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Barry Woods is all charged up about electric vehicles in Maine

ReVision Energy's renewable energy projects are frequently featured in local and national newpapers, radio and television.

Barry Woods plugs in an electric car in Portland, Maine. Photo Courtesy Portland Press Herald.

Via the Portland Press Herald , ReVision Energy director of electric vehicle innovation Barry Woods was featured in his role advancing electric vehicle infrastructure in Maine:

Despite low gasoline prices and America's deepening love affair with small trucks and sport utility vehicles, ReVision sees a market opportunity.

This year, carmakers are beginning to release a second generation of electric vehicles . There are 15 models that run completely on battery power. A few can travel more than 200 miles on a charge, and are priced within sight of conventional models. Thirty-three are plug-in hybrids - they run on their battery charge until they need to switch to a gasoline engine. Among them is a seven-passenger minivan that can go more than 30 miles on its battery.

Woods' job - and his passion - is to show people and institutions the elegance and logic of driving a vehicle that uses little or no gasoline, and in some cases, can get much of its fuel from solar-electric panels mounted at a home or business. ReVision isn't a car dealer. But it has a growing fleet of electric vehicles and can sell and install everything needed to make home-charged driving a reality. Last year, it installed about 30 electric vehicle charging stations; it expects to double that in the next year with Woods on board. That's the market opportunity.