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Guilty as 'charged'?

| Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The new charge by the Pennsylvania Turnpike is not the sort that comes with continuously increased fees. This charge is for installing charging stations for electric cars (“Turnpike adding electric car charging stations,” April 24 and TribLIVE.com).

Let the Turnpike Commission explain the following.

The two most popular electric cars are the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, which cost $24,000 to $42,000. I have never seen one except in a showroom.

On a full charge, their range is 80 miles to 120 miles. Driving from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg would require three or four charges.

With a 120-volt outlet, charging time is eight hours; at 240 volts, four hours. That changes a four-hour gasoline-powered journey to a 12-hours-plus battery-powered journey.

That Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg drive would require a stop time of 12 hours at 240-volt charging stations. What would the charging cost be?

The commission plans to install charging stations along the entire length of the turnpike. If it has facts that are unknown, let it address this letter.

Don Opacic

Franklin Park

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