McDonnell Pushes for Electric Cars
Yesterday Governor Bob McDonnell announced a public-private partnership to encourage increased use of electric cars in the Commonwealth. Craig Carper reports.
The Virginia “Get Ready” plan will focus on expanding infrastructure to provide greater access to charging stations for electric vehicles as well as transitioning the state fleet of vehicles to electric units.
The effort is being led by the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton.
Connaughton: We think this is good for the environment, we think it’s very good for our energy security, and we think in the long term it’s gonna actually provide a lot of cost savings, particularly to the state as we look to replace our gasoline and hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles with electric vehicles.
Connaughton says the program is still in the early stages and representatives of the participating groups will be meeting over the next several months to develop a plan that the state will begin to implement next year.
A pilot recharging station has been installed at the New Kent rest area on Interstate 64. Any driver with an electric car can now recharge there at no cost.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square.