National Electric Car Infrastructure Discussed in D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you build it, will they come? That is the question for municipalities, employers and gambling entrepreneurs pondering the construction of a network of electrical outlets to recharge the promised wave of plug-in hybrid electric and pure electric cars.
One of the many topics that automakers discussed at the Washington, D.C., Auto Show Tuesday was hard-wiring America's streets and parking lots to charge the fleet of electric cars they hope to sell. This conversation, however, was more of a rally cry for the government, the electric utility industry and others to embrace a hybrid electric infrastructure.
Charging stations will be in the position to charge a fat markup on the electricity, because the juice needed to recharge a battery is so much cheaper than gasoline. The cost for the electricity needed to fully charge the Chevrolet Volt's battery to drive 40 miles without using its gas engine is about 80 cents, Britta Gross, General Motors' manager of infrastructure commercialization told PM. So commercial charging stations could apply 100 percent markup to their product and it would still be far cheaper than gasoline.
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