Federally funded car recharging stations get little use

Nissan Leaf owner Will Price of Eugene doesn’t need the network of government-provided electric vehicle charging stations that were installed for motorists like him. Price drives 14 miles to and from work, which is easily within his electric car’s 70-mile range, so he ignores the publicly accessible fast-charging units scattered around Eugene-Springfield. “I never use them,” Price said of the public chargers. “They are of no consequence to me.” Most electric vehicle owners have developed the same at-home charging habit, leaving the expensive, taxpayer-funded EV Project network of fast-charging units in Eugene-Springfield unused much of the time.