It’s the thought that counts. Right?
Well, if you find yourself in exurban Minneapolis, you can charge your electric vehicle here. It’s a Kwik Trip.
This is it!
Here you go …
Kwik Trip is installing these at a number of their Midwestern locations. The most obvious problem here is that of voltage.
“The family-owned Kwik Trip chain is installing the stations at all its new stores, a total of 25 so far in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. But the outlets only provide 110 volts, which, charging for the few minutes it takes to grab coffee and use the bathroom, would barely get someone out of the parking lot and down the block. Charging for an hour at that voltage might allow a typical electric vehicle to run three to five miles.” - Midwest Energy News (June 7, 2011)
In the larger scope of things, that issue is secondary.
The real issue is location, as in- it’s in the middle of nowhere and, unless you want to hang out at an exurban gas station for literally hours, this charging station will get you nowhere except to another gas station.
The Location: Approximately 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
The StreetView: Not good, but they do have a sidewalk. Not sure where it goes though.
The beauty of new Kwik Trip stations? They are designed to be LEED certified. While I’m not positive if this particular gas station is LEED approved, I do know Kwik Trip has been designing to certification. My question is; who are they trying to fool?
This all comes back to something I remember James Howard Kunstler writing; “The time has really come to change our national motto from E Pluribus Unum to It’s the Thought That Counts!”