One of the questions hanging over electric cars is about how inner city residents can recharge them if they don’t have off-street car parking.
This photo shows the Danish approach: put the recharging stations on the street. I don’t know how this works but will endeavour to find out. At the moment there are no signs to say these parking places are exclusive to electric cars (though this might be implied). There are several dotted around where I live and I have seen them in the middle of Dublin too.
I have also read that the US government is thinking that the best way to get e-cars going is to dispense with the strategy of fiddling the tax code and to simply build these stations where needed. If you look what’s involved it seems quite simple: a box with a brain in it and a cable.
The ninety two dollar question is whether such an arrangement work in countries where there is less social capital than there is in N Europe. How does a wire cable connected to an unattended car work in darkest Detroit or deepest Dagenham or Dublin 17?