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New Electric Car ‘Quick Charger’ Port Unveiled In New Jersey

(From left to right) Chris Casey of Exton Nissan, Mark Peck and Robert Anderson of Ecotality and Lincoln Overholtzer Exton Nissan. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(From left to right) Chris Casey of Exton Nissan, Mark Peck and Robert Anderson of Ecotality and Lincoln Overholtzer Exton Nissan. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

CARNEYS POINT TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – The project to install infrastructure for electric powered vehicles has a taken giant step forward in our area with the arrival of a so-called ‘quick charger’ port. The system is tucked away in the back of a travel plaza in Carneys Point.

Two associates from the company Ecotality showed Exton Nissan representative Chris Casey how to charge a 2013 Nissan Leaf in about 30 minutes with a level three 440 DC quick charger port. A half hour wait is quite a jump from the 4 to 8 hours it takes to power up a car with the commonly used level two charger.

A closer look at the "blink" electric car charging station. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

A closer look at the “blink” electric car charging station. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

It’s called Blink and Casey believes it’s a game changer. “We had talked about electric vehicles for such a long time. Now the infrastructure’s here and its’ going to become more and more of an option for the everyday driver.”

Ecotality’s Mark Peck recently completed the installation of a 440 DC loop in Tennessee that allows plug-in motorists to navigate the entire state without worrying about their batteries dying.

“I’ve taken an electric vehicle and gone from Chattanooga to Knoxville to Nashville which is a triangle,” Peck said. “And you can go that whole loop in an electric vehicle right now.”

Peck predicts that in 10 years we’ll see electric cars travelling coast to coast on a regular basis.

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