Madison Inaugurates First of Six Public Charging Stations

The first charging stations will be 120 volts, but they will eventually be converted to a dual-voltage unit.

Published: 29-Jun-2009

Given the suspected link between fossil fuel emissions and global warming, Madison Gas & Electric picked the ideal location Thursday to tout gasoline-free driving: an asphalt parking lot on a 90-degree summer scorcher.

With a noon sun blazing, the local utility unveiled an electric car charging station behind its headquarters building on East Main Street -- one of six stations planned around town.

Using a personalized swipe card, drivers can access the charger and literally refill on electricity. A computer tracks the amount of juice used and bills a customer's account accordingly.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Lefteris' vehicle, built on the frame and body of a 1971 Porsche 914, is not a hobby car. It's been his daily transportation for getting around L.A for the last 12 months, racking up some 8,000 miles.

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