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10/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Area needs electric charging stations

EDITOR:

As a frequent Prescott visitor and an owner of an electric car I am appalled to learn that there is not even one charger in the Prescott area. I was proud to call Prescott home for 10 years (2002 to 2012). I appreciated knowing that the Prescott community prides itself in being ecologically aware and environmentally conscious.

Not supporting electric vehicles by providing public chargers is certainly opposed to being a "green" community. It also diminishes the amount of revenue which could be contributed to Prescott by electric vehicle owners who wish to visit Prescott but are unable because there is no way to charge their vehicles while they are visiting.

The following lists the number of chargers in the surrounding Arizona communities: There are over 50 public charging stations for electric cars in the Tucson area, nearly 400 in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, two in Casa Grande, three in the Lake Havasu/Parker area, three in the Kingman area, four in Sedona Flagstaff area, two (soon to be three) in Yuma, two in Wilcox, one in Green Valley, one in Sierra Vista, one in Globe, one in Winslow, two in Holbrook. But not a single one in all of the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley area.

I would think installing a few chargers in Prescott should certainly be a priority.

Dianne Jager

Marana, Ariz.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: downtown observer

The good side of this is that since you won't be coming to Prescott, you won't have to worry about $90 dollar parking tickets.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: It Must Be The Water

Since Ms. Jagr lived here from 2002 to 2012, I doubt that she will be surprised at the nastiness of some of these comments.

She did not ask for a charging station on every corner---it sounds like she would be happy with one or two somewhere in Prescott.

Surprisingly, no one has called her a communist---yet. As usual, however, there are the "Don't like it? Don't come here!---or move out!" comments. Lots of mean people around here.


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Bowjangels

Poor planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on our part!
Plug into a town close to us and you will be fine.
Another alternative is to order the portable obama charger its an electric charge that will get you charged right up good for about 5 miles. It claims it will produce 50 miles, but 5 is all it produces. My last charger I order however, had a leak. I am still waiting for a refund.
Simple solutions to your issues.


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Grew up in Prescott

Holy cow I love you guys. This is so funny! Thanks for making my day!

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: shopping girl

Electric cars use electricity made by burning coal, which fouls the air we breathe.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: um nope

"....the Prescott community prides itself in being ecologically aware and environmentally conscious."

Funniest thing I've read in a long time.

Prescott and the surrounding communities are the exact opposite of ecologically aware and environmentally conscious.

You must have lived a pretty insular existence when you resided here. Your 6 Prescott College friends are outliers.


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Speedy Neutrino

Buy a longer extension cord.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

"As a frequent Prescott visitor and an owner of an electric car I am appalled to learn that there is not even one charger in the Prescott area."

Oh, NOOOOOOO!!!!!


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Agatha Jane

@puzzled
A hybrid car recharges the batteries whenever you take your foot off of the accelerator or step on the brake. We have been driving a Toyota Camry hybrid for 7 years on the original batteries (supposed to last 13yr.) A trip to Phoenix & back uses about 4.5 gallons of gas. I've hit 98mph downhill & 85 uphill - just a test, of course!


Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott: Behind the times yet again.

Dianne, kudos to you for buying an electric car! But by now you should have figured out that Prescott is far more backwards than you had thought. You should not be appalled at the lack of charging stations, you should expect it. Just go somewhere else and spend your dollars there. These hillbillies don't appreciate people who think toward the future.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Let Me Know

When you want to come to Prescott and I will be glad to charge you $50.00 for you to charge your car!!!!!
Cheaper than any hotel and you will be back in Phoenix by nightfall!


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: I am appalled

that you would bring your junk electric car here, why don't you take it back to cali where your holy government will pay for whatever you want.

Tonight I will start my outdoor fire pit with much more gas than usual to make up for your electric car.


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Puzzled . . .

Am I wrong in thinking that the electric part of the vehicle is recharged every time the brakes are applied? Didn't think there was such a thing as electric only. Don't think I'd want to risk that.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: An American

Funny Hokas, I called my girlfriends Tesla a "feel good" car the other day, she was not happy, and said "I vote with my dollars" we need to get America weined from oil. My responce was, didn't that Tesla bunch invest their profits in the petrolium industry?

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ms Jager

Are you sorry yet that you sent this letter? Seems Prescott has no sympathy for you.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Tired of business as usual...

You would NOT be so "proud" of your electric car if you had any clue how much pollution is created by the manufacturing (In China) of the batteries, AND how much environmental damage is caused when they have to be disposed of. (NO, they don't last forever, and YES, they make a bigger mess than they are a help). Sorry to burst your tiny bubble sweetie...
No,we do NOT want the charging stations here, as tearing up the infrastructure to install them would also create pollution, costs well over what they save, and messed up traffic, more than is now. Does THIS answer your question? Probably not...


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Here's An Idea

Would the city of Prescott please install diesel fuel pumps around town so I could easily fill up my 36 gallon tanks? It would be so handy for my 11 mpg sky-high quad cab dually. I proudly support big oil companies!!!

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: No We Don't!

Why would anyone buy an electric car? The energy it takes to make electricity is just as dirty as using oil.

Now, because you bought an electric POS, you want everyone to bend over for you. Get real, trade in the electric POS, and purchase a normal car like everyone else. Then you won't have to complain. Gas is available everywhere! Besides you should have checked it out before purchasing your new POS and then driving to Prescott. Didn't you mommy ever teach you to plan ahead. If you run out of electricity on the highway, then what? You would probably complain that there were was no place to plug in your POS on the highway. It's people like you that constantly keep the government busy raising taxes to help you with your new POS. Cry babies everywhere!


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ben Had

Dianne,
I am so sorry that you got caught up early in this transportation experiment. We're all paying for it. A little more research by you would have helped before you bought the car.
It's tough to be on the bleeding edge of technology. Nikola Tesla would have been proud of you, however.
I know someone with an Edsel for sale.


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Never had the pleasure of using a public vehicle charging station. Do they take credit cards like a gas pump?

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Arps

Classic.

1. You like to visit the Prescott area.

2. You want to but an electric car.

3. You know there are no chargers in Prescott area.

The solution at this point is pretty simple to most people.

Instead you opted to go ahead and buy your electric car, and then complain that we haven't installed a charger for you. We'll get right on that.

Or, you could go ahead and invest in a charging station yourself. No doubt the ROI will be extraordinary.


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: donnie baker

LOL Silly lady!!.. Don't you realize when you write a letter to the editor of this paper in this town you will be raked over the coals!! Especially on a subject such as Electric Cars hahahaha ah hahahahah!

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: @Ms. Jager

So, you're appalled! How many can even afford an electric car, you drive to a small community and expect to "plug in". ...

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Ms. Dianne Jager: Are you unaware of the fact that Electric Car Charging Stations are allocated in conjunction with Democratic House of Representative Elected seats in Congress? Since Yavapai County has NO elected Democrats, there will be no electric car chargers in this county.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Great Idea

Ms. Jager--

With your donation we'll happily let you put a charging station in Prescott.



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