First big piece of 'Electric Highway' gets juice

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    First big piece of 'Electric Highway' gets juice
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/16/12 | Jeff Barnard
    First big piece of 'Electric Highway' gets juice - San Jose Mercury News

    Electric car drivers hit the road Friday to inaugurate the first major section of a West Coast "Electric Highway" dotted with stations where they can charge up in 20 minutes.


    The stretch of 160 miles of Interstate 5 served by eight stations marks the next big step in developing an infrastructure that until now has been limited primarily to chargers in homes and workplaces.


    The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove and are located at gas stations, restaurants and motels just off the nation's second-busiest interstate. One is at an inn that was once a stage coach stop.


    Spaced about every 25 miles, the stations allow a Nissan Leaf with a range of about 70 miles to miss one and still make it to the next. Electric car drivers will be able to recharge in about 20 minutes on the fast-chargers. The charge is free for now.


    "I would say range-anxiety with these fast chargers will be nearly a non-issue for me," said Justin Denley, who owns a Nissan Leaf and joined the caravan. Inspired by the stations, his family is planning a trip from Medford to Portland, a distance of about 280 miles. Last summer, he took the family on a 120-mile trip to the coast and had to include an overnight stop at an RV park to charge up.


    He expects the trip to Portland to take perhaps three hours longer than in a gas car, because the only chargers available for the last 100 miles are slower, level 2 chargers.


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    Progress toward our getting off of dependence on oil.
     
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    whatever.
     
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    Great news.

    A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step....
     
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    lol, so progess is taking more time out of your lives...all to get away from that evil, OIL.....why don't we just go back to horse and buggy..
     
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    Regressives unite.
     
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    Anyone who buys a Nissan Leaf is a kingsized moron.

     
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    So did WW II.
     
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    That isn't "progress." That's pure idiocy.
     
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    Hypothetical scenario. What if your rushing your pregnant wife to the hospital after her water broke and you look down at the gauge and your charge is low and you have to stop the car for 20 minutes to get it recharged while she is in agony? What if you have a emergency and you have to go somewhere but all the sudden there is a power outage in the area? This is a disaster in the making.
     

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