Editor's note: This article has been edited to reflect updated information on the Nissan Leaf.
One advantage of electric cars comes from the huge available infrastructure: We have electric plugs just about everywhere. There are many more electric plugs than even gasoline stations.
So charging an electric car should be easy; just plug it into the nearest outlet.
And it is that easy, almost. Your standard home outlet in the US offers 120 volts of alternating current (AC), with a circuit breaker rated at 15 or 20 amps. Most electric cars I have seen come with a cable adapter … Read more