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Many businesses, cities, and electric utilities are installing 240-volt charging stations in urban areas. These charging stations use an industry standard recep- tacle that is found on all plug-in electric vehicles sold in North America, which means that any charging station can work with any plug-in electric vehicle. The commercial charging stations allow you to swipe your credit card, plug in your car, and charge it right from the power grid. “I live about 30 miles from the offi ce. I have a charging station at home, and we installed a charging station at our offi ce,” Styles said. “This allows me to drive back and forth to work on electricity only, which costs me about $44 per month. Sometimes I have to run it in hybrid mode for longer trips. My gasoline costs have averaged about $25 per month.” Not bad for a 60-mile daily commute! While the state of Oklahoma does not currently offer fi nancial incentives for buyers of electric vehicles, they do offer incentives to companies installing electric vehicle charging stations—covering up to 75 percent of the cost of in- stallation. As more plug-in electric vehicles hit the road, more charging stations are also being installed across Oklahoma, spurred on by this tax incentive. The Reasor’s grocery store that opened in Bixby, Okla., in October 2012 was built with an electric car charging station. “It’s our newest, most state-of-the-art store and we wanted to make it as


cutting edge as possible. No other retailer in Tulsa had an electric car charging station,” Store Director Anthony Fulfaro said.


According to Fulfaro, the charging station is getting more and more use as word gets out about it.


“Currently we’re not charging for its use,” he said. “We offer it as a courtesy to our environmentally conscious customers.”


Fueling the Future For electric cooperative members, a low-cost provider of electricity is their local electric cooperative. According to Vahdatipour, electrical power is mea- sured in kilowatts and several of Oklahoma’s cooperatives deliver residential electricity for about 8 or 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. They can also provide guidance on installing an electric charging station at a home or business. So next time you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to take a test drive in an electric or hybrid vehicle. These advanced vehicles offer you the ability to run off of effi cient electricity and enjoy great savings on fuel costs.


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