BP To Install Electric Car Chargers at Its Gas Stations

October 24, 2010

BP has agreed to install fast-chargers for electric cars in gas stations in Nashville and several other Tennessee cities.  In addition to being the home of country music, Nashville is the American headquarters of Nissan, which is launching the plug-in EV Nissan LEAF.

So the company that gave us the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is giving us a way to drive without the oil they pump out of the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

BP is putting fast-charging stations at 45 BP and ARCO locations in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and other Tennessee cities.  They will be online as early as March 2011, according to the Nashville Business Journal.  

The fast-charging units, from ECOtality North America, are capable of giving a full charge in 30 minutes.  That's slower than a BP or ARCO gas fill-up, but faster than the four to eight hours other charging units require, and it will go a long way to reducing what's called 'range anxiety'.  That's the fear of running out of juice before you get to your next electric outlet.

The Nissan Leaf has a range of 100 miles between charges.

As we all know, electric cars are a classic case of chicken and egg -- can't have one without the other.  In order for plug-in electrics like the Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and others in the pipeline to become popular, the infrastructure has to be in place to recharge them. 

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