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These Cars Get a Charge

By From the Lowell Sun

About 200 people got a firsthand look at the latest in electric-vehicle technology yesterday at an event presented by the state Department of Energy Resources and UMass Lowell.

The Electric Vehicle Summit and Workshop at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center featured presentations and discussions on the latest in alternative-fuel technology and promoting zero- and low-emission electric-vehicle use in Massachusetts.

Experts from UMass Lowell attended, as well as automakers, manufacturers, electrical unions, municipal officials and industry representatives. The event offered attendees a chance to test-drive electric-powered and hybrid vehicles, from compact cars to large pickups.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles announced at the event that the state will take applications in the next 60 days from cities and towns interested in installing electric-vehicle charging stations. Grants will be funded through a $200,000 settlement obtained by Massachusetts and seven other states and the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007 for alleged pollution-control equipment violations at 11 electric power plants operated by Ohio-based American Electric Power Service Corp. and its affiliates.

Read the entire story on the Electric Vehicle Summit.