Californians are buying up electric cars. But where will they plug in?

As a renter, Bruce Wolfe knows the struggles many people face driving an electric car when they lack access to a charging outlet at home.

He parks on the street outside his Haight-Ashbury flat in San Francisco, which doesn’t have a garage. There aren’t any public charging stations in the neighborhood, so he charges in a parking lot outside the nonprofit where he works in Marin County.

Wolfe said he can’t afford to rent an apartment that has a garage, at least not in San Francisco. Twice in the seven years he has driven electric cars, he’s run out of juice on the road and had to be towed to a charging station.