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Electric vehicle owners seeing more charging stations on the road

Owners of electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF, are having an easier time finding charging stations on the road.

PHOENIX -- It's been a relatively short time since the Nissan LEAF electric car first hit the market. Initially, some consumers were a bit concerned about the availability of charging stations and getting left stranded on the road.

Their concern was rightfully justified. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2011 there were only 5,160 public charging stations across the nation, with only 40 in Arizona.

Fast forward to 2013: The U.S. Department of Energy reports, to date, there are 14,276 stations nationwide, including 731 in Arizona.

"We really are creating a very robust ecosystem and rich infrastructure out there for EV (electric vehicle) charge-ups today," said Collin Read, vice president of corporate development for ECOtality, which is responsible for most of the charging stations in the country.

"What we've tried to do is make sure that we put commercially available, publicly available chargers where people work, shop, eat and play," Read added.

ECOtality has installed roughly 12,000 chargers across the country which have serviced more than 100,000 electric vehicles.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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