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Want a cheap electric vehicle? Head west, my friend
GO TO CALI: The Nissan Leaf is one of several electric cars which will be dotting California roads. (Photo: Nissan)
Nearly all electric vehicles, many of which are to be sold initially in very targeted markets, will be offered in the state. The Coda sedan will be sold nowhere else.
The EV Project and ChargePoint America programs, both financially supported by the Department of Energy, will put many thousands of free electric vehicle chargers on state roads, creating an infrastructure unlikely to be duplicated anywhere else. The two programs have separate target regions, but California is in the sights of both.
- 3,000 home chargers for home garages and apartment buildings;
- 2,000 public chargers at work places and “high-density parking areas”;
- 50 fast chargers (480 volts) next to major highways.
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