Wednesday, July 01, 2009

WE Energies: Will They Clean Your Windshield, Too?

They'll have plenty of time to do it...

Sec. 121 of the bill mandates that electric utilities develop plans… to support the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles, including heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicles...[meaning they will provide for] … deployment of electrical charging stations in public or private locations, including street parking, parking garages, parking lots, homes, gas stations, and highway rest stops.


This could cost money.

While Coulomb Technologies’ sells its “Smartlet” for between $1,000-$2,000 per charging station, Toyota’s unit costs $4,600, Edison EV’s cost $5,000-$10,000 (indoor units) and $15,000-$20,000 (outdoor units), and solar-power stations cost as much as $85,000 for a six-station unit

And did I mention time?

A full charge from a 120-volt outlet could take 10-12 hours. A full charge from a 240-volt outlet would take about half that time.

Not that long ago, WE had the infrastructure in place for that sort of business. It was called the Interurban, and it ran on electricity--from Milwaukee to Waukesha. Now it's a bike-path.

S'pose WE could re-electrify that path?

HT: GreenHell


Deekaman said...

A 10-12 hour charge for a 22-hour drive. Designed to relieve road congestion, I suppose.

Deekaman said...

That should be "2-hour drive".

steveegg said...

You see, Deekaman, you're not supposed to be leaving your assigned domestic domicile area. After all, you might discover that the grass really is greener (and cheaper) on the other side of the, fence.

Deekaman said...

Sorry. My bad.