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USA: Idaho Power preps for future surge in electric vehicles

BOISE — Electric cars aren’t just coming to the Treasure Valley, they’re here.
As automakers continue to release more plug-in models, Idaho Power is readying its infrastructure for the challenges these vehicles pose to the state’s power grid. What’s more, Idaho Power says Idaho is currently behind other states with electric vehicle (EV) adoption.

How charging stations impact the power grid
Ron Bovee is an electric car specialist at the Edmark Chevrolet in Nampa. He says many people are interested in electric cars, but some don’t think they’re as reliable as a gas car because they need continual charging, and that leads to anxiety.

“Range anxiety — range anxiety, is where people think they’ve got a certain amount of range on the product,” said Bovee, who told KTVB many of his customers say they’d like to see more charging stations in the area — even if they drive models that can also be powered by gasoline like a Chevy Volt.

“The charging stations are necessary to have in the city because more people will drive short range in the city,” said Bovee
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