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Charge me up: Rural electric drivers face 'range anxiety'

By: MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press
April 20, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2017 at 12:22 am
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photo - In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, Sunita Halasz shows how she charges her electric car at her home in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along the lonely New York Adirondack Mountains roads: learn where the charging stations are, bring food and books for the kids during three-hour recharges, use the defroster in 10-second bursts since it sucks battery life, and have a backup plan. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)
In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, Sunita Halasz shows how she charges her electric car at her home in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along the lonely New York Adirondack Mountains roads: learn where the charging stations are, bring food and books for the kids during three-hour recharges, use the defroster in 10-second bursts since it sucks battery life, and have a backup plan. (AP Photo/Michael Hill) 

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Electric car charging stations are still few and far between in rural areas leaving many backcountry drivers with "range anxiety," the fear that their batteries will run out and leave them stranded.

Some carbon-free motorists carefully strategize by knowing the locations of charging stations and bringing things to do to keep themselves — and their kids — entertained during three-hour charges.

Federal data show that charging stations in the U.S. have grown over the past five years, to 18,000. But they're still unevenly distributed, particularly in remote areas, with most of them concentrated in California and populous portions of the East Coast.

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