Union Station Debuts Two Electric Car Charging Stations | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Union Station Debuts Two Electric Car Charging Stations

Play associated audio
Michael Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group, at one of the new charging stations at Union Station.
Jessica Gould
Michael Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group, at one of the new charging stations at Union Station.

A century ago, drivers carried canisters of gas when they hit the open road.

"Because there wasn't an infrastructure of gas stations," says Michael Farkas. "It's similar to what's going on today. Not everybody has the ability to plug in their car."

Farkas is CEO of Car Charging Group, which installs and maintains electric car charging stations. He says finding a place to plug in can be especially challenging for urban dwellers, who are less likely to have their own garages.

"People want to make sure they can get to the points they need to get to," he says. "That's called range anxiety. And what our business is is to overcome that."

So the company has just installed two new chargers at Union Station. "It's a terrific symbolic gesture, and certainly an indication of things to come in terms of helping the city become independent of traditional fossil fuels," says D.C. Department of the Environment director Christophe Tulou.

Tulou says the city has installed several other stations, and plans to roll out 20 more this summer.

NPR

Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.
NPR

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

For most voters, the name George Pataki might not ring a bell. But he was the last Republican elected to major statewide office in New York in more than 20 years. And he's running for president.
NPR

The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.