Electric Car Charger Stations To Come To Arizona

February 19, 2014

(Photo courtesy of Rick Bowmer/AP via NPR)
A Nissan Leaf charges at a station in Portland, Ore., that can recharge an electric car in 30 minutes.

Electric cars are often limited to city driving to be near a charging station. Here in Arizona, car owners will soon be able to travel further. Mesa based GOe3 is installing 24 electronic car charger stations across interstates in Arizona. The company already has one at Picacho Peak and one in Tucson near the university campus. In the next four months, two more will be installed between Phoenix and Tucson and three will go on I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff. GOe3 Founder Bruce Brimacombe said drivers of gas and electric cars alike are not limited by their vehicles gasoline or battery range by but by bladder range.

“How far you can go before you have to go to the restroom? Well when you go to stop at a restroom you spend 19 minutes as an individual and approximately 45 minutes if you’re a family doing that whole dance. So you are already used to staying the same amount of time," said Brimacombe.

And that amount of time is how long these stations take to fully charge an electric car. Customers will be able to pay the $6 to $13 the charge costs by credit card just like at a gas station. Over the next year the company will put chargers along Interstate 10 to California. These stations will support all models of electric cars.