Have Electricity, Will Travel

Washington state fulfills its share of the West Coast Green Highway initiative by installing nine fast-charging stations for electric cars along the 580-mile Interstate 5 corridor from Oregon to Canada.
July 14, 2011, 2pm PDT | Jeff Jamawat
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Associated Press reports:

"Washington's Transportation Department announced they selected Monrovia, Calif.-based AeroVironment to install nine fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 within six months. The company is also installing eight stations along I-5 in Oregon this year. It's part of a proposed West Coast Green Highway that would eventually allow electric-car drivers the freedom to travel the 1,350 miles from Canada to Mexico."

"The EV Project, a partnership between the federal government and ECOtality of San Francisco, is separately working to install hundreds of publicly-available charging stations from Everett to Olympia. Washington state's green highway project will install nine stations along I-5 outside of that region - every 40 to 60 miles in the stretch between Everett and the Canadian border and between Olympia and the Oregon border."

Set to complete at the end of this year, the project will allow drivers of electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, to travel regionally. AeroVironment says that a full charge will take less than 30 minutes at an undetermined cost.

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Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in The Washington Post
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