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U.S. Wants Better EV Charging Stations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced it was providing awards totaling nearly $7 million for research into how to cut costs for electric vehicle chargers.

The department announced it was provided awards totaling as much as $7 million to manufacturers in California, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to look into reducing the cost of electric vehicle chargers by half in three years.

The awards target so-called smart chargers that would ensure electric vehicles aren’t stressing the electric grid.

“Improving the functionality and affordability of electric vehicle chargers is an important step in supporting the deployment of electric vehicles that can help to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement.

The International Energy Agency said mass deployment of alternative vehicles would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut the use of petroleum products. The IEA said global targets for electric vehicles represent only a fraction of the 1 billion cars expected on the roads by 2020, however.

U.S. President Barack Obama has set a goal of more than 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015.

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    Thanks for watching Obummer’s back, UPI. He needs all the help he can get. Now, as for ‘U S Wants Better EV Charging Stations,’ it seems that you equate all of America with the “U S,” but what you really mean is the Dept. of Energy, and NOT America. Are you confused, UPI, or are you using fifth-rate journalism again?
    If cutting the cost of recharging is important, what is the current cost? Why will it take 3 years to cut those costs in half? If The Anointed Poser expects America to have 1 million electric vehicles on ‘roads’ in 3 years, HOW MANY of those vehicles
    will be able to get from one coast to the other? It sounds as though The Anointed Pretender has way too much faith in ‘high tech.’
    So when will we see The Anointed Putz in an electric SUV? Maybe they can adapt it so it has its own wind turbine. As long as he keeps talking, there should be more than enough hot air to keep the vehicle moving. Enjoy. Ah, the blessings of high tech.

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