Electric cars and trucks are the signature of the green movement, but they may also become a symbol of economic recovery for the construction industry. Even if the recently reported disappointments with electric cars are true, such as maximum distances between recharges of only 100 miles and top driving speeds of only 60 to 70 mph, imagine theneed for the infrastructure to support our electric cars and the stimulating effects of creating it.
Imagine just one part of our interstate highway system: Interstate 80, from New York to San Francisco (via Omaha, my hometown), is about 2,900 miles. A minimum of 290 recharging stations would be needed on this highway. These stations would not be like our current rest stops with short-term parking, many of which are now being closed due to budget constraints. A station would have to be a little village because of all that’s needed for recharging the cars.