Tennessee Gas Station First To Offer Rapid Electric Car Charging?

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Rapid Charging Station Tennessee Gas Station

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Over the past few months we’ve seen an increase in the number of rapid charging stations getting installed in areas where the 2011 Nissan Leaf is being sold. 

So far, we’ve seen rapid charging stations get installed everywhere from Walgreens to Cracker Barrel and Washington state’s I-5, nicknamed the “Electric Highway”

Now a gas station in Tennessee has become what we think is the country’s first gas station to offer a chademo rapid-charging station alongside its gasoline pumps

Murphy Express Gas on Lee Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee has installed the charger as part of a test program into electric car charging. If successful, it will install rapid charging stations at some of its other gas stations. 

Offered free of charge, the rapid charging station can recharge cars like the 2011/12 Nissan Leaf and 2012 Mitsubishi i to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes, but cannot be used with any other electric cars on the market at the present time. 

Although Tennessee may not be the first place most people would think of as being electric car friendly, the state is home to Nissan’s U.S. headquarters. As a consequence, we’ve seen a steady stream of charging stations get installed in the area to help encourage people to make the switch from gasoline to electric cars. 

While the concept of offering electric car charging stations at gas stations isn’t new, we think this is the first rapid charging station to open at a U.S. gas station. 

Or is it? If you know of another gas station complete with a rapid charging station let us know in the Comments below. 


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Comments (5)
  1. I've said this for two years : gas stations are THE places for charging stations, as long as they are fast chargers, which are the only public ones that make sense, aside from those located where relatively longwinded parking is OK (shopping ctrs, parking lots). So exactly why are the state and Fed govts spending our money to erect charging stations? I know the Federal govt is forever incompetent (Solyndra,Evergreen, weatherization,Social Security, etc) paying pensions to the dead and buried, etc but this question of charging stations should have been a slam dunk - to everyone except this administration (and California Gov Moonbeam).

  2. I disagree 100%. A gas station is the WORST place for a charger. Who wants to spend a half an hour in a 7-11? Install it at the diner next door and have some fried pie instead.

    mmmm... pie.

  3. Rest Stations are the best. We should have diners at the roadside rest stops like they do in Japan. Fill the car and the belly in 30 minutes.

  4. Hopefully non-gas stations will open, where you can get a quick charge and relax in a nice little cafe (with respectable bathrooms). Since I haven't met a pie I didn't like, how about the "Watt a Slice Cafe".

    Since my Leaf is fully charged when I wake up in the morning, and I'm saving so much by not buying gas every week, it seems like a luxury to have rapid charge stations installed everywhere. To me the best combination would be regular charge stations for local shopping and grocery spots, and rapid ones spaced along the freeway, truck-stop style (but with pie).

  5. General Electric is building solar panel charging parks. I think they have four or six built on the East Coast right now. Each park has 40 quick charge stations. In investor can have GE build the park and then the investor can build a motel and eatery close by...everyone leaves rested and full.

    I contacted GE about building a solar park in West Virginia and me investing in the motel and eatery, but they said the coal and natural gas companies will not allow them. What a shame.

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