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USA: AEL&P, UAS probe Juneau’s growing electric car culture

The number of electric cars in Juneau is growing and Alaska Electric Light & Power is getting ready.

The utility runs an incentive program that offers cut-rate electricity for 10 electric vehicle owners to install a separate metered outlet and charge their cars during off-peak hours. The experimental rate can save owners more than 50 percent on each charge, according to AEL&P.

There is a very real possibility that many car owners will be driving electric vehicles in the next 10 to 20 years, said Debbie Ferreira, AEL&P spokeswoman.

“We wanted to be prepared for that increased load,” she said.

The promotion also gives the utility usage data on its EV customers, Ferreira said. It can help the utility meet growing electric vehicle loads and plan for the addition of charging stations throughout the city, she said.

The federal government incentivizes the purchase of new electric vehicles with a $7,500 tax credit. A 2012 Chevy Volt costs around $39,000 before the discount.

A less expensive and more hands-on approach is to convert a gasoline-powered car into an electric.

Angel Drobnica picked a 1983 Jeep CJ for her electric car conversion.


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