Thank you Giant Eagle, my favorite place to grocery shop, for providing me with my first glimpse at the electric car charging station. Just the other day she♥ and I had been discussing the benefits/drawbacks of electricity-powered cars. Some electric cars tend not to do well on long-distance trips, so we wondered if charging stations would begin to appear along highways.
With a little research I found that the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, can be driven cross-country and performs well. It has a 1.7L engine, so it only requires a 9.3 gallon gas tank. The savings are incomparable – it costs only 2¢ a mile to fuel using gasoline, because it relies mainly on battery power. To charge the Volt: only 80¢ a mile. I can almost overlook the $40,000 price tag because there is a $7500 tax rebate, a government-offered incentive hoped to stimulate investment in electric powered vehicles.
I found a helpful map online with zoom capabilities which lists the electric fueling stations in Pennsylvania.