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April 4, 2011

Why Electric Infrastructure Makes Sense

[image courtesy of NPR]
In the past couple of years there has become an emergence for sustainable options from automobiles to plastic bags to even eco ipod cases.—and with good cause!

Specifically for the auto industry, the push for electric vehicles has now passed the brainstorming phase and has entered new terrain: the mass market.  But why is there still so much confusion about why an electric vehicle makes sense, and more importantly, why it would be easier to build an electric infrastructure that is able to support it.
There are a plethora of reasons why it would, and wouldn’t makes sense, but here is something to think about…
Electric vehicles require electric charging stations in public locations across the nation in order for it to become a feasible option for the mass market to consider purchasing an electric car.  Why not hydrogen?  Why not diesel?
The answer?
Because of something called, The Electric Grid.
Without a doubt it’s an old framework that needs some serious mending, however, its transmission lines run from the most metropolitan cities to the most rural and discreet locations through the U.S.  From the streets of Los Angeles to the back roads in North Carolina, electricity exists.
This makes the idea of building an electric vehicle charging infrastructure that much closer to probability.  That also means, that the U.S. is intrinsically geared to take on such a task.
What are your thoughts?
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