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Fri Nov 4, 2016, 06:13 PM

7. Electric Superhighways Can’t Come Soon Enough

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602802/electric-superhighways-cant-come-soon-enough/
[font face=Serif][font size=5]Electric Superhighways Can’t Come Soon Enough[/font]

[font size=4]The White House has a plan to make interstates electric-car friendly, but Americans are still in love with gas-guzzlers.[/font]

by Jamie Condliffe | November 4, 2016

[font size=3]The U.S. government has announced a plan to create 48 national highways that are plentifully dotted with electric vehicle charging points. And boy, do we need them.

The Obama administration has announced that it plans to turn four dozen interstates, totaling almost 25,000 miles of highway, into what it calls “national electric vehicle charging corridors.” That’ll mean that they’re regular roads, but with enough charging points along their length to stop drivers from panicking about getting stranded.

In fact, there will be rather a lot of places to juice up your electric vehicle. “Drivers can expect either existing or planned charging stations within every 50 miles,” a statement released by the White House said. New standardized signs developed by the Federal Highway Administration will guide drivers towards their charge.

A comprehensive charging network is vital to the success of electric cars. Without it, long journeys will remain inconvenient, because the range of even the best all-electric vehicles is today only a little over 300 miles, and that only looks set to rise to 400 miles in the next few years.

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