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The Quebec government announced on Friday that it is currently considering a new mandate that would require new homes built within the province be outfitted with a 240V charging station for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles (EVs) may be dramatically less mechanically complex than their traditional internal combustion counterparts, but that's where the simplicity ends. The battle that began with Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla over direct vs. alternating current continues to this day, the battlefield has just shifted to the EV powertrain. Electrochemical batteries can't store alternating current, the electrons will only flow directly in or out.

While it's been debated that the majority of electric vehicle (EV) owners will find little need for public chargers and will instead choose to juice their EVs up at home each night, a study from the clean technology market research firm Pike Research indicates that chargers are coming anyways. Tons of them. Even Pike's own study reveals that at-home charging will be the norm, but that won't stop vendors, municipalities and utility companies from installing all those public charging stations.

Converted Prius charging in Elk Horn - Click above to watch video after the jump

Car Charging Group (CCG), a Florida-based electric vehicle (EV) charging systems operator, has teamed up with New York City's Icon Parking Systems (IPS), to install EV charging stations in major parking lots scattered throughout the Manhattan area. CCG and IPS inked a test program deal that will allow for the free installation of five EV chargers at parking lots owned by IPS in the greater Manhattan area.

Just in time for the debut of two very-hyped plug-in vehicles from Nissan and Chevrolet, the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) will launch a training program aimed at informing installers, electricians, manufacturers and automakers about the complexities involved with the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment. The program, offered through the UL University, will provide:

Nissan Motor Company has teamed up with Daikyo Incorporated, one of Japan's largest condominium builders, to jointly develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure targeted directly at condo dwellers. Nissan and Daikyo will immediately begin work on their "Demonstration Project for EV Charging Infrastructure in Condominium Buildings."

If you happen to reside in Los Angeles, Sacramento or along the stretch of road that extends between San Francisco and San Jose, California, then you're in luck and boy are we envious of you. Coulomb Technologies has announced that it received a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to install 1,600 of its CharegPoint Networked home and public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the aforementioned areas.

The state of Washington is hoping to turn the interstate 5 corridor that runs from Canadian border to Oregon into the nation's first electric highway. With the help of a $1.32 million federal grant, Washington hopes to install between seven and 10 so-called Level 3 electric vehicle charging stations along the main north-south road. Level 3 stations charge at 400 volts and 30 amps or more. Such stations can charge a typical EV battery to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes.

NRG Energy Inc., a Texas-based energy company, has a novel idea that may entice some buyers to consider purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) soon. NRG Energy will introduce an electric vehicle charging service in the Houston, TX area early next year. Those who sign up for the service will be able to charge their EV either at home or on the road for the low monthly fee of just $60 to $80. The fee includes unlimited charging each month and covers the expense of leasing and installing a home chargin

Early last month, we broke a story regarding a super-rapid charging system that could take an electric vehicle (EV) from empty to 50 percent charged up in as little as three minutes. The super-rapid charging system, developed by JFE Engineering, could potentially change the EV industry forever. Just imagine, an EV could be charged in about the same amount of time that it takes to fuel up a traditional car. This could certainly put to rest some of the gripes regarding long charging times that are

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford has teamed up with California-based Coulomb Technologies to give away free charging stations to early customers of its electric vehicles, starting with the Transit Connect Electric.

Late last week, Epyon unveiled Europe's first commercial electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station at a fueling depot in the Netherlands. The Epyon system is capable of delivering 50 kilowatts of juice, which the company claims can charge a nine-person taxi-van or a Nissan Leaf in as little as 30 minutes. Taxi Kijlstra, the nation's largest taxi company, recently converted a couple of its vans over to electric power and will utilize the charger during the work day.

Believe it or not, there was once a time when no one had tiny wireless communications devices in their pockets all the time. In those days – way back in the 1980s and earlier – when someone needed to make a call when they were out and about, they had to locate a pay telephone. These were often found in phone booths (or boxes as they were called in Europe).

The smiling logo to the right is the symbol of the newly established CHAdeMO Association, a partnership between Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Fuji Heavy Industries and the Tokyo Electric Power Company. All of these organizations have at least one foot in the electric vehicle door (Nissan is diving in head first) and are the executive members of CHAdeMO, which "aims to increase quick-charger installations worldwide indispensable to further diffusion of electric vehicles and to standardize how to c

British Columbia, especially the area around Vancouver, has been heavy into fuel cells thanks to local companies like Ballard (see: those Olympic fuel cell buses). Plug-in electric vehicles are getting noticed there, though, thanks to a push to bring in the Nissan Leaf and to mandate the installation of electrical vehicle (EV) charging ports in new parking garages. Now, Greenscape (through its wholly owned subsidiary Green.Switch Capital) and Garage Juice Bar have announced they will bring a pro

2010 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery

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