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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Report On Electric Cars To Be Released By Environmental Group

It will be interesting to see Environment Connecticut's take on electric cars and the impact the vehicles could have on Connecticut. The West Hartford-based group is scheduled to release a report on electric cars on Wednesday.

One issue I hope the group weighs in on is the availability of recharging stations for the vehicles.

Northeast Utilities announced last April that it plans to develop a network of 575 recharging stations for the vehicles in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. A company spokesman said at the time that some of the stations could be in place by this spring.

From my way of thinking, though, NU's plan is problematic in that it calls for the majority of the charging stations to be built in the homes of people who buy electric cars like the Chevy Volt (shown at left). The Volt is slated to make its market debut sometime before the end of the year.

As a practical matter, it would seem to me that it would make more sense to put a majority of the recharging stations in public places like town halls as well as near parks and town greens.

More consumers are likely to buy these vehicles if they know there is robust network of easily accessible places they can go to recharge them. That's not going to happen if you put them in people's garages or in their driveways.


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