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No shock: Electric cars are coming

Vehicle charging stations could have, if you’ll pardon the pun, electrifying potential for the South Coast.

Widespread use of electric vehicles may seem far in the future, but a sea change already is under way. The Oregon Department of Transportation is building its “electric highway” along Interstate 5. It hopes to plug into the Reedsport, Elkton and Coos Bay communities by summer. Ford, Nissan, Mistubishi and BMW all produce fully electric vehicles.

The Bay Area already has small charging stations at Ken Ware Super Store and the Coos Bay fire hall. Now is the time for municipalities and private businesses to take the next step.

Juicing up electric vehicles isn’t free, of course. Bandon spent around $30,000 to build its recently opened station. But taxpayers should muffle their annoyance about the cost. America’s great railroads and interstate highways couldn’t have happened without government investment in then-unproven transportation models.


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