Central Florida’s network of charging stations awaits electric cars
August 8, 2011, 2:49 am
For anyone in Central Florida who has complaints about today’s absurdly high gas prices, there’s a growing incentive to ditch the gasoline-burning vehicle for an electric car. In the past year, the region has become one of the top spots in the country where electric-vehicle drivers can more easily find a place to plug in and juice up their batteries. Dozens of new charging stations have been installed in five counties, creating a network stretching from Eustis to Orlando and from Kissimmee to Daytona Beach.
“Orlando is now one of the most electric-vehicle-ready communities in the state,” said Tim Trudell of Orlando Utilities Commission, which plans to install up to 200 charging stations by October. The utility company already has stations in its visitor-parking lot and in front of Orlando City Hall.