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Published: 31-Dec-2008

Major convenience store chain operator Lawson Inc. plans to replace 150, or about 10 percent, of its commercial vehicles with electric vehicles in the summer of 2009.

Lawson also is considering installing car battery chargers at some of its parking lots by the end of 2009 on a trial basis.

Charging equipment is important to assist the spread of electric cars. If Lawson--which has about 8,000 outlets around the country--equips all of its outlets with charging stations, it likely will help spread the use of electric cars.

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