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San Diego To Add 117 Charging Stations For Electric Cars

The city of San Diego will add 117 charging stations for electric vehicles at public facilities by the end of this year, under a plan unanimously approved today by the City Council.

Donna Dipaolo shows where she has to plug in her Nissan Leaf so it becomes fully charged. But so far Donna has been having a hard time finding a charging station in San Diego. May 6, 2011.
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Above: Donna Dipaolo shows where she has to plug in her Nissan Leaf so it becomes fully charged. But so far Donna has been having a hard time finding a charging station in San Diego. May 6, 2011.

The installations are part of a federally funded program to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and study the habits of drivers.

The charging stations will be located in existing parking lots at libraries, recreation centers and other city buildings. According to a staff report, those kinds of locations were chosen because drivers are more likely to stay awhile.

Customers will pay 50 cents per kilowatt hour to fill their batteries.

"We just need to give people more opportunities to build the infrastructure, to make these changes, reduce our carbon footprint and improve the environment,'' Councilman Todd Gloria said.

There are about 1,900 electric vehicles in use in San Diego, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

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Avatar for user 'ketchme'

ketchme | October 4, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

As an owner of 2 Plug-In cars I can tell you that infrastructure owners/planners are continuing to miss the boat. You see, 240v can easily be done at home for the most part - and while a plug-in sits at home - you have time to waste/charge. BUT -Unless the utility company (who continue to argue, "oh, we can't do that because the PUC has to say it's ok) makes Chademo type quick charging "ok" ... then plug-in's are pretty much hosed. Plug in's that can't charge in 30 minutes or less (rather than 3 - 6 HOURS) are essentially limited to being driven around as glorified golf carts, because most have only 100 miles of range at best. As it stands, the utility will SOAK any one - to the tune of 5 figures per month utility charges, if they hook up a high speed charger. Hey, thanks for that, PUC/utility companies ... you're killing the baby in the crib, so to speak, by making quick charging unaffordable.

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Avatar for user 'J3rrYcid'

J3rrYcid | January 3, 2013 at 11:17 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

I own an electric car, and this is great news. In fact, I am managed to find a new one near the library where I worked. The electric car market will get a big boost from this, since it is made even more convenient for us electric car owners. There are several parts of the city that have these newly installed charging stations. I am just happy that they made it more available to us. http://www.carid.com

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