What comes first, the electric car or the charging station? Thanks to
DTE, General Motors and a Department of Energy grant, 16 electric
charging stations are coming to Metro Detroit. In Ferndale, electric car
owners can now charge their vehicles for free at the Ferndale Public
Library, as well as an additional station at 290 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Currently, the only vehicles compatible with the stations are the Nissan
Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. But proponents of electric cars plan to
use the 16 stations as a trial to see if Metro Detroiters are ready to
embrace a gas-free lifestyle. More infrastructure may be added in the
Community advocates hope the stations entice people to explore different
parts of Michigan. “People can get from town to town and not worry
about having to charge their cars,” said Cristina Sheppard-Decius,
executive director for Ferndale’s Downtown Development Association.
“Basically, it’s free gas and free power.”
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