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First Electric Car Charging Station in SC Opens in Greenville

5:17 PM, Sep 16, 2010   |    comments
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Greenville, SC (WSPA) - It is a first for the State of South Carolina: an electronic charging station for electric cars.

It sits in the West End coffee's parking lot in Greenville.

"We wanted people to feel familiar with what they've been doing with their internal combustion engines," says Brian Edens with Thurso Power Systems.

What an electronic vehicle or owner will do is pull up, either swipe a card or call an 800 number, and then charge up.

Depending on the amount of charge left on your battery, it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to "top off."    

"I could have myself some lunch and get charged up," says Mike Baur, an electric car owner.  

The machine is actually equipped so that when your car is all charged up, it will actually send you a text message to let you know that you can come back and get it.

Edens says charging stations are so safe, you can charge in the rain.

"There are 3 levels of failsafe in there," Edens says. "If someone were to try to tamper with it...it's been tested to the extreme and has been proven safe for the consumer."

"Right now the only option is really to have a charging station at your house," says Peter Waldschmidt, an electric car owner. "We're looking forward to the day where there are more chargers." 

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