Hybrid Car Charging Stations Team Up

A trending idea among the automobile industry is the production of electric, or hybrid cars. Manufacturers are becoming more aware of environmental issues that traditional gas-fueled cars have caused. Although the hybrid car industry is still in its early stages, companies are teaming up to provide more charging stations for cars running on electricity. These companies include ChargePoint and ECOtality, which are the two biggest providers of electric car charging stations. They hope to combine 15,000 charging stations so that consumers are more willing to purchase electric or hybrid automobiles. This new system will allow drivers to recharge their vehicles with the swipe of a card. This convenience would be an incentive for people to consider this emerging industry. Examples of such cars are Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. Specialists who track the progress of this industry find that it is growing at a slower pace than earlier expectations. They are hoping that these stations will “stimulate sales of plug-in electric vehicles” and possibly increase in popularity by next year. With enough advertisement, automobile retailers may be able to convince the public to purchase more environmental-friendly vehicles. However, since it is still in its early stages, consumers have little incentive to go out of their way to track charging stations across the nation.

 

Written by: Melody Mark

Source:

Smith, Rebecca. “Hybrid Car Charging Stations Team Up.” Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 7 Mar. 2013. Web. 7 Mar. 2013.

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