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California driving: Over a quarter of electric car-charging stations in Bay Area not working, study says
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Over 27% of electric vehicle charging stations across the San Francisco Bay Area are not functioning properly, according to a recently published study.
The Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers pointed to a recent survey where drivers of electric vehicles in California reported facing several issues at charging stations – from broken plugs and unexpected shut-offs during charging to payment problems.
To accurately assess the reliability of these charging stations, the study looked into the efficiency of 657 charging plugs at 181 public stations across nine counties in the Bay Area. The study did not include Tesla charging stations.
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David Rempel, a retired bioengineering professor from the University of California, Berkeley, and volunteers with the nonprofit Cool the Earth evaluated the stations for two minutes to see if problems arose.