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LIVING GREEN: Washington among first to get electric car chargers

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The president of an Arizona-based company working with Nissan and getting a nearly $100 million federal grant to supply chargers for electric vehicles said communities in Tennessee, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon will get the equipment first.

ECOtality Inc. President and CEO Jonathan Read said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy selected its subsidiary, Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., to get a grant. He said the company will receive about $99 million.

The Seattle area will gain 2,550 charging stations under the $100 million Energy Department grant through the Electric Transportation Engineering Corp.

A spokesman for the Seattle mayor's office, Alex Fryer, says about 1,000 charging stations will be in residences and 1,500 in a network for the metro area.

The grant announced Wednesday will offer buyers of the LEAF a 220-volt charging station in their home at no cost.

At current Seattle City Light rates the LEAF would cost $190 for 10,000 miles, or just under 2 cents a mile.

Read said the company has a deal with Nissan to provide private and public charging stations as 5,000 Nissan plug-in electric vehicles hit the markets in the fall of 2010.

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