The operator of an electric car recharging point funded by the South Australian Government said it had only been used about six times in as many months.

The Transport Department offered up to 25 grants of $4,000 to install public car recharging points.

Only six grants were taken up.

One recharge point, at Stirling in the Adelaide hills, is outside a cafe.

Owner Grahame Murray said he was disappointed by the slow uptake of electric cars.

He urged the Federal Government consider lowering tariffs to make them cheaper.

"It's the way of the future. When we drove that car up the hill I couldn't believe [its performance], we actually had to take our foot off the pedal, we were zooming past other cars, it was quite extraordinary the torque in it," he said.

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