Electric car charging station owners come in two forms: private and public. Private owners are usually companies or individuals who own a single station or a few stations in a single area. Public owners are usually governments, businesses, or utilities that own a network of stations in an area. Both types of owners provide different types of charging solutions depending on the needs of the customer.
Public charging stations are convenient, as they can be located in places such as shopping centers, office buildings, and even on the side of the road. Furthermore, many public charging stations are free to use or offer discounted rates. On the downside, public charging stations can be overcrowded due to the high demand for electric vehicles, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to charge your car when you need to.
According to a report from the Electric Power Research Institute, the United States currently has more than 150,000 public electric car charging stations, which is up from just over 6,000 in 2012. The number of private electric car charging stations is expected to more than double. In addition, the United States is already home to over 2 million electric cars, with over 1 million of them being privately owned.
Whether you choose to own your own electric car charging station or use a public station, understanding who owns the stations is important. Private electric car charging station owners have the advantage of controlling costs and customizing the charging experience, while public charging stations can provide convenience but can also be overcrowded. If you are considering owning or using a charging station, make sure you understand who owns the stations and what your options are.
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