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Pepco Set To Test New Electric Car Chargers

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Pepco is testing to see how electric vehicle chargers will impact the electric grid system.
Elliot Francis
Pepco is testing to see how electric vehicle chargers will impact the electric grid system.

By Elliott Francis

The number of commercially available electric cars is increasing. Now Pepco is studying their design, and potential impact on the existing electric grid system. The folks at Pepco say their electricity is fuel for the new cars.

Spokesman Bob Dobson says a study involving 10 G-M electric vehicles and two new charging stations will let them know if there's enough "fuel" to go around.

"It's going to tell us how we deal with this and what we need to do as these vehicles become common," says Dobson.

Hale Reese, Pepco's VP for strategic services, says the greatest concern is the nation's century old power grid.

"We need to step up transformers, but from the utilities perspective, we are very confident that we will build the infrastructure that can support these vehicles," says Reese.

Testing will be conducted over the next two years.


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