Looking for a jolt? Officials ask electric car drivers for help placing
charging stations
Jan 23, 2019  Steve Hardy

PROVIDED PHOTO FROM JEH SOLAR - One of Electrify America’s three planned
electric vehicle charging stations for Louisiana is located at a Walmart
store in Breaux Bridge, Another is planned for Sulphur, and a third is set
for a yet-to-be-announced location

Clean energy officials are asking electric car owners -- and businesses who
want to attract them -- to help decide where to place new charging stations.

"Currently, driving long-distance with an electric vehicle in Louisiana can
be a challenge, and drivers can often be left searching for level 2 chargers
that take a long time to use," according to a news release from Louisiana
Clean Fuels, an affiliate of the federal Department of Energy.

The organization wants to create a network of DC Fast Charge stations.
Whereas existing level 2 equipment deliver enough juice to drive about 10 to
20 miles for each hour of charging, DC units can deliver 60 to 80 miles of
range in just 20 minutes ... according to the DOE.

A map of existing Louisiana charging stations is available at
. Louisiana Clean Fuels is asking drivers to drop pins in locations to be
considered for future fast charge stations. Business owners with space for
the equipment on their properties are also invited to weigh in.

Public input will be combined with economic and infrastructure data to
choose the sites, the release states. Louisiana Clean Fuels is also working
with the Federal Highway Administration to bring charging stations. Previous
efforts have been financed through payouts from a settlement with Volkswagen
after the auto maker cheated on emissions tests. In their recent statement,
Louisiana Clean Fuels said only that they would work with stakeholders to
find funding once their plan is complete.

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