San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the city will provide free electric vehicle charging at a variety of stations. The charging stations will be located at nineteen city-owned parking garages, the San Francisco International Airport, and potentially at local libraries.
The first of the units will start to be installed in June of this year, with a total of eighty stations planned for completion before 2012. As we reported earlier this year, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved $3.9 million in contracts to infrastructure companies like Coulomb Technologies, and the San Francisco-based Ecotality.
According to the city, many of the stations being installed will feature both Level 1 (120 volt) and Level 2 (240 volt) charging that are powered by carbon-free energy from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The new initiative will help San Francisco reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gases 20% below the 1990 levels. Let’s hope the idea catches on.