electric vehicles

Gas Stations – A Fading Memory?

Massachusetts may be able to accommodate 100 electric vehicle charging stations with $200,000 of funding, according to an article by the Boston Business Journal.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is now accepting applications from cities and towns to install charging stations. The funding to construct these charging stations is to be provided by a 2007 settlement with the American Electric Power Service Corp on alleged pollution control equipment violations.

“Electric vehicle technology is a significant way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand our clean energy economy, but it will only be adopted by consumers if there are places where vehicles can be re-charged away from home… This pilot program is a critical step in helping our communities and citizens prepare for the entry of electric vehicles to the Massachusetts market in 2011.””

– Ian Bowles,  Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary

Massachusetts continues in its eco-friendly forward thinking with the charging station proposal and, as an added bonus, may help to support local businesses. The Boston-Power Inc. of Westborough is recognized for their development of a Saab electric vehicle and A123 Systems Inc. of Watertown for developing additional electric vehicle batteries for large auto manufacturers such as Fisker Auomotive and BMW. As electronic vehicles become more popular and charge stations more readily available these local, innovative businesses are likely to prosper and discover even more efficient and environmentally sound electric developments.

New Emission Free Vehicle: Villager LSV

Judeth Van Hamm and Michael Connelly driving their new completely electric, zero emission Villager.

(Boston Globe, “Slowly Does If for a Cleaner Way of Living“)

The new Street Villager LSV, much resembling that of a golf cart, is the new emission free way to get around town. Driving on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less these nifty vehicles carry up to four adults, never stopping for gas. The Villagers can go about 20 miles before needing to be recharged. Making it the ideal around town and short trip vehicle for city drivers. Each of these earth friendly vehicles are are estimated to cost about $10,000.

These golf cart like contraptions were made street legal in Massachusetts as of December 2008. Over half the United States have created laws permitting these low speed vehicles to drive on regular city roads. These laws are created with restrictions of course,  keeping the Evil Kenevil’s out there from driving along highways. Massachusetts law, for example, prohibits these types of vehicles from driving on roads with posted speed limits above 30 mph.

Extensive accessories from a custom dashboard to a radio and additional mirrors are available for the environmentally friendly vehicle. Qualifying Villager drivers will receive a tax credit based upon the vehicle invoice price, an estimated $880 to $1,300 credit. Although the weather may still be a little chilly for driving around town, expect to see more on the road as we near the summer season.

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