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Electric vehicle charging stations add sleek sophistication to the garage


With gas prices threatening the $4 mark this summer, who among us hasn’t considered purchasing a hybrid?

There’s never been more hybrid vehicle options on the market, and now, more automakers are unveiling plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.  J.D. Power and Associates predicts nearly 750,000 PHEVs will be on the road by 2015, increasing the demand for off-board charging stations in garages.

Rest easy: garage charging systems are much smaller and sleeker than you’d expect. Here are some of the most stylish charging stations out there.

Blink by ECOtality

WattStation by GE

Some automakers have started producing their own stylish charging stations:

Consumers should think twice before buying a model-specific charging station, though. As Gas 2.0’s Christopher DeMorro notes, if an PHEV owner installs a Ford-branded charger in their garage and later puts the home up for sale, it may be turnoff to Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf owners.

Have you considered purchasing a hybrid electric vehicle?