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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:

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