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Just 10 per cent of electric car charging stations Calif. promised in legal deal are ready – Business – Times Colonist

Angie Vorhies operates the control panel for the electric vehicle charging station at a mall Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 per cent of what it promised in the first year.

By fortifying the state’s still-spotty charging infrastructure, the settlement between NRG Energy Inc. and California energy regulators was sold as the key to jump-starting enthusiasm for the non-polluting vehicles. With more places to “refuel,” more people would have confidence that they won’t get stranded by a dead battery. And widespread adoption of the cars would help the state meet ambitious air quality goals.

Instead of Californians plugging in, however, progress has been plugged up: Just 110 of the 1,040 stations that NRG committed to installing by early December are ready.



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