Monday, February 13, 2012

Take heart, Kermit - it's getting easier being green

Electric cars have been around in one form or another since before anyone thought about refining gasoline from crude oil. But during a century notable for cheap gas, tail fins and coast-to-coast freeways, internal combustion ruled.  It’s still the dominant mode of motorized transportation in the U.S., of course, but day by day, hybrids and fully electric vehicles are taking market share.  The Legislature gave the technology a boost by passing Rep. Deb Eddy’s HB 1481 in 2009, and EV charging stations can now be found up and down Washington’s Electric Highway, and in more and more of the state’s communities. 
And, as this photo shows, the Legislature has taken its own advice.  The Chevrolet Volt being juiced up near the back door of the John L. O’Brien Building, where most state representatives are officed, belongs to freshman Rep. Kristine Lytton of Anacortes.  But you don’t need to run for office to top off your battery in Olympia; there are four more charging stations on the Capitol campus that are available to the public, and another eight at the new Gateway Park across the street from the Department of Enterprise Services building, just off I-5. 

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