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Could electric stations replace gas stations?

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Don't be too surprised if you see electric charging systems instead of more gas stations a few years down the road. Representatives from one company came to Richland to talk about these systems today

Optimization Technology has received a grant to put in 5-thousand charging stations ranging from Portland and Seattle in the next few years. The workshop in Richland today was to host discussion about what the future holds for this new technology.

"It's definitely a new market. All the major manufactures are introducing electric vehicles here in the next few years, and in the U.S. it could expand to one-million by 2015," Optimization Technology manager Nathan Isaacs said.

One million in the next five years. It's a big undertaking, but Isaacs says the idea behind each individual station is simple: drivers will pull up...plug in... pay about a dollar and go.

The company is working to get federal stimulus money to help pay for the electric stations, and as for getting any of them here in the Tri-Cities, they say it could be a decade long wait. They will start with major cities first before installing more.

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