Oh Noes! Is Costco Planning on Removing Its Electric Car Charging Stations Instead of Upgrading Them?

Well, I’ll tell you, I was worried about Costco’s unused electric charging stations last year, and now it looks like America’s favorite big box has given up on them, electing not to upgrade to this year’s flavor-of-the-month charging system, the au current J1772. (The chargers Costco installed in their parking lots back in The Aughts looked like they were from an electric car museum, covered so much with detritus and spider webs and whatnot they were.)

Anyway, electric car and plug-in hybrid drivers be pissed, you know, they’re saying, Who Killed the Electric Car Charging Stations?

But you know, if you live in the 415, your new Nissan Leaf all-electric car should be able to make it home anywho.

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Let’s ask, “Why would an electric car pioneer like Costco just give up now?” (They must have a rationale or two…)

This is quite a change from the heady days of 2006. Indeed, Costco has been offering electric chargers of some sort since the 1990′s:

“Costco offers 90 charging stations at 64 locations. Most of the stations are in California, with a handful in Arizona, New York and Georgia…The process couldn’t be simpler. Members park in reserved spaces, attach special paddles and head into the warehouse. By the time their shopping is done, their car should be, too.”

Now, some are saying that Costco is looking into / reviewing this issue, so who knows what will happen.

All right, here’s a bit from 2008 to show you what things looked like at San Francisco’s SoMA Costco back then:

“Whether your ride swings AC or DC, whether it needs MagneCharge or Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) “brand” electricity, Costo has got you covered. Shop at the store and buy a $1.50 hot dog and a Coke, all while recharging.

The future is now:

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The future hasn’t looked this bright for battery-electric vehicles (BEV) since 1895.”

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2 Responses to “Oh Noes! Is Costco Planning on Removing Its Electric Car Charging Stations Instead of Upgrading Them?”

  1. Marc Geller says:

    Let Costco know you support EV chargers at their stores. http://www.pluginamerica.org/costco

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