Dealing With Electric Cars

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes


More and more car companies are producing electric vehicles, or EVs - manufacturers from around the world showcased a variety of plug-in cars at January's North American International Auto Show. But the question remains how and where do we recharge these vehicles?

Better Place has one solution. The company has plans to build networks of battery-changing stations - when an EV's battery runs low, drivers pull into stations where they can swap the low battery for a fully charged one - in less time than it takes to fill a tank of gas. Several states have already signed up to join the Better Place network, so have governments in Canada, Israel, Denmark and Australia.

And Better Place isn't alone. GM has teamed up with Spanish energy company to study what it would take to build a support infrastructure for EVs in England and Spain. An EV infrastructure could eventually be constructed across the United States as well, making charging electric vehicles a snap. If the Detroit Auto Show is any indication, car makers will be ready for it.


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