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Ready, Set, Charge: Maps of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Connor Smith of Hartland tries out a solar-powered electric cargo bike designed and built by Karl Kemnitzer of Hartland. Kemnitzer’s bike was on display along with dozens of electric bicycles and cars at a demo at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., on May 15, 2014. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap)

Connor Smith of Hartland tries out a solar-powered electric cargo bike designed and built by Karl Kemnitzer of Hartland. Kemnitzer’s bike was on display along with dozens of electric bicycles and cars at a demo at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., on May 15, 2014. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap)
A screenshot of www.plugshare.com.

By Maggie Cassidy

Valley News Web Editor
Friday, May 16, 2014

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Norwich — Hybrid gas-electric and all-electric vehicles are gaining popularity in Vermont and across the country, as we reported in today’s article about the Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Demo and Forum hosted last night at the Montshire Museum.

But whether commuting in the Upper Valley or planning a cross-country road trip, drivers of all-electric vehicles — that is, vehicles that use no gasoline and rely entirely on energy from a battery — need to consider when and where they’ll find their next charge.

Dave Roberts, coordinator of an electric vehicle advocacy coalition called Drive Electric Vermont, said there are several resources available for electric vehicle drivers to map out their next charge. The coalition, for example, has a map of public charging stations throughout the state, including two in the Upper Valley, at King Arthur Flour in Norwich and Vermont Law School in South Royalton.

An even more thorough map is available through the website PlugShare. In addition to public stations, PlugShare maps out the addresses of residents who own chargers and are willing to let electric vehicle owners charge up at their homes in a pinch.

(A screenshot of the website is shown in the second photo at the top of this blog post. The first photo shows Hartland resident Karl Kemnitzer’s solar-powered electric cargo bike being used at the forum; read more about Kemnitzer’s projects here.)
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