Portland, Oregon is making good on its green image by providing enough publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations for a plug-in driver to peruse the region without getting even a hind of range anxiety, AOL's Translogic reports.
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Ironically enough, even as Washington approved funding electric vehicle charging stations around the country, it dragged its feet on having them installed in the nation's capital. That's going to change, and it has taken surprisingly hard work in Congress to get the stations approved.
When plug-in vehicles are not cruising down the road, "they're home and they're at work" says Larry Nitz, General Motors' executive director-hybrid and electric powertrain. That's precisely why Nitz told Ward's Auto (sub. req.) at the 2011 SAE World Congress that recharging a plug-in automobile in retail parking lots while shopping is "inconsequential."
How's this for a bargain? City council members in Austin, TX have brought forth a motion calling for an annual $50, unlimited use rate plan for plug-in vehicle charging. The proposed rates would apply to Austin Energy's "Plug-in Everywhere" service and would enable drivers of electric vehicles to fill up at one of the more than 100 Coulomb Technologies charging stations to be installed throughout the city by the end of summer.
Building out networks of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles is one of the biggest business opportunities that could be produced by a large scale transition to electric vehicles. With shorter range urban vehicles being the most likely BEVs to be useful to people, they will need somewhere to re-energize. Coulomb Technologies is one of a number of companies going down this path, along with Better Place.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place this weekend in the UK and electric vehicles will again be represented. Last year, a Tesla Roadster made its debut in the hillclimb race and this year there will be 13 electrics on hand. Elektromotive will be trying to ensure that they stay in running order by supplying four of its Elektrobay charging stations. The Elektrobays are the most commonly used public charging stations in the UK.
Madison, Wisconsin is a fairly typical college town, a place with a fairly substantial population of people with progressive attitudes on many issues. That means it has more people who ride bikes, take the bus, walk and drive hybrids than some other surrounding areas. It's also easier to find plug-in vehicles in places like Madison than elsewhere. Madison Gas and Electric can see the writing on the wall and wants to be ready for the transition to electrification.
Zurich, Switzerland is the latest city to hook up with the Renault Nissan alliance for the promotion of electric vehicle infrastructure. Zurich and its municipal electric utility, ewz, will investigate what it will take to make widespread use of EVs viable in the city and region. A public meeting will be held on March 23 as part of the "Zurich 2025" mobility and energy forum.
The city of London is moving ahead with both a carrot and stick approach when it comes to encouraging drivers to use more environmentally friendly vehicles. The infamous Congestion Charge clearly falls into the stick category. On the carrot side, the city has been experimenting for some time with public charging stations for electric vehicle operators. Ten new Juice Points have switched on around Westminster. The charging stations are set up in pairs at various locations. The first two trial uni