I have written a few times about the coming move to PEV's (Plug-in Electric Vehicles). Charging stations are currently available in limited areas, and Duke Energy is looking to expand their installation.
The news over the past several weeks has been chronicling the increase in the price of a barrel of gas, and the consequences at the gas pump. Charlotte prices have risen to over $3.50 per gallon. The magic number seems to be $4.00 per gallon for people to begin to make significant changes in their lifestyle. Once that threshold is reached, it is thought that more people will consider public transportation as a serious option.
Downtown residents should take heart in this.