On September 29, 2013 I made a trip to Asheville, North Carolina on business. The day also happened to be National Plug In Day and since I drive a Nissan Leaf EV I decided to visit a few of the charging options in the Asheville area.
The first station I visited was the BrightfieldTS/Chargepoint solar charging canopy off of South Charlotte Street at the Asheville Public Works parking lot. It was easy to use but while I was there I had several non-EV drivers park in the EV only spaces–how rude. Lucky for me I was able to get a slot and fully charge up the Leaf with no issues at all.
The second station that I attempted to visit ended in charging failure–however, it was not the fault of the charger. I had planned to visit the charging station on Aston Street at the Buncombe County DSS parking lot. Upon arrival I was greeted with an empty lot with cables across the entryway and two unused charging stations sitting idle in the distance. It seems that the parking lot is closed on the weekend so I was unable to access the chargers–what a bummer. It seems like a waste to put two perfectly good charging station in a place where nobody can access them on the weekend when people are out and about wanting to spend money in town. But trying to figure out why government does what it does is a losing battle so I drove on.
The third charging station I visited was the Chargepoint station at 81 Coxe Avenue. This is a nicely located station if you are fond of one of Asheville’s claims to fame–local micro-brewed beer. The charger worked flawlessly and while you wait for your charge you can take a few steps north to Asheville Brewing company–famous for its varied beers and wonderful pizza. Or, only a few steps west of the station is Ben’s Tune Up Shop–a wonderful new restaurant and pub with great atmosphere and food–don’t miss it!
The last station I visited was the BrightfieldTS charger on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville at the Reuters Center. This station is also Solar powered and worked flawlessly.
On the way to the last charging station I followed one of Asheville’s newest attractions–the Amazing Pubcycle–a pedal powered bar! What a cool concept, check it out in my video below and at www.amazingpubcycle.com
My Plug In Day adventure was a great success, I only wish I had seen more EV’s on the road–I saw not a one. Maybe next year I will organize a Plug In Day event in the WNC area, anyone want to join me?
Watch a video of my adventure below.
This is a map of the charging stations that are currently available and operational (but not always accessible as I found out) in the downtown Asheville, NC area. Get yourself to Asheville and plug it in! Click the map for a larger view and more information.
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