Charging stations along I-5 in Wash. due this year

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Drivers of electric cars will soon be able to recharge at stations along Interstate 5 through Washington, part of a network of stations that would stretch along the West Coast.

Washington transportation officials have selected Monrovia, Calif.-based AeroVironment to install nine fast-charging stations along I-5 by the end of the year. The company is also installing eight stations along I-5 in Oregon in 2011.

Company officials say drivers will be able to fully charge electric vehicles in less than 30 minutes with level-3 DC fast-chargers, or in several hours with level-2 medium-speed chargers.

The stations will be located at retail stores, shopping malls, gas stations or travel centers with easy highway access.