Thursday, November 18, 2010

D.C.'s First Electric Car Charging Station

Our Nation's Capital is doing its part to ensure that the charging infrastructure will be in place for the electric vehicles rolling out of dealer parking lots soon.

Drivers of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Roadster and Model S, CODA and the Ford Focus Electric will already have one charging station in The District. Last Tuesday the city's first EV charging station was unveiled by outgoing Mayor Adrien Fenty, Department of Energy Undersecretary Cathy Zoi and District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein. It is located at the Franklin D. Reeves Center near 14th and U streets Northwest.

The station was built thanks to a $15 million Department of Energy grant that will make possible 4,600 charging stations around the country.

Click here for more pictures from the event.

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Bus improvements coming soon
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