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Businesses tackle a new challenge with electric cars

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Two key Oregon businesses are making the next generation of electric car charging stations, chargers that will work two to eight times faster.

They hope that more and faster charging stations, which will be ready by the end of the year, will lead to greater popularity of electric cars.

Shorepower and ECOtality Northwest are on a tight schedule to have level II charging stations ready for installation by next winter. That’s when 1,000 all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicles will become available in Oregon as part of a U.S. Department of Energy project to study electric-vehicle use in five states.

Shorepower plans to upgrade its current charging stations. The level II chargers will be able to charge cars quicker, text vehicle owners when a car is done charging and accept any credit or debit card for payment.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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