The combination of increasing availability of charging stations and more electric vehicle models for consumers makes an electric vehicle an attractive choice for a rising number of consumers. Indeed, powering a vehicle with electricity can reduce by 75% the fuel bill for many car owners, with savings of $1,000 to $2,000 per year common.