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USA: Number of electric car sellers grows

Local Toyota and Mitsubishi dealerships are now selling plug-in electric cars in Southern Nevada. The 2012 Toyota Prius PHV, a plug-in version of the popular Prius hybrid, and the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a battery-powered electric car, have been sold in neighboring states like California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

In recent months, local dealerships like Findlay Toyota, Fletcher Jones Toyota Scion, Centennial Toyota and Desert Toyota began selling the Prius PHV to local customers. Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson in the Valley Automall has been selling the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, as well as installing three Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations on its property to provide free electrons to its electric car customers. Mitsubishi i-MiEV owners can use the dealership site to refuel their cars during their daily trips around the Las Vegas Valley. This equipment also is available around Southern Nevada at hotel-casinos and municipal government parking areas where electricity is provided free to vehicles like the Prius PHV and i-MiEV. Level 2 charging stations provide electricity to each vehicle at twice the rate as the Level 1 supply equipment sold with each vehicle. A Google locator map of these sites is on the website of the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator task force, www.nevadaeva.org.

The Toyota Prius PHV exhibits the same basic performance characteristics as a standard Prius V model. However, the Prius PHV has a lithium-ion battery pack with a larger storage capacity and the additional plug-in port. A Level 1 cable assembly is included with the purchase of a Prius PHV. This device allows the vehicle’s battery pack to be recharged in just three hours from any 110-volt outlet with 15 amps of current available. Public Level 2 charging stations, rated at 240 volts with 30 amps of current, can recharge the Prius PHV battery pack in one and a half hours.
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