I don't often read the printed-on-paper newspaper, but occasionally I luck out and a friend passes along a gem worth sharing (thanks Kate!). Here are some links to electric car resources from the travel section of a recent Washington Post…
Electric vehicle (EV) rentals:
Offers the Smart EV for hourly rental in New York starting at $6; membership is $50 plus a $25 sign-up fee. Expanding to Washington and San Francisco in March, plans to add Nissan Leaf in February and Mitsubishi ‘I’ in March.
Expects to start renting Nissan Leafs in the next few weeks in select markets with charging stations: Phoenix and Tucson, Nashville and Knoxville TN, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland OR.
There is no single comprehensive listing of charging stations, and much online information is outdated or not relevant to the new EVs. (The latest models require a J 1772 plug.) For now, the stations are free, though you may have to pay to enter the parking garage or lot.
Coulumb Technologies www.mychargepoint.net/find-stations.php For access to the stations, sign up for the $9.95 card online.
ECOtality www.theevproject.com/charging-maps.php This company won’t start building its stations until next month
Department of Energy Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/stations
EV charger news http://www.evchargernews.com/
And an article by Gene Weingarten in the WP magazine about his adventures testing a Chevy Volt:
(photo credit http://gas2.org/2009/06/01/new-user-friendly-product-fronts-greenlightacs-charge-station-infrastructure/)