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If anything, U.S. should push natural gas to fuel vehicles A June 11 Gazette editorial came out in support of the $4.4 million grant from New York State Energy and Research Authority (NYSERDA) to install 325 electric car-charging stations around the state. Electric vehicles (EVs) are being promoted by the Obama administration as “green” cars because they do not use gasoline. The government has generous tax benefits to encourage the purchase of an EV. The ...

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June 15, 2012
3:56 p.m.

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Great letter Mr. Cazer! Why hasn't anyone else written about this? And why does such a rich company like Golub need to get any money from the government?

June 16, 2012
8:21 p.m.

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I agree that the subsidy being given for the charging stations is TOO MUCH, but I also point out that while it might take 3 to 12 hours to FULLY charge the battery, it's not necessarily a full charge the user expects while shopping, but rather more just to "top it off".

Denmark is solving these problems by having the utility company own the car batteries, rather then the car owner. The drivers will pay (the utility company) for the miles driven. On long distance trips, drivers will pull into a battery replacement station, where robots will swap a depleted battery for a fully charged one. The age of the battery is of little concern, because again, it's the utility company that owns it.