By Elliott Francis
Maryland officials say they think electric cars will be a big hit in the state...so, they're getting ready.
The Maryland Energy Administration has directed $500,000 in Federal stimulus funds to install 55 car-charging stations along the I-95 corridor and a dozen more in parking garages in and around Baltimore.
Electric cars are still many months away from roadways in Maryland. Auto industry analysts say it could be two to five years before ''mainstream'' consumers start buying them.
However, most industry analysts agree, an existing infrastructure is key to jump-starting the trend toward electric vehicles.
The company leading the project says each station will include one plug and cost approximately $4,000.
Many first generation electric cars will need to be plugged in for about six to 10 hours for a full charge.