Submitted by Curt Renz on February 22, 2013
I’m a Tesla Motors shareholder and would love to own a Tesla S. However, there is an impediment. I reside in a high-rise building in downtown Arlington Heights, a large suburb of Chicago. The residents of our building park overnight in a multi-level municipal garage across the street. There is no access to electrical outlets for parked cars.
I’ve been in communication with the town’s commissioner in charge of structures including parking garages. He said I was the first resident to request electrical outlets for electric cars. He claimed that an earlier study indicated insufficient public demand. However, the town does own a fleet of hybrid vehicles. I suggested that he conduct an e-mail survey of village residents to better ascertain current and future demand. He liked the idea and agreed to implement the survey.
I’m certainly not alone in my situation. I suggest that Tesla Motors educates and assists overnight parking garage operators everywhere. The costs would be inconsequential relative to the potential returns.