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Delaware to Create Electric Vehicle Charging Network

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LEWES, Del. - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has teamed up with the University of Delaware to install a network of electric car charging stations throughout the state.

According to a DNREC press release, there will be enough chargers that no car will run out of power while driving through Delaware.

It has been a goal of the federal government for the last few years to have one million electric cars on the road by 2015. PLug-in cars, such as the Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf, do not emit air pollution or carbon dioxide.

DNREC and UD hope that by giving people locations to charge their cars, it will encourage more purchases of the electric vehicles.

Emily Merriken of Easton, Md., drives a gas Prius but would have rather purchased a plug-in one. She said she often drives out to the Delaware coast and it would not have made sense to have a chargeable car.

"I don't think, rarely, have I ever seen anywhere to charge a car," she said. "I would definitely take a plug-in Prius over the gas Prius, we have a gas Prius now, just because it's much better for the environment, but there's just not a lot of options as far as plugging it in so that's why we have the gas one."

The University of Delaware's campus in Lewes has two chargers, but if you are driving up the coast, that would be the last chance to charge up for a while.

The whole project will cost the state $80,000.

Some people, however, think this is not Delaware's duty. Willie Giles from Greenwood is one of those people.

"The electric cars are very expensive and I don't have one," he explained. "To me the people that own the cars... that should be their responsibility."

Nonetheless, expect to see more charger options in the next year.

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