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Plug-in car owners petition for fast-charging infrastructure

Midway Airport features electric charging stations in its cell phone lot. 280 public chargers are being installed in Illinois. ((Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune))
Aug. 5, 2013, 12:44 p.m.

By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune Newspapers

A new petition for plug-in vehicles aims to quick-charge support for a national quick-charging infrastructure sponsored by the government.

The petition created on the White House website contends that fast-charging stations need to be placed at 50-mile intervals along the U.S. interstate highway system to facilitate mass adoption of plug-in vehicles.

Ryan Mackenzie, a 29-year-old self-described EV enthusiast from San Antonio, has attracted 402 signatures in 10 days. Successful petitions are forwarded to policy experts for an official response.

The push for an electric-charging infrastructure already has the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, automakers, engineers, plug-in vehicle enthusiasts and electric vehicles equipment suppliers.

In July we reported on the Interoperability Center launched at Argonne National Laboratory to harmonize standards across the auto world to facilitate the mass adoption of plug-in vehicles. A key component of that is a fast-charging infrastructure powered by a smart power grid.

Consumers need to be assured that they can get to their destination without inconvenience or worry, also known as range anxiety, and the infrastructure supplied will be compatible with their vehicles. The DOE has pumped $4.5 billion, matched by the auto industry, into reducing these anxieties.
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