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Union Station Debuts Two Electric Car Charging Stations

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Michael Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group, at one of the new charging stations at Union Station.
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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.

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