Now that I have a PHEV, my main frustration is a lack of places to plug in. Not being able to plug in at work means only about half of my daily commute is electric. Landlords and employers have little incentive to install and operate charging stations, and no expertise. Charging stations away from home need to be handled by centralized management companies. If the local utility companies or other common provider could set up, maintain and bill customers for power usage, that might break the logjam. Property owners would have to receive some token compensation for permission to install and operate the stations, and the operating companies would need a tracking system, such as the one Coulomb has developed, to enable customers to subscribe to a charging service. If the local utilities were also the operating companies, they could combine the bill with the subscriber's residential bill.

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