In Boston, a group named Dinosaur Capital Partners is planning to develop a “green” parking lot on the site of an old Mobile gas station. However, a concept of charging people who drive “gas guzzlers” a premium for parking there is creating a lot of controversy.
By means of technology, the plan will be to offer a 10-percent discount to those who drive “green” vehicles and choose to park there, while those that pilot machines with 15 miles per gallon or less fuel economy ratings will face a 10 percent penalty.
Not surprisingly a number of local truck and SUV driving residents, interviewed by the Boston Herald weren’t exactly enthused at the idea.
“It’s not fair,” said John Roberts, who drives a GMC Sierra pickup. “It’s like they’re trying to make money off people who are not environmentally conscious.”
Christine Degregoria, who drives a Jeep Liberty added, “whatever you buy [to drive] is your choice and they shouldn’t charge you more because you don’t have a hybrid because you drive a gas guzzler.”
Nonetheless, Dinosaur’s Scott Oran believes what his company is doing is right. “We feel strongly that not only is this the right thing to do but we’ll attract customers that feel the same way.”
Besides the obvious goal of reduced emissions, Oran said another reason is to reduce wear and tear on the lot’s surface, often caused by heavy trucks and SUVs. “We think that should be reflected in our price,” he said.
Dinosaur is spending some $1.5 million on the new parking lot development, which will include no fewer than eight charging stations for EVs, though the cost for those is being picked up by the City of Boston. That said, despite anger from local drivers, so far the city hasn’t made any legal objections to the proposed surcharges.
Oran believes in the end that many truck and SUV drivers “understand that their vehicles cost more to operate” and so “will find other places to park.”
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