The Carmaggedon that closed Los Angeles's vital 405 freeway ended up being a non-event, but other news broke farther north on the Interstate 5 highway system. The state of Washington made a big move toward its electric highway infrastructure, as state Department of Transportation officials chose charging station manufacturer AeroVironment
AeroVironment will build stations every 40 to 60 miles along I-5 and US 2. When combined with Oregon's "Green Highway" and California's multiple networks, there will be a long stretch of the coast covered with chargers.
Building this infrastructure will help make electric vehicles more viable to range-anxious buyers who want to travel more than, say, 100 miles. Tesla Motors
AeroVironment is stepping up as a leader in a vehicle-charging market that includes giants like General Electric
Foolish bottom line
Investing in electric-vehicle manufacturers like Tesla, or battery manufacturers like A123 Systems