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First Electric Highway in US to be I-5 from Canada to Oregon

Posted By Brit Liggett On July 2, 2010 @ 9:30 am In automotive,Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Renewable Energy | 12 Comments

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Washington state is about to turn a section of Interstate-5 — all the way from Canada to Oregon — into the nation’s first electric [2] highway. Thanks to a $1.32 million federal grant, they’ll be able to install 10 Level-3 electric charging stations [3] along the route. Each station is capable of charging at 400 volts and 30 amps or more and at these stations a typical EV would be 80% charged in just about 30 minutes. Plug in, grab a cup of coffee, chat with fellow travelers, and be on your way.

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The state is planning on building the electric transportation [5] mecca in the fall of this year, after a bidding process this summer by electric charging station manufacturers takes place. The state is hoping to be able to install stations every 80 miles, as most new electric [2] vehicles — like the Leaf [6] and the Volt [7] — have a charging range of 100 miles.

Level-3 charging stations generally don’t charge a battery completely and cold and inclement weather are also an issue. Electric [2]vehicle battery ranges change as the temperature varies around them and with Washington’s notoriously cold and rainy seasons, it could prove to be a problem. For now, however, we’re applauding the state on their forward thinking and are green with envy of the soon to be even greener I-5 corridor.

Via Autoblog Green [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/02/first-electric-highway-to-be-i-5-from-canada-to-oregon/electric-freeway-3/

[2] electric: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/

[3] electric charging stations: http://inhabitat.com/2009/12/15/new-york-gets-its-first-ever-electric-vehicle-charging-station/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/02/first-electric-highway-to-be-i-5-from-canada-to-oregon/electric-freeway-1/

[5] transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation/

[6] Leaf: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=nissan+leaf

[7] Volt: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/22/gm-unveils-chevy-volt-mpv5-all-electric-crossover-concept-vehicle/

[8] Autoblog Green: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/06/30/interstate-5-in-washington-to-become-electric-highway/

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