Published On: Thu, Aug 18th, 2011

Someone at Costco Read The Electric Bill.

Back in the 1990s, when it seemed like electric vehicles were gaining traction with consumers, Costco did something unusual: the big-box retailer installed charging stations at many of its California locations. Now, however, those stations are being removed, and electric car fans aren’t happy.

This is an actual photo of one of the first volts fresh off the assembly line.

According to Plug In America ( Boy this is a tough sentence to write, and keep a straight face) , Costco has offered no official explanation for removing the charging stations other than the Xeroxed signs taped to each that read, “Please be advised that this electric charger will be removed on August 15th, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience.” In plain English it should have read:

“For the six, soy latte drinking, green peace hippies in the parking lot – your time is up”.

Costco’s move seems curious for a couple of reasons. For starters, California has decided to further bankrupt their state by allowing the California Energy Commission to launch a special grant program to fund the upgrade of older, AVCON charging stations to newer J1772 models that can accommodate modern electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Costco would seem to be tailor-made for that initiative, so why not apply?

Here is a hint, no one at Costco cares.


For anyone thinking about upgrading downgrading to an electric car, here is a photo of a house fire that one of these things caused. Enjoy!

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- "We all make choices. But in the end, our choices make us." Andrew comes to us after an eventful 26 years in Upstate New York. After being raised by wolves, he graduated College with a BA in Political Science, and eventually graduated law school.