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Electric Car Charging Station Opens in City Where Almost No One Drives

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New York City, where the subway and taxis are the primary modes of transportation, gets the first public charging station for EV cars today, opening at the Edison ParkFast lot on Ninth Avenue..

Mayor Bloomberg and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan are on the guest list for the "event."

(An aside: Bloomberg, I can understand. But why does Housing Secretary Donovan feel compelled to make the trip from DC to watch the unveiling of an electrical outlet?)

The New York Post's David Seifman quotes a city official as saying, "The only electric car you can buy now is the Tesla, and it's expensive. But in a few months, there's going to be the [Chevy] Volt, and we want to have the charging stations ready when they're in the dealerships."

The Nissan Leaf will also be available shortly, as will an all-electric version of Toyota's RAV4 and the Lexus RX, manufactured in a joint venture with Tesla.

Ford also plans on releasing its first electric car in the not-too-distant future--a Focus with a re-tooled powertrain.

For all you out there, who, like me, just can't get enough Shaun Donovan trivia, Donovan served as "designated survivor" during President Obama's first State of the Union address in 2010. In the event an attack or other catastrophe occurs while a large group of high-level government officials are gathered in one place--like during a State of the Union address--one cabinet official in the Presidential Line of Succession is spirited off to a secure place to be available to take over the reins of the federal government.

Under the provisions of the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 as amended, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is #13 in line to succeed the President, right behind the Secretary of Human Services and one spot ahead of the Secretary of Transportation.

Who, come to think of it, would have been a more appropriate attendee for today's ribbon-cutting, no?

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