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The Green Life: Cool Places to Charge Electric Vehicles

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October 10, 2011

Cool Places to Charge Electric Vehicles

Electric car charging station Charging electric vehicles just got a bit cooler, thanks to Ford's new list, called “20 Cool Places to Charge in the U.S.”

Locations on the list include Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, NFL stadiums in Seattle and Baltimore, a beach resort in Hawaii, and a Napa Valley winery. Among the criteria involved in ending up on the list: “proximity to a scenic view, landmark/attraction, or dining and shopping centers.”

There's also a Ford-led campaign to encourage people to name places where they’d like to see charging stations installed.

Though no airports made the list, there are a number of them around the country that have charging stations. These seem like smart locations to plug in: You drive to the airport, park in long-term parking, come back from your trip, and return to a fully charged car.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are more than 3,300 electric-car charging stations across the country, with the West Coast leading the way. California has the most by far (992 stations), followed by Washington (322) and Oregon (303). But in terms of the number of stations per capita, Washington, D.C., with its 35 stations, tops the list.

Unfortunately, 11 states share the dubious distinction of not having a single charging station: Alaska, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

--Josh Marx

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