Charging Stations a Challenge for Electric Cars

Mark Duval sees EV sales unlikely to top 15,000 electric cars annually before 2013.

Published: 10-Jun-2010

Anton Klima is a self-described electric-car fanatic. The Los Angeles television cameraman is already on his second electric vehicle, a battery-powered BMW Mini E.

To make sure he's carbon-free, he charges the car from solar panels on the roof of his Hollywood Hills home. When he's out and about, Klima has to make do with a patchy network of public chargers left over from California's original electric-car campaign a decade ago. While he can now track down chargers with an iPhone app, the shape of the plugs has changed, so Klima has to carry three adapters to be sure he can power up.

"After a while, you get used to" the hassles, Klima says.


Prismatic-type lithium ion cells being tested at new GM Global Battery Test Lab in Warren, MI.

The chemicals maker said it expects the number of electric cars on the road to swell to 4.6 million by 2015.

Coda electric sedan to be powered eventually by US-made lithium batteries.

Last year, Yardney landed a $9 million contract from Lockheed Martin to develop a lithium-ion battery for NASA's new Orion manned spacecraft.

Layers of ReVolt Zinc Air

ReVolt says it solves the recharging problem with Zinc-Air batteries with a bi-functional air electrode


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