[Oeva-list] Fast charger to be install in WA on I5.

Ray Blackburn oeva_treas at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 1 10:00:23 PDT 2010

The state of Washington is hoping to turn the interstate 5 corridor that runs from Canadian border to Oregon into the nation's first electric highway.

The state plans to take bids from charging station manufacturers this summer and select a contractor to do the installations in the fall. The state may want to reconsider the maximum 80-mile span between charging stations, though. Mainstream EVs like the Nissan Leaf and next year's Ford Focus Electric will only have a nominal range of 100 miles. At night, in the cold or in other non-ideal conditions the range will be considerably less. Level 3 stations will generally also not fully charge a battery. This is done to prevent over-charging and damaging the battery. That means the available range will be reduced further, so the charge stations should really be no more than 50 miles apart. 

 Ray Blackburn OEVA Treasurer. 

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