According to the Times, Gov. Gregoire, along with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, is considering a plan to make I-5 a “green freeway” with alternative fuel stations along the route. The article also mentions State Rep Deb Eddy’s (D-Kirkland) efforts to provide tax breaks for “establish battery charging and exchange stations” and infrastructure at rest stops for the same. Electric cars have come a long way, next year Mitsubishi is going to launch an electric car with a 90-mile-an-hour top speed and a 93 mile range on a single charge. However, it takes eight hours to charge the battery to 80%, and 14 hours to charge it fully, which means it can only work on a drive to Portland if there was a place every 75 miles or so to swap batteries. Good stuff.