Highway 101 in California Goes Electric

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The process of turning California’s Highway 101 into an electric roadway is beginning, and for a short period of time the charging stations that will be installed can be used for free. Beginning in October, Solarcity will be installing vehicle charging stations alogn Highway 101 between San Francisco and Los Angeles in order to reward those who have already made a move to adopt a cleaner lifestyle with clean technology in their vehicles.

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Unfortunately, the free charging stations will be operable only for those driving Tesla Roadster electric vehicles over the next couple of months, but after the first stage of the implementation is complete, universal plugs will be installed to make the electric highway convenient to all drivers with various types of electric vehicles. Of course, once the charging technology becomes fully available to all drivers, the charging service will come at a cost.

The charging stations will offer three and a half hours of charging for the Tesla Roadster at 240 volts and 70 amps. Each of the five charging stations are grid powered, with the exception of a parking lot charging station in Santa Maria which operates on a 350 KW solar array.

Americans thrive on convenience, and as steps are taken to make the adoption of clean technologies and their operations easily accessible, it’s a way of life that is likely to become accepted by the masses.

Via: Inhabitat


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