Ecotality was supposed to have 1,100 electric car charging stations installed in Oregon by the end of next month, but they have yet to install a single public station.
Of course, it's early yet in the electric vehicle industry. But as President Obama highlights his goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015, the slow rollout of the EV Project illustrates some of the chicken-and-egg problems involved in hatching an entirely new market and weaning the United States from its dependence on petroleum.
A U.S. Department of Energy official said last week that the department is modifying its contract with Ecotality, pushing back the deadline for the six-state public charging infrastructure to the end of the year. The official said the changes were being made to pace the charging station rollout with the arrival of the vehicles and better match the overall deployment with consumer demand across the six states.
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