Here's a surprise statistic: the nation's largest concentration of electric vehicle charging stations is in Elk Horn, Iowa. Not anywhere in California or Oregon, but in Iowa.
Now, to be clear, Elk Horn's population is only 650, so it didn't take many charging stations to hit that high concentration, but at four charging stations, it sadly still beats out many cities just in the amount of stations.
The town got these stations from a local businessman, Mike Howard, who is in the alternative-energy business. Each charger cost $7,000 and each charge costs no more than $3.
The town itself has only four all-electric vehicles, but a more important fact is that Elk Horn is the only place to charge an electric vehicle for people traveling along the entire stretch of Interstate 80 between Chicago and Denver.
Currently, the charging stations take six hours to fully charge a vehicle, but Howard and his team are planning on installing faster charging stations that would only take three hours within the next month and they're working with partners elsewhere in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska to build more stations throughout the Midwest.
written by Austin, September 30, 2010
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