Rhode Island adding 50 EV charging stations

When you run the smallest state in the nation (by geography), there’s really no excuse for range anxiety to be an issue. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee may have thought as much when he announced that his state will add 50 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations this summer.

Rhode Island, with the help of federal government stimulus funds, granted a $781,000 contract to ChargePoint (formerly Coulomb Technologies) to build out the stations. In fact, some of the stations will be located at state parks and beaches where the power source is solar, making plugging in doubly green. Rhode Island covers about 1,200 square miles, or less than a third the size of Los Angeles County. Gov. Chafee is also putting the state’s money where its tailpipe is by planning to convert its vehicle fleet to alt-fuel vehicles. Rhode Island has already replaced 30 conventional vehicles with hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

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