PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is helping corporations promoting all-electric cars show off a device designed to make charging a battery more like filling up at the gasoline pump.
It looks like a vending machine with a rubber hose attached.
On Thursday, the governor stuck the hose into the nose of a Nissan Leaf at a news conference. Afterward, he went for a spin.
The device from Japanese electronics maker NEC has been installed at the Portland headquarters of the electic utility PGE.
A full charge is supposed to take about half an hour.
Cars that can use it, though, aren't out yet. The Leaf is due in December.
A project using federal stimulus dollars will put similar devices in the Interstate 5 corridor.
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