Electric car owners in Oregon are far more likely to charge their vehicles at home than make use of the expensive, taxpayer-funded EV Project network of fast-charging units installed at public locations. In fact, 2013 data collected for the federal government reveals that electric vehicles throughout Oregon were “plugged into public chargers installed through The EV Project just 4 percent of the time, compared with 42 percent of the time at home-charging units.”
Oregon isn’t alone in failing to make use of public charging options. Drivers’ preference of charging vehicles at home holds true in the “eight other states and District of Columbia where the devices also were installed by the federal government, at a total cost to the taxpayer of about $100 million.” The left championed public charging options believing it would provide an incentive for electric vehicles purchases—that theory is a proven failure.
Yet, despite all the evidence to the contrary, Jay Inslee is determined to spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars chasing the failed policy. As a part of his “twofer” transportation/environmental agenda, our green governor called for legislation that would create electric vehicle incentives, including increasing the number of public charging stations in the state.
Interesting how facts and figures have no play with our green, green governor.