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RI to build charging stations for electric cars – News and reviews –

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island got its first public charging station for electric vehicles at a furniture store in West Warwick back in 2010, before the electric-powered Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S debuted to rave reviews.

Three years later, the state has 11 public charging stations, the most recent one becoming available at Rhode Island College last month. While that number is fewer than some had hoped, it is about to more than triple with the state’s plans to install 30 more charging stations by Aug. 15. The project will be paid for by federal stimulus money.

Those pushing for greater use of electric vehicles say the plan is an exciting one that will help encourage drivers to buy electric.

‘‘The purpose of the stations is really to relieve range anxiety and give them peace of mind to know they can buy a vehicle and charge it whenever they want,’’ said Al Dahlberg, who founded Project Get Ready Rhode Island in 2010 along with a coalition of environmentalists, business groups and government officials to get the state ready for more electric cars.

Most people will be charging their cars overnight at home, Dahlberg said, but around 10 to 15 percent of charging will happen at workplaces. For example, the station at Rhode Island College is being used by a teacher who drives a hybrid plug-in Toyota Prius to her job at a grade school on campus, said college spokeswoman Rebecca Keister. She said the teacher is now able to do her entire commute without using gas.



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