White House announces US electric car recharging network

November 3, 2016
Currently there are more than 16,000 charging stations around the United States, up from 500 in 2008, but still dwarfed by the number of gasoline stations

The White House announced plans Thursday to create a 25,000 mile (40,000 km) recharging network for electric cars that it hopes will encourage drivers to switch from gasoline-powered vehicles.

The Department of Transportation will designate 48 official electric vehicle routes on highways that cover 35 of the 50 states, with the aim of eventually building out further as demand grows.

With the new power network, electric car drivers will be able to find a recharging station every 50 miles (80 kilometers), with regular signage indicating the locations.

The government will work with the states, private businesses, and public groups to establish the recharging stations "to enable coast-to-coast zero emission mobility on our nation's highways," the White House said in a statement.

Electric car makers Nissan, BMW, General Motors and a number of major power companies are among the companies participating in the initiative.

The move also will better support companies, states and cities building their own fleets of electric cars, trucks and buses, the White House said.

"The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil."

Currently there are more than 16,000 charging stations around the country, up from 500 in 2008, but still dwarfed by the number of gasoline stations, around 150,000 according to industry figures, the statement said.

Despite significant tax incentives Americans have been slow to purchase plug-in electric cars, in part because of high costs and the low range of the batteries of most models, which limits trips to short distances.

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gkam
1 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2016
I want the rights to the areas around the charge stations for coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such. The managers could get together and discount or heavily subsidize the cost of power to attract the customers.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.9 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2016
I want the rights to the areas around the charge stations for coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such. The managers could get together and discount or heavily subsidize the cost of power to attract the customers
You also want the rights to post lies and made-up facts just because you post under your real name. Maybe you shouldnt wunschtraum while stoned out of your gourd which is always.
Uncle Ira
3.9 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2016
I want the rights to the areas around the charge stations for coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such.


Well Cher, if you want the rights, you are going to have to come up with the money. What? You think they are just going to give them to you just because you ask on the physorg?

And what are you going to do with all the peoples who already own the rights? Make them close down their own coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such?
WillieWard
3 / 5 (2) Nov 04, 2016
it is amazing! electric cars can be plugged on a fossil-fueled network(renewables+natural gas/fracking) to combat climate change, while carbon-free nuclear power is being put out of business by cheap natural gas/fracking and by heavily subsidized wind/solar bird-choppers/landscape-destroyers.
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gkam
1.6 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2016
I was referring to the new businesses coming with the growth of electric vehicles. Our own use of one has saved us 600 gallons of gasoline so far, and that is with no oil changes, tune-ups, transmission checks or emissions checks, nor trips to the gas station.

I told you before you would love them, and you will, and that will require the new charge stations as points of nucleation for a network.
Uncle Ira
4.4 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2016
I was referring to the new businesses coming with the growth of electric vehicles.


Oh, I see. Like coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such. Well we already got all that up and running just waiting on the electric cars to bring them some business.

Cher, you should not make the postums when you are smoking pot, it causes you to post weird stuffs that you think are really smart.
gkam
1 / 5 (7) Nov 05, 2016
Cherie, maybe you think this science forum is Twiitter, like you used last year in school.

Nope. Your personal comments, shallow and silly, are not wanted here.

This regards electric vehicles. Do you have one? No? Maybe that is why you cannot discuss them.
Lord_jag
5 / 5 (2) Nov 08, 2016

Oh, I see. Like coffee shops, restaurants, mini-markets, video parlors, exercize areas, and such. Well we already got all that up and running just waiting on the electric cars to bring them some business.
.

Yeah you kind of have a point there.

Every mall is just waiting for the electric cars. Most already have free charging stations. There's already some issues approaching where too many electric cars want to stop and there aren't enough plugs. There are now discussions about whether you should be allowed to leave your car plugged in for hours while you shop or whether you should be forced to move your car after it's charged.

If we could just get this self-driving car thing figured out, the car could move itself when it was fully charged.
MR166
5 / 5 (1) Nov 08, 2016
"The managers could get together and discount or heavily subsidize the cost of power to attract the customers."

A subside to a progressive is just like a flame to a moth.
MR166
5 / 5 (1) Nov 08, 2016
This is not as simple as throwing a couple of 220v outlets on the back wall of a McDonalds. This will be a very costly project costing 100s of billions if not trillions. It is a good thing that the US can print money at will with no financial repercussions.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Nov 12, 2016
166 is speaking from a lack of knowledge. My charger is fed exactly like that, from a charger on a 240V circuit at home.

If he wants a fast DC charger, it is more complex, but the idea we cannot support them is unfounded.

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