Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

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    Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

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    Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular – and it is a trend that will grow as the vehicles become more convenient to fuel. According to Gartner, battery-powered vehicles will account for 15 to 20 percent of all vehicle sales by the year 2030. Their prediction may reach fruition sooner than later, thanks to developments like those pushed forward by Coulomb Technologies.

    Coulomb Technologies, funded by $37 million in grants, is building 4,600 hundred electric-vehicle charging stations in nine U.S. regions. The program, called Chargepoint America, will allow for charging stations to be built in public locations like retail centers or parking lots. A deal with Ford Motor Company, General Motors (News - Alert), and Smart USA enables purchasers of the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect or Ford Focus Electric to receive a home charging station at no cost to themselves (as long as they live within any of the program’s nine target regions.)

    Infrastructure issues have plagued the widespread development of electric vehicles, so Chargepoint America’s progress may be incentive for customers to purchase electric vehicles – who may not have otherwise done so.

    Vehicles produced by Ford Motors, General Motors, and Smart USA are not the only ones who can use the new service stations. Other electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and the Dodge Circuit will also benefit from these networks being put into place.

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    Re: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

    Yup. It's been coming for a while.

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    Wasn't the Dodge Circuit canceled when Fiat took over?

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    I think this article is the clearest example of why the Volt is superior to electric only vehicles: $ 37 Million to build 4,600 charging stations?! Luckily with the Volt you will never need one.
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    Great news! Next I hope we see a large expansion of power generation from solar, and, hopefully, thorium reactors.....anything but fossil fuels and fission.
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    I can just plug it into where my washer is, with a splitter and an extension cord.

    Now Denny's and Motel 6s just need them.
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    Re: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

    I'm sure DC, being the nation's capital will be on that list. I read the article but didn't see all nine areas listed, anyone know?

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    Yep, DC is on the list, looks like they're going for the major coastal megalopolises, with the exception of Austin, Detroit, and Orlando. I'm kind of surprised Chicago isn't on the list. Anyways, over a third of the nation's population is in the metro areas of these cities, so that should be a pretty good initial roll out to the areas of the country that need it most.

    "The ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC..."

    http://www.coulombtech.com/pr/news-p...2010-0602a.php
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    Re: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    Great news! Next I hope we see a large expansion of power generation from solar, and, hopefully, thorium reactors.....anything but fossil fuels and fission.
    Well, almost all electricity of US is obtained through the burning of fossil fuels, so it's covering a sin with another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerardo_zg View Post
    Well, almost all electricity of US is obtained through the burning of fossil fuels, so it's covering a sin with another.
    That's true, but it's a hell of a lot easier and more effective to clean up one power plant or switch it to nuclear than it is to clean up millions of tailpipes.

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    Time to have some sensible vehicles to go with the infrastructure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerardo_zg View Post
    Well, almost all electricity of US is obtained through the burning of fossil fuels, so it's covering a sin with another.
    Good point....which is why I stated that I am hopeful and excited that alternatives are being explored and devised and installed. One has to start somewhere......build them and they will come. America was not first peppered with gas stations, THEN the auto was created, but the reverse. A personal favorite option of mine is electric cars recharged at home by rooftop solar arrays. And I increasingly hope that the US launches an Apollo-style effort to retrofit existing nuke plants with thorium reactors, then build more thorium power plants from scratch.
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    Re: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Comes to California!

    These won't do anything to reduce range anxiety unless they can charge a car in 10 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    These won't do anything to reduce range anxiety unless they can charge a car in 10 minutes.
    I can imagine people recharging their cars as they work, shop, attend school, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    I can imagine people recharging their cars as they work, shop, attend school, etc.
    Only if a charging station is close to where a person works, shops, goes to school, and there's an available charging spot.

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