Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi MotorsEnlarge Photo
I'm on the highway to ... Canada. Yes, Canada, via its southern neighbor, Washington state.
Washington state has a plan, and that plan is to build electric vehicle charging stations.
By this fall, the State of Washington plans to turn a 275-mile section of Interstate 5 (running from Oregon to Canada) into an electric highway, just in time for the next generation of electric vehicles being released later this year.
Sign Posts for the stations might look something like this.
With a $1.32-million Federal grant, the state plans to build both Level-2 and Llevel-3 charging stations, in partnership with private firms for the latter). Level-3 charging stations take only about 30 minutes to recharge an electric vehicle's battery to 80%.
The maximum distance between each of the Level-3 stations is set at 80 miles, and with Level-2 stations also available, most electric vehicles should always be within range of a charging station.
That would be a big step in reducing "range anxiety," a key barrier for wider acceptance of EVs.