We have several alerts that we track regarding the Nissan LEAF and electric vehicles (EVs) in general, just to try to keep pace with what is going on in the industry. One thing that strikes us is the ongoing and continued announcements of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installations all around the country.
Just today, the City of Hendersonville, North Carolina announced the installation of the first two EV charging stations in Henderson County, North Carolina. While we might not normally comment about EVSE installation in a particular city, one thing that makes this situation a little bit unique is that the City of Hendersonville has a population of 13,189, according to the city’s website.
These initial installations are part of a regional effort to help promote the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. This effort includes educating government officials as well as the public. In addition, it offers training to electrical contractors in proper EVSE installation. The broader initiative encompasses several cities in North Carolina and includes Duke Energy and Progress Energy as partners.
It is efforts like these in small and large cities all across the country that will ultimately make a difference in the viability of owning and driving electric cars. We don’t expect that EV’s will turn the industry around in a decade. We are not that naive. But we do expect that with continued support in cities such as the City of Hendersonville, and regional efforts like this in counties and states across the country, and with the additional future vehicles made available by multiple manufacturers, that those same governmental officials and members of the public are bound to notice that the EV can, and will, make an impact on the future of transporation in this country, and in other countries around the world.