By Nicholas Sakelaris | CoServ
Excitement is building for The Cove at The Lakefront, a 42,000-square-foot indoor water park that’s scheduled to open in Little Elm in mid-March.
If you’re an EV owner, there’s an extra reason to be excited because while you’re floating in the lazy river, your vehicle will be charging in the parking lot. Last month, the Little Elm Town Council approved a grant for the installation of four Level 2 electric vehicle chargers in the parking lot.
“The increased interest in electric vehicles across the state makes adding charging stations make sense,” Councilman Nick Musteen said.
CoServ will be powering The Cove at The Lakefront and the PowerCharge Lighting brand chargers in the parking lot.
Financing for the chargers will come from the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program.
And more EV charging corridors could be available in the coming years thanks in part to U.S. House Rep. Michael Burgess. Last month, he co-sponsored the Electric Vehicle Mobility Area Planning, or EV MAP Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to create a $10 million grant program, Nextgov reported.
The goal is to assemble data from cities and universities to pinpoint the best locations for future EV charging sites. Utilities like CoServ will also be involved, which is important because we’re supplying the power to these sites like the one in Little Elm.
“The EV MAP Act addresses one of the most pressing issues EV owners have – range anxiety,” Burgess said in a statement.
It’s not all good news for electric vehicles, though.
Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey shows a plethora of problems with new electric vehicle models, including the Audi E-Tron, Kia Niro and the Tesla Model Y.
The E-Tron and Niro lost the Consumer Reports recommended status and the Model Y didn’t earn a recommendation despite performing well in tests. Audi and Kia said they are addressing these problems, which are common in any new, high-tech vehicle, not just an electric one. Tesla didn’t respond to Consumer Reports’ requests for comment about build quality and paint issues.
“Often, it’s not the EV tech that’s problematic,” said Anita Lam, Consumer Reports’ associate director of automotive data integration. “It’s all the other new technology that could show up on any car – new infotainment systems, more sophisticated power equipment and gadgets – that often gets put on new EVs to feed a perception that they’re supposed to be luxurious and high-tech.”
While the complaints are likely valid, it’s also important to question whether these vehicles are being cherry picked because they’re electric. If this is common in any new vehicle model, regardless of whether it’s electric or gasoline-powered, it needs to be reported that way rather than unfairly lumping EVs together.
Consumer Reports hasn’t released ratings for new models such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Mercedes-Benz EQC or the Porsche Taycan. But the reliability prediction rating for the Taycan, Porsche’s first EV, is no longer recommended.