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Efforts to reduce anxiety over battery life and encourage more people to drive electric cars could get a boost as Indiana prepares to open 76 charging stations across the state.

Energy Systems Network plans to use $1.9 million in federal stimulus grants to place charging stations at 38 locations statewide by the end of the year.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports 73 of the units will offer 240-volt charges, which are standard for cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt.

Many of the stations are slated for shopping centers and malls.

Indianapolis Power & Light, which already operates four public charging units in Indianapolis, plans to install up to 150 charging stations by the end of 2012, including at the Indiana Convention Center, the Jewish Community Center and at a library branch.

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