ECOtality Electric vehicles becoming more mainstream By Bellamy Pailthorp • Sep 6, 2011 Photo courtesy Children's Hospital It’s been eight months since Nissan made its first delivery of its all-electric Leaf car to a customer in the pacific Northwest. Now, driving an all-electric vehicle is well on its way to becoming mainstream reality. A pilot program is installing thousands of electric car charging stations in the Puget Sound region and making them more available to regular folks. Electric car study volunteers get home charging stations By Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff • Feb 23, 2011 Tom Banse / N3 Listen Listening... / Starting this week, the first of roughly 900 electric car owners in the Northwest will each have a free charging station built into their garages. The deal comes with a catch though.