Adopt a Charger also facilitated fee-free charger installations in Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Vermont and Washington. The nonprofit is working on new projects in Oregon and Arkansas, where Adams has installed 30 charging stations with three more in process.
"I'm going to be working with the Arkansas State Parks in February 2022," Adams said. "It's got to be a 50-state strategy."
One of her challenges is that she is limited to installing in parking lots where power is present. "If you're off-roading, there's not a lot of charging there yet," she says.
Allowing adventure-seeking drivers to take their EVs to the same remote places they visited with their gasoline-powered vehicles is a must, Adams says.
"To sell the cars, we've got to enable people to go to places they are used to going," she says.
When somebody comes up to a person charging at Bay City State Park, they get to engage in conversation with the driver and say, 'How do you like your car? What's your range?' outside of the pressure cooker of the dealership."
Stuart Ungar, co-founder of regional EV nonprofit EvolveKY, has worked with Adams and is following her business model as he works to install more chargers across Kentucky, especially in tourist spots. EvolveKY has installed Level 2 chargers at 36 locations in the state, with a total of 82 charging ports.
"We try to look for places there are trailheads," Ungar says. "We recently put a dual charger at a trailhead at the Berea College Outreach Forestry Center, in Berea, Ky. It's a great place to take a hike."
One of Ungar's strategies is to work with businesses, such as coffee shops or dry cleaners, encouraging them to install fee-free chargers. He appeals to business owners by pointing out that having the station emphasizes their eco- friendly image and brings in customers to patronize their businesses while they wait for their vehicles to charge.
"It has been difficult to find places to charge if you're interested in hiking going further out," Ungar says of eastern and western Kentucky. "One of our [EvolveKY] members just bought a Model Y, but his wife is holding onto their Nissan Pathfinder because she does some serious hiking in remote areas, and it's more of a challenge, if not impossible, to go to some of those areas now with EVs. We're working hard to rectify that."