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14 The Julian News June 3, 2009 like the Tesla Roadster already I,,r-=) , P--T Noxious weeds on more appearances the market, will on be the making streets I[ ,;,i, itql'aPl' 1 .1 The Federal Noxious Weed Actor 1974 as greater production brings the ''--- --"' A designates certain plants found in the costs down. I U.S. as "noxious weeds." A list is I li ,] provided at http://plants.usda.gov So what's an electric or plug- in hybrid driver to do when I 11 .,. Alligatorweed,~l~+_+ I These plants, though not always Questions & Answersthey need a charge and they're I II 21 "l considerea harmful to an environment, About Our Environment nowhere near home? Plug-ins I l/ fl can become agricultural or ecological I J| A problems due totheir IX! aggressive growth, and can also displace native [ / species from their natural " ~ Carolina horsenettle @ 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved, Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix and several California cities are now setting up recharging infrastructures for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Paris, where Toyota is testing plug-in hybrids, has over 80 recharging stations in the city and suburbs. And London is installing upwards of 40 recharging stations around town. Pictured: the charging port for a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue Dear EarthTalk: With plug-in hybrid and electric cars due to hit the roads sometime soon, will there be places to plug them in besides at home? And if so, how much will it cost to re-charge? -- Nicole Koslowsky, Pompano Beach, FL are expected to reach up to 60 miles on a charge (great for a commute but not for a longer trip); and though the Tesla reportedly went 241 miles on a charge in a recent European road rally, its everyday stop-and-go efficiency will likely be less and drivers will need "pit stops" far from home. Gasoline-electric hybrids, like A few forward-thinking large the Toyota Prius, are all the rage companies have installed electric due to their fuel efficiency, and outlets accessible to employee consumers have been clamoring parking, but most plug-in hybrid for carmakers to up the ante and and electric car drivers will be give these vehicles a plug. This looking for help well beyond way the batteries can be charged the scope of their commutes. at home and not just by the gas In the U.S., several cities in engine and other on-board California, as well as Seattle, features, thus greatly reducing Chicago, Phoenix and others the need for gas except for long are now setting up recharging trips. And purely electric cars, infrastructures. Paris, where Toyota is testing plug-in hybrids, already has over 80 recharging stations throughout the city and suburbs. Across the channel, London is working with the nonprofit Environmental Defense to install upwards of 40 electric recharging stations around town. According to the California Cars Initiative (CalCars), which promotes plug-in hybrids, Americans recharging their plug- ins via a regular 120V outlet should expect to pay about $1 per gallon equivalent. "Using the average U.S. electricity rate of nine cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), 30 miles of electric driving will cost 81 cents," the group maintains. "If we optimistically assume the average U.S. fuel economy is 25 miles per gallon, at $3.00 gasoline this equates to 75 cents a gallon for equivalent electricity." For its part, Toyota has already released a few hundred plug-in Priuses in the U.S. to university and commercial fleet customers. The company will monitor the vehicles' performance and use the data to tweak the design for a consumer-friend4y version sometime after 2010. Pricing on the vehicles, which get 65 miles per gallon or more in combined gas)electric mode and can run on electricity alone, is as yet undecided. But chances are the car will command a premium of several thousand dollars over the cost of a regular hybrid Prius. The fact that such a feature might obviate the need for gasoline entirety--save for long trips away from charging facilities--may well make it worth the extra up- front cost for some buyers. Those unwilling to wait for a mass-market plug-in can have their existing Prius or Ford Escape hybrid converted accordingly by any of several "aftermarket" companies at a cost of $6,000 and up. CalCars provides a comprehensive listing of vendors across the U.S. and elsewhere that can do the conversions, and also offers its own instructions for those engineering-savvy hybrid owners who can do it themselves. 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