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Plugging-In Anywhere, AnytimeThe vast majority of EV owners will recharge their vehicles at home during the night, but what happens when that's not possible? That's why we need charging stations to be widely accessible before electric cars are adopted by the mainstream. Range anxiety is a real, but addressable, concern, and this is part of the solution. On that front, Steven Chu, the U.S. Secretary of Energy has some good news...
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that to date, more than 1,800 electric vehicle chargers have been installed under the Recovery Act. Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors and others have been moving forward to install the charging stations as part of the Administration's investments in U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing and alternative vehicle infrastructure. [...]
"President Obama has set an ambitious goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Investing in the U.S. electric vehicle industry will help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs for U.S. workers, and provide American families and businesses with alternatives to protect them from future spikes in gas prices," said Secretary Chu. "Building energy-saving electric cars and trucks, and the infrastructure to power them, will help Americans save money at the pump and improve the nation's energy security." (source)
Since 2009, DOE has invested more than $5 billion in grants and loans to spur the growth of America's electric vehicle and advanced battery manufacturing industry.
These kind of things take a while to pay off, but there's little doubt that the future of transportation will be largely electric, so the sooner we get started, the sooner we'll get there (and we must not forget parallel work on cleaning up the energy grid...).
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