The City of New Bedford is getting in on the ground floor of electric car charging stations. Thanks to some 800 thousand dollars in federal stimulus money, New Bedford has installed 6 charging stations in the Elm Street and Zeiterion parking garages and at the International Market Place parking lot. Scott Durkee is the city's Director of the Energy Office, and he tells WBSM news the city is preparing for the wave of the future.

Durkee says at this time electric cars get about 80 miles to a charge but within a years time that should increase to about 120 miles per charge. New Bedford's "Level Two" chargers will allow a Nissan Leaf to be fully charged in about 6 hours and a Chevy Volt in about 2 hours.