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Electric Vehicles Gaining Traction in Car Market

The Nissan Leaf was one of several EVs offered for test drives at a July 11 EV conference at URI. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)KINGSTON — Electric-vehicle sales are on the rise, prices are dropping, 13 models are in showrooms and new public charging stations are on the way.

It seems the EV, in all its varieties, is at least gaining some traction with consumers. Sales, though below projections, have tripled since 2012.

As the shift from novelty to a viable product continues, the vehicles and the infrastructure for recharging are improving.

During the July 11 “Take Charge Two!” electric-vehicle conference at the University of Rhode Island, Paul Young of charging-station maker Juice Bar noted that 100 years ago automobile gas was bought in a hardware store. Today, there are some 120,000 gas stations in the United States.

EVs are charged at home, at work and new public stations are going in daily. Rhode Island has about nine public stations and is shooting for 50 more by the end of August. According to National Grid, contracts have been signed for 26 new charging stations.
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