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Electric-Car Charging Stations Will Be The Next Important Issue for Electric-Powered Vehicles

Let’s face it. The environment and the country would be better off if electric powered cars and trucks dominated the roads, driving down the use of costly imported fossil fuel and making the U.S. depend more on abundant natural gas and other energy resources in the country.

Unfortunately, despite the huge benefits that electric cars deliver, public excitement over EVs hasn’t fully blossomed, as the exorbitant production cost and other challenges have hampered the sale and delivery of the revolutionary vehicles.

The big investment play on electric-powered vehicles, Tesla Motors (TSLA), the leading developer and maker of battery electric vehicles, recently revised downward its third-quarter delivery from 500 vehicles to 200-225, and its full year target from 5,000 to 2,700-3,250 due to production issues, including delays in delivery due in part to flooding at one of its component suppliers.

One big issue among electric-vehicle drivers is how and where to re-charge their cars or trucks. So Tesla has also unveiled its own electric-charging stations, six of which are already in operation as part of its overall plan to install additional stations throughout the country and Canada.

Tesla says the stations can provide enough juice to provide about 180 miles of driving range in about 30 minutes. Tesla released its first model, the Tesla Roadster, in early 2008 and has since delivered over 2,350 units around the world. Tesla has also started deliveries of its Model S sedan which has a reported 12,2000 reservations as of July 25, 20-12.

Tesla plans to deliver 5,000 Model S vehicles this year.

In truth, the more electric-powered vehicles get on the road, the higher the demand will be for car-charging stations. One emerging play in car-charging stations is little-known CarCharging Group (CCGI), a pioneer in nationwide public electric-vehicle charging services.

The stations will enable drivers to easily recharge anytime, anywhere throughout the U.S. CarCharging has opened its first charging services in Miami Beach, Florida, which are now accessible to the public in four parking locations on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, where CarCharging Group is headquartered.

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Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging, says the company’s services use electric-vehicle charging stations manufactured by ChargePoint, known as Level II, that provide 240 volts with 32 amps of power to quickly refuel an electric vehicle’s battery. EV drivers can request a CarCharging account online, says Farkas, and attach a small RFID card to their keychain to use and pay at any CarCharging stations. The stations also accept direct payment from credit cars.

Farkas says CarCharging has more than 40 strategic partnerships across multiple business sectors, including multi-family residential and commercial properties, parking garages, shopping malls, retail and municipal parking locations. Among its partners are Walgreens (WGA), Icon Parking, Central Parking, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, City of Miami Beach, and City of Norwalk, Connecticut, which owns or manages 6.5 million parking spaces.

“The future of battery technology will drive down the cost of electric cars as well as increase the distance such cars can travel without a charge,” says Farkas. He says the company will soon offer home charging kits that will allow recharging in less than two hours versus the eight hours needed to charge a car by plugging into wall electric outlets.

Shares of Tesla, which trades on the Nasdaq, closed at $28.89 a share on Oct. 5, 2012, down from its 52-week high of $39.95. Shrenil Bhansali, analyst at Barclays Capital, who rates Tesla as overweight, sees the stock rising to $38 in 12 months.

CarCharging, which trades over-the-counter, closed on Oct. 5, 2012, at $1.47 a share on Oct. 5, 2012, up from a low of $1 on Sept. 11, 2012. It traded as high as $2.19 a share a year ago.

As an upstart tiny micro-cap company, Wall Street has yet to discover CarCharging, so no major analyst currently follows the stock.

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