Baby, you can charge my car: Electric vehicle charging stations are popping up all over


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If you are a green-savvy reader, which we bet you are, you might be cruising around town in an electric vehicle. And if you don’t, maybe you will consider switching now that these rides are more accessible and more charging stations are popping up all over the country.

Nissan, maker of the all-electric “Leaf,” recently announced that its 2012 model will be available for order in the Southeastern U.S. and Illinois. The car already is available in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The Leaf will run you around $35,200 for the SV trim level and $37,250 for the SL trim level.

Toyota is expected to unleash its latest Prius hybrid in 2012. According to TreeHugger.com, the company is expected to sell the plug-in PHEV version starting at $23,520. The blog also reported Toyota is getting ready to introduce its own 100% electric vehicles, so Nissan can expect some competition.

Once you’ve got your EV, you need to charge it up. Walgreens already has charging stations being installed at 60 locations across major U.S. cities and said it would expand to about 800 more locations. The charging stations will feature either a high-speed direct current charger that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, or a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge, Walgreens noted.

“Consumer interest and enthusiasm has been incredible and we’re excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods across the country,” Walgreens president of community management and operations Mark Wagner said. “As more Americans embrace environmentally sustainable technologies, our convenient locations make us uniquely positioned to help address the concern around accessibility or ‘range confidence.’

“According to the Department of Energy, Walgreens will make up as much as 40% of all public EV charging stations across the country, making it easy for EV drivers to look to our stores for a quick charge near major highways, metropolitan areas or right in their neighborhood,” Wagner added.

Still having trouble finding a charging station? Then click here for a list of locations across the country.