29 June 2010

Washington state to receive $1.32 million in stimulus money for electric car charging stations

Soon if you plan on taking a trip along the 276 mile stretch of I-5 between Oregon and Canada you won’t have to leave your Nissan Leaf behind in favor of that seemingly more convenient gas guzzler. Thanks to $1.32 million provided by the Federal Recovery Act, Washington will become the first state to offer travelers a border to border highway with fast charge technology.

“Washington state is a leader in creating green jobs, adopting new clean technologies and we are poised to do it again with electric vehicles,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “Providing the nation’s first true electrified highway (I-5) will benefit Washingtonians and show the rest of the country how we can use innovative partnerships to solve some of our most difficult challenges like climate change and our dependence on oil.”

The “electric highway” will support vehicles such as the aforementioned Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and the new Chevy Volt. Predictions indicate that as many as 300,000 electric vehicles will utilize Washington’s roads over the next 10 years.

"With millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, the time is now to replace gas guzzlers with clean electric cars,” said Ross Macfarlane, Senior Business Partnerships Advisor for the Olympia based non-profit organization Climate Solutions. “Moving to electric vehicles is also one of the fastest ways that we can cut global warming pollution. About half of Washington's greenhouse gas emissions come from tailpipes, and electric vehicles provide one of the fastest ways to slash that pollution and move us to a more sustainable energy future."

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