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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 06/25/2010

Stimulus funds go to car charging stations

By Washington Post editors

Maryland is using more than $500,000 in federal stimulus money to build at least 64 charging stations for electric vehicles.

The stations will be located in parking garages in Baltimore and elsewhere along Interstate 95.

Another $500,000 will go toward wiring truck stops so truckers won't have to rely on their diesel engines to provide electricity while parked.

General Motors Co. is preparing to roll out the Chevrolet Volt later this year, with automakers following with their own electric vehicles soon after. Maryland officials hope public charging stations will encourage consumers to buy the cars.

The General Assembly has approved a $2,000 tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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