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Powering Up An Electric Vehicle Can Be A Two-Hour Affair — If A Station Is Available

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Darren Barbee
October 17, 2012

If waiting for a turn at the pump amid the oil crisis of 1973-74 was exasperating, consider the potential bottleneck for “filling up” an electric vehicle by a single driver.

The majority of people using public charging stations spend anywhere from 15-25 minutes to as much as two hours powering up, according to a report by Pike Research, a part of Navigant Consulting Inc. (NYSE: NCI). In comparison, the 2009 U.S. median commute to work took 25.1 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

So far, the market for EVs ...

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