Will we ever see this in America?

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Electric charging station London

Will we ever see this in America? Recently, walking down a street in London we saw this scene - the yellow cables are electricity cables for re-charging your electric car or bike. Not sure if there is some payment required or if this is done to encourage a greener way of travel, but we both found it very interesting. Got to wondering if we would ever see this in Philadelphia or any other major American city or its suburbs? Not sure of the distance this little car can go, but typical of size for most London cars.

I know there are some condos recenlty built by Dranoff Properties that include parking slots with the ability to re-charge your car here in Philadelphia. What is happening in your city?

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Brett Reichel
Pacific Residential Mtg., LLC - NMLS 1477 / WA CL-1477 - Clackamas, OR
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We see that starting to happen here in the Portland area and some of it's suburbs.  There's one a few blocks from me downtown, and I know the Lake Oswego are has one on the main drag.  I don't know if or what it costs.....We have a guy in Portland who is designing electric superikes, high performance racing motorcycles.  One of the leaders in the world.  Electric cars, bikes, hybrids, etc. are a big deal around here.

Nov 22, 2011 02:15 AM #1
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Nick & Trudy, 

I'd like to believe we will.  Europe is always way ahead of us.  Also, the average European is much more energy concious than the average American.  I can only hope it's on it's way here!

All the best, Michelle

PS - We noticed last summer when we were in London that you could pay your car parking meter bill via your cell phone.  Another smart idea.

Nov 22, 2011 02:26 AM #2
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Michelle, many things can be done with your cell phone in Europe, it is amazing how our lives are changing. Cannot wait till we can transport like on StarTrek though and avoid the lines at airports.

Brett does not surprise me that it is the west coast where we see the innovation, you can see the bike in the photo is electric and it looked pretty cool.

Nov 22, 2011 03:32 AM #3
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The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Nick and Trudy,

How totally cool is that??? I hope we someday have this in America.  But better yet, I hope they develop a technology where the electric cars last longer and you don't need to charge them while you are out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa

Nov 23, 2011 12:54 AM #4
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Our country has to start moving away from oil products ! Either electric or Boone Pickens Natural Gas !

Nov 25, 2011 02:25 AM #5
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Don Hess
KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 - Quarryville, PA

Definately need more range. I expect that will come. Looking back over my career I seldom lived close enough to my work that I could make the two way trip without recharging. Then I became a "Road Warrior" and traveled an average of 72,000 miles per year. No way today's electric cars could handle that. We do have to consider one other aspect. If we all get electric cars that will put a terrific strain on the electric grid. Most of which is powered by fossil fuels. Not sure what the implications are there. Oh well, that's how these things get sorted out in the long run. Demand generates problems AND solutions.

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