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USA: Ashland approves charging stations for electric cars at two spots in city

Two electric car charging units will be installed at public parking spaces in Ashland, the City Council decided Tuesday.

An agreement signed with transportation development firm ECOtality allows the chargers to be installed in the lower level of the Hargadine Street parking garage and the public parking lot on the corner of Pioneer Street and Lithia Way.

The date for installing the chargers is undetermined, but hinges on ECOtality, which has installed the chargers within a few months after forming similar agreements in other U.S. cities. The San Francisco-based firm was awarded about $120 million in grant money by the U.S. Department of Energy to manage a three-year electric vehicle project, which started in October 2009.

An additional $110 million in donations was matched by various partners in the project, leaving $230 million for ECOtality’s plan to install 14,000 chargers in six states and the District of Columbia by the end of 2012.



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