Getting “juiced” at a Costco in Colorado.
Getting a charge
out of Costco
A RECENT DOCUMENTARY posed the
question “Who killed the electric car?” But for
the thousands of electric-vehicle (EV) drivers
on the roads, the pronouncement of the EV’s
demise is premature. And Costco is helping to
keep the ecological dream alive with the
installation of two chargers at the new warehouse in Gypsum, Colorado.
The biggest problem facing EV drivers is
the lack of charging stations. While EVs average 60 to 120 miles on a charge—how does
your gas-slurping vehicle compare to that?—
the fact remains that they have to be recharged,
and charging stations are few and far between.
Steve Hawkins, general manager of Vail’s
Mountain Haus at the Covered Bridge, in Vail,
Colorado, had used electric chargers at Costco
warehouses in California. When he heard
about the new warehouse being built in neighboring Gypsum, he made a few calls and was
ultimately referred to Costco’s Ed Fitzgerald,
automobile sales administrator. “I told him we
had not planned on installing chargers at
Gypsum, and there was no budget for them,”
says Ed. “But if [Vail’s Mountain Haus] was
willing to donate, I’d see what I could do.”
Hawkins purchased and delivered the
charging stations in October, and Costco
installed them two days later. “It’s a perfect
example of what can be accomplished when
business and community work together,”
Costco offers 90 charging stations at 64
locations. Most of the stations are in California,
with a handful in Arizona, New York and
Georgia. (To see if there are any charging stations at your local warehouse, check the
Specialty Services grid on page 76.)
The process couldn’t be simpler. Members
park in reserved spaces, attach special paddles
and head into the warehouse. By the time their
shopping is done, their car should be, too.
Just another reason to say, “Charge it!” at
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