When you think electric vehicles, South Carolina might not be the first state that comes to mind. However a young corporation, AeroVironment Inc. is installing about 60-100 electric vehicle charging stations in the state.
A non profit firm Plug-In Carolina which has been sponsored by South Carolina utilites is in contact with AeroVironment to install the charging stations. South Carolina wants to be the pioneer in the electric vehicle revolution. The state doesn't expect to have many of these charging stations in use this year but in the next year, there are several big name auto makers coming out with their own electric vehicles. Notably, Chevy will be introducing the Volt, Nissan with the Leaf, Ford with an electric version of the Focus, and Toyota with a plug in hybrid Prius.
Many of these electric vehicle options will undoubtedly be more popular if there was more stations to charge your vehicle. Most of the vehicles in their electric only modes only have a limited range so therefore people will need to charge their cars at work and other locations.
The company is also working on building an at home version of their charging station. It was geared toward the Nissan Leaf coming out next year.
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Despite the surge in census hiring, the job market took a step back today. The nations unemployment rate dipped slightly however it is expected to go back up when the census is over. Many of the jobs created were temporary. Job growth in the private sector grew a mere 41,000 new jobs. The temporay hiring and private sector job growth resulted in the unemployment rate to drop to 9.7% from 9.9%. Once the summer is over and the census is complete, the 411,000 jobs created for the census will not exist anymore.
The strength of the economy is questionable with these new job numbers. Consumer spending is also slowing as the nations retailers reported lackluster sales for the last month. Housing prices may also see declines as well since people are not looking forward to purchasing a home as quickly since the federal tax credit expired.
Many who are out of work are looking to start their own businesses as well. Many are looking to be their own boss by starting a corporations or setting up a LLC. Businesses are the backbone of the economy. Many small business make up a large part of the job market. Small business is the key to getting the economy back up and running again.