Charge It!

By Sarah Gassel and Alyssa Holcomb July 31, 2012

Green Car: PEV (plug-in electrical vehicle)President Obama set a goal of putting 1 million PEVs (plug-in electrical vehicles) on the road by 2015. Sales have been disappointing, though, and analysts are pushing the date to 2018 or later. Aside from their higher sticker price, PEVs have been hindered by the lack of electric charging stations. Running out of gas is hard enough in your regular car, but at least gas stations are fairly easy to find. EV stations can be few and far between.

We took a look at the electric charging stations in our region, and concluded you should be able to drive your EV in much of the two counties without running out of energy. Of Florida’s 627 EV/EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment stations), we found 32 in Sarasota and Manatee.

Some of the spots offer free charging; others range in price from $1.50 to $2.49 an hour.

Download the ChargePoint, ReCarGo or PlugShare app for your Android, iPhone or BlackBerry to find charging stations near your area or by a specific address.

Charge It! A locator map of the region's electric car charging stations

Current Public Stations

Anna Maria

Historic Green Village

505 Pine Ave.

Anna Maria 34216



(2 stations)

Palmetto City Hall

516 Eighth Ave. E.

Palmetto 34221



Judicial Center Parking Garage

(2 stations)

615 12th St. W.

Bradenton 34205


Barcarrota Boulevard

1400 First Ave. W.

Bradenton 34205


Bradenton City Hall

1000 First Ave. W.

Bradenton 34205


Manatee Chamber of Commerce

222 10th St. W.

Bradenton 34205


Old Main Street

222 12th St. W.

Bradenton 34205



808 Third Ave. W.

Bradenton 34205


South Florida Museum

201 10th St. W.

Bradenton 34205


Manatee Memorial (2 stations)

206 Second St. E.

Bradenton 34208


Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Visitor Center

6220 University Parkway

Lakewood Ranch 34240


8151 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Lakewood Ranch 34202



Palm Avenue Parking Garage (2 stations)

1289 N. Palm Ave.

Sarasota 34236


Sarasota County Administration Center

1660 Ringling Blvd.

Sarasota 34236


Sarasota County Terrace Building

2010 Adams Lane

Sarasota 34236


Sarasota County Ken Thompson Park

1703 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota 34236


Sarasota County Selby Public Library

1331 First St.

Sarasota 34236


Sarasota County Parking Garage

2150 Ringling Blvd.

Sarasota 34237


Sarasota County

Cattlemen Road Building E

1451 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota 34232


Sarasota County Longwood Run Park

6250 Longwood Blvd.

Sarasota 34243


Sarasota County Office Complex (2 stations)

1001 Sarasota

Center Blvd.

Sarasota 34240



Centennial Park (2 stations)

200 W. Venice Ave.

Venice 34248

(not in operation yet)


Firkins Nissan

1611 Cortez Road W.

Bradenton 34207

Free for Nissan Leaf owners

Gettel Nissan of Sarasota

3530 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota 34239

Free for Nissan Leaf owners

Sarasota Mitsubishi

6826 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota 34231

Free (as of now) for Mitsubishi owners

Venice Nissan

700 U.S. Highway 41 Bypass S

Venice 34292

Free for Nissan Leaf Owners

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