More electric vehicle charging stations needed in Cape Coral

Reporter: Samantha Johns
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Cape Coral appears to have a shortage of electric car charging stations. (CREDIT: WINK News)

There’s a federal push to own electric cars to save the environment but in one Southwest Florida city, there simply aren’t enough electric charging points.

Now there’s a need in Cape Coral for charging stations.

There are currently only three charging stations in Cape Coral that the public can use.

The other ones in the city are part of hotels as well as a private Airbnb.

The ones for the public are located at FAFCO and Sutherland Nissan of Cape Coral and Roger Dean Chevrolet.

The charger at Roger Dean Chevrolet is considered a level 3, which gives people a full charge in 90 minutes. However, if someone is using it, you will have to wait your turn.

If you take a drive on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, you see gas stations on every corner but not chargers.

“There’s a few apps that you can use to identify stations in the area. So the thing with those is, it doesn’t really tell you much details about it. So you kind of have to drive by yourself, see if they’re working,” said Jerica Manzi, who drives an electric car.

Plugshare is one of the more popular apps.

“We knew it, when I bought the car that, you know, if we traveled, we’re gonna have to find stations and all that. I didn’t know how difficult it would be,” Manzi said.

Manzi said she travels a lot between Cape Coral and Tampa and is considering getting rid of of her electric vehicle.

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