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Electric Car Sales Accelerate Slowly In Connecticut

Vernon resident Tom Rapoza bought a Nissan Leaf electric car and has an electric (Brian Dowling, Hartford)

September 04, 2012 | By BRIAN DOWLING bdowling@courant.com. The Hartford Courant

Electric cars, whirring onto Connecticut roads and highways since early 2012, haven’t quite caught on for consumers looking to escape high gas prices.

Experts watching the roll-out say price and knowledge about the technology are affecting consumer’s measured consideration of buying an electric car.

Consumers seem to be cautiously considering what it means to have a car with a range that requires hours to refuel rather than the minutes required of a traditional internal combustion vehicle. These obstacles have caused sales in the state to be slower than previously expected.

It’s going to be in the hundreds, not the thousands, this year, said John Gartner, director of smart transportation research for Pike Research, about electric vehicle sales in Connecticut. Our forecasts are maybe getting to 2 percent of sales by 2020.

Gartner said that his firm earlier expected the state’s electric car sales to reach 1,100 this year but has since lowered the number to about 660.

Gartner and Ed Ingalls of CT Electric Car, a subsidiary of Newington Power, said that many consumers still don’t completely grasp how a 100 percent electric car works.

The consumer is not educated about what this electric car is for, its purpose and how it works, Ingalls said. People are still stuck on this you can only go 50 miles.

The plug-in electric vehicle, purely electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, have a range they can travel on one charge that usually hovers around 75-100 miles. Fuel-assisted electric cars, like the Chevy Volt, run on a battery for about 30 miles then shift to gasoline.

There’s also the issue of infrastructure. In addition to chargers in people’s garages, public charging stations can extend electric cars’ range by providing juice for return trips.

But there are still only a few. The state boasts just 43 public charging stations, according to federal Department of Energy statistics.

The majority run along the shoreline from Stamford through New Haven, then north to Hartford and toward Springfield, though other charging stations dot the state, reaching out to communities like Torrington, Waterbury, Windham and Norwich.

Ingalls’ company, which installs public and residential car chargers, said that in Connecticut there are two main options. The level one charger plugs into any common 120-volt outlet, but takes about eight hours to fully charge a car. The level two charger, which requires an installation by an electrician, charges significantly quicker and costs about $1,400.

California has built an infrastructure of quick chargers, which charge electric cars in a measly 20 minutes.

Connecticut Light Power has installed 30 level two chargers around the state and are studying how electric car owners use them. Some of these chargers are counted among the state’s 43 public stations, but others are residential chargers.

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Basically, this information will help us formulate, as a company, business decisions regarding this market, said company spokesman Mitch Gross. He added that CLP covers the cost of equipment and a host partner pays for the installation, maintenance and energy usage.

Though the adoption of the electric car has been slow in Connecticut, the early adopters say it’s about time.

Twenty years from now everybody is going to have an electric car, said Marty Gargan, a Wolcott resident who bought one of the state’s first few Nissan Leafs in January. In three years, hopefully there will be electric cars that go 300 miles and cost less.


Dave Oliveria, president of the New England Electric Car Association, said that with gas prices as high as they are, its no surprise car companies are rolling out more electric models, though, hopefully as more people get involved the price of electric cars will go down.

Even as many say gas prices are a major reason for buying an electric car, Vernon resident Tom Rapoza has environmental reasons.

I have two kids one is 30 and my daughter is 7 and I want to be able to look her in the eyes in 15-20 years and tell her that I did what I could, said Rapoza, who bought a Nissan Leaf earlier this year.

He has friends who joke about the Nissan being a coal-powered car because of one source of energy that utilities use. But Rapoza’s car, he said, is mainly solar-powered, due to the two solar panel arrays on his home’s roof.

If he had to, he said, he could go 120 miles on a single charge by driving at a moderate speed and using other strategies to increase the car’s range. Nissan lists the car’s range as up to 100 miles.

Gartner at Pike Research said while there’s a lot of education and sales issues to overcome before sales of the cars accelerate, he expects the adoption of electric cars to be quicker than the adoption of hybrids.

We expect fairly agressive growth, he said. It’s still small, but its an established market that will continue to grow.

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