Raleigh to install plug-in stations for hybrids

RALEIGH -- Mayor Charles Meeker announced today that Raleigh is one of three U.S. cities that will participate in a program designed to encourage the installation of plug-in stations for hybrid-electric vehicles.

Raleigh plans to install eight plug-in stations around the city in the coming months under a program called Project Get Ready. The project was initiated by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit that encourages efficient uses of natural resources. Indianapolis and Portland, Ore. are also participating.

The stations are meant to prepare Raleigh for a time when electric plug-in and hybrid-electric cars are being driven by a significant percentage of drivers. Drivers will be able to use their credit card to access the stations and pay about 2.5 cents per mile to recharge their vehicle, Meeker said.

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